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posticon Cayuga Salt Mine Receives DEC Shaft Permit

News | Friday, August 18, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Cayuga Salt Mine Proposed ShaftThese renderings show proposed designs for buildings that will contain the new Mine Shaft #4.

For a look inside the Cayuga Salt Mine click here to view: Lansing Down Under -- A Look at the Cargill Mine
The Cayuga Salt Mine received a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to construct a new $42 million mine shaft that company officials say will will provide a safer work environment, cut employee commuting time, and provide an ample supply of electricity, air, and faster emergency extraction from active mining areas to insure the safety of the miners.  The 2,500 foot deep shaft and supporting buildings are planned for 12.5 acres of a 57 acre plot on Ridge Road, south of the Cayuga Power Plant.

"We are pleased that the DEC has approved our permit for the new air shaft, which is critical for sustained health and safety of our workers," says Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski. "Cargill followed the rigorous environmental review process established by the DEC. We feel the DEC made the right decision based on science, the information compiled to support permit issuance and the independent analysis completed that ensures the shaft poses no threat of significant environmental impact."

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posticon Lansing Swim Area Free of Blue-green Algae

News | Friday, August 18, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Myers Park Swim Area

The swim area at Myers Park is due to close August 20th.  Lansing swimmers were lucky this year, because many swim areas around Cayuga Lake closed early due to sightings of blue-green algae, a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) that releases harmful toxins.  The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) issued a warning at the beginning of this month, with a plea for observers to report any sightings of HABs that could take the form of floating mats, scum, or just discolored water.

"We dodged the bullet on blue-green algae," Park Superintendent and Recreation Director Steve Colt told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday.  "Other places had it.  Our location, relative to the wind and the wave action, didn't get it.  I called the Health Department several times on suspicion.  Each call they said, 'No, thanks for calling.  You don't have it.  Carry on.'

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posticon New Potential Lansing Sewer District Proposed

News | Friday, August 18, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Possible New Sewer

Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday that Lansing homeowners who live on Cayuga Lake on East Shore Drive north of the Cornell Sailing Club and south of Esty Hill want sewer.  Sigler said the topic came up while he was going door to door for his reelection campaign.  Sigler said he would be asking the Town to pay for a study.  he said he could only circulate a petition among neighbors there to gauge interest once the study determines cost of sewer in that area.

"But it's for our town.  That's 50 houses right on the water that are all Lansing residents.  The study has to come, and then I have to collect signatures on a petition to see how much interest there is down there.  I have to come to you first before I can actually see the level of support."

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posticon Committee Recommends Sale of Old Library Site to Travis-Hyde

News | Friday, August 18, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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The Tompkins County Legislature's Old Library Committee passed three resolutions Wednesday that advance consideration of disposition of the County's Old Library site to the full Legislature.

The committee recommended that the site, located at Cayuga and Court Streets in the City of Ithaca, just off DeWitt Park, be declared no longer needed for public use; that the County concur with the City's determination that sale of the property for the proposed DeWitt House Project will not negatively affect the environment; and that the property be sold to preferred developer Travis-Hyde Properties' DeWitt House Associates for a sale price of $925,000.

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, August 18, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Legislature Adopts New Wireless Surcharge Law
Following a public hearing, the Legislature, by unanimous vote, adopted a new County Wireless Surcharge Law. The new Local Law repeals the County's former Local Law, passed in 2002, that established a 30-cent public safety surcharge on postpaid wireless communications devices. It authorizes continuation of that surcharge and its extension to pre-paid devices, which had not previously been subject to the surcharge, as authorized as part of the 2017-18 State Budget. The State legislation required the County to repeal the previous law and adopt a new law, collecting both pre-paid and post-paid wireless surcharges. Continuing the former law and continuing to charge post-paid service only was not an option.

With current annual Tompkins wireless revenues of approximately $240,000, and pre-paid devices estimated at 20-30% of the wireless market, County Director of Emergency Response Lee Shurtleff has noted that the additional estimated pre-paid revenue of $40-60,000 will offset some losses from the rapidly diminishing landline public safety surcharge.

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posticon $1.24 Million to Fund Water Quality Projects

News | Friday, August 18, 2017 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Senator Pamela A. Helming (R,C,I-Canandaigua) announced Monday that a total of 17 farms in two counties within the Finger Lakes region received a combined $1.24 million for agricultural water quality conservation projects. The funding comes to the Ontario and Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation Districts through the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program, which is funded through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee.

These projects allow farmers to address water quality issues to prevent pollution, reduce erosion, and limit the amount of harmful sediments and other runoff in priority watersheds while increasing productivity and economic activity. County Soil and Water Conservation Districts apply for these grants on behalf of farmers and use the money to conduct environmental planning or implement best management practices, such as agricultural waste storage systems, riparian buffer systems, conservation cover crops, and structural soil conservation practices.

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