|December 6, 2013 Issue||
Volume 9, Issue 46
The Lansing Town Board continued to argue about the value of hiring a full time planner Wednesday. Although the board passed a budget that includes funding for a full time position and that amount is less than was budgeted this year, some board members are taking a cautious approach to adding a full time position to the Town's roster, despite strong advocacy from Supervisor Kathy Miller, Planning Board Chairman Tom Ellis, and Jonathan Kanter, a professional planner who has held half-time position this year to guide the Town of Lansing as it updates its comprehensive plan.
"If you have been to a Planning Board meeting lately, or this year, things are different," she said. "They're really working well and I attribute that to Jon. He's worked really well with them. You have to admit they are a cohesive group now, and that is so crucial to what goes on here. When they deal with developers come in the facade developers see is so much more professional. It's a lot different from what we saw the year before."
Lansing Fire Commission elections are coming up next Tuesday. Fire Commission Chairman Robert Wagner is running for for his fourth five year term. Steve Oplinger is running for the remaining two years of Jeff Walters' term. Walters resigned when he moved away from Lansing. Tonya Reynolds filled the position for a brief period, and Oplinger was appointed after she reigned. In two years he will be eligible to run for a five year term.
The election is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 10th from 6pm to 9pm at Central Station (80 Ridge Road, Lansing). Both candidates are running unopposed.
Many people agree that all the little signs sprinkled around the Town of Lansing are, well... ugly. Wednesday the Town Board heard a plan to eliminate all the little business signs on two major intersections and replacing them with attractive wayfinding signs. They would be replaced with attractive, slatted, wayfinding signs that businesses can buy onto, helping people find them around town.
"That would give the people that have these signs up now an option," said Code/Fire Enforcement Officer & Building Inspector Lynn Day. "Once we get this in place the Town would own the sign itself and each business would buy an individual slat. (Cayuga Signs estimated) the slat and lettering would be about $40, which is exactly our sign fee."
A handful of cars met a fiery demise this week in South Lansing. At least 20 firefighters from fire departments across Tompkins County were on the scene with two pumpers to snuff the fires. Smoke billowed high above the burning cars as emergency responders rusher to put out the flames. It was all part of the Firefighter I car fire training session, hosted at Lansing Central Station Tuesday night.
"To be an interior firefighter you have to have the Firefighter I class," says Lansing Fire Chief Scott Purcell. "About half the departments in the county, including Lansing, also require an eight hour class on firefighter survival. It's about bailing out if you get in trouble. They do some bailout exercises in this class, but Firefighter survival gets into a lot more: getting out of windows, breaching walls, what happens when you fall through a floor."