Now that the Planning Board has granted preliminary approval to the INHS proposal to build homes on the privately owned land at 46 South Street, I want to take the opportunity to thank the members of the Trumansburg Planning Board for their hard work and due diligence throughout this process. Long meetings, over hundreds of hours, spanning nearly three years, 18 months of it in the formal site plan review process, all of you volunteering to take time away from your families and other commitments to fulfill this important duty – thank you for doing yeoman’s work throughout, and thank you for your commitment and dedication to the Village!
With this project receiving approval, it is now incumbent on the Village Board, and on me as Mayor, to look for synergies with the project that will benefit the Village as a whole. The first two areas in which I will be engaging the developer are, 1) I will be asking INHS to look into the possibility of a PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) program that will bring tax revenue to the Village before the project is completed, but will not shortchange the Village in the long term; and, 2) I will also be asking INHS to explore grant funding for stormwater management, not just for the building project’s needs, but as part of a Village initiative (which has already begun) to develop a Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan.
Fortunately, INHS is a local organization with deep roots in the community spanning decades, and not a disinterested out-of-state corporate entity. My hope is that what has been a somewhat controversial project marked by a sometimes contentious process, will prove to be a long term win for the Village.
Rordan Hart, Mayor
Village of Trumansburg
Village of Trumansburg officially a clean energy community
State grant money will help further improve energy efficiency
Trumansburg, NY- The Village of Trumansburg has joined several other emissions conscious cities,
towns, and villages across New York State as an officially recognized “Clean Energy Community” by
the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. To obtain the designation ,
Trumansburg completed four high-impact clean energy actions. The implementation of these actions
comes with the state’s recognition and a $5000 grant award to the Village.
The energy actions Trumansburg completed were the following:
1.Adopted a benchmarking policy to track and report the energy usage within Village municipal
2.Performed energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to municipal buildings to achieve a 10%
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
3.Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York
State United Solar Permit.
4.Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for the
Village’s Code Officer.
The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions came from converting the Village Hall gas boiler to air
sourced heat pumps, and converting the village offices to LED bulbs. Trumansburg Mayor, Rordan
Hart, believes it’s crucial that the Village sets an example on how to be conscious of energy
” The term ‘sustainability’ means different things in different situations”, said Hart, “But when
it comes to energy it means, at the very least, being the best stewards we can possibly be of our
community’s use and sourcing of our energy needs. I am very pleased that the Village of Trumansburg continues to move towards
increasingly sustainable energy usage.”
The actions taken by the Village of Trumansburg are part of a collective vision that sees the
Empire State setting the green energy pace for the rest of the nation. Trumansburg’s efforts to
decrease the Village’s carbon footprint, brings New York that much closer to realizing its
” The Village of Trumansburg’s designation is the latest example of how communities all across the
state are stepping up to help build a cleaner, more sustainable New York,” said Alicia Barton,
President and CEO, NYSERDA. ” I commend the Village for joining Governor Cuomo ‘s commitment to
reducing harmful emissions, lowering energy costs, and ensuring the state meets our nation-leading
clean energy goals.”
Initial thoughts on how the Village will use the grant money centers around weatherization upgrades
to Village Hall, more specially adding insulation to the basement and crawl spaces.
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