City of Ithaca department heads and Mayor Myrick will meet residents in their own neighborhoods this spring

March 24, 2015 by Rachel Cera

It's called "City Hall in Your Neighborhood," and it's a plan that will bring City of Ithaca elected officials and administrative staff to gatherings around town. The first is this Wednesday afternoon.

"This is a chance for community members to learn more about what city departments are involved in and responsible for," says Kevin Sutherland, chief of staff to Mayor Svante Myrick. "Give faces to names and answer questions," he says.

The first two "job fair style" events bringing City staff out to neighborhood schools and gathering places will be on Ithaca's east hill on Wednesday, March 25, and on west hill on Thursday, March 26. The meetings are Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm in the Belle Sherman Elementary School cafeteria at 501 Mitchell Street, and Thursday from 6-8pm at the Lehman Alternative Community School gym at 111 Chestnut Street. More events will be scheduled later this spring.

Sutherland tells us, "Our plan is for the first hour to be similar to a job fair, where each department has a booth with information and can answer questions. If turnout is large, we will transition to a panel discussion for the second hour, otherwise we will stay in the job fair format."

Mayor Myrick said on his Facebook page, "This is your chance to let DPW know about your favorite pothole, learn about how your tax dollars are spent from the Finance Department, and ask the Police Department directly about their community policing plans." The Mayor says he will be at the meetings, but he did not respond to a request for comment.

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