Community Advisory Group

Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Overview & Duties
The Community Advisory Group (CAG) is concerned with Ithaca’s environmentally contaminated sites and has been convened to promote greater public participation in clean-up projects, and help both citizens and involved government agencies make better-informed decisions. It is important to note that CAG is not a decision-making body and does not set policy or make decisions regarding project design and implementation. Instead, CAG is intended to provide a forum through which a broad and diverse sample of community needs and interests are represented.

CAG works to:

  • Promote broad, balanced representation of communities and stakeholders among the city’s contaminated sites
  • Encourage more routine and consistent communications and coordination between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the New York State Department of Health and the community
  • Solicit ongoing recommendations about ways to enhance community involvement
  • Provide an avenue for the community to voice its needs and concerns
  • Provide for a consistent source of feedback for DEC to gauge interests and needs

CAG members also provide comments on project-related issues, such as:

  • Development and implementation of work plans (e.g., remedial investigation work plan)
  • Community health and safety plans
  • Quality-of-life issues (e.g., noise, odor, lights, etc.)
  • Community impacts
  • Community resources
  • Project education
  • Evaluation of community outreach and involvement

We hope that the agencies will designate staff members to serve as primary contacts for each of the affected sites, and we will designate primary CAG contacts. We will use mailing lists, websites and local contacts to help get word out from the agencies to affected communities. We will try to consolidate and organize questions / concerns brought to us by community members for delivery to the relevant agencies. While in-person public meetings are required by regulations, we hope to make the best use of everyone’s time and efforts between these meetings, through email, conference calls, and other available forms of communication.

  • Ken Deschere, Co-Chair
  • Regina Deschere, Co-Chair
  • Leia Raphaelidis, Vice-Chair
  • Kathy Woodcock, Secretary
  • Shawn Creighton