Highlights from the December 7, 1999 meeting of the
Tompkins County Board of Representatives
COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION GRANTS GO TO CAROLINE, GROTON, DANBY
The Board unanimously approved just under $10,000 in Commercial Center Revitalization grants to three communities. The Town of Caroline will receive $2,202 for landscaping and a stone walkway for a bus shelter, and $1,000 for a handicapped accessible ramp for the reading room in the Town Hall. The Village of Groton will receive $3,500 to help pay for replacing the village chimes, a memorial to World War II veterans. The Danby General Store will receive $2,795.50 for exterior improvements considered by community members to improve the aesthetics of the hamlet. Since January, 1997, the County has distributed $86,977 in revitalization grants to nine local communities.
MESSAGE TO ALBANY: RENEW HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT
The Board gave unanimous support to a resolution that urges the State Senate to renew the Health Care Reform Act of 1999, due to expire at the end of this month, or replace it with an updated version that has already passed in the State Assembly. Rep. Stuart Stein, who authored the resolution, explained to the Board that if the Act is allowed to lapse, several programs that protect the uninsured in New York State will be lost. Child Health Plus, which provides health care coverage for children of poor families, would cease to operate, and assistance to patients unable to pay hospital bills would be ended. A new proposal, called Family Health Plus, that would subsidize health coverage for uninsured workers, could also fail.
ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP RULE REVAMPED
The Board approved a change to the membership requirements for the Environmental Management Council (EMC). The current rule, allowing each of the county’s 16 municipalities to nominate a resident to serve on the council, stands – but the number of at-large members was changed from 12 to "at least 5." The revision is intended to solve concerns about how to assure broad community representation on the EMC, the County Board’s official citizen advisory board on environmental issues.
BOARD THANKS KILGORE, SACHSE
The Board recognized outgoing Chief Medical Examiner C. Judson Kilgore, MD, for his service to the County. It also thanked former County Historian Gretchen Sachse for a long career of service to the entire community as a guardian and promoter of local history.