December 7, 2006 - 7:30 am
Members: Danny Ross, Chairman; Merwin Armstrong, Vice Chairman; John Steger, John Troy and Carol Tytler
Others Present: Marilyn Brown,
Chairman of the Legislature; Katrina Spicer, Secretary to County
Administration; Richard C. Van Donsel, County Attorney; Dan Dineen, Director
of Planning Department; and Corey Preston, Cortland Standard
Absent: Kay Breed and Tom Hartnett
Mr. Ross turned the meeting over to Mr. Armstrong due to a conflict on interest.
Mr. Armstrong called the meeting to order at 7:38 a.m.
Mr. Troy moved adoption of the minutes of the
November 16, 2006 meeting; seconded by Ms. Tytler. All
members voting in favor, minutes approved as printed.
Inclusion of Viable
Agricultural Land with the Cortland County Consolidated Agricultural District
– Mr. Steger moved adoption;
seconded by Mr. Troy. Mr. Ross
explained that this resolution involves 10 acres of his land that he and his
wife are interested in using to start a business.
He added that there are benefits to include this land as viable
agricultural land. Mr. Dineen
explained State Agriculture laws and that there is a 30-day window to include
viable agriculture land in the Agriculture District.
He added that there are two individuals asking to include their land in
the Agriculture District, one being the Ross’s.
Mr. Ross expanded and stated that he and his wife plan to grow
mushrooms on the land and that there are few mushroom growers.
Mr. Van Donsel explained that a public hearing is required.
Ms. Tytler asked what the other individuals plan to do with their
property. Mr. Dineen explained
that it would be utilized for farming. All
members present voting in favor; none opposed; Mr. Ross abstained from voting;