Meeting announcements

Nov. 22, 2015

ICNA will make a presentation to the county Government Operations Committee this Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The meeting will begin with comments from the public at 3:30 p.m. Our presentation to committee members is scheduled for 3:50 p.m.

Our statement to the committee reflects the input we have received from our members over the last two years, and was developed during the two meetings we had in November. We will express our community’s efforts to ensure that the future of the 25.5 acres of publicly owned woods, wetlands and wildlife habitat at Indian Creek will be determined in an inclusive, transparent process. We will also describe the land’s environmental and historical significance, and its rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Please join us if you can to show your support.

Government Operations Committee
Tuesday, Nov. 24
3:30 p.m.
Legislature Chambers, Tompkins Building
121 E. Court St.

Nov. 18,2015

REMINDER: The Indian Creek Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting this Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Racker Centers, 3226 Wilkins Rd.

We will hear reports from the people who attended meetings and did research since our last meeting on Nov. 5. At this meeting, we will discuss our response to the county’s Government Operations Committee, which will meet on Nov. 24. We have worked very hard over the past two years to prevent the 26 acres of woods and wetlands at Indian Creek from being developed. Now we must come up with a plan for this environmentally sensitive area.

If you cannot attend the meeting, send your thoughts and ideas to indiancreek@twcny.rr.com and we will ensure that they are heard. You can find more information on our Indian Creek Neighborhood Association Facebook page or at our website at https://indiancreekneighborhood.wordpress.com/.

This is our chance to respond to the crisis of climate change by safeguarding the Cayuga Lake watershed, preserving natural habitat and being responsible stewards of land that is entrusted to our care. Join us!

Nov. 6, 2015

Dear Friends —

We had a very productive and forward-looking meeting yesterday evening at the Racker Centers. About 20 people attended with ideas about how we can move forward in preserving the 26 acres of woods and wetlands at Indian Creek.

A number of people volunteered to make contacts and do research. They will report at our next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Racker Centers on Wilkins Road.

Several members also attended an earlier Town of Ithaca Conservation Board meeting to make a presentation about preserving the woods and wetlands. Board members were supportive of our efforts and gave us advice on moving forward.

Thanks to all of you for your continuing support. We’ll report on any new developments that may occur, and we look forward to seeing you at our 2meeting on Nov. 18.

Oct. 30, 2015

The Indian Creek Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Racker Centers, 3226 Wilkins Rd.

The meeting will give our community an opportunity to discuss the future of the Indian Creek woods in an open forum. We are eager to hear your ideas about how we can go forward to develop a plan that takes into account the quality of life on West Hill and also the environmental importance of the woods and wetlands.

As we reported earlier this week, the county legislature’s Government Operations Committee on Oct. 27 tabled a proposal by county planning commissioner Ed Marx to authorize listing the 26 acres of land on the open real estate market. Committee chairman Dan Klein said the committee will review proposals from our community on what should be done with the woods. The next meeting of the committee will be Nov. 24.

Thanks to the leadership of Dan Klein, our community now has an opportunity to participate in determining the future of this important parcel of land.

So — now the ball is in our court. We have worked very hard over the past two years to prevent the 26 acres of woods and wetlands at Indian Creek from being developed. Now we must come up with a plan for this environmentally sensitive area.

Please plan to attend our upcoming meeting to be part of this exciting project. If you cannot attend the meeting, send your thoughts and ideas to indiancreek@twcny.rr.com and we will ensure that they are heard.

This is our chance to respond to the crisis of climate change by safeguarding the Cayuga Lake watershed, preserving natural habitat and being responsible stewards of land that is entrusted to our care. Join us!

March 19, 2015

Throughout our long winter, members of ICNA have been trying to keep informed about any developments related to the Indian Creek Woods. We’ve just received this information:

County Planning Commissioner Ed Marx will report on the “Status of County Property on Harris B. Dates Drive” at the county legislature’s Government Operations Committee on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m.

The committee allots a short amount of time for public comment at 3:35. Marx’s report is first on the agenda, at approx. 3:45 p.m. You can see the meeting agenda at

http://tompkinscountyny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2340

The agenda packet does not give any advance information about the content of the Planning Department report.

Though the meeting is being held at an inconvenient time for many people, please join us if you can to show the county legislators that people in the West Hill area are committed to play a role in development plans for our area. Members of ICNA will attend the meeting to speak. We will report back to you on what happens at the meeting.

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