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August 17, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 32

posticon Residents Request Lower Lansing Speed Limits

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Salmon Creek Road

The Lansing Town Board passed two resolutions Wednesday in support of lowering speed limits on portions of Buck and Salmon Creek Roads.  Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne said two petitions by concerned residents prompted the resolutions.  But it is the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) that has final say on changes to speed limits. 

"The dynamics of our town are that we have 19th century roads and we have 21st century vehicles," LaVigne said. "Without shoulders it makes it difficult to walk on them, plus the residents of Buck Road want this speed limit reduced."

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posticon Schools May Consider Alternative HVAC Energy Source

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Lansing Schools

Lansing Central School District officials welcomed the idea of exploring the viability of converting school HVAC from natural gas to electric-sourced heating.  Energy engineer and Lansing resident Burt Bland told the Board Of Education Tuesday that he would like to consult with them on a possible conversion to heat pumps or some other alternative that would remove the schools from sketchy gas service in the wake of NYSEG's latest determination that the level of gas pressure provided to the school campus is safe, despite being below the pressure they previously deemed unsafe.

"There are a number of incentives now, because of this particular situation in Lansing," Bland said.  "The Public Service commission and NYSEG are interested in solving this problem, allowing economic development to proceed, making sure there is reliable natural gas service.  It's a developing situation.  They were about to spend $18 million on the West Dryden pipeline, so theoretically that's freed up for incentivizing other purposes."

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posticon School Tax Rate Set -- Bills Coming

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School Tax Rate Set

Lansing School Business Administrator Kate Heath presented the final numbers to the Board Of Education Tuesday that are needed to send school tax bills to taxpayers.  Heath said that the District will pay slightly less than projected before the May budget vote, and told board members the tax rate will be 0.11% higher than last year.  She said that the rate was mitigated by a higher than projected tax assessment roll value, but more dollars will have to be appropriated from the fund balance than expected to keep the levy below the state's tax cap calculation.

"We were anticipating a tax rate of $20.79," she said. "It is a little bit lower -- it is a 0.11% increase over last year's rate, and we are under the cap by $1,200."

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