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December 15, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 48

posticon Town To Hold Off On Approving Comprehensive Plan

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Lansing Town Hall

The Lansing Town Board did not cancel a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan update that is scheduled for next Wednesday.  At a meeting last month the Board voted 3-2 to scheulde the public hearing for December 20.  Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz expressed strong objections to holding a public hearing so close to Christmas and then potentially voting to accept the plan immediately afterward.  In response to that and strong public outcry Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne called a special Town Board working session Wednesday to cancel the public hearing in order to give the Board and the public more time to consider the final draft.  While LaVigne agreed not to hold a vote on accepting the plan next week, the Board adjourned without cancelling the public hearing.

Town Attorney Guy Krogh recommended not cancelling the December 20th public hearing on the grounds that it would allow the Town Board to meet a New York State requirement to hold a public hearing within 90 days of receiving the draft plan from the Planning Board.  Krogh said that puts the deadline at February 11th, but warned that if a bad snow storm were to postpone a hearing set for late January or early February, it could force the public hearing to be cancelled, which would push the plan back to the Planning Board.  That would mean more delay, including another public hearing in front of the Planning Board before the plan could be considered for final approval again by the Town Board.

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial Minute In Ludlowville torchlight processions were held during presidential years just before the election. The march was introduced by drummer boys wearing fancy home-made paper caps , vigorously beating snare drums, in time or out; it didn't matter. Behind them came two men carrying a billowing banner on which were enlarged pictures of the presidential candidate and his running mate. Then followed a line of old and young men holding signs with slogans of the party and its candidates. They alternately shouted and sang silly, unkind, and usually untrue quips about the opposing representatives. The fascination of it all was not alone in the lights, the noise, and the marching. It was also in the ridiculous incongruity of the presence of those dignified members of the church and community tramping along so pompously and shouting those foolish sayings. Trailing behind them, as close as they dared, were the little boys of the village imitating the swagger before them, and catching and repeating as much as they could of the shouting.

"Tippecanoe and Tyler too!"
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posticon Mayor Says Subdivide The Mall

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Shops at Ithaca mall

After the Village of Lansing Planning Board sent its recommendation for a PDA (Planned Development Area) that would subdivide the Shops at Ithaca Mall, Mayor Donald Hartill told the Board of trustees last week that he doesn't see any better solution.  Since CMC Engineering Manager Kenneth Farrall brought the proposal to the Board last August  on behalf of the new mall owners, Trustees and Planning Board members have expressed concerns about the plan, particularly about safety, flooding, and accountability.  But with a $10 million reduction of assessed value of the property and the mall struggling to attract shoppers, Hartill said the subdivision plan is the best option in an attempt to revitalize the vital source of property and sales tax revenue.

"In reviewing all of the materials we've been presented with, it seems like that's the most attractive path forward," he said. "It certainly has a number of issues having to do with fire safety, the fact that it's a structure that has been there for 40 years.  All of these ancillary conditions really need to be satisfied.  Other than that I don't see any other path forward."

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posticon Bobcat Boys Varsity Basketball Defeats Whitney Point

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Lansing Bobcats Varsity BasketballPhoto by Glenna Miller

The Lansing Bobcat boys varsity basketball team pulled off an incredible come-from-behind win against Whitney Point, on the Eagles home court, on Tuesday December 12th.

The first half belonged to Whitney Point, with the Eagles opening the scoring. Our Bobcats were getting some decent looks, in spite of WP's 6'7" junior center clogging up the middle, but the ball just wouldn't fall. On the other end of the court, the Eagles had little difficulty scoring, and the 1st quarter ended with the Bobcats down 15-2. Luke Winslow opened the 2nd frame with a nice 3 pointer, but the Lansing squad struggled to close the deficit. The Eagles center got the crowd fired up with a dunk off a missed layup part way through the quarter, and the Bobcats finished the first half down 33-15.

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posticon Walkabout In Ludlowville

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Ludlowville

In preparing last week's article on road and drainage improvements to Ludlowville I spent part of an afternoon walking around the historic hamlet.  With all its hills, it was a pretty good workout, but I was surprised at how short the distances were and how easy it was to walk around.  Of course, I have been exercising for the past two years, so perhaps I'd have felt differently before that.  I took a lot of pictures, many that were not for the article.  Since I have always somewhat idealized the beautiful hamlet, I thought I would end this year with some visions of Ludlowville.

Salmon CreekSalmon Creek looking toward Ludlowville Falls

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