Here is a video stream of last night's Cortland Common Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5th, 2021. See below for the specific time segments for each agenda item.
Time segments for each agenda item:
Public hearings/public comments, ward reports, mayor’s report, and proclamations. (Start at 0:01:40).
Item #1 – Consideration of a Resolution to approve the subordination of a City mortgage on 57 Floral Avenue to facilitate the refinance of an existing mortgage pursuant to the recommendation of the City’s Loan Review Committee per the attached Memo. (Start at 0:08:04).
Item #2 – Consideration of a Resolution to Adopt the 2021 General Fund Budget. (Start at 0:08:45).
Whereas, the Mayor filed his 2021 General Fund Tentative Budget with Common Council on October 6, 2020, and
Whereas, Common Council accepted the Mayor’s 2021 General Fund Tentative Budget on October 6, 2020, and
Whereas, Common Council adopted its Proposed General Fund Budget on December 1, 2020, and
Whereas, A Public Hearing was held on the General Fund Proposed Budget on December 15, 2020.
Therefore, Be It Resolved that the City of Cortland Common Council adopt its 2021 General Fund Proposed Budget of December 1, 2020 as the 2021 Adopted General Fund Budget.
Item #3 – Consideration of a Resolution to set forth that the 2021 General Fund Tax Levy shall be $9,115,000. (1 percent increase) (Start at 0:17:24).
Item #4 – Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the Mayor enter into an agreement with City of Cortland Fire Department Board of Engineers for volunteer firefighting services commencing on January 1, 2021 and ending on December 31, 2021 for the amount of $35,000. (Start at 0:18:52).
Item #5 – Consideration of a Resolution to recognize and appropriate the transfer of $1605.35 from A3620- 42701 to account A3620-540505. (Start at 0:19:57).
Item #6 – Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with the Cortland Community SPCA for Dog Control Services, Emergency Services and sheltering services at an annual rate of $77, 321.76. (Start at 0:21:22).
Item #7 – Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the Mayor to execute a Purchase agreement with Contento Properties LLC for purchase of City owned property located at 119 Pendleton Street for a cash payment of $65,000.00 and for the Mayor to execute Deeds and any and all necessary transfer documents to complete the sale. (Start at 0:22:03).
Item #8 – Consideration of a Resolution to approve a local law adopting a method for the abandonment of Streets and highways. (Start at 0:23:29).
Item #9 – Consideration of a Resolution Authorizing the implementation and funding of $250,000.00 in a state “Marchiselli” program-aid eligible transportation federal-aid project (Multiple Pedestrian Signal Upgrades), to fully fund the local share of federal and state-aid eligible and ineligible project costs and appropriating funds therefore. (Start at 0:23:56).
Item #10 – Consideration of a Resolution to defer all purchases of Capital Assets, specifically vehicles, equipment, and machinery appropriated in the 2021 Adopted General Fund, Water, and Waste Water Budgets till April 1, 2021 unless otherwise approved by Common Council. (Start at 0:26:06).
Item #11 – Consideration of a Resolution to include within the 2021 Tax Bill an assessment for Storm Water System preservation, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of 35.2 cents per foot of street address frontage of each property parcel located within the City in accordance with the final 2021 Tax Roll. (Start at 0:26:46).
Item #12 – Consideration of Resolution to authorize the offering through December 31, 2021 of a retirement incentive to each eligible police officer or fire person employed by the City on the date of this resolution. (Start at 0:31:32).
Item #13 – Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the purchase of $10,000 in COVID-19 testing equipment and materials to test City’s essential employees and encumber the expenditures in the 2020 General Fund under Account A1010-541500. (Start at 0:54:47).
Item #14 – Discussion by the Mayor to advise council that the 2 administrative staff in CPD will be retiring (Diane Fieri 1/22/2021 and Nancy Sutliff 2/27 2021) after which, it has been agreed they will become part time employees and work complementary shifts until such time as the transition to a new Chief is achieved and a full time person considered. As part time employees they will receive commensurate hourly compensation and receive no benefits. (Start at 1:03:44).
Item #15 – Consideration of a resolution to authorize the Mayor and Department of Finance and Administration to extend carry over/rollover vacation time accrual, from 2020 to 2021, in response the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. Such carry over will respect continuing staff responsibilities while recognizing the need for each employee to vacation and spend time with family to recharge. The following from departments and or union membership shall be the guidelines (Start at 1:06:45):
SEIU including Lori Crompton, David Stathis and Stephanie Mattice
SEIU and others can carry over any unused vacation time
The employees are being encourage to use some of their time before the end of the year and to then allow one week of vacation to rollover into the 2021 year. Such week must be used before April 30th, 2021
Staff working in the Youth Bureau may carry over any unused vacation time. The carried over time must be used before April 30th, 2021
Staff working at Waste water may carry over any unused vacation time. The carried over time must be used by April 30th, 2021.
Item #16 – COVID19 and Response/plans (Start at 1:09:34).