Update on county legislature race – Jim Dennis suspends campaign today

Now there are two candidates for our District 5 seat, Keith Hannon and Anne Koreman, Jim Dennis has dropped out.

http://www.ithaca.com/news/county-legislator-jim-dennis-drops-out-of-legislature-race/article_5ae5e396-6718-11e7-9d57-efa9e12a89b0.html

The election is November 7. Also that day, according to the calendar linked below, the Town of Ulysses will be voting on:

Town Supervisor
Town Clerk
2 Town Councilpersons
Highway Superintendent

http://tompkinscountyny.gov/files2/boe/For_Candidates/Political%20Calendars/2017/2017%20Tri-Fold%20Political%20Calendar.pdf

Tonight in Ithaca – our local candidates for Tompkins County legislature interviewed

Update: Jim Dennis has suspended his campaign, leaving 2 candidates, Keith Hannon and Anne Koreman.

Tompkins County has its own legislature, and there are currently 3 candidates running to represent District 5, which includes Trumansburg, the town of Ulysses, and parts of the towns of Enfield and Ithaca. They are being interviewed tonight in Ithaca, 6:30pm, at GIAC (Greater Ithaca Activity Center), 301 Court St, corner of Albany St.

From the Ithaca Voice:

Current representative: Jim Dennis

Seeking re-election? Yes.

Other candidates:

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/443660336009081/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A4%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&source=4&action_history=null

Current legislators:
http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/legislature/legislators

 

Meetings tomorrow (Monday, July 10)

There are two meetings tomorrow, Monday, July 10, at the Village Hall (parking lot next to the Episcopal church and across the way by the old post office).

6pm: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting

Requests for variances (exceptions) from our zoning regulations are made here, and either approved or denied.

Current Trumansburg zoning allows “care cottages” in someone’s back yard, to allow families to house aging parents close by. They need to be temporary and removed after they’re no longer needed.

There’s a house on Whig St that has one, which was built as a permanent structure and grandfathered in as a care cottage. They want a zoning variance to convert it to a secondary dwelling unit, so it can be rented out.  The lot size is about 11,000 sq ft, so it’s not to current code even for one dwelling (minimum lot size 15,000 sq ft). Two dwellings require a lot size of 22,500 sq ft.

This particular variance request may set a precedent, in the direction of increasing density. Converting a care cottage to a secondary dwelling, particularly on a lot that’s already out of compliance, would create a loophole that circumvents our density regulations.

There should be an opportunity for the public to provide input at the meeting.

Agenda: http://trumansburg-ny.gov/zba-meeting-7102017/

7pm: Village Board of Trustees meeting

This is the draft agenda: http://trumansburg-ny.gov/draft-agenda-for-july-10-2017-regular-meeting-of-the-village-board-of-trustees/

There currently isn’t an agenda item directly related to Hamilton Square, but items can be brought up under New Business or Old Business without being on the agenda.

Indirectly related is an agenda item about a Planning Board alternate (the Planning Board determines whether Hamilton Square goes forward). Also indirectly related is an item about adding new member from the community to the zoning revision committee.

While there are other agenda items that are relatively mundane, personally I find it interesting to learn more about all aspects of village management.  Hope to see you there!

Nancy Tubbs