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posticon Cost of Equipment May Raise Fire District Tax Rate

News | Friday, September 04, 2015 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Fire DepartmentLansing Fire Commissioners agreed Tuesday to raise the tax rate as they began considering next year's $2.41 million budget after District Treasurer George Gesslein warned that the skyrocketing cost of new fire trucks will require more in capital reserves.  Commissioners began reviewing the 2016 budget, of which they expect to levy $1.3 million in property taxes.  While the district is in good financial shape, Gesslein warned that planning now will keep the district budget healthy for the future.

"We're getting a little tight on the dollar," Gesslein said.  "One reason is because the assessed value in Lansing hasn't increased as much as we thought it would.  Another reason is I probably recommended too much of a drop last year, that 4% drop.  And the other reason is that the apparatus is running really heavy increases compared to what we projected many years ago.  it's a budget we could probably live with.  But we're going to be boxed into a corner if we don't start kicking the rate up a little bit in the next few years, and think about what exactly what equipment we actually need."

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posticon State to Pay Lansing $50K in Back Taxes

News | Friday, October 27, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Juvenile Detention Centers

New York State has agreed to pay $72,000 of back property taxes on its two juvenile detention centers on Auburn Road.  Well, not quite $72,000 -- about a third of that is late penalties and fees, which the State does not pay.   Lansing Town Attorney Guy Krogh told the Lansing town Board a week ago Wednesday that he had a signed letter from New York State confirming the taxes will be paid to the Town.  So Lansing will retrieve about $50,000 of that from the State.

"The king makes the rules," Krogh said.  "He doesn't abide by them.  So the king will not pay late fees or penalties.  They think it's just a matter of one arm not knowing what the other arm is doing.  I said I don't care why it happened -- I just want to get paid."

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posticon Sigler / Pryor Race Too Close To Call

News | Thursday, November 12, 2009 | By Dan Veaner Print
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EXTRA: Final Results

Pat Pryor has won by 7 votes: 743 Pryor, 736 Sigler
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Tompkins County Board Of Elections
When election day was done last week Mike Sigler (R) was 23 votes behind Pat Pryor (D).  But with 95 possible absentee ballots and 10 military votes yet to count the jury was still out on who the Town of Lansing's representative on the Tompkins County Legislature will be over the next four years.  By this past Monday 82 absentee ballots had been received, so the candidates, their representatives, and Election Commissioners Elizabeth Cree (R) and Stephen M. DeWitt (D) gathered to count the votes, hoping for a decisive count.  But that was not to be.

By morning's end Pryor was still ahead, but officially only by eight votes, and by Sigler's count there was only a 5 vote difference.  With 13 absentee ballots and 10 military ballots still out that was not enough to declare a winner.  And while DeWitt says that not all absentee or military ballots that are requested are actually mailed, Lansing will have to wait another week to learn who its county legislator will be.

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posticon Town Continues To Address Emergency Preparedness

News | Friday, September 19, 2014 | By Dan Veaner Print
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electricpole120The Lansing Town Board voted to authorize a multi-jurisdictional all-hazard mitigation plan Monday.  Federal regulations require the adoption of such a plan, which was prepared by the Tompkins County Planning Department.  But the Town was not prepared to officially recognize an Emergency Preparedness Committee.  Town Supervisor Kathy Miller said she has yet to solicit representation on the committee from the School and Fire Districts before the Town Board officially appoints the committee.

"We have a number of other people who have agreed to be on the committee," she said.  "We really need someone from the school district, and I need to ask someone from the fire department.  As soon as we get those people on board we will recognize the committee."

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posticon Lansing Condemns Domestic Violence

News | Friday, December 26, 2014 | By Dan Veaner Print
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townhall 120The Lansing Town Board unanimously passed a resolution declaring freedom from domestic violence as a human right at their December meeting.  The board recognized several forms of domestic violence including physical and sexual, psychological and economic, and said that domestic violence is a human rights concern that affects individuals in every walk of life.

"I believe this resolution is similar to resolutions being put forth in towns across the County, as well as at the County," said Councilwoman Ruth Hopkins.

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posticon Sheriff Alerted To Salt Point Theft

News | Friday, April 10, 2015 | By Dan Veaner Print
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spbench 120Friends of Salt Point member Susan Ruoff discovered Monday a park bench has been stolen from the north shore of Salt Point.  Thieves removed bolts that secured a security chain, then made off with the bench.  Park Superintendent Steve Colt says the theft has been reported to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department, and he is taking other steps to ramp up security during the early park season.

"The bench was situated next to the Little Free Library on the north shore and had been a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy a book under the shade of the trees," Ruoff says.  "It is disheartening to have it stolen after all the volunteer work that went into it."

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posticon Town Closer To Developing An Emergency Preparedness Plan

News | Friday, August 07, 2015 | By Dan Veaner Print
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emergencypreparedness 120Just over a year ago, stunned by the lack of resources and a communication failure during a storm that knocked out electricity in 4,134 homes in the Town and Village of Lansing, Highway Superintendent Jack French told the Town Board that Lansing is not prepared for disasters.  French admonished the board to develop a disaster preparedness plan.  Councilman Doug Dake updated the Town Board Wednesday on  progress in developing the plan.

Last Fall an Emergency Preparedness Committee was formed, drawing from various stakeholder organizations that become involved in emergency response, including Town, Fire Department, School District and Tompkins County Health Department officials, a local farmer and a veterinary professor.  The committee has been working on a town-wide emergency plan since April.

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posticon Septic Behind, But Not Backed Up

News | Friday, August 28, 2015 | By Dan Veaner Print
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School Septic TanksA lot of digging has been going on at the Lansing school campus this summer.  School Business Administrator Mary June King told school board members Monday that three new septic systems will not be finished for opening day of the new school year, but Lansing school facilities will be fully operational.  The $4.1 million project that includes new septic systems for all three major school buildings is about three weeks behind.  But students, faculty and staff won't notice any difference in September when the plumbing is switched from the old to the new.

"The septic project is still about three weeks behind," King said.  "I want to make sure everybody understands that is just related to turning off the old septic and turning on the new septic.  We knew that would be happening during the fall after the students have arrived on campus.  The old septic is still in place.  It's still working just fine, so we shouldn't have any problems.  The turnover will be done building by building.  It is literally a matter of turning one on and turning the other one off."

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posticon Bridge Closed Near Lansing Schools

News | Friday, October 23, 2015 | By Dan Veaner Print
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bridgeclosedDrivers on Ridge Road found the Salmon Creek Bridge closed late Monday after New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) inspectors found problems with steel underneath the bridge deck.  The bridge is located on the west side of Myers and Ludlowville Roads on the western edge of the Lansing schools campus.  DOT Public Information Officer for Region 3 Gene Cilento says the bridge will be closed for about two weeks.

"The repairs to this bridge at this time are being done by our in-house bridge crews," Cilento says.  "Because of the type of bridge and the location of the needed repairs they need to set up a scaffolding system in order to reach the repair spot, and to be able to get materials in there.   That's the first order of business, to get that platform system set up.  Then they'll do the actual steel repairs."

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posticon School Lunch Prices Rise

News | Friday, July 15, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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vegetables1The Lansing Board of Education approved higher meal rates Monday to comply a with federal mandate that would eventually require Lansing to charge $2.78 for paid lunches.  Food Service Supervisor Sandra Swearingen explained that the mandate is intended to insure that federal dollars intended for students who qualify for free meals are not used to subsidize paid meals.  Swearingen told the board that gradually increasing prices each year until the mandate is met rather than imposing the mandated price all at once respects difficult economic times for families.  But she said that the federal government keeps raising the mandated meal price.

"We've been raising it as little as possible so we don't put a lot of burden on our students' families," she said.  "We want to communicate the changes to the families before the start of the school year and prepare them for the annual meal price increases until we meet the Federal Lunch Equity.  As usual the mandates keep increasing, so we never seem to get there."

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posticon Right To Farm Signs Define Lansing as an Ag Community

News | Friday, July 29, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Right to Farm SignsAs you enter Lansing, new signs have joined the 'Welcome to the Town of Lansing' signs at six major entry points to the Town.  As of last week large signs inform people entering the Town that Lansing is a 'Right to Farm' community.  The signs are part of a new initiative by the Town Agriculture Advisory Committee to make people more aware of farming and what it means to the community.

"People need to be more aware that we are a farming community," says Agriculture Advisory Committee Chair Connie Wilcox.  "You're going to have big equipment on the roads.  You're going to get held up a little bit every now and then.  People need to slow down and respect what the farmers are doing -- and realize that if they want to eat they need to respect farmers, because that's where their food is coming from."

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posticon Town Still Preparing For Emergencies

News | Friday, December 09, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Highway Department

After a severe July 2014 storm that knocked out electric service to 3,508 Town of Lansing homes and another 626 in the Village of Lansing, then Highway Superintendent Jack French told the Town Board that Lansing is not prepared for disasters and admonished the board to develop a disaster preparedness plan.  More than two years later the Town is still catching up.  An Emergency preparedness Committee was formed, and last year four hand held radios were purchased.  Last month the Town Board approved the money to purchase an emergency generator.  When that is installed over the next three weeks or so, some of French's concerns will have been addressed.

"There is a plan in place.  It simply needs to be fine tuned," says Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne.  "I have the utmost confidence in our Highway Superintendent, Charlie Purcell.  He has done a wonderful job this year, as did Jack French before him.  They're both good men... they're just good people.  The radios were purchased and now we're working on the other aspect of it.  Why it wasn't done over the last two and a half years -- I don't have an explanation for that and I'm not going to criticize past administrations.  I'm focusing on implementing it sooner than later."

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posticon A Family Day To Celebrate Lansing

News | Friday, August 08, 2014 | By Dan Veaner Print
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harborfest_bouncehouse120The weather forecast is looking good for a family day at Myers Park: 'Celebrate Lansing' premiers tomorrow.  The event, hosted by the Lansing Community Council, will feature live music, food and activities from 10am until 6:30pm.  Community Council President and Celebrate Lansing Chairman Ed LaVigne says tomorrow's celebration will be geared toward families and kids.

"We have seven different bounce houses," he says.  "For a five dollar charge kids can go on as many bounce houses as they want, all day.  And for a family we're only going to charge up to $20.  We also have a youth pavilion."

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posticon Village Reduces Bowhunting Setback

News | Friday, September 19, 2014 | By Dan Veaner Print
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villageoffice2014_120There was resistance to an amendment to the Village of Lansing Firearm and Bow Safety law at a public hearing Monday, before Trustees passed the law.  Cayuga Heights Road resident Lowell Garner took issue with a change that reduces the distance hunters must remain from a residence from 500 feet to 150 feet.

"My house is nowhere near 150 feet from any of my property lines," Garner said.  "Yet I have full ability to walk my land, which means that hunters can be right at the property line and hunt legally.  The Village has solicited property owners near me for hunting.  150 feet doesn't work for me in terms of being able to have full use of my property, go where I want to go, walk in the woods with my dog or my granddaughter."

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posticon Village Moves To Extend Deer Hunt

News | Friday, December 26, 2014 | By Dan Veaner Print
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deer shy120While the Village of Lansing's deer population management program has anecdotally shown some positive results, Village officials are planning to step up their program to further cull the destructive population in their community.  At their December meeting program coordinator Dr. Bernd Blossey asked the Board of Trustees to extend the program to a two month nuisance season through February and March.

A nuisance season has different rules from normal hunting and the Village's deer population management season to date.  The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) allows shooting until 11pm using artificial lighting and bait to draw the deer to designated locations.  Blossey said the maximum hunting in any location would be two visits per week, to prevent a location from being over-used, alerting deer to avoid such an area.  He also suggested ways to trick deer into a sense of security around program deer stands, including ribbons that would blow in the wind, and dummies so deer get used to unthreatening movement and the shape of humans in those locations.

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posticon No Lansing Fund Balance Policy Blamed For No Long Term Planning

News | Friday, March 06, 2015 | By Dan Veaner Print
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gradall 120A discussion about fund balance policy pitted the Lansing Town Board against Deputy Highway Superintendent Charlie Purcell and Recreation Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell Wednesday, highlighting Lansing's apparent inability to plan for periodic equipment replacement.  They criticized present and past boards for making vague funding promises that don't materialize, frustrating attempts to plan for orderly equipment replacement.

"For seven years I've tried to implement a five, or 10 or fifteen year plan," Purcell said.  "It's frustrating.  The board as a whole has done nothing but blow smoke up our behinds.  We sit here and have these conversations year in and year out at budget time.  How many times have I presented a five, 10 or 20 year plan?"

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posticon Lansing Comes Closer To Emergency Preparedness

News | Friday, October 09, 2015 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Emergency PreparednessDan Ferguson presented a draft of a new Emergency Preparedness Plan to the Lansing Town Board Wednesday.  Ferguson, a member of the town's Emergency Preparedness Committee, told the Board they are covered in case of an emergency, but the draft plan must be finalized and approved, and details of the plan must be determined by the board.  The committee was formed after Highway Superintendent Jack French told the Town Board in July, 2014 that Lansing was not prepared for disasters and admonished the board to develop a disaster preparedness plan.  The draft plan will help officials activate an actual emergency response in the Town.

"The good news is that the Town is well off," he said.  "You have some very strong people.  Some very good people.  The Department of Public works.  The Fire Department.  If an emergency were to happen tomorrow I believe we are prepared.  The catch is that you want to make sure you have that in writing to keep all the moving parts together.  You know emergencies happen and in order to deal with them you need to have a plan in place.  Essentially the Town does have an emergency plan, thanks to the committee."

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posticon Solar Array Will Save School and Possibly Town $$

News | Friday, October 16, 2015 | By Dan Veaner Print
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solar cornell120The Lansing Town Board is considering whether to consider joining a major solar project that could save considerable taxpayer dollars in utility bills.  Town officials have been asked to consider joining a partnership between the Lansing Consolidated School District and RER Energy Group, which proposes to build a 1.5 megawatt solar array in Lansing that could save the school district $45,000 in the first year.  Town officials are not ready to jump on the project, however, unless they are convinced the Town can also realize significant savings.

"Lansing taxpayers will save over 25 years via discounted electric rates and hopefully this will inspire other businesses, public entities and homeowners to invest in renewable technologies since they are now economically practical," said TST BOCES Energy Management Coordinator Michael Koplinka-Loehr at a Town Board working meeting earlier this month."

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posticon Sold! Cayuga and Somerset Power Plants Under New Ownership

News | Friday, May 27, 2016 | By -Staff Print
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aescayuga plant120On May 17th Riesling Power LLC announced it has purchased the Cayuga and Somerset power plants from Upstate New York Power Producers, Inc.  The sale follows a tumultuous fight plant owners ultimately lost to get state Public Service Commission (PSC) approval for a plan to repower the coal-fired Lansing plant with natural gas.

"We are pleased to have finalized the acquisition of Somerset and Cayuga," said Nazar Khan, Executive Vice President of Beowulf Energy.  "We have already begun the process of integrating both plants and their highly-valuable professionals into our company and look forward to ensuring they continue to support the long-term energy needs of New York."

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posticon Trumansburg and Ovid Fire Departments Receive Federal Grants

News | Friday, July 15, 2016 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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capitalbuilding2 120Congressman Tom Reed announces the Trumansburg and Ovid Fire Departments will be awarded a regional federal grant through the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"As a community, we care about demonstrating our appreciation by recognizing the men and women who are committed to keeping us safe," said Reed. "These individuals devote hours of hard work to protect us and it is only right we give them the resources they need to do their jobs."

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posticon Town Partners With Developer To Complete Road

News | Friday, July 29, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Nova Lane Road PartnershipLansing Planning Consultant Michael Long told the Town Board last week that an extension to Smuggler's Path will connect the East Shore Circle and Eastlake neighborhoods.  The issue of the connecting road has been a stumbling block in approval for the Nova Lane development, which aims to build seven new single family homes in phase one of the project.  The Town has intended for a road to connect the neighborhoods since 1988, but the new project only goes part way.  Developer John Young had no obligation to build the entire road unless future phases of the project bring the development all the way to the Eastlake side of the property.  The cost of building the entire road when only a portion of the land is being developed was deemed prohibitive.  Neighbors strenuously objected to a partial road on the grounds that it would cause safety concerns, and it seemed that the project had stalled.  Long said a unique partnership between Young and the Town will provide a solution that satisfies all stakeholders.

"As the Nova Lane project developed we started looking at different options," Long told Town Board members.  "Obviously the Planning Board was very concerned about the inter-connectivity between the neighborhoods.  We were trying to figure out a very cost-effective partnership, so to speak, to try to get this thing resolved.  I think we have a palatable plan that everyone seems to be in agreement with at this point in time."

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