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September 15, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 36

posticon Planning Board Questions Subsidized Housing Project

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Lansing Trails Apartments

Planning Board members said Monday they do not think a proposed partially subsidized housing development is good for the Town of Lansing.  What would have been a pro-forma vote on appointing the Planning Board 'lead agency' for reviewing the 'Lansing Trails Apartments' project proposed by Cornerstone Group turned into an impassioned discussion over fears of increased taxes and local crime.  While many board members expressed reservations, Planning Board Chairman Tom Ellis was adamantly opposed to the project that could bring 128 rental units, most of them subsidized, to Lansing.

"I think this is bad for the Town," Ellis said.  "I think it's a bad investment.  I think it's a bad 'kickoff' use of that land.  I'm having trouble finding something possible about this.  Is this really the 'kickoff' project we want there, given that we know some local history about some of the other projects in the county?  I'm struggling with (the Planning Board) being the lead agency for the Town.  I think it's a bad proposal."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial Minute The pews in the Asbury church were freshly varnished when Bill Robinson, a hired man at the home of Cecil Tarbell, came to worship on Sunday. He wore an extremely threadbare pair of blue-serge trousers. Plenty of time had elapsed since the pews had been varnished so it was felt they were usable. But Mr. Robinson found it necessary to withdraw from the church, holding his hat over that area once covered with a good deal of material, now stuck to the pew. On the following Sunday parishioners brought newspapers for their protection and later the ladies found it necessary to scrub the pews to remove the newsprint.
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posticon Planning Board Takes First Look at New Mine Shaft

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Cargill Mine ShaftThe current Cargill mine surface facility includes three shafts that lead down to the mine. One is mostly inactive, while the other two are used to transport people and equipment to the mine, and to extract the salt from the mine to the surface, where it is stored in enormous piles, then trucked to customers or transported by train. A new mine shaft will have a very different look, being enclosed in farm-like buildings that blend with the rural landscape.

The Lansing Town Planning Board was given an introductory presentation on the Cargill Mine Shaft #4 project Monday, and discussed the Board's jurisdiction of the project.  Now that the mine has received the 'OK ' from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the project must be reviewed and approved by Lansing's Planning and Town Boards.

"I want to try to keep the focus on the need for the shaft," said Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski.  "Regardless of all the rhetoric over the past couple of years, the main need for this shaft is for the safety and health of the employees of Cargill.  The 200 employees that work there, and particularly the folks that it takes 45 or 50 minutes one way to get to work, and the health and safety of those employees, as far as binging in air pressure and ventilation, and also the ability to get into and out of the mine in a much more timely fashion than they can right now."

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posticon TST BOCES Capital Project Still Uncertain

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TST BOCES

Lansing's TST (Tompkins Seneca Tioga) BOCES Board of Education member Pat Pryor reported Monday that an $8 million capital project may still be on hold.  Pryor said that if a grant application is not successful before the end of this year, construction may be pushed back an additional year.  Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso said that getting the grant is a main contingency imposed by the Ithaca School District when it agreed to funding the project.

"The situation with the capital project is still quite complicated," Pryor said.  "We still don't know for sure when we're going to be able to start on that, even if everything goes smoothly from here.  We have applied for a grant in addition to the capital project.  The grant has to go through its own approval project.  We are hoping to hear something about that grant before the holidays."

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posticon Two Wins for Boys Varsity Soccer

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soccer Josh ZajacJosh Zajac Photo by Peter Parkes

Coming off a two-game split in the Oneonta Festival this weekend where the Bobcats fell to Goshen and beat Cincinnatus, Lansing won its home opener against Newark Valley. Playing their third game in a row, the Bobcats came out a little slow. Going about their game plan Lansing controlled the ball in the midfield, but couldn't find the final connection for a goal. The Cardinal's defense kept the crosses from finding the correct head and didn't allow many clean shots from the middle of the field. Newark Valley's keeper, made numerous diving saves, even pushing one up to hit the crossbar and out.

Cross after cross got rejected or headed out, until Lansing midfielder Langston Hopkins rose above his defender to head in the game's first goal on a beautiful cross by Lansing Miller. A few minutes later the Bobcats would add to their lead on a shot by Aidan Huslebosch that took its time rolling over the line and another on a corner kick that was cleaned up by sophomore Joe Besemer.

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posticon Lansing Football Defeats Moravia and Whitney Point

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First year Varsity football coaches Brett Hotchkiss and Miles Levesque are teamed as co-head coaches for this 2017 campaign. Along with Assistant coach Matt Hartz all three will be able to bring their experience and enthusiasm for the game to each of the 23 players on the roster.

The first game was a trip north to Moravia on a sunny Saturday. Lansing won the initial coin toss and opted to begin with the defense and kicked off to start the season. Garrett Bell booted the football deep and pinned Moravia down early. This set up excellent field possession for the Bobcats first possession of the season that resulted in a 29 yard scoring run by Luke Winslow. Darryl Fleming reached the end zone just before half to give the Cats a 23-14 lead.

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