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  July 11, 2014 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 10, Issue 26

postheadericon Over 4,000 Lansing Homes Affected By Tuesday Storm

lightningTheoretically all power has been restored in Tompkins County after a violent storm knocked out power to 17,600 NYSEG customers in NYSEG’s Ithaca Division Tuesday.  NYSEG announced yesterday that all Ithaca-area service was expected to be restored by midnight.  By Thursday morning local crews working with dozens of NYSEG crews from other locations, as well as contract line and tree crews, had reduced the number of storm-related outages to 1,375.   An estimated 57,000 NYSEG customers suffered outages across the company’s statewide service area.

“As a result of the detailed information from yesterday’s damage assessment and the determination of our crews to restore power safely and efficiently, we have been able to significantly revise our estimated restoration time,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We appreciate all of the assistance we have received and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we continue our work.”

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postheadericon New Tank Will Increase Water Pressure In Lansing

watertank1The Town of Lansing is moving forward with a $2,006,500 water tank and pump station project that will improve water pressure in the central part of the Town including the Whispering Pines and Warren Road neighborhoods.  Town Engineer David Herrick says the Bone Plain Pressure Zone project is the largest engineering project on the Town's docket at the moment.  The two-phased project includes a new water tank to be constructed in Dryden, just over the town line on Bone Plain Road, plus a pump station near the existing tank on Village Circle.  Herrick says the new facilities should be online by the Fall of 2015.

"I would hope this project will be complete by early Fall or the end of Fall of next year," he told the Town Board last week .  "All portions should go out for bid -- the tank and the water main from Farrell Road to the tank.  It is my understand that the Highway Department will be interested and available to do some of those little interconnections between existing systems in the Village Circle area and along Warren Road.  But the larger part of the project including the major extension on Farrell, Schofield, Bone Plain and the tank would be a public works project."

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postheadericon Health Services Zoning Extended in Village

cma16brentwoodThe Village of Lansing Trustees voted unanimously Monday to extend the Human Health Services District to enlarge the grouping of medical buildings including Convenient Care off of Warren Road.  The action came after Integrated Acquisition & Development Vice President of Development and Construction Services Herman Sieverding asked the board a month ago to consider the zoning change.  Sieverding said an additional 60,000 square feet of medical-related office space in three lots of about three acres each could be added to existing buildings on the site.

"A portion of that property that was going to be developed previously cannot be effectively developed because of wetlands issues," explained Village Attorney David Dubow.  "The request was made to extend the Humand and Health Services District further into the Business and Technology District.  This was discussed both at the Planning Board and the Board of Trustees, and the Village agreed to proceed with a local law."

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postheadericon Northwood Road To Become Public Boulevard

The Village of Lansing accepted an offer to dedicate Northwood Road to the Village in a 4/0 vote Monday.  The privately owned road was at the center of a fierce controversy in 2012 when a proposed development put the spotlight on a small piece of the Village, including public roads, that is isolated because there is no public thoroughfare connecting it to any other public road.  While the vote doesn't quite finish the process of taking over the road, Village officials view it as a long-awaited victory for the Village. 

"All of Northwood Road, that is privately owned now, will be dedicated to the Village," said Village Attorney David Dubow.  "It will become a Village road.  They will design it with a boulevard effect.  From the moment this is completed the Village will maintain it, repair it, control it, snow plow it -- do everything they would do anywhere else in the Village on a public road."

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postheadericon 4th of July at Myers Park

4th_fw_withpeopleIt didn't look good. Thursday was fraught with thunderstorms and lots and lots of rain. But after soaking patriotic park-goers determined to see the fireworks, the skies cleared and a spectacular display was enjoyed by all.

4th_umbrellabandThe rain didn't put everyone off.

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postheadericon New Roots Highlights College Bound Students

kaihaskins2012_120Kai Haskins, son of Stephanie Haskins from Enfield and Lisa Marsella from Freeville, graduated with honors from New Roots Charter School on June 27th.  Accepted to the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts, Kai’s college of choice is Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, ranked #1 for entrepreneurialism by The U.S. News & World Report.

Kai, who received awards for 100% of his college costs, will pursue a bachelor in science in business and entrepreneurship with a concentration in environmental sustainability. Forging new territory in college, Kai is a role model for New Roots students involved in the school’s new entrepreneurialism program.

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