July City Council Preview

City Counselors

A holiday-delayed session of the Geneva City Council is on deck for tonight.  Here’s what’s on the docket for the meeting:

Foundry Update

What it is:  Each month, City Council leads off their regular meeting with an update on activity supporting the environmental remediation and resident support in the neighborhood surrounding the former Geneva Foundry.

Why it’s important:  Remediation in the neighborhoods is underway, and the City Manager will be providing an update on the near term schedule, activities over the last month, and new programs available to impacted residents.

What action is Council taking:  This item is to provide critical information to residents and stakeholders affected by the Foundry remediation project.

Public Hearing–Sale of Idlewood Drive Parcel

What it is:  City Council is considering sale of a property in the area known as Idlewood Drive.  This hearing is to determine if there are any public use considerations for the property.

Why it’s important:  Staff conducts regular property disposal evaluations for all properties owned by the City.  This property is was deemed saleable, as it has limited or no opportunity for future public use.  The public hearing is to hear feedback on this determination before Council engages in any sale or other disposal.

What action is Council taking:  This is for information gathering only.  No action is expected.

Resolutions Supporting Grant Applications

What it is:  The State’s annual Consolidated Funding Application round for grant awards is looming at the end of July.  City staff is seeking Council authorization to support grant applications for the Microenterprise Assistance Program, accessibility improvements to City Hall, an analysis of sewer inflow and infiltration impacting Seneca Lake water quality, an update to the City’s zoning ordinance, and preservation of the historic Dove Block.

Why it’s important:  The City’s comprehensive plan suggests that external funding should only be sought when it aligns with our core values and strategic initiatives.  Each of the projects pursued are specifically cited as priorities in the comprehensive plan, and would be significantly delayed without support from external sources.

What action is Council taking:  Staff is seeking approval from City Council to submit the applications and execute associated documentation.

Sale of 121 North Genesee Street

What it is:  City Council is considering sale of the parcel located at 21 North Genesee Street to an adjacent property owner.

Why it’s important:  This property was the subject of a blight-remediation demolition effort.  As currently situated, it is not a buildable lot that, if developed, would contribute positively to neighborhood character.  This sale to an adjacent property owner, and preservation as green space,  provides for enhanced neighborhood character.

What action is Council taking:  Staff is seeking approval from City Council to execute a sale of the property.

Resolution Establishing Public Hearing–Water Reservoir Excess Property

What it is:  Council is evaluating disposal of excess property at the site of the City’s water reservoir, located on County Road 6.  This resolution establishes a public hearing to determine if further public use is warranted.  The hearing is proposed for the August Council meeting.

Why it’s important:  Staff conducts regular property disposal evaluations for all properties owned by the City.  This property is was deemed saleable, as it has limited or no opportunity for future public use.  The public hearing is to hear feedback on this determination before Council engages in any sale or other disposal.

What action is Council taking:  Staff is seeking approval to schedule a hearing for the August meeting.

Resolution Authorizing Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreement–Courtyard Apartments

What it is:  The Geneva Housing Authority owns and operates public housing at Courtyard Apartments.  The Housing Authority currently maintains a Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreement with the City to provide revenues to support services to the development.  In order to affect improvements to the property, the Authority is transferring ownership to a new corporation, which necessitates a new PILOT agreement.

Why it’s important:  The homes at Courtyard Apartments are in need of significant renovations, which cannot be supported under current funding mechanisms.  The proposed transfer opens up financing opportunities to support the renovations.  The new PILOT agreement results in additional revenues to all taxing jurisdictions.

What action is Council taking:  The Authority is requesting that Council approve the new PILOT agreement, to remain in force so long as the property is owned by the newly formed corporation.

Plenty of great information and discussion to be had tonight!  If you can’t make it (or can’t stay for the whole thing!) check us out live and in replay all month on Finger Lakes TV.

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