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Tompkins County Legislature

Action Summary for Resolutions


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 5:30 PM
Legislature Chambers

Regular Agenda

Resolution No. 2017-8: Adoption of Local Law No. 1 of 2017 - Revising the Tompkins County
Charter (ID #6586)

RESULT: ADOPTED [9 TO 5]
MOVER: Dooley Kiefer, Member
SECONDER: Daniel Klein, Member
AYES: Will Burbank, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel
Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson
NAYS: Carol Chock, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein

WHEREAS, a public hearing has been held before the Tompkins County Legislature to hear all
persons interested in proposed Local Law No. 1 of 2017, and

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature has determined that adoption of Local Law No. 1
of 2017 is in the public interest, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Charter Review Committee, That proposed Local Law
No. 1 of 2017 - Revising the Tompkins County Charter is hereby adopted,

RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Board shall publish in the official newspaper of the
County a notice of adoption containing a synopsis of said local law and shall within twenty days file one
certified copy in the Office of the County Clerk, and one copy with the Secretary of State.
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Consent Agenda

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Glenn Morey, Member
SECONDER: Anna Kelles, Member
AYES: Burbank, Chock, Dennis, John, Kelles, Kiefer, Klein, Lane, McBean-Clairborne,
Robertson, McKenna, Morey, Sigler, Stein

Resolution No. 2017-9: To Amend Resolution No. 2016-6 of January 5, 2016 - Determination and
Certification of County Clerks Allowance - Annual Expenses for
Administering Mortgage Tax (ID #6784)

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 262 of the Tax Law, recording officers and treasurers are entitled
to receive all their necessary expenses for purposes of administering mortgage taxes in their offices on
approval and allowance by the New York State Tax Commission, and

WHEREAS, the State Tax Commission, by resolution duly adopted July 1, 1946, did determine

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that such mortgage tax expenses be approved at the amount certified to the State Tax Commission by
County Board of Representatives [Tompkins County Legislature] provided it is a reasonable and
necessary allowance for such expenses, and

WHEREAS, the County Clerk has conducted a cost analysis and has recommended that the
allowance for mortgage tax expenses be increased from $265,300 per annum to $277,478 per annum, and

WHEREAS, in addition, the Finance Director has conducted a cost analysis and has
recommended that the allowance for the treasurers expense for administering the mortgage tax be set at
$15,000 per annum (unchanged), now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the sum of


$277,478 per annum be, and the same hereby is, determined as a reasonable and necessary allowance of
the Tompkins County Clerk, the recording officer of the County of Tompkins, for the hire of clerks and
assistants and other expenses to assist in the administration of the mortgage recording tax law in her
office, and that the sum of $15,000 per annum be, and the same hereby is, determined as a reasonable and
necessary allowance of the Tompkins County Finance Director, to assist in the administration of the
mortgage tax funds, and that said sum of $292,478 is hereby certified to the State Tax Commission as the
reasonable and necessary allowance for such expenses,

RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Legislature is hereby directed to send a certified copy
of this resolution, with her original signature thereon, to the State Tax Commission,

RESOLVED, further, That this resolution shall take effect immediately.


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Resolution No. 2017-10: Acceptance of Snowmobile Grant 2016-2017 (ID #6788)

WHEREAS, Tompkins County through its Planning Department has agreed to be the pass
through agency for funds awarded by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic
Preservation (OPRHP) for the purpose of funding trail maintenance by local snowmobile clubs, and

WHEREAS, the funds will be used by local snowmobile clubs to maintain 102 miles of existing
trails in Tompkins County, and

WHEREAS, grant funds have been awarded in the amount of $27,150.00, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality


Committee, That the County hereby accepts funds in the amount of $27,150.00 from the New York State
OPRHP,

RESOLVED, further, That the County Administrator or his designee be authorized to execute any
contracts related to this project.
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Regular Agenda

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Resolution No. 2017-11: Request for Authorization to Extend the Additional One Percent Sales Tax
Rate in Tompkins County (ID #6797)

RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: James Dennis, Member
SECONDER: Dooley Kiefer, Member
AYES: Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley
Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha
Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein

WHEREAS, this Legislature in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009,
2011, 2013, and 2015 requested and received authorization from the State of New York to enact an
additional one percent local sales tax in Tompkins County in addition to the three percent
authorization that all New York State Counties possess by law, and

WHEREAS, the current authorization received in 2015 expires November 30, 2017, and

WHEREAS, this Legislature has been requested by the offices of Assemblyperson Lifton and
Senator OMara to forward any request for an extension of this authority when legislation can be
timely prepared and submitted at the beginning of a session of the State legislature, and

WHEREAS, the expiration of the additional one percent local sales tax would necessitate, (1)
approximately $11 million in reductions in County expenditures, creating a major impact on the
availability of services, or a 23 percent increase in County property tax rates, or some combination
thereof, as well as (2) substantial sales tax revenue losses requiring spending reductions or tax
increases for the City, towns, and villages of Tompkins County, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, That this
Legislature requests that Assemblyperson Lifton, Senator Seward, Senator Helming and Senator
OMara sponsor and support legislation extending the authority of the Tompkins County Legislature
to extend the additional one percent local sales tax in Tompkins County beyond November 30, 2017,
based on the same terms and conditions included in previous legislation, to provide local property-tax
relief.
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Resolution No. 2017-12: Affirming Ithaca -Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC)
Recommendation to Increase the ITCTC Staff Director's Salary (ID
#6790)

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RESULT: ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]


MOVER: Martha Robertson, Member
SECONDER: Carol Chock, Member
AYES: Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley
Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha
Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein

WHEREAS, Tompkins County entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ithaca-
Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) on September 30, 1992, agreeing that ..staff will be
hosted by Tompkins County as an administrative rather than a reporting arrangement staff is selected by
the Council [with] staffing plan, staff qualifications, and salary schedule established by the Council, and

WHEREAS, Board Resolution No. 99 of 1993 Clarification of Employment Status - Position of Ithaca-
Tompkins County Transportation Council Planning Director stated the following:

the position of Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council Planning Director shall be entitled to the
terms and conditions of employment established by this [County] Board for management employees unless
otherwise recommended by the Council and established by this [County] Board of Representatives, and

WHEREAS, on March 14, 2000, the Directors salary was modified by ITCTC resolution 2000-01
above the management salary range with the stipulation that the Host Agency, Tompkins County, execute the
necessary administrative procedures to implement this modification, and

WHEREAS, on February 5, 2002, the Tompkins County Board of Representatives passed Resolution
No. 6 Affirming Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) recommendation to establish the
ITCTC Planning Director's salary above the salary range, and

WHEREAS, on December 20, 2016, the ITCTC passed Resolution 2016-08 to adjust the salary of
the Staff Director, effective January 1, 2017, by 2.25%, and

WHEREAS, in keeping with the Countys requirement that salaries established above the salary range
be authorized exclusively by resolution, and to establish or affirm recommendations made by ITCTC that are
contrary to the terms and conditions of employment for management staff, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality


Committee, That the Tompkins County Board affirm the 2.25% increase of the salary for the Ithaca-Tompkins
County Transportation Council Planning Director to a total of $87,611.78, effective January 1, 2017, as approved
by the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council.
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Resolution No. 2017-13: Amendment to Rule IV - Order of Business (5) Privilege of the Floor -
Rules of the Tompkins County Legislature and Functions of Committees
(ID #6798) (DEFEATED)

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RESULT: DEFEATED [7 TO 7]
MOVER: Daniel Klein, Member
SECONDER: James Dennis, Member
AYES: Will Burbank, Carol Chock, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Leslyn McBean-
Clairborne, Martha Robertson, Peter Stein
NAYS: James Dennis, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, David McKenna,
Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the following


change to the Rules of the Legislature be adopted:

Amend Rule IV - Order of Business (5) Privilege of the Floor, to add the following provision:

Legislators are encouraged to limit Legislators Privilege of the Floor to three minutes, in order to
match the amount of time accorded to members of the public who address the Legislature in the Public
Privilege of the Floor of the Legislative meetings. While Legislators are speaking the clock will be
running so they would see the length of time they are speaking.
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Resolution No. 2017-2: Establishing 2017 Meeting Dates (ID #6650)

RESULT: RECONSIDERED & AMENDED [13 TO 1]


MOVER: Daniel Klein, Member
SECONDER: Dooley Kiefer, Member
AYES: Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley
Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha
Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Peter Stein
NAYS: Michael Sigler

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the 2017


regular meetings of the Tompkins County Legislature are as follows:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (NYSAC Conf. January 30-February 1)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (July 4 - Holiday)

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (NYSAC Conf. Sept. 13-15)
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (November 7 - Election Day)
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
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