Common Ground Community Garden

Community Garden Plots Available
Plots are still available in the City’s Community Garden.  Now in its fourth year, the Common Ground Community Garden is located off Wheeler Avenue, behind the Armory, east of Smith Elementary School.  The Cortland City Youth Bureau oversees the Garden with help from DPW and volunteer members of the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee.  City residents may reserve raised bed plots for a seasonal rental fee ranging from $10 (4’x4’) to $20 (4’x8’).  Fee includes access to free City Water, compost, shared tools (rakes, shovels, trowels, wheelbarrow, etc.) and storage space in a locked shed.  Download Application.  Or, contact the Youth Bureau at 607-753-3021 to reserve a plot or for more information. Read more >>




Cortland County Historical Society

April 27, CCHS Lunch & Learn: "Rations of the Union Army"

12:10-12:50 pm, Suggett House, 25 Homer Ave. Civil War Re-enactor and SUNY Cortland intern Michael Barnes will speak about rations of the Union Army during the Civil War. Bring your own lunch to enjoy during the program, coffee and dessert will be provided. For more information call (607) 756-6071, email or visit

Cortland Free Library

April 27, Composting Workshop

6 pm, Cortland Free Library, 32 Church Street. Join Master Gardner Claudia Hitt, Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialist, and learn about composting. Save money on trash collection and make your garden beautiful with compost. This is the first in a series of 4 Family Friendly Gardening Workshops. For more information call (607) 753-1042, email or visit

Center for the Arts, Homer NY

April 29-30, Community Cabaret

Friday 7:30, Saturday 7 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Watch local community members as they strut their stuff in the first ever Community Cabaret! Singers, dancers and more will take the stage at the Center for the Arts for two nights! Tickets are available by calling (607) 749-4900. $10 adults, $8 students (12-17) and seniors, $5 (6-11), and 5 and under free. Support the Center for the Arts and Miss Pride of NY.

Lime Hollow Nature Center

April 30, Pre-Order for Lime Hollow Mother's Day Tree and Plant Sale

9 am - 3 pm, Lime Hollow Education Center. Buy native plants to reduce loss of biodiversity, combat exotic invasives, and support native pollinators. Lime Hollow is excited to be working with The Plantsmen Nursery in Lansing, NY to provide native trees and shrubs for sale in time for Mother’s Day. Pre-order by April 30. Pick-up of pre-orders will occur on the day of the sale. At that time additional native trees, shrubs, and perennials will be available for sale. A representative from The Plantsmen will be available to assist buyers. All proceeds from the sale will support programs at Lime Hollow. For more information call (607) 662-4632. See Poster

American Red Cross

April 30, Military Family Brunch

10 am - 12 noon, American Legion City Post 489, 212 Tompkins St. The American Red Cross will be hosting a free Military Family Salute and Reconnection Brunch. Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral David M. Duryea will serve as guest speaker. In addition to a complimentary brunch, attendees will have an opportunity to meet other local military families, learn about additional Red Cross services, as well as what services are available from other organizations. Entertainment for children will also be provided by Crossroads the Clown. This event is open to the public. RSVP to Thomas Margrave at (607) 753-1182 or email For more information call (607) 753-1182 or email

Lime Hollow Nature Center

May 1, Fairy Garden Workshop

1-4 pm, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Make your garden sparkle with a unique fairy garden. Join Sonya Langan, for an afternoon of magical fun as you create your very own fairy garden to take home! All ages welcome. Members $25, non-members $30 (price per garden not person). Pre-Registration is required by April 27! To register email or call 607-662-4632.

Cortland County Historical Society

April 27, CCHS Lunch & Learn: "Theodore W. Case: Father of Talking Movies"

12:10-12:50 pm, Suggett House, 25 Homer Ave. Please join author Toni Colella to learn how Theodore Case revolutionized the news and motion picture industries and how his legacy was lost in the frenzy of film history. Bring your own lunch to enjoy while you listen. Dessert and beverages will be provided. For more information call (607) 756-6071, email or visit

May is Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month

In an effort to encourage the maintenance of buildings and City wide residential housing rehabilitation, the Cortland City Council has suspended building permit fees until December 31, 2016 which includes repair work, alteration, or renovation with a maximum construction value of $20,000 dollars or less associated with owner occupied residential dwellings.

Building permits are still required. Work plans are still subject to Zoning, and review for Building Code compliance. Given the application's thoroughness, a permit of this type can normally be issued within 3-5 days.

Applications can be obtained online or at the Code Enforcement office at 25 Court Street. Call the office for assistance at 753-1741.

In addition to this financial incentive, some residential properties may be eligible for other assistance through a Community Development program.

Building Permit Approved

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.

Cortland City Seal

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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