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May 19, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 20

posticon Can Heat Pumps Solve Lansing's Natural Gas Problem?

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Heat Pump
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Where energy is concerned the political environment between Lansing and much of the rest of Tompkins County has become difficult and adversary.  With economic stress like the devaluation of a power plant and mall within the Town's borders, there is increasing pressure to increase the tax base by attracting new businesses and developments.  Lansing representatives say the stalling of a gas delivery pipeline, a moratorium on natural gas, and the higher cost of alternative energy is slowing or outright preventing projects from being developed here.  Proponents of extending the moratorium indefinitely say that alternatives like heat pumps can and should affordably pick up the slack so no new natural gas capacity is needed.  A new study supports this view.  It demonstrates that for home heating heat pumps are equal in cost to natural gas installations.

"It is a reasonable question: by continuing a moratorium by preventing natural gas from coming to Lansing, are we penalizing developers and homeowners by forcing them to pay more in construction costs or more in energy costs?" says Taitem Engineering, PC founding partner Ian Shapiro.  "Our study says no."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteIn the early 1800's Daniel Buck traded a red shirt and a yoke of oxen to his brother-in-law, Rufus Herrick for Military Lot # 80 in the Town of Milton. A Military Lot was 600 acres of land, so that was a pretty good deal, I would say. Daniel helped to to build Dug Road down to Ludlowville which was the nearest market. Since Lot # 80 is over by the intersection of VanOstrand and Buck Road that would be a pretty long road to dig! But with this road they could draw four-foot lumber to Ludlowville and sell it for 50 cents a cord.
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posticon Lansing School Budget Passes

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Lansing Budget and School Board Vote

Lansing Central School District voters approved a $29,152,000 budget Tuesday for the 2017-18 school year, a 3.94% increase over the current year's budget.  454 people, or 74%, voted to approve the budget, with 160 opposed.  A slightly higher number approved the purchase of three school buses, with 476 voting yes and 139 against.

Voters also elected three Board Of Education members, returning Tony Lombardo and Christine Iacobucci to their board seats for a new term, and electing Brenda Zavaski to fill the seat being vacated by retiring school board member Glenn Swanson.  Lombardo received the highest number of votes (396), followed by Iacobucci (345), and Zavaski (325).  They edged out candidates Linda Pasto (320), and Lynne Lacko-Sheldon (251).

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posticon Town Center Land Sale Approved

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Town Center Land

The Lansing Town Board unanimously authorized the sale Wednesday of 13.5 acres of the 153 acre 'Town Center' land on Route 34 across the street from the Town ball fields.  The land will be purchased by Cornerstone Development Properties, LLC for a residential project yet to be developed.  No purchase price was disclosed.

"They submitted a proposal that would have a base contract for 13 1/2 acres, and then 8.9 acres as an alternate," said Lansing Planning Consultant Michael Long.  "There would be two pieces of adjacent property that we would be looking for approval to go to the next step, which is submitting applications to get their funding together."

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posticon Bobcats Prepare for Baseball Section Playoffs

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baseball 518teamFirst row: Aiden Allison, Caleb Wilder, Matt Gonyea, Chris Weil; Second row: Griffin Nelson, Garrett Bell, Lansing Miller, Trey McDonald, Tanner Winslow; Third row: Coach Stu Dean, Eric Eastman, Jack Babuka, Thom Greene, David Waldman, Asst Coach Mike Clark. Photo Courtesy of Sue Sheerer, True Life Photography

The 2017 Lansing Baseball started preparing for next week’s Section IV playoff with a 6-0 scrimmage win over Class B Waverly on Wednesday and a home scrimmage against Dryden on Friday May 19th.

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posticon A $50,000 Birthday Present

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Margaret Shackell

You probably think a $50,000 birthday present is extravagant, even if all your friends go in on it together.  But that's exactly what Margaret Shackell wanted: 50 of something for her 50th birthday.  Shackell, who is an active participant in causes throughout Tompkins County, and especially in the Lansing schools decided she wanted 50 thousands of dollars for the 17 local causes that mean the most to her.

"I have had a lot of friends over the past couple of years who have been turning 50," Shackell says.  "They've done some 50 for 50s.  Marian Ferrer did 50 lunches with friends.  I thought that was awesome.  Deb Ryan did 50 bucket list things.  So I started thinking about what matters to me: fundraising for charities in the community.  I've given myself a year to do it.  I hope it will be sooner than that.  I hope people will jump in and want cake, or want to help out, or want to stop hearing me asking for money!"

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