Cortland Common Council Meeting: Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 (Video & Time Segments Included)

Here is a video stream of Tuesday’s Cortland Common Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21. Below are the time segments for each agenda item. (Note: the city had some technical difficulties with audio during last night’s video stream).

Time segments for each agenda item:

Second Public Hearing for City of Cortland fiscal year 2019 Community Development Block Grant to assist low-to-moderate income properties with the cost of the installation of new water and sewer laterals, to be held during the administration of the program, as required under CDBG regulations. (Start at 0:01:00).

Public Hearing for General Fund 2022. (Start at 0:04:30). 

Public Hearing for Water Fund 2022. (Start at 0:07:02).

Public Hearing for Waste Water Fund 2022. (Start at 0:08:12). 

Ward reports, mayor’s report, proclamations, and minutes. (Start at 0:09:30). 

Supporting Documents:

Item #1 – Presentation from the County Planning Board regarding re-districting. (Start at 0:40:03). 

Item #2 – Consideration of a Resolution to authorize a modification agreement with Boland Construction for remedial DEC work at Noss Park. This contract is covered by a grant and has been approved by DEC. (Ric VanDonsel). (Start at 1:01:40). 

Item #3 – Consideration of a Resolution to modify the Civil Service classification of two employees to permit cross training of finance department personnel and proceed with the reorganization of the Codes Department and remain in compliance with the SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement. (Mack Cook). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled).

  • Whereas, The Finance Department wishes to cross-train all employees in the functions performed by it, and
  • Whereas, cross training is in the best interest of the City by promoting the sustainable and efficient operations of the Finance Department, and
  • Whereas, cross training is in the best interest of the City by creating a department whose functions are not interrupted by sickness, vacations, and retirements, and
  • Whereas interdepartmental training serves the interest of employees by promoting career opportunities within the Department, and
  • Whereas, the City and Firefighters have agreed to a reorganization of the Codes Department and enlarging the permitted functions of the Codes Department is vital to that objective.
  • Therefore be it resolved that the Account Clerks positions currently occupied by Devon Rainbow and Kathy Milliron be abolished and said personnel be given the titles of Senior Account Clerk subject to successful passage of the Cortland County Senior Account Clerk Civil Service exam.

Item #4 – Consideration of a Resolution to create the position of Account Clerk in the Clerk’s Office. (Raymond Parker). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled).

Item #5 – Consideration of a Resolution to lift the hiring freeze to hire an Account Clerk in the Clerk’s Office. (Raymond Parker). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled).

Item #6 – Consideration of a Resolution to hire an Account Clerk in the Clerk’s Office. (Raymond Parker). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled).

Item #7 – Consideration of a Resolution to authorize, as an optional choice for Medicare eligible participates in the City’s Health Insurance program, the Greater Tompkins Health Insurance Consortium’s Medicare Supplement Plan. (Mack Cook). (Start at 1:04:00)

Item #8 – Consideration of a Resolution pursuant to Paragraph 5-31 of the City Code to authorize a 2022 Special Wastewater assessment in the amount of $785,222 levied in accordance with Local Law 6 of 1982 to be applied to debt services and cause this Resolution to be published in the City’s official newspapers. (City of Cortland Common Council). (Start at 1:09:20). 

Item #9 – Consideration of a Resolution to adopt the following schedule of Water rates effective April 1, 2022. (City of Cortland Common Council). (Start at 1:10:00). 

  • Minimum Quarterly Charge of $41.04 (0% Increase)
  • Water Rate for 13-499 Units of $3.42 per Unit (0% Increase)
  • Water Rate for 500 – 1000 Units of $3.12 per Unit (0% Increase)
  • Water Rate for 1001 or more Units of $3.32 per Unit (0% Increase)

Item #10 – Consideration of a Resolution to adopt the following schedule of Wastewater rates effective April 1, 2022. (City of Cortland Common Council). (Start at 1:10:57)

  • Minimum $35.70 per unit (5.9% increase)
  • 11 and more $3.57per unit (5.9% increase)

Item #11 – Consideration of a Resolution to authorize encumbrance as of December 31, 2021, of the following appropriations adopted by Common Council on November 16,2021 for the payment of the City’s Pension contribution of February 1, 2022. (Mack Cook). (Start at 1:12:43). 

Item #12 – Consideration of a Resolution to appoint Tracey Hatfield as Commissioner of Deeds for the City of Cortland. (Ric VanDonsel). (Start at 1:18:04). 

Item #13 – Consideration of a Resolution to recognize and appropriate proceeds from the sale of sixteen vehicles from the CPD Impound Lot in the amount of $2,531.10 (A3120-540200 Motor Vehicle Repair and Equipment). (Chief Sandy). (Start at 1:18:28). 

Item #14 – Consideration of a Resolution to appropriate proceeds from an auction in the amount of $21,950.00. $15,950.00 to go towards the purchase of needed police equipment and $6,000.00 to go towards covering the cost of sending new hires to the Police Academy. (Chief Sandy). (Start at 1:18:57)

Item #15 – Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a Utility Right of Way Easement with NYSEG. The easement is largely around the back portion of the Groton Ave /Orchard Street Parking Lot.0 (Ric VanDonsel). (Start at 1:24:39). 

Item #16 – Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a Utility Right of Way Easement with NYSEG on Prospect Terrace. (Ric VanDonsel). (Start at 1:25:20). 

Item #17 – Consideration of a Resolution to create the Position of City Engineer/Director of Buildings/Codes Department with a salary range of 75,000-83,000. (Ric VanDonsel). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled)

Item #18 – Consideration of a Resolution to create the part time position of CEO with an hourly pay rate of no more than $25.00/hr. (Ric VanDonsel). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled)

Item #19 – Consideration of a Resolution to create the part time position of CCT an hourly pay rate of no more than $25.00/hr. (Ric VanDonsel). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled)

Item #20 – Consideration of a Resolution to lift the hiring freeze to permit the hiring of City Engineer/Director of Buildings/Codes Department. (Ric VanDonsel). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled)

Item #21 – Consideration of a Resolution to permit the hiring of City Engineer/Director of Buildings/Codes Department. (Ric VanDonsel). (Note: this agenda item has been tabled)

Item #22 – Consideration of a Resolution to include within the 2022 Tax Bill a charge 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 2022 Tax Roll (City of Cortland Common Council). (Start at 1:26:10). 

Item #23 – Consideration of a Resolution to adopt the 2022 Water Fund Budget. (City of Cortland Common Council). (Start at 1:28:26). 

  • Whereas, the Mayor filed his 2022 Water Fund Tentative Budget with Common Council on October 5, 2021, and
  • Whereas, Common Council accepted the Mayor’s 2022 Water Fund Tentative Budget on October 19, 2021, and
  • Whereas, Common Council adopted its Proposed Water Fund Budget on December 7, 2021, and
  • Whereas, a Public Hearing was held on the Water Fund Proposed Budget on December 7, 2021.
  • Therefore, Be It Resolved that the City of Cortland Common Council adopt its 2022 Water Fund Proposed Budget of December 7, 2021 as the 2022 Adopted Water Fund Budget.

Item #24 – Consideration of a Resolution to set forth that the 2022 General Fund Tax Levy shall be $9,297,300 (two percent increase). (City of Cortland Common Council). (Start at 1:28:52). 

Item #25 – Consideration of a Resolution to Adopt the 2022 Wastewater Fund Budget. (City of Cortland Common Council). (Start at 1:30:04). 

  • Whereas, the Mayor filed his 2022 Wastewater Fund Tentative Budget with Common Council on October 5, 2021 and
  • Whereas, Common Council accepted the Mayor’s 2022 Wastewater Fund Tentative Budget on October 19, 2021, and
  • Whereas, Common Council adopted its Proposed Wastewater Fund Budget on December 7, 2021 and
  • Whereas, a Public Hearing was held on the Wastewater Fund Proposed Budget on December 7, 2021.
  • Therefore, Be It Resolved that the City of Cortland Common Council adopt its 2022 Wastewater Fund Proposed Budget of December 7, 2021 as the 2022 Adopted Wastewater Fund Budget.

Item #26 – Consideration of a Resolution to adopt the 2022 General Fund Budget (City of Cortland Common Council). (Start at 1:30:29). 

  • Whereas, the Mayor filed his 2022 General Fund Budget with Common council on October 5, 2021, and
  • Whereas, Common Council accepted the Mayor’s 2022 Budget as its 2022 Tentative Budget on October 19, 2021, and
  • Whereas, Common Council adopted its Proposed Budget on December 7, 2021, and
  • Whereas, a public hearing was held on the General Fund Proposed Budget on December 7, 2021
  • Therefore, be it Resolved that the City of Cortland Common Council adopt the Proposed Budget of December 7, 2021 as the 2022 Adopted General Fund Budget.

Item #27 – Discussion of a Local Law amending C2-9 (Holding multiple City Offices Prohibited). (Ric VanDonsel). (Start at 2:57:58). 

Executive Session – The City of Cortland Common Council went into executive session regarding contractual items. (From 3:02:30-4:12:30).

Extra Item – Resolution to allow City staff that worked during the pandemic (March-August 2021) to receive a payment of $300 as a show of appreciation & gratitude from the City Council. (Start at 4:12:53)