Tompkins County
New York


Accepting and Approving the Recommendation of the Governance Council of the Tompkins Center for History and Culture to Extend an Offer of Tenancy to the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra


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Category:Buildings and FacilitiesFunctions:History and Culture Center


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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, Tompkins County has established the Tompkins Center for History and Culture (the “TCHC”) in the Historic Trust Company Building on the Ithaca Commons as a home for community not-for-profit organizations that support and celebrate our local history and culture, and 


WHEREAS, pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding executed by all of the participants in the TCHC and Tompkins County, the tenants have established a Governance Council to coordinate the internal operations of the TCHC, including the initial consideration of potential new tenants in the event there is available space in the TCHC, and


WHEREAS, there is currently an available space for rent in the TCHC, consisting of a 166 square foot office, and


WHEREAS, the Governance Council has received a request from a local not-for-profit organization to be considered as a tenant in the TCHC for an available space, received information and conducted interviews with this potential tenant, and has determined that the addition of this tenant would be in the common interest of the TCHC, and


              WHEREAS, the potential tenant, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, is a local not-for-profit organization that has been presenting exceptional live classical music to the region since 1976, is devoted to fostering artistic life in the Ithaca and Finger Lakes regions of New York State through professional excellence, vibrant performances, community education, and passion for transformation through music, and


WHEREAS, the Governance Council has submitted a request to the Tompkins County Legislature to approve this not-for-profit organization as a tenant, and


WHEREAS, the Government Operations Committee has reviewed the information submitted by the TCHC Governance Council, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature hereby approves the request of the Governance Council of the TCHC to accept the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra as a tenant in the TCHC,


              RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator is directed to engage in lease negotiations with the potential new tenant, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.




Meeting History

Jan 3, 2019 5:00 PM  Government Operations Committee Special Meeting

Mr. John explained the Tompkins Center for History and Culture has some office space available and its Governance Council is interested in having that space occupied. There is a process in place for that to happen under a Memorandum of Understanding. Potential tenants are interviewed by the Governance Council and make recommendations to the Legislature. The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Discover Cayuga Lake are the two tenants being recommended. The Governance Council is also recommending the Ithaca Festival, but that proposal is different and is being considered a Licensee. The Ithaca Festival will pay a basic fee of $500 for the year and will be used toward marketing controlled by the Governance Council.

MOVER:Deborah Dawson, Vice Chair
SECONDER:Rich John, Member
AYES:Daniel Klein, Deborah Dawson, Rich John, Michael Lane, Amanda Champion
Jan 3, 2019 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
MOVER:Daniel Klein, Member
SECONDER:Deborah Dawson, Member
AYES:Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson, Michael Sigler
EXCUSED:Henry Granison, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne