Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-241

Appropriating Funds from the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection for the West Hill Wildway - Babcock Acquisition

Information

Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Environmental

Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature established the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection by Resolution No. 217 of 2005, and

 

              WHEREAS, the current balance in the Capital Reserve Fund is $50,023.06, and

 

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Capital Reserve Fund is to support participation by Tompkins County in partnerships with other levels of government and private organizations to:

·              protect and preserve the natural, scenic, and recreational resources found in the Agricultural Resource Focus Areas and Natural Features Focus Areas identified in the Comprehensive Plan;

·              preserve and develop recreational trail corridors that cross municipal borders; and

·              develop outdoor recreation facilities, within the focus areas, that are intended to serve all county residents, and

 

WHEREAS, the Program Guidelines identify Project Priority Criteria for use of the Capital Reserve Fund that requires proposed projects to substantially further at least one of the following objectives:

·              Substantially protects land within the 330-foot buffer of a perennial stream. 

·              Provides public access to Cayuga Lake.

·              Protects land that is adjacent to permanently protected open space, including both natural and agricultural lands.

·              Protects land on an existing or potential intermunicipal trail corridor.

·              Protects a high concentration of Prime Soils or Soils of Statewide Significance.

·              Protects a Distinctive or Noteworthy view as identified in the Tompkins County Scenic Resources Inventory.

·              Protects corridor or habitat that can provide for connectivity between protected areas, and

 

WHEREAS, the Finger Lakes Land Trust has requested financial support from the Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of preserving the 70-acre property on Culver Road (Town of Ithaca Tax Parcel #31.-1-14.2) to connect Coy Glen to Town of Ithaca conservation land, and

 

WHEREAS, the project meets all of the project eligibility requirements of the Capital Reserve Fund and fulfills the fund’s project priority criteria in that it “protects land that is adjacent to permanently protected open space, including both natural and agricultural lands”, and

 

WHEREAS, support from the Capital Reserve Fund is an important but modest component of the total funding needed to complete the survey for the acquisition of the parcel, and

 

              WHEREAS, the Interim Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability and the Planning Advisory Board have recommended that the County Legislature authorize $15,000 in funding from the Capital Reserve Fund to support the West Hill Wildway-Babcock Acquisition, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, That a total of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) in funding from the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection be appropriated for the purpose of supporting the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s West Hill Wildway-Babcock Acquisition,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be and hereby is authorized and directed to make an adjustment to the Planning and Sustainability Department budget (A8027.54400 - $15,000) from the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection,

 

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

SEQR ACTION:  Unlisted

 

 

Meeting History

Oct 5, 2017 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Doyle explained that the idea of this type of mapping presentation was originally brought to him by Ms. Robertson and thanked her for the idea. Committee members requested some further work on the coloring but overall expressed that they liked the mapping tool.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Dooley Kiefer, Vice Chair
SECONDER:David McKenna, Member
AYES:Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Michael Sigler, David McKenna, Carol Chock
Nov 14, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Daniel Klein, Member
SECONDER:Michael Sigler, Vice Chair
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
Nov 21, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

This resolution was adopted by a short roll call vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Martha Robertson, Member
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Member
AYES:Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler
EXCUSED:Shawna Black, Will Burbank, David McKenna