|May 17, 2013 Issue||
Volume 9, Issue 19
School Vote Results: Budget Yes-559 No-241; Bus Purchase Yes-577 No-205; Karen McGreevey (579), Christine Iacobucci (411) and Walker Reynolds (405) have won the three open Board of Education seats. Other candidates vote counts: Anne Drake (146), Steven Kuramoto (146), Carl Schimmelfing (11)|
The latest twist in an isolated neighborhood disagreement that blew up into a major issue for the Town of Lansing resulted in the failure to pass a moratorium on new signs in the town. Concerns about the length of the moratorium, its impact on attracting new business to Lansing, and impediments to replacing damaged existing signs were not satisfactorily addressed for some residents attending Wednesday's Town Board meeting.
"We're working very hard on a sign ordinance and it will not take six months to get it done," Lansing Town Supervisor Kathy Miller said. "So everybody understands, if we don't have a moratorium and we don't have a sign law then anybody can put up anything. If you're happy with that, then so be it. We're doing it only to protect the Town while we don't have a sign law."
Eric Hartz resigned from his position as Lansing High School Principal Monday. Hartz has held the leadership position in the high school since 2009. In a letter to the Board of Education he outlined his journey in education, and the reasons he is leaving the profession, saying that onerous unfunded New York State mandates have overwhelmed educators' ability to be effective. He said he is spending too much time fulfilling mandates and paperwork that would be better spent educating students.
"It's a very sad moment for me, but I just can't do it any more," he said. "It's not this district. It is our state and where we are at right now, and what we're doing. I just don't believe in it any more."
The Lansing Town Board unanimously passed an extension to the Town's moratorium on high impact commercial and industrial activities Wednesday. The original one year moratorium was passed into law last May to protect the town against the threat of hydrofracking while the town updates ordinances and plans to offer permanent protection against potential environmental and road damage to town property. The new law extends the moratorium for another year and includes one minor clarification of permitted business uses to protect existing businesses in the town.
Town officials and committees are in the process of updating zoning laws and the town's comprehensive plan. The moratorium is crafted to allow time for the work of Town Center Committee, the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Pathways Committee, the Codes Committee, the Oil & Gas Committee, as well as what officials deem 'key drivers of the future' including the comprehensive plan and zoning efforts, including the South Lansing sewer initiative.
The Lansing PTSO sponsored 'Meet the Candidates' night monday. The event was moderated by the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County's Lucia Sciore. Candidates were given three minutes for opening statements, and a few minutes to answer questions submitted by the public. While it was acknowledged that there are some write-in candidates hoping to be elected to one of the three open school board seats Tuesday, only candidates whose names will appear on the ballot participated Monday. The three candidates with the highest number of votes Tuesday will win seats on the board.
The vote on the budget, busses and school board members is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 21 from 7am to 9pm at the Lansing Teacher Center located in R.C. Buckley Elementary School. Here is the full transcript of the session, plus a sound recording of the one hour meeting.
The JV baseball team finished with a regular season record of 16 – 0. Continuing to play with poise, confidence and discipline the team defeated the Eagles, Blue Devils and the Blue Raiders in the last matchups of this season. They started the week with an assertive, 24 – 3, win over Whitney Point. The boys then traveled to Moravia where they took the lead and never let it go. For their final regular season game the Bobcats battled their rival across the lake, defeating them 15 – 8. They earned the title of IAC Large School North Champions and the right to compete in the IAC Large School championship game against the Waverly Wolverines.
The Whitney Point Eagles soared into Lansing only to be hooded and sent away by a committee of Bobcat pitchers. Relying on the solid defense behind them, Corbin Atkins, Greg Lee, Ben Kutler, and Dominic Tarallo combined for six strikeouts and allowed only three runs. The offense was alive from the start of the game. Kyle Arrison batted a thousand going 1 for 1 with a two RBI single. Logan Osterman went 2 for 3 with a double and a single. Atkins, Kutler, Mikula, Tarallo, Jesse Richardson, Jared Strait and Owen Davis all batted five hundred.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will restore the funding needed to support continued operation of the Ithaca air traffic control tower, as well as 148 other airport contract towers across the country, through the end of the federal fiscal year September 30. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced DOT has determined that the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the FAA to transfer sufficient funds to keep the contract towers open for the remainder of this fiscal year. The towers, including Ithaca’s, had been scheduled to close as of June 15, as a result of federal sequestration.
“I am absolutely delighted to hear that our air traffic control tower will be allowed to stay open,” said Airport Manager Bob Nicholas. “It is a hugely important facility for the smooth flow of air traffic and the efficiency of our airline partners. My thanks to all the hard work from the Air Services Board, Tompkins County officials, Cornell, Ithaca College and a whole host of others who have used their time and influence to lobby people in Washington. Due to their efforts the FAA now clearly understands what the tower means to this airport and the community in general.”
AfterImage Electrolysis is opening a Lansing office on June 4th. The practice will be open inside the Styles and Smiles Hair Salon at 3100 N. Triphammer Road. Electrologist Jill Bush will be there twice a week to help people with unwanted hair.
"I love that I can help women gain self confidence. I've been through electrolysis myself. (Unwanted hair) really does make you feel self-conscious and it's something that so many women have to deal with on a daily basis. Not only does electrolysis free up their time, but it saves them money and gives them a huge boost in their confidence. it's a very rewarding job to have."