Tompkins County
New York


Appropriation from the Contingent Fund for Water and Sewer Infrastructure Study in the Town of Dryden


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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Housing Needs Assessment indicates the need to produce far more new housing units to meet current and projected needs than recent building trends are producing, and


WHEREAS, Tompkins County is in the process of updating its Housing Strategy, recognizing that the Housing Strategy is a starting point for addressing this critical community need and needs to evolve and be refined over time to better address the community’s housing challenges, and


WHEREAS, infrastructure is a critical component in determining the feasibility of developing additional housing within the County, and


              WHEREAS, the Town of Dryden has indicated a willingness to split the costs of a water and sewer infrastructure study that would cost $3,500 and would help determine the potential for new housing development, and


              WHEREAS, the County Legislature, in approving the 2017 budget for the Planning Department, placed funds in the amount of $30,000 in the Contingent Fund for the purpose of supporting targeted Planning Department projects to implement the Housing Strategy, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, contingent upon approval from the Town of Dryden for its share, That the Director of Finance be and hereby is authorized and directed to make the following budget adjustments:


FROM: A1990.54400              Contingent Fund                                                        ($1,750)

TO:               A8027.54400              Program Expenditures                                                        $1,750


RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or his designee be and hereby is authorized to execute any agreements related to this project.




Meeting History

Mar 2, 2017 3:30 PM  Planning, Dev. and Env. Quality Committee (2016-2018) Regular Meeting

Mr. Marx stated he has been in discussions with the Town of Dryden regarding property that is in the planning stages for intensive development that may include a large component dedicated to housing. One barrier in determining the feasibility of this project moving forward and including significant housing development is the determination of more accurate costs involving the extension of sewer and water infrastructure. The cost of the feasibility study would be about $3,500 and the Town is willing to pay one-half of this cost. Mr. Marx believes it is in the best interest for housing development to take this step and have the County pay the other half of these costs to invest in this property.

Ms. Kiefer inquired about the request for proposal process to select someone to complete the study. Mr. Marx explained there are local engineers who are familiar with the infrastructure in the area of the property and would likely be able to complete the study more cost effectively. He explained the Town of Dryden would likely contract with the engineer and the County would make payment through an agreement with the Town to provide financial support.

Ms. Chock inquired about what was to be included in the infrastructure study. Mr. Marx stated the feasibility study would include water and sewer infrastructure and power is close to the site already and should not be an issue.

Ms. Chock requested a friendly amendment by adding water and sewer to the title and in in the fourth Whereas statement; all members present agreed to the request.

Mr. Sigler stated he had concerns whether or not the County should be doing this. He believes it could open the door for other Towns expecting the County to assist with feasibility studies in their municipalities.

Mr. Marx stated these funds were allocated in the contingency for 2017 housing initiatives. He explained this project could potentially have a significant number of housing units and is in a location people desire to live with the amenities, services, and transportation links people are looking for.

Ms. Kiefer requested a friendly amendment by adding contingent upon approval from the Town of Dryden for its share to the last Resolved statement; all members present agreed to the request.

MOVER:Michael Sigler, Member
SECONDER:Dooley Kiefer, Vice Chair
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Michael Sigler, Carol Chock
ABSENT:David McKenna
Mar 13, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
MOVER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey
SECONDER:Daniel Klein, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
Mar 21, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

This resolution was adopted by a short roll call vote.

MOVER:Martha Robertson, Member
SECONDER:Dooley Kiefer, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler
EXCUSED:Peter Stein