During their December meeting, the City of Ithaca's Common Council reviewed a resolution to decide whether or not to move OurBus to E. Seneca Street. Many councilors brought up the suggestion of moving the proposed bus stop from in front of the Starbucks on E. Seneca Street to in front of the Tompkins Trust Building. Some of the concerns brought up by members of the Common Council is that the corner of E. Seneca and Tioga Streets has too much traffic already.
JoAnn Cornish, director of the city’s Planning Department said having OurBus on that corner is beneficial than in the middle of the block because it will keep people from crossing in the middle of the street. She noted that the corner has a crosswalk and will be easier for people to access the buses. Fifth Ward Alderperson Deb Mohlenhoff made a suggestion that the three month trial period should begin when proper signage is in place and the fire hydrant at that location has been moved. After further discussion, the measure passed 9-1 with First Ward Alderperson Cynthia Brock opposed.
After a brief public privilege of the floor, Common Council dove into a lengthy agenda by passing a resolution to adopt the Waterfront Plan resolution as part of the City’s comprehensive plan. They also looked over a resolution to allocate funding a Six Mile Creek Feasibility Study. Through this study, the City of Ithaca would be better able to understand the soil conditions, creek flow impacts, and other problems that could come from developing a trail at the creek. Members of the Common Council expressed a great deal of skepticism because several agencies have said this isn’t a major priority for the city. The resolution passed 8-2 with Graham Kerslick and George McGonigal opposing the measure.
Finally, several local developers gave out the Ithaca Rotary's Pride of Ownership Awards. The properties that won were 323 Taughannock Boulevard, 319 Pleasent Street, the Canopy By Hilton, Bridges Cornell Heights, 433 W. Buffalo Street, City Centre, and 238 Linden Avenue. The owner or architect behind each building was awarded a special certificate from the Ithaca Rotary Club.