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May 25, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 20

posticon Salmon Creek Bridge Work Delayed For A Year

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Salmon Creek Bridge


Just over a year ago the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) told Lansing residents at an informational meeting that the Salmon Creek Bridge west of the Lansing schools on Route 34B would be closed for much of 2019. DOT officials said the the 87 year old bridge would be demolished and entirely replaced with a new design. This month Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne received a letter from DOT Regional Design Engineer George A. Doucette informing him that work on the bridge will likely be postponed for a year.

"Unforeseen delays due to the need for additional environmental studies has led us to revise the project schedule," Doucette wrote. "We are now looking at bid opening in fall of 2020. The construction phase woud be ready to start early in 2021."

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posticon Comprehensive Plan Approved -- Now What?

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Comprehensive Plan Approved -- Now What?

The adopted Lansing Comprehensive Plan revision and all accompanying documents are available at the Lansing Town Hall and on the Town Web site.
When Connie Wilcox was appointed chair of the Comprehensive Plan Committee in January of 2016 her stated goal was to get a draft of the Comprehensive Plan revision the Town Board could approve by some time in the fall of that year.  A nearly year-long review of that draft by the Planning Board set that goal back, and then a last minute public push to change parts of the Planning Board version added about four months to the process some Town Board members hoped could be completed last December.  In all, it took over six years -- work on the revision began in 2012 -- before the Lansing Town Board adopted a final draft of the revision.  Many citizens expressed worry that what was written in the plan was 'written in stone'.  Wilcox and Town officials insisted that it is simply a guide for future development, zoning, and would be used as a rough template to craft most townspeople's vision for the next decade.  So now that the plan has been adopted, what's next?

"Probably the biggest reason you do a comprehensive plan is so you can update your land use (zoning) ordinance," says Lansing planning Consultant Michael H. Long. "That's probably the next big step in terms of the Town of Lansing."

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posticon Diverse Summer Programs in This Year's Recreation Booklet

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Rec Dept Summer Booklet

The new Lansing Parks & Recreation Department summer programs booklet has been released.  Recreation Director Steve Colt says he hopes parents will sign up their children early to help planning and make sure they get into programs they want.  Programs include a myriad of camps and programs for all interests, including day camps, tennis camp, track, orchestra, band, private string lessons, art, free yoga at Myers Park, golf, bowling, horse back riding, soccer camp, fly fishing, reading, swimming, theater, cheerleading, cooking, quilting, sailing, robotics, football, and a session on pollinators.

"It's the most diverse offering package that we have," says Colt.  "I really like that.  It's really important to me, and important overall to have a lot of different offerings to reach a broader spectrum of participants.  When you think of recreation it's not just about a certain shape of ball and organized games.  It's music.  It's drama. It's art.  It's robotics.  Cooking.  In fact one of the cooking camps is already sold out and we've only been at this for about two weeks.  It's, by far, our broadest range of offerings, and that's the way it should be."

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posticon Lansing Girls Repeat as IAC & Section IV Track & Field Champs

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trackandfield IAC champsIAC Champs!

The Lansing girls captured their second consecutive IAC Large School title after a two-day competition and followed it up with securing their second consecutive Section IV Class C Championship victory. Last year, the battle for the IAC title was intense, with the Ladycats winning over a close second-place Newark Valley. This year, the IAC win for Lansing was decisive as the blue and gold girls outscored the Cardinals by 52 points. In a more closely contested meet at the Section IV Class C Championships, with points spread across 16 teams, the girls of Lansing found themselves waiting for the final announcement of the ending scores, 23 points ahead of Chenango Valley. 



The boys team was tied with Trumansburg for third at the end of the first day of IAC competition, only 6 points away from the top spot.  It looked to be a close race between the top four large schools.  With the Raiders stepping up the competition on Day 2, the young Bobcats fell to 4th place with their eyes on capturing this title in the future.  The Raiders would win the boys competition by 34 points with Waverly (81 points) taking second and Dryden (75 points) in third.  Lansing was just 4 points behind them with 71 points. At sectionals, many Bobcats found their way to the podium, but Trumansburg was dominant, scoring 128 points – 46 points ahead of Union Springs. There were only four points separating 3rd place Chenango Valley from 5th place Lansing.


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posticon North Lansing Auxiliary Celebrates A Year of Service

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North Lansing Auxiliary Dinner

For over a half century the North Lansing Auxiliary has raised money for a myriad of causes within the Lansing community, to fund scholarships, and maintain the North Lansing fire station.  Saturday the members gathered at the Sunset Restaurant in Auburn to celebrate another sucessful year of volunteerism and a job well done.

"No matter how much or how little you are involved, if not for all of you, we would not be enjoying this pleasant evening, each of you contribute to our successful Pancake Breakfasts or our annual Election Day Dinner and Supper whether it is by working, furnishing goods or just general support," said Auxiliary Treasurer Connie Wilcox. "It is so hard to do individual recognitions because I am always afraid of leaving someone out, but I would like to say huge thank you to all of you, who always seem to be there and that is everyone in this room. There are also guests here who are not members but are willing to help us."

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posticon Bobcats Shine at Junior Stars Invitational

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trackandfield Jack Thomas winning 1600m runJack Thomas winning 1600m run. Photo courtesy of Tracey Austin

Trumansburg once again hosted the Junior Stars Track & Field Invitational on Monday, May 21. This meet is open to varsity athletes who are in 7th-10th grade and who may not yet have qualified to compete at the Sectional or State Qualifier Championships.

Lansing took a strong contingent of their young athletes and impressive performances were rewarded on the podium.

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