Tompkins County
New York


Authorizing an Appropriation of $20,000 from the Contingent Fund to Support a Community Outreach Worker Program in Downtown Ithaca


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Category:IntermunicipalFunctions:Contingent Fund, Ithaca Downtown Alliance


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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the City of Ithaca has been engaged in the long and thoughtful process of rebuilding its downtown, including the complete redesign of the Ithaca Commons in an effort to create a downtown space where every person feels welcome and where businesses and services thrive, and


WHEREAS, much attention has been paid to understanding the needs, concerns, and wishes of the various downtown stakeholders (e.g., merchants, shoppers, tourists, visitors, restaurant goers, eatery owners, service providers, landlords, tenants, etc.) in order to effectively provide and promote continually positive and inclusive stakeholder experiences for those living in, working in, and visiting Ithaca’s downtown area, and


WHEREAS, a Steering Committee comprised of designees of the City, County, Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), and Family and Children’s Service (F&CS) (“the Funding Partners”) was tasked with looking into ways to help promote an inclusive and positive downtown experience, and the result was development of the Community Outreach Worker Program, and


WHEREAS, the purpose of the Community Outreach Worker Program is to create an effective infrastructure for developing, monitoring, and promoting a universally-applied standard of conduct for individuals in the targeted downtown that is both inclusive and encourages tolerance by way of referral, education/outreach, equal access, mediation, and conflict resolution, and


WHEREAS, the City of Ithaca has authorized the expenditure of $20,000 to support the Community Outreach Worker initiative, and the DIA $10,000 for the same, and


WHEREAS, F&CS has committed to serve as the employer of the Community Outreach Worker position envisioned by this initiative and has graciously committed to devote substantial overhead and other resources in addition to the above-noted funding in furtherance of the success of this program, and


WHEREAS, the Funding Partners will have an opportunity to evaluate a sizable portion of the inaugural year of this initiative when considering funding ensuing years of this initiative, and


WHEREAS, in support of the City of Ithaca’s exploration and potential implementation of such a Community Outreach Worker Program, the Tompkins County Legislature appropriated $20,000 to the 2015 County Contingent account to contribute to the program, subject to additional legislative review of the details of the program and also to confirm that funding had been committed to the program by the City of Ithaca and other funding partners, and


WHEREAS, the Legislature directed that if the funds are released from the Contingent account, they be allocated to Tompkins County Administration to assure that Community Outreach Worker Program will extend to the Green Street corridor adjacent to the Library, now therefore be it 


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services, the Government Operations, and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, That the County Administrator be, and hereby is, authorized to enter into a funding agreement with the City and Family and Children’s Service in furtherance of the initiative detailed in this resolution,


RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be authorized to make the following budget appropriation:

              FROM:              A1990.54400              Contingent Fund                                                         $20,000

              TO:              A1230.54400              County Administration Program Expense               $20,000