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posticon Ludlowville Lead Sampling Results Are In

News | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By Katrina Binkewicz Print
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Lead Testing

Last March the Lansing Town Board authorized up to $5,000 for lead testing in and around Salmon Creek from Ludlowville to the creek outflow area. Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne says he would prefer the testing be done by independent soil samplers and lab to remove any doubt about the findings. But Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz said that she and Councilwoman Andra Benson would collect samples to be analyzed by a local laboratory.  Full data and report on the Town Web site
Permitting
Sampling in the stream sediment and on DEC land required permission.  Town Board members (Joe Wetmore and Katrina Binkewicz) contacted the proper local department and were asked to submit a request for permission to sample at the mapped sites. A formal permit was not required. Permission was granted by the DEC to sample on Salt Point and in the stream sediments at the mouth of Salmon Creek in the alluvial fan, on the bank where dredging occurred, and in the Ludlowville Falls stream bank areas as long as the sampling was shallow (<4” depth) and did not muddy the water. Control sampling North on the bank of Salmon Creek was obtained with permission of the landowner (Suzie Hinderliter).

Soil Sampling Procedure
To obtain the correct sampling protocol, I called -The Cornell Nutrient Analytical Lab, School of Integrative Plant Science-Section of Soil and Crop Sciences, Cornell University, 804 Bradfield Hall, Ithaca- and asked for their preferred standardized procedure.  Michael A. Rutzke explained the collection procedure. I ‘grab’ collected samples in the surface 4 inches of soil or sediment by searching for areas where there were finer sediments in the coarse sand to silt particle diameters. I scooped an array up on a steel shovel and brushed away the coarser gravel and organic particles. When I had achieved a more consistent sample, I poured it into the zip-lock sandwich bag and labeled the bag with the sample number, collection area code letter, and took a GPS coordinate for that sample. During the sample collection process, I performed a visual inspection for any shot pellets or lead sinkers. At no time in the sampling process did I find any of these in a recognizable state. I was the only one who took the samples in order to maintain a consistent sampling methodology.  The approximate locations of samples taken are found on the attached maps.

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posticon Mall Senior Housing May Face Missing Completion Deadline

News | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Meadows Rendering

Nine years, nine or ten significant project revisions, years of delay as the developer obtained a wetland relocation agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers, a zoning change the developer asked for that was grudgingly granted Lansing Meadows looks more like a meadow than a senior rental-housing development.  As a completion deadline looms over the stalled project, Arrowhead Ventures may be facing a delay that makes meeting that deadline impossible.  With over a million in PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) Incremental Financing (PIF) dollars at risk, developer Eric Goetzmann is anxious to begin construction.

"The point where the project is today, it absolutely needs to move forward in a date-sensitive manner," said the project builder Jim Bold after about an hour of discussion. "Otherwise we can't meet the requirements for the IDA.  I'm going to be absolutely straight-up about that. If we have to spend additional time with you that I absolutely do not want to spend... I want to come up with a way to put our arms around this project, and you guys say 'OK, let's go build this'."

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posticon Village Confronted With Airbnb Complaints

News | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Airbnb Listing

Burdick Hill Road residents Sean Dolloway and Mary Hudson complained to the Village of Lansing Planning Board Monday, that the use of a home between their properties, for events and rented on Airbnb, is causing noise and safety issues.  Both said they don't mind the home being rented as an Airbnb property.  But the use of the property for events has kept the neighbors up at night, and day events include inappropriate activities and violations of Village parking regulations.

"Honestly I don't mind having an Airbnb,' Dolloway said. "That doesn't bother me at all.  It's the huge parties and events" Dolloway said. "The weekend before last there was a huge graduation party with beer drinking in the front yard, swearing, all this other stuff,.  Not this last week, but the weekend before there was a huge graduation party with people in the front yard swearing and all this other stuff, my daughter, who is six, was outside.  I ended up calling the police department, and they said unfortunately Lansing has no noise ordinance, so there's not much we can do.  We can ask them to be quiet, but that's as far as we can go."

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posticon Crackdown On Fake Id Use And Underage Drinking

News | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo reminded New Yorkers today that state investigators will again crack down on underage drinking and the use of fake IDs to purchase alcohol at summer concerts and at bars this season. Investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles, State Liquor Authority, State Parks Police and local law enforcement will conduct enforcement sweeps at venues across the state as part of the Operation Prevent campaign, an ongoing effort to prevent underage drinking. In April and May, investigators issued 139 tickets.

"When alcohol finds its way into the hands of young people, far too often it ends in tragedy," Cuomo said. "Through this ongoing enforcement effort, investigators from across the state are working together to combat this dangerous and chronic problem."

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posticon Reed Secures $6 Million For Local Head Start Programs

News | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - Yesterday Congressman Tom Reed announced two grants valued at $6,149,664 to provide the Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung County, Inc. and Tompkins Community Action, Inc. with funding to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services.

"We care about ensuring our children receive a quality education," Reed said. "This grant will further enable the Economic Opportunity Programs of Chemung County and Tompkins Community Action to promote school readiness for young children from low-income families. We are proud to support programs like these that give kids the tools they need to succeed in school."

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posticon NYSERDA Selects Home Energy Ratings Providers For Homeowners

News | Friday, June 14, 2019 | By NYSERDA Print
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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that it has selected Halco; Snug Planet, LLC; and The Insulation Man, LLC to provide home energy ratings in Tompkins County, as part of the first phase of the Home Energy Ratings Pilot. The Home Energy Ratings Pilot is designed to help owners of one- to four- family homes who are ready to invest in their homes and are looking for independent, trustworthy energy performance information. Today's announcement supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's 2025 energy efficiency target of 185 trillion BTUs (British thermal units) in energy savings, the equivalent to energy consumed by 1.8 million New York homes, and supports the Governor's Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that put New York on a path to a carbon-free economy.

"New York is investing in innovative ways for homeowners to reduce energy use and costs in support of the state's ambitious clean energy goals," said NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton. "Congratulations to these companies for being chosen to provide homeowners in Tompkins County with home energy ratings that will help them improve the energy performance and comfort of their home while reducing carbon emissions."

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