Tompkins County Board of Representatives
FIRM PICKED TO SET UP CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION NETWORK
The Board gave approval (14-1; Rep. George Totman voted no) to the selection of a Denver firm, TRW Systems & Information Technology Group, to provide software and technical consulting services for a criminal justice information network. The approval will move the Criminal Justice Services County-Wide Information Sharing Network – CISNET – closer to implementation, expected by Spring, 2000. CISNET will connect criminal justice agencies and services to a secure central database. Police, judges, victims’ service agencies, and other criminal justice professionals will have password access to relevant areas of the database. $462,741 was approved for the contract with TRW. Last year, the County received a $600,000 federal grant for CISNET. Other costs associated with the project were approved in the Board’s capital program for 1999.
BOARD ENDORSES ANTI-HATE CRIME LEGISLATION
By unanimous vote, the Board agreed to support and urge passage of various hate crime bills pending, or recently passed, by the State legislature and U.S. Congress. The Board approved a similar measure in February, but it was felt that a reiteration of support is appropriate in the wake of a racially-motivated incident in the County in July.
ART TRAIL RECEIVES FUNDING
By unanimous vote, the Board granted $10,000 in room tax funding to the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, to support promotion activities and a website. The trail, which includes nearly 50 local artists and artisans, will debut the weekend of October 2-3, with studios open from 10 am to 6 pm.
DRYDEN AND SPEEDSVILLE RECEIVE REVITALIZATION GRANTS
The Board approved two Commercial Center Revitalization grants. The Speedsville Community Hall Association will receive $3,400 to complete rebuilding the Speedsville Park gazebo, damaged by a storm last year. The Village of Dryden will forward a $3,665 grant to the Dryden Apartment Company for facade improvements to its Main Street office. The company’s improvements are compatible with the Village design guidelines and are considered to enhance the appearance of the streetscape.
Return to Tompkins County Homepage
E-mail Comments about this