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posticon What The Storm Cost Lansing

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Highway Department Snow Plow


School was out, the roads were closed, and people generally enjoyed a day or two off last week when about 18 inches of snow piled up in Lansing.  But the Lansing Highway Department crew  had the opposite experience -- it was their busy time, clearing the roads and making sure that emergency vehicles could get where they needed to go.  Highway Superintendent Charlie 'Cricket' Purcell told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday that last week's storm cost the Town about $61,000, and reported that keeping the town's roads clear went smoothly as his crew worked around the clock to plow Lansing's roads.

"Our little snow storm that we had last week was nothing really extraordinary," Purcell said.  "It cost around $61,000.  About 25% or that was labor, 55% is the cost to run and maintain our equipment, and around 20% was our materials, the salt and grit we use.  We had between 16 and 18 inches of snow.  By today's standards that's a rough event, because we haven't really had much like that in a long time, but we certainly handled it in good fashion."

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posticon Interfaith Community Dish-to-Pass

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By Lansing United Methodist Church and Moosalla Noor Print
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Neighbors getting to know Neighbors!
Dish-to-Pass Thursday, March 30, from 5:30-7:30pm
Lansing United Methodist Church, in cooperation with our Muslim neighbors at Moosalla Noor, will host an Interfaith Community Dish-to-Pass on Thursday, March 30, from 5:30-7:30pm at 32 Brickyard Road in Lansing. This event is free and open to the public.

Everyone is welcome! Please bring a labeled dish-to-pass and an open heart to meet new friends. (If time or budget make the “dish” a hardship, please be our guest.) Join us for an evening of good food, fellowship and conversation.
Neighbors getting to know Neighbors.  It is our hope that this will become a monthly event and welcome your input and ideas. Thursday, April 27th from 5:30-7:30pm will be dinner number two. - Save the date!

Want to get involved? Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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posticon Village Planning Board Opposes Coffee Shop Near Mall

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Meadows PDA

Arrowhead Ventures' Eric Goetzmann was before the Village of Lansing Board of trustees Monday to request the board's approval of setbacks for the Lansing Meadows senior housing project on Oakcrest Road.  But four Planning Board members were present to voice their opposition of a proposed change to the PDA (Planned Development Area) that would allow about 20% of the property to house a coffee shop or small diner.  The project has been held up for six years while Goetzmann negotiated the relocation of wetlands with the Army Corps of Engineers, but he said Monday that he finally hopes to start construction this summer.

"The fact that you don't see a shovel in the ground is merely because we tried to make this thing bigger and better than it was," he said.  "I said I would do this. I started it and I am going to try to finish it.  The commercial piece I asked for is something --- this was commercial property before."

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posticon Town of Ithaca Home Heavily Damaged in Fire

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By Cayuga Heights Fire Department Print
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At 10:24 p.m. on Friday, March 17, the Cayuga Heights Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Concord Place in the Town of Ithaca after a neighbor reported seeing flames coming from a residence.

The first arriving units found the attached garage engulfed in flames, with fire beginning to spread to the rest of the two-story, single-family home. After being informed that no one was inside, firefighters made an interior attack from the front door to knock down the fire. Crews operating on the second floor found fire in the attic, which required pulling down ceiling in order to reach and extinguish.

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posticon Mittler Elected to Board of Regents

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By Office of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton Print
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Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-125AD, Tompkins/Cortland) announced that her nomination to the New York State Board of Regents, former Ithaca teacher Susan W. Mittler, was elected as the new Regent from the Sixth Judicial District. The Board of Regents is responsible for overseeing all educational activites within the State of New York.

"It has been a great honor for me to be able to nominate this wonderful teacher and advocate for all our children and their teachers," said Lifton. "It is gratifying to see her elected as the new Regent for the Sixth Judicial District, where I know she will do a superb job making sound policy for all the schoolchildren in our state."

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Funding Arrangement Approved for Pine Tree Road Intersection Improvements
The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Peter Stein was excused) amended the County's Capital Program and allocated $287,000 in up-front Highway Department funding to support Pine Tree Road intersection improvements at Ellis Hollow Road and the East Hill Plaza entrance in the Town of Ithaca. Federal reimbursement is expected for 90% of the total project cost, with an anticipated County funding contribution of $28,700.

Budget Adjustment Approved for Forest Home Bridge Project
The Legislature, also by unanimous vote (Legislator Peter Stein was excused) amended the Capital Program and approved a transfer of just under $364,000 in Highway Department fund balance to address higher than expected costs in the recently closed-out reconstruction project for the upstream Forest Home Bridge over Fall creek. Funds are transferred to the appropriate Capital Account to make up overruns due to construction and construction inspection of the federally aided nearly $2.3 million project.

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posticon Helming Votes For State Senate Budget

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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NYS Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) this week voted for the Senate Majority's Budget Resolution calling it a roadmap of affordability. Senator Helming noted that the plan rejects new taxes and fees, while making substantial investments in infrastructure and education. The plan also proposes an $8 billion groundbreaking initiative to ensure clean and reliable drinking water for generations to come.

"This week I joined my colleagues in the Senate Majority in putting forth a responsible budget that controls state spending, reduces taxes, creates a better economic environment for our job creators, and makes prudent and important changes to the Governor's proposal," said Senator Helming. "From strengthening the STAR program to reducing taxes on small businesses and manufacturers, our spending plan puts into motion proposals that will begin to make New York State a more affordable place to live and work."

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posticon Reed Supports County Medicaid Amendment

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By - Print
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Congressman Tom Reed is supportive of an amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would lessen the property tax burden across upstate New York. The changes would prevent the State of New York from forcing county governments to pay for a portion of the state's share of Medicaid.

"This is a critical amendment that will result in many members supporting the AHCA. We worked as tirelessly as a delegation to make this happen," Reed stated.

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posticon Farmland Protection Bill Passed in State Senate

News | Friday, March 24, 2017 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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The New York State Senate this week passed legislation sponsored by Senator Pam Helming (R,C,I – 54th District) as part of a comprehensive package of bills that would strengthen and preserve agriculture as the state's leading industry. This bill is the first piece of legislation sponsored by Senator Helming to pass the Senate.

Senate bill 4535 encourages farmers - particularly those located in areas of the state with greater development pressure - to participate in farmland preservation efforts and remain stewards of their land for future generations by changing the maximum acreage for agricultural assessment of farm woodlands from 50 acres to 100 acres.

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