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February 23, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 8

posticon $1.1M To Help Replace Aging Septic Systems

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Septic System Replacement

Senator Pam Helming announced yesterday that $1.1 million in funding will go to help residents replace aging septic systems in the Wayne-Finger lakes region.  $150,000 of that will go to residents who apply and qualify in Tompkins County.

"The Septic Tank Rebate Program will give local communities an important tool they need to protect water quality and keep our lakes clean. Our pristine lakes provide drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people. They attract many visitors to our local communities and are a driver of economic development and job creation in our region." Helming said. "Failing septic tanks not only threaten our drinking water, but also contribute to harmful algal blooms, and hurt recreational opportunities in the Finger Lakes. As the State Senator representing the beautiful Wayne-Finger Lakes region, I am proud to announce that the six counties I represent will be included in the New York's Septic Rebate Program."

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posticon State Denies Middle School Traffic Warning

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Rumble Strip DeniedAs traffic slows to 45mph going south on 34B, the schools are not visible when going over Salmon Creek bridge.

A rumble strip to alert south-bound drivers to a school district as they speed downhill and over the Salmon Creek Bridge on State Route 34B was denied by the New York State Department Of Transportation (DOT, according to Tompkins County Legislator (Lansing) Mike Sigler.  Sigler requested the rumble strip a year and a half ago, saying that traffic by the Myers Road crosswalk poses a safety concern about children crossing the road as motorists, who can not see the school buildings until they come off the bridge, are supposed to be decreasing their speed from 55mph to 45, and again to 30.

"Unfortunately the State DOT did reject my idea for a rumble strip down by the middle school," Sigler told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday.  "I was hoping to alert drivers that they were coming to a school zone as they come down from the north.  The did suggest a crossing, though."

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posticon Sales Tax Revenue Up For Lansing and County

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Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne said that Lansing's share of of sales tax will be up considerably over last year's revenue.  Lansing's good fortune is shared county-wide, as County Legislator Mike Sigler reported to the Lansing Town board Wednesday.

"Good news on the sales tax report," he said. "County Finance Director Rick Snyder is reporting the County's share of receipts for 2017 at over $35 million.  That is 6.22% above receipts for 2016, and more than $1.8 million above budget.  That should be able to help us keep the tax rate down."

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posticon Filling Spaces in the Village of Lansing

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Triphammer Row

A new development project was informally presented to the Village of Lansing Planning board last week that would bring 12 townhouses to a small triangle of land behind the M&T bank on Triphammer Road.  Dubbed 'Triphammer Row', the project would include approximately 1,350 square foot townhouses, each with a one car garage and additional parking space.  Developer Robert Poprawski said he hopes to attract older couples and new families to settle there.

"The primary issue is trying to fit some nice residential facilities in that little triangle behind M&T Bank.  The developer is close to closing on that property so we can do something there," said Project Engineer Gary Bush. "We're showing 12 units on the plan (shown below) because that's what we reasonably think we can put there.  Even with the 12 we're going to need some variances, because we're too close to property lines, and things like that."

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posticon 'Sound of Music' Exemplifies Commitment to Performing Arts

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lhs som HulbertKaren Johnson as Maria and Terry Howell as Captain Von Trapp in the 1992 LHS production of The Sound of Music. Photo by Karen Hulbert Schindler

Lansing will be alive with 'The Sound Of Music' next month, when Lansing high School actors will bring the 1965 classic to the Lansing Middle School auditorium stage. The iconic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, who escaped Austria and the Nazis during World War II.  Performances run from March 7th through 10th.

Lansing schools have a long and proud tradition of excellence in the performing arts – an important component of a well-rounded education. This excellence has even been recognized nationally, as Lansing Central School District was named among the NAMM Foundation's "Best Communities for Music Education" in both 2016 and 2017.

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