City Council Wrap-Up

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The first City Council meeting of the fall is in the books!  In case you missed it, here’s what went down…

2017 Budget Public Hearing

City Council heard from two agencies seeking funds as part of the 2017 City budget.

The Geneva Boys and Girls Club provided information on expanded programming at the Geneva Community Center.  The Club’s Director thanked Council for the allocation supporting the Club’s basketball league, but also noted that the Community Center is in need of sustainable funding sources for building costs, including systems, utilities, and structural upkeep.

The Geneva Music Festival also presented information to Council on their programming, which features multiple nationally acclaimed performers in venues across the Finger Lakes.  They are seeking funds from the City to demonstrate community support as they diversify their grant funding sources.

St. Francis Senior Housing Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)

City Council approved a PILOT agreement with an affiliate of the Geneva Housing Authority for the development of 14 senior apartments at the former St. Francis school building on Exchange Street.  The PILOT will also support renovations at the current senior housing project at Elmcrest Apartments on Lewis Street.  The agreement is a 40-year instrument, with payments to the City based upon rents generated from the projects.

Ordinance Prohibiting Right Turns on Red–Linden Street

Council conducted second reading and adopted an ordinance prohibiting right turns on red at Linden and Seneca Streets.  This move was made to enhance pedestrian safety at this busy downtown intersection.

Resolution Authorizing Grant Application–Geneva Enterprise Development Center (GEDC)

City Council authorized staff to submit a $450,000 grant application for improvements to the GEDC on Exchange Street.  Proposed improvements will make currently vacant space usable for production and office firms.  The facility is owned by the Geneva Industrial Development Agency.

Agency Appointments

Council endorsed the reappointment of Anne Nenneau and Frank Cecere to the Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors and Monica McGowan to the Board of Assessment Review.

Council meets again on Tuesday, 10/11, at 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Building for their first 2017 budget work session.  The next regular Council meeting will be November 2nd at 7 p.m.  Can’t make it?  Catch it live and in replay on Finger Lakes TV!

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