August City Council Preview

City Counselors

A tight turnaround from July’s delayed meeting to the regular August Council session.  As usual, lots of ground to cover, so here we go…

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 Portion of 3683 County Road 6

What it is:  City Council is considering sale of a property adjacent to the City’s water reservoir on County Road 6.  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.

Special Recognition–Ralph Fratto and Nick Massa

What it is:  Ralph Fratto and Nick Massa are being recognized for decades of service to the City of Geneva, including recent contributions to downtown revitalization and lakefront enhancements.

Why it’s important:  The City’s comprehensive plan calls for the City to find ways to leverage the talent of all of our residents.  Contributions, such as those made by the Fratto and Massa families, will continue to drive Geneva’s success as a community.

What action is Council taking:  On request of Sixth Ward Councilor John Greco, Mayor Alcock will be presenting certificates honoring their contributions.

Resolution Endorsing Preferred Site for North Seneca Plaza

What it is:  This spring, City Council received a proposal from the Finger Lakes Skateboard Club for a multi-use park at the site of the current Bicentennial Park.  The group has received matching funds to support a design effort.  Based upon their preliminary work, they are recommending Bicentennial Park as the preferred site for the amenity.

Why it’s important:  The City’s comprehensive plan charges Council with protecting and enhancing our recreational assets, as well as developing downtown Geneva as a vibrant civic center.  This location sits at the gateway to downtown, and its use is critical to our urban character.

What action is Council taking:  City Council is being asked to support Bicentennial Park as the preferred location for the site.  This will enable stakeholders to pursue more detailed designs.

Resolution Authorizing Sale of Idlewood Drive Parcel

What it is:  City Council is considering sale of a property in the area known as Idlewood Drive.  This resolution would authorize the sale of the property to a neighboring resident.

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.  Returning the property to private ownership will relieve the City of maintenance concerns, and add value to the tax roll.

What action is Council taking:  Council will consider a resolution authorizing sale of the property.

Resolution Appointing Louis Guard as City Supervisor

What it is:  Outgoing City Supervisor Charlie Evangelista announced that he would not complete his term, which expires in December.  The City Charter charges City Council with filling any unexpired Supervisor’s term.

Why it’s important:  The comprehensive plan charges Council with taking action to leverage the talent of our residents.  Strong representation of City perspectives at the County level ensure that Geneva’s priorities are addressed.

What action is Council taking:  City Council will consider a resolution authorizing the appointment of Louis Guard of Maxwell Avenue to serve as City Supervisor for the 2nd District (Wards 3 and 4) through the completion of the unexpired term.

Resolution Authorizing Grant Application–Marsh Creek Resource Recovery Park

What it is:  City staff and the City’s Green Committee have been evaluating opportunities for beneficial use of a variety of reclaimed materials.  Staff is currently developing a concept plan for a resource recovery park.  Grant funds may support a food waste recovery element of the plan.

Why it’s important:  The comprehensive plan charges us with being good stewards to the environment, limiting our environmental footprint, and diverting waste streams from area landfills.  The project set to be funded by this grant will support diversion efforts.

What action is Council taking:  City Council is being asked to support an application for grant funds to develop a vermiculture process for food waste reclamation at the Marsh Creek wastewater plant.

Ordinance Amending Sanitary Code–First Reading

What it is:  The Geneva City Code sets standards for ensuring healthy conditions on properties throughout Geneva.  This particular matter deals with the outside storage and use of furniture and other items principally designed for interior use, and prohibits such activity.

Why it’s important:  The comprehensive plan charges us with preserving our urban character and architectural assets.  Improper use and storage of these materials can result in rapid deterioration of the property, attract vermin, mold, and other health concerns.

What action is Council taking:  Any change to a City ordinance requires two readings by City Council.  Council is being asked to consider this matter on first reading.

Resolution Declaring Certain Items as Surplus

What it is:  From time to time, City equipment is of such an age or condition that it is no longer useful for municipal services.  In order to dispose of it, City Council must determine that no continued public value can be derived from use.

Why it’s important:  The Comprehensive Plan charges us with protecting the financial position of the City.  City Council must determine whether the proposed action will advance this goal.

What action Council is taking:  City Council will consider a resolution determining that the equipment has no further public value, and authorizing staff to dispose of it.

Resolutions Authorizing Public Hearings:  Sale of Property

What it is:  The City is evaluating the continued public purpose of properties on Humbert Street and Hillcrest Avenue in anticipation of potential future sale.  These resolutions set a public hearing for the September meeting, to provide the public an opportunity to weigh in on potential future public use.

Why it’s important:  The City Charter requires that a public hearing be held prior to any sale of property, in order to determine if the public feels that there is continued need for the City to retain ownership of the property.

What action is Council taking:  These resolutions establish public hearings for each of the properties, to be held at the September 6th Council meeting.

Discussion Regarding Speed Limits on Dead End Streets

What it is:  City Council has received a number of complaints regarding unsafe speeds on dead end streets.  Council will discuss possible remedies, including reducing speed limits.

Why it’s important:  The comprehensive plan charges us with ensuring urban vibrancy, and being thoughtful about quality of life in our neighborhoods.  Balance use of streets and protection of pedestrians and cyclists should be considered in transportation discussions.

What action is Council taking:  This item is set for discussion only.  No action is anticipated.

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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