First Light New Year's Eve Celebration

Cross-Country SKiing at Lime Hollow
Lime Hollow offers several sets of (adult) cross-country skis and (adult and child) snowshoes for rent, to use on our well-marked ski trail: a 2.25-mile loop, rated easy to moderate, which starts and finishes at our visitor center, and meanders through gently rolling hills, open fields, pine forests, and nearby ponds and streams. Trails are open dawn until dusk every day, free of charge, and trail maps can be found at the kiosk by the Visitor Center. Nordic Winter Center is open Wed-Thurs-Fri 10 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am-4 pm. See Lime Hollow Trail Map and Rental Rates.




Seven Valleys Health Coalition

January 18, Cortland Counts Community Forum

10-4 pm, Ramada Inn, 2 River St. The forum is one part of an on-going, multi-pronged community assessment process implemented by the Community Assessment Team (CAT), which includes representatives from: Seven Valleys Health Coalition, Cortland County Health Department, SUNY Cortland Institute for Civic Engagement, Cortland Regional Medical Center and United Way for Cortland County. The process also includes the annual Cortland Counts Report Card, which provides statistics for the health and well-being of Cortland County.

In addition to the annual report card, a comprehensive Cortland Counts Report is published every 3-5 years, with detailed information on health and safety status, economic statistics, social cohesion, housing, and environment. The information is collected using local, national, and state data bases, and assessments include input from local focus groups, including senior citizens, health and human service agency leaders, local recipients of human services, and students. Data from current and previous report cards including the latest comprehensive report (2013) can be found online at

This year's forum will feature keynote speakers, Cortland County Sheriff, Mark Helms, and Cortland County Mental Health Director, Mark Thayer, who will speak on the “Face of the Drug Epidemic in Our Community”.

In addition, there will be presentations for each of five "track areas" that affect the community: health, youth, sustainability, housing, and economic. Topics and speakers include the following:
• HEALTH TRACK: Healthy Cortland Innovation Readiness Training Survey: What We Learned From Our Community, with Jackie Leaf, Seven Valleys Health Coalition
• YOUTH TRACK: T21 and What We Know About Our Kids, with Jennifer Hamilton, Cortland County Health Depart, and Matt Whitman, Cortland Area Communities That Care
• SUSTAINABILITY TRACK: Farm to Table in Cortland –What’s New?, with Beth Klein, SUNY Cortland; Sustainable Cortland
• HOUSING TRACK: Meeting Cortland’s Housing Needs, Shari Weiss, Catholic Charities of Cortland County
• ECONOMIC TRACK : The Economic Impact of Tourism on Cortland County, Jim Dempsey, Cortland County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

Light refreshments will be available during the program. All community members interested in the well-being of Cortland County are invited to attend the forum, but an RSVP is needed by January 13. For more information, contact Seven Valleys Health Coalition at 607-756-4198.

Center for the Arts in Homer

January 20, Colin Hay

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Colin Hay is familiar to millions as the frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”). Hay is justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he’s made 11 critically-acclaimed solo albums, including the highly successful Man at Work, and has recently announced the release of his new album Next Year People on Compass Records. The frequent use of Hay’s music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances), Army Wives, and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs. General admission $40, Senior $38, Students $35, military and children under 18 free. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit

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Grievance Procedure per Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

The City of Cortland has adopted a grievance procedure relative to discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities funded with certain federal funds.

BACKGROUND: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the “Act”) as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or that receive financial assistance from HUD.


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City of Cortland Traffic Study

Take Our Survey Now

The City of Cortland has begun a traffic circulation and accessibility study of Main Street between Clinton Avenue and Port Watson Street. The project will include investigation and analysis of traffic circulation and congestion, safety, parking, freight deliveries, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians.

You are invited to attend a Public Information Meeting on Thursday November 3, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson Street, Cortland, NY to learn how you can be involved and express your input on the project. We would also appreciate it if you publicized the Facebook event through your social media channels.

The purpose of the meeting will be to provide an overview of the project, share data regarding existing conditions, and discuss the next steps. The meeting is also intended to be a visioning session. Following a brief presentation, the public will have an opportunity to discuss the issues and opportunities that need to be considered and how strategic changes could improve the corridor.

The meeting is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. If any members of the public are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to submit comments, you are invited to send ideas and comments by email to the City’s Project Manager, Adam Megivern.

For questions about project: Email Adam Megivern, Executive Director Cortland Downtown Partnership or call (607) 342-6460.

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City of Cortland Small Business Assistance

Do you want to open a small business? Do you need to expand your small business? This may be your chance to be in business for yourself! The City of Cortland will be applying for NYS funding for a city-wide Microenterprise Program to assist small businesses with five or fewer employees, including the owners. For more information contact Laura Meagley at Thoma Development Consultants immediately at (607) 753-1433 or download guidelines and pre-application. The city must apply for this opportunity to assist small businesses no later than July 29. Act soon so this opportunity doesn't expire!

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HOME Program Funds Available

NEW FOR 2016 – The City of Cortland was awarded $304,000 from New York State to administer a new HOME Program in the City.  Home funds will be used for the rehabilitation of single-family homes in the City that are owned and occupied by low-to-moderate income persons. READ MORE >>

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Income Property Program Funds Available

ATTENTION INCOME PROPERTY OWNERS - NEW FOR 2016 – The City of Cortland was awarded $400,000 to administer an Income Property Program in the City.   The funds will be used for the rehabilitation of substandard, one to three unit income properties in the City where at least 51% of the tenants are low-to-moderate in income. READ MORE >>

Emergency 911 Address

Can the City of Cortland Find You Quickly in an Emergency?

Emergency 911 Address & House Number

The following guidelines will assist you in correctly posting an emergency 911 address number. If you have a question in reference to posting your house number, call the Fire Station at 758-8380, or Code Enforcement at 753-1741.

1. The number shall be displayed in a location visible from the road on which the number is assigned, such as a mailbox easily identifiable from the street.

2. The number should be placed on the house or dwelling unit in an area immediately adjacent to the front door. Numbers must be readily visible from the street and the view of the numbers should not be blocked by trees or shrubs.

3. Numbers may be placed on a sign or post at the entrance to a right-of-way or shared driveway. If the sign serves multiple buildings, the address to each house or unit served by that right-of-way or shared driveway shall be affixed. If the house or unit is not visible from the point at which the individual driveway breaks from the right-of-way or shared driveway, the address number must also be posted on the house or dwelling or unit.

4. Numbers should be at least 4 inches high.

5. Numbers should be plain block numerals, not script or written numbers.

6. Numbers shall be set on a background or contrasting color, preferably white or black. It is recommended that a retro reflective material be used.

7. Do not place number on utility poles, road signs, or anywhere within the road right-of-way (except mailboxes).

8. Temporary display of addresses for new structures shall be maintained during construction.

If you receive your mail at a Post Office Box you must still post the Emergency 911 Address on your property so that it can be located by emergency vehicles.

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Energy ChallengeEnergy Challenge Program

The typical household in Central New York wastes about 30 percent of its energy consumption. The Challenge Team program is designed to reduce that energy waste.

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