Tompkins County
New York

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Interim Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability's Report


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Meeting History

Sep 7, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. Borgella provided a brief report on the following:

· Medium-Scale Wind Feasibility Study - The Department received three responses to the Request-For-Proposal (RFP) and have chosen a firm that was reasonably priced, experienced, and has a good understanding of what is desired of this study.

· Forestry Management Plan Harvesting Recommendations - The Plan recommended harvesting on 315 acres and to attain commercial bidding on those properties. She spoke of the Department having problems completing this task on their own in the past so they have decided to try and attract a qualified forestry consultant to review the harvest recommendations and possibly attract potential harvesters in the bidding process. They are working towards the contracting phase of the project.

· Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board (STERPDB) - Ms. Borgella and Ms. Armstrong have met with Jen Gregory, Director, STERPDB, and stated the Board is advocating for more equitable distribution of the funding from the State. Ms. Borgella has been invited to participate in meetings via Skype and has also been invited to join other County Planners in review of the Appalachian Regional Commission proposals later in September. She explained to Ms. Gregory that the County is interested in re-joining due to the potential for partnerships particularly in the area of workforce development and economic development and believes it was well-received.

· Planning and Sustainability Department Office Redesign Project - The project is being completed with the use of rollover funds and includes a redesign of the office layout, upgrade to the basement conference room, converting a broom closet into a functional kitchenette for staff, and moving the public/main entrance to the Department to the Dewitt Park entrance to be more in alignment with the Legislature’s Offices.