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July 21, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 28

posticon Lifton Calls To Halt Mining Under Cayuga Lake

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Cargill Mine

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-125AD, Tompkins/Cortland) announced yesterday that she and NYS Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation chair Steve Englebright have sent a letter to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos calling on the DEC to enact a moratorium on permits and avoid approving activities that would lead to expanded salt mining under Cayuga Lake.  Lifton held a press conference at Stewart Park with the lake as a backdrop.  She and Englebright called on the DEC to halt Cargill's mining operation under Lake Cayuga and mine under dry land instead.

"During the last year I've grown increasingly troubled about the Cargill shaft permit application that could have the effect of expanding of expanding the vast salt mine directly under Cayuga Lake," Lifton said.  "These concerns are shared by many of my constituents who drink water supplied from this lake, live near the lake, or simply treasure Cayuga Lake as much as I do."

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posticon Happy Anniversary Lansing Star

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Editorial Lansing Star 12th Anniversary

Triphammer Torn Up; Town Debates Benefits for Non-traditional Couples; Cell Tower Approved  -- Those were some of the stories 12 years ago on the front page of the first issue of the Lansing Star.  Volume 1, Issue 1 hit the Internet on July 22, 2005, and has published 48 issues every year.  A lot has changed since then, though a lot is the same.  The Town is considering another proposed cell tower.  Triphammer was torn up again only a year ago.  And the Town continues to consider employee benefits.

And sewer.  In light of the sewer projects -- four, I believe, and two during the tenure of the Star -- that never came to fruition, the most significant story in this week's issue is probably... you guessed it.  Sewer is coming to Lansing, not in the ways envisioned by town-wide sewer committees in the past, but it will be seeping, if you will, up North Triphammer Road.  The first beneficiaries will be two new developments plus The RINK, which is building a new climbing wall as well.

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial Minute The mystery of Myers Road is solved. No one knew when the road was improved by the sweeping curve through the sand pit.  This was because the road was built by the county but turned over to the town. "Lansing News", published by the Town of Lansing in 1985 reports that in the fall of 1985 "that portion of road through the old gravel bank is being turned over to the town upon its completion. Relocating the road eliminates the dangerous curve at the bottom of the road. A plus for the town is the income being generated from the sale of the gravel in the old bank."
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posticon Floodwater Washes Over Lansing

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Flooding at Myers ParkFlooding forced a concert cancellation a week ago at Myers Park. Photo by Karen Veaner

Thursday night the 'City Limits' concert at Myers Park was cancelled.  Torrential rains had subsided, but the park was flooded.  The next day rain pelted the area, floodwaters stranding cars and shoppers at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, lakeside properties, and overflowing streams, including Salmon Creek.  Area waterfalls were majestic, but that was little consolation to store owners and homeowners whose establishments were flooded.

"We had a couple of substantial issues in the Ludlowville area, which has been on the docket for some improvements at the end of this summer," says Lansing Town Highway Superintendent Charlie 'Cricket' Purcell.  "A couple of the bigger culverts were plugged, and water ran over the road.  Water ran through the foundation into the basement one house, clogging footer drains and doing some structural damage.  That was the worst damaged spot we had in the Town.  We had a lot of minor washes here and there, and a couple that were a little more substantial.  Nothing that closed roads, but a lot of little stuff."

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posticon Lansing Sewer Agreement Approved By All 3 Municipalities

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Lansing Sewer

The Village of Lansing Board of Trustees approved a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) Monday that clears the way for a new sewer district in the Town of Lansing.  The new town sewer will connect to the Village of Lansing sewer system to transport material to the Village of Cayuga Heights Sewer treatment plant.  Two new developments south of Asbury Road plus The RINK will comprise Town of Lansing Sewer District #1 when the new sewer is constructed.  The MOU had previously been approved by the Town Board and the Village of Cayuga Heights.

"This will, hopefully, increase our tax base," said Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne..  Wouldn't it be nice to keep growing where the Comprehensive Plan wants us to grow, and to follow its guidance on growth in the south, leaving our ag land alone in the north?  This is what we're doing right now, along with increasing infrastructure in our water lines.  As we continue to increase our tax base, we look to decrease our tax rate."

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posticon Maharem-Horan, Wetmore, Koplinka-Loehr, and Dawson Running in November

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dems candidatesLeft to right: Walaa Maharem-Horan, Joseph Wetmore, Michael Koplinka-Loehr, Deborah Dawson

Lansing Democrats recently completed a highly successful petition campaign to secure ballot positions for Democratic candidates in November's elections. Candidates Walaa Maharem-Horan and Joseph Wetmore, who are running for Town Board, and Michael Koplinka-Loehr, who is running in County Legislative district 6, are pleased with the support shown them by the total of over 1200 signatures on their petitions. Wetmore, Maharem-Horan, and their team collected nearly 700 signatures, while Koplinka-Loehr's team collected 536. And Deborah Dawson, a candidate in Legislative District 10 which comprises the Villages of Cayuga Heights and Lansing, garnered over twice the number of signatures she required.

While not negating the importance of the actual number of signatures, significantly more than those gathered by their opponents, Democratic candidates were quick to point out that the most important result of their petition drive was the many positive and informative conversations they were able to have with voters. The issues discussed and problems identified will provide the candidates a sound basis for the development of a platform that is open, transparent, and responsive to the expressed needs and wishes of Lansing residents.

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posticon Fall Sports Sooner Than You Think

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Fall Rec Programs

It seems as if summer has only just begun.  But the Lansing Recreation Department wants parents to start thinking ahead to the fall.  Late summer and fall programs include Small Fry Football, Small Fry Cheerleading, Flag Football, Soccer, Pee Wee Cheer Camp, and Summer Sparten Gym Camp.

"Like everyone, their thoughts are on the current time, which is summer time," says Town Recreation Director Steve Colt. "But we need to get the word out that it is time to sign up for Small Fry Football, and the youth cheerleading program, and our youth soccer program that we run in the fall... and flag football.  And this year we're offering a cheerleading camp."

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posticon Raising The Roof at LUMC

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Lansing United Methodist ChurchPhoto by Karen Veaner

Workmen were seen raising the roof Monday as roof trusses were hoisted to the top of a 4,000 square foot addition to the Lansing United Methodist Church.  The $1.2 million project will add new classrooms and administrative offices to the building, and free space from the old offices for middle and high school youth events.

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