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October 20, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 41

posticon Village Recinds Support For CLEAN Mining Permit Lawsuit

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Village of Lansing

Village of Lansing trustees voted Monday to rescind their support of an Article 78 lawsuit to be filed against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) by Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now (CLEAN).  The Trustees voted two weeks previously to lend its name to the proceeding when Ronny Hardaway called on fellow Trustees to add their support to that of other nearby communities.  The suit challenges a permit granted for Cargill's new 2,500 foot deep Cayuga Salt Mine mine shaft that clears the way for the project to move forward.

In the October 2nd meeting Hardaway argued that an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) had not been conducted.  He said the lawsuit, if successful, would force the DEC to revoke a permit unless an EIS shows the project does not threaten the lake.  Board members were split on the issue, with some expressing surprise when it was raised at the end of the meeting usually reserved for Trustee reports.  Mayor Donal Hartill abstained from the vote, saying he felt 'blindsided' by Hardaway.  Trustee John O'Neill voted against supporting the lawsuit, but Trustees Gerry Monaghan and Pat O'Rourke joined with Hardaway to pass the resolution.  However, at the Board of Trustees regular Thursday lunch meeting, the Board rescinded their vote.

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteLake Ithaca was a large lake that filled the basin that holds Cayuga Lake today. Lake Ithaca was 600 feet above the present level of today's lake. It was a cold and muddy lake with ice bergs floating on its surface. I live above the lake on Myers Road. The gravel banks here are the base of the original Salmon Creek before it cut its way back to the falls at Ludlowville. Instead of shale or clay in our soil, we find stream washed stones and pebbles. The falls in Ludlowville form what is called a 'hanging valley'. The valley of Salmon Creek hangs above the falls in Ludlowville and the lower valley has steep gorge walls.
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posticon Mine Shaft Site Plan Seems Poised For Approval

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Cargill Shaft #4 BuildingsRendering by Cargill Deicing Technology

A standing-room-only crowd filled the Town courtroom Monday, when the Lansing Town Planning Board conducted a public hearing Monday to consider site plan approval for surface facilities for the proposed Cayuga Salt Mine shaft #4.  After a brief explanation of the project by Cargill Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski and Senior Project manager William Gracon, the floor was opened to the public.  A half dozen Cargill employees passionately defended the company and the project, citing its safety record and stressing that the safety of mine employees is the key reason for the shaft.

"This project isn't born from corporate greed, as some may wish you to think," said 38 year mine employee Brian Bartlett.  "Instead it's a necessary project that will allow us to maintain and further our commitment to the safety of people who go a half a mile underground each day to perform difficult and important work. I encourage you to vote in favor of supporting this project, allowing our employees the opportunity to work under conditions most people take for granted every day at their workplace: breathing adequate, clean air, being able to exit in a reasonable amount of time in emergency situations, and, in the event of injury or illness, to have professional care available at the earliest possible moment."

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posticon Water District Extension Put On Hold

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Water District Tabled

A water district extension proposed for a portion of Auburn Road and Bower, Buck, Wilson and Colon Roads was tabled Wednesday, after three property owners within the proposed district strongly objected to the project.  A petition signed by 23 neighbors requested removing the portion of Buck Road between Auburn and Conlon Roads.

"Ever since we've owned this property our taxes have gone up, some years more than others," said Lansing farmer Matt Dedrick, some of whose fields are part of the proposed district.  "At this point in time the taxes far exceed what our agricultural land can generate in return.  So adding another $934 a year for 38 years for a water system that we and a number of other neighbors don't want, need, or can't justify at this price tag, would be very burdensome to to many."

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posticon Local Responders Simulate Full Scale Airport Disaster

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Airport Disaster Drill

At 9:36am Saturday Tompkins County officials were notified that American Airline flight #4250 crashed on arrival at the Ithaca Tompkins County Regional Airport around 9am.  Emergency crews from the airport fire department were joined by firefighters and EMTs from surrounding fire departments that rushed to the scene to put out fires and rescue survivors.  The alert noted the airport was closed, and motorists should avoid the area.

The airport, in fact, was not closed, and flights continued to land as emergency crews worked -- the disaster was an FAA-mandated drill that involved about 200 dispatchers, first responders, airport personnel, evaluators and volunteers playing the roles of crash victims.

"Air transportation is far safer than driving a car," says Airport Manager Mike Hall.  "We don't like to be reminded -- it's bad enough on the evening news every day -- that bad things happen to good people in the pursuit of their activities.  The flip side is we would be derelict if we didn't prepare for the fact that every now and then it does happen.  And when it does, whether it's a car wreck on 13 and Brown or an airplane on the air field, we can help people survive and put their lives back together."

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posticon Lansing Modified XC Finishes First-Place at Tully; Varsity Teams Compete

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Lansing XCThe start of the varsity boys small school race at Tully Invitational

Lansing's cross-country squads headed up I-81 on Saturday Oct 14 for the Tully Invitational, a regional meet that drew almost 20 schools from Tompkins County to Syracuse and Watertown.

The Bobcats modified teams shined against some of central New York's best middle school runners as they competed on their longest course of the season (at 1.72 miles, a farther distance than their previous races from 1.25 to 1.6 miles). In the modified girls' race for small schools, Lansing's Kinsley Jacobs used a strong start to take the lead, and then battled through the second half of the race alongside Tully's Katie Edinger. With about a quarter mile to go, Jacobs made a decisive move to grab the lead and never looked back to take the first win of the day. Jacobs' time of 9:52.3 was the fastest girls modified time of the day, besting the large school times by more than 30 seconds. Loveta Geesey also ran a strong race for the modified Lady Bobcats and finished 60th out of 76 runners.

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posticon Trunk or Treat Planned For Safe Halloween

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Lansing is a tight-knit community, but walkable neighborhoods are few and far between.  When Asbury Church members talked about a Halloween event, Loveta Geesey suggested something she had done before she moved to Lansing from Idaho.  The community would create a neighborhood in the parking lot around the Lansing Community Library for Halloween night.  About 50 cars would be parked, trunks facing out, and decorated in different themes.  Trick or Treaters and their parents would gt to vote on their favorite trunks, with prizes awarded to the winners.

"The big motivation for having the Trunk or Treat is providing a safe place for the kids to trick or treat together and celebrate being a community and having fun together," says organizer Loveta Geesey.  "Those of us involved are really excited to work together with the community to offer this fun Halloween alternative to driving and walking around on a dark autumn night."

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