Autumn Ridge Residents Demand Action On Flooding

Mar202015
flooding 1 120More than a dozen worried and angry residents of the Autumn Ridge development in the southwest part of the Town of Lansing came to Wednesday's Town Board meeting to find out what the Town has planned to prevent severe flooding that plagued the neighborhood in the past year's extreme weather.  Some demanded that the Town fix the problem, but town officials, while wanting to help to some extent, questioned whether it is legal to spend all taxpayers' money to fix a problem on private property.

"If you had permission to enter property you could enter property," said Town Attorney Guy Krogh.  "That's the right of legal access.  I haven't discussed the extent to which it's legal to utilize everybody's money to benefit a limited part of the population.  With flooding and flood control and flood prevention you do have a lot of authority, but at what point are you leaving something that's a public problem and going to something that's a private problem and using public money on it?"

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Planning Board Member

Mar062015

Planning Board Member

 

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The Town of Lansing is accepting applications for the Planning Board.

The primary responsibilities include the recommendation of town planning, policies and development, as well as advising the Town Board, Staff, or other municipal bodies on matters affecting community development.

Further information along with the Application is available in the Town of Lansing Supervisor’s Office, 29 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY 14882, or can be found on the Town's website at www.lansingtown.com (please right-click this link and download the application).   Applicants must be a Town of Lansing resident.

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Lansing Town Truck and Park Equipment Funded

Mar202015
hwd truck 120An unexpected discussion about funding equipment for Lansing's Highway and Parks and Recreation Departments earlier this month has resulted in $240,000 of equipment being funded.  The Lansing Town Board agreed 4-0 Wednesday to authorize spending the money for a large ten-wheeler truck, used for plowing snow, and lawn mowing equipment.  The vote was in response to a flap over the town's non-existant fund balance policy and urgent requests by the two departments.  Supervisor Kathy Miller says a fund balance policy will assign money to department reserves every year and make equipment replacement simpler and automatic.

"We have the money now to do that," Miller says.  "We can say this is what we want to leave in there and whatever is in excess of that amount we can put into reserve funds.  That makes total sense.  This will make the departments happy because we won't have this 'wait and see' attitude.  If they have the money they will know what they can spend."

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Fund Balance Policy Highlights A Political Split in Lansing

townhall 120The recent flap over whether new equipment would be funded to replace a damaged highway department truck and lawn mowing equipment has escalated the issue of whether or not Lansing should have a fund balance policy in place.  What to do with Lansing's fund balance is only the latest of a string of issues that has split the board along political lines for the past six years.

Democrats want a fund balance policy that maintains the unassigned fund balance at levels recommended by consultants and Albany, then puts any left over money into assigned reserve funds to be used later to purchase equipment like snow plows, trucks, park maintenance equipment and so on.  Republicans want to keep the money unassigned so they can be more flexible in addressing needs as they come up and mitigate tax rises by supplimenting the budget and thus reducing the levy on taxpayers.


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Lansing Passes Truss Sign Law

Mar202015

Lansing Passes Truss Sign Law

 

trusslaw 120The Town of Lansing enacted a new law Wednesday that will require owners of new homes and older homes that have had work done requiring a building permit to display a label warning emergency responders that the structure has wooden trusses.  The law was passed to conform to a new state law that requires new homes and homes with new additions to be labeled.  

Code/Fire Enforcement Officer & Building Inspector Lynn Day says the law will require that the stickers are properly placed before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued.  In a Town Board working meeting he recommended that the Town provide the stickers to homeowners as part of their building permit.  Day has procures a small supply of the stickers, but says he is waiting until the state determines whether four inch square stickers may be used instead of the currently required six inch stickers.

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County Legislature Highlights

Mar202015

County Legislature Highlights

 

tc leg120Passage of Anti-Solitary Confinement Legislation Urged
The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Nate Shinagawa was excused) urged the New York State Assembly and Senate to pass The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, as recommended by the Legislature's Public Safety; Budget, Capital, and Personnel; and Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committees.  The HALT bill, as described in the resolution, essentially calls for the creation of alternatives to isolated confinement; states that no person may be held in isolated confinement more than 15 consecutive days, or 20 days total in any 60-day period; restricts criteria for placement in isolated confinement; and bans several special populations from isolated confinement.

Noting that a number of people in the community have been working on and proposing this, Budget/Personnel Chair Jim Dennis said, "It's time to do this…you have to do the right thing and pass this resolution."  Legislator Mike Sigler, who supported the resolution, said before the vote that the legislation does not, and it not intended to address those in "super-max" incarceration facilities.

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Sheriff’s Office Presents After-Action Report on Hornbrook Road Barricading Incident

sheriff 120Before the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing and Undersheriff Brian Robison presented the detailed After-Action Report on the Barricading Incident at 127 Hornbrook Road in Danby—a two-and-a-half-day standoff that began the evening of December 30, when Sheriff’s officers attempted to serve a warrant on David Cady and ended the morning of January 2, when officers entered the home after Mr. Cady died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
 
The report, the Undersheriff said, attempts to describe the incident and the response by law enforcement, answer questions that have been raised, and consider how elements of response to the incident can inform strategies and tactics in future situations.

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