Linda Grace-Kobas, Town of Ithaca resident and member of the Indian Creek Neighborhood Association, spoke of the previous involvement of the group to keep the County land located on Harris B. Dates Drive as a natural habitat and asked that the County reconsider the property as needed for public use and recognize its importance related to flood mitigation and that it has a historic background. She does not support development of the property.
Steffen Schuhmann, Town of Ithaca resident, said he had purchased the building known as the “K- House” building and if the County decides to sell its property on Harris B. Dates Drive, he and his wife would be interested in purchasing the property and maintain it as a green space.
Krys Cail, Town of Ulysses resident, spoke of the County's Harris B. Dates Drive property and expressed a desire to have the County and residents of the neighborhood work together and explore new ideas that may be available. She noted the Regional Economic Development Council stressed public input and feedback as important factors. Ms. Cail also spoke of the possibility of utilizing the land for solar energy.
Roy Luft, Town of Ithaca resident and neighbor of the Indian Creek area, said if a development project is desired it should be on open land rather than a wooded area. He offered to trade some of his open land for the County's Harris B. Dates Drive property to maintain the wooded acreage if it would assist in preserving the area.