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posticon $1.1M To Help Replace Aging Septic Systems

News | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Septic System Replacement

Senator Pam Helming announced yesterday that $1.1 million in funding will go to help residents replace aging septic systems in the Wayne-Finger lakes region.  $150,000 of that will go to residents who apply and qualify in Tompkins County.

"The Septic Tank Rebate Program will give local communities an important tool they need to protect water quality and keep our lakes clean. Our pristine lakes provide drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people. They attract many visitors to our local communities and are a driver of economic development and job creation in our region." Helming said. "Failing septic tanks not only threaten our drinking water, but also contribute to harmful algal blooms, and hurt recreational opportunities in the Finger Lakes. As the State Senator representing the beautiful Wayne-Finger Lakes region, I am proud to announce that the six counties I represent will be included in the New York's Septic Rebate Program."

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posticon Sales Tax Revenue Up For Lansing and County

News | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne said that Lansing's share of of sales tax will be up considerably over last year's revenue.  Lansing's good fortune is shared county-wide, as County Legislator Mike Sigler reported to the Lansing Town board Wednesday.

"Good news on the sales tax report," he said. "County Finance Director Rick Snyder is reporting the County's share of receipts for 2017 at over $35 million.  That is 6.22% above receipts for 2016, and more than $1.8 million above budget.  That should be able to help us keep the tax rate down."

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posticon State Denies Middle School Traffic Warning

News | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Rumble Strip DeniedAs traffic slows to 45mph going south on 34B, the schools are not visible when going over Salmon Creek bridge.

A rumble strip to alert south-bound drivers to a school district as they speed downhill and over the Salmon Creek Bridge on State Route 34B was denied by the New York State Department Of Transportation (DOT, according to Tompkins County Legislator (Lansing) Mike Sigler.  Sigler requested the rumble strip a year and a half ago, saying that traffic by the Myers Road crosswalk poses a safety concern about children crossing the road as motorists, who can not see the school buildings until they come off the bridge, are supposed to be decreasing their speed from 55mph to 45, and again to 30.

"Unfortunately the State DOT did reject my idea for a rumble strip down by the middle school," Sigler told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday.  "I was hoping to alert drivers that they were coming to a school zone as they come down from the north.  The did suggest a crossing, though."

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posticon Filling Spaces in the Village of Lansing

News | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Triphammer Row

A new development project was informally presented to the Village of Lansing Planning board last week that would bring 12 townhouses to a small triangle of land behind the M&T bank on Triphammer Road.  Dubbed 'Triphammer Row', the project would include approximately 1,350 square foot townhouses, each with a one car garage and additional parking space.  Developer Robert Poprawski said he hopes to attract older couples and new families to settle there.

"The primary issue is trying to fit some nice residential facilities in that little triangle behind M&T Bank.  The developer is close to closing on that property so we can do something there," said Project Engineer Gary Bush. "We're showing 12 units on the plan (shown below) because that's what we reasonably think we can put there.  Even with the 12 we're going to need some variances, because we're too close to property lines, and things like that."

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Funds Approved for Two Positions for Jail Mental Health Services
In two actions related to the County's commitment to providing mental health services to inmates at the Tompkins County Jail, the Legislature in two separate unanimous votes, authorized the transfer of funds from the Mental Health Department to the Sheriff's Office Budget to fund a new position of Jail Psychiatric Physician, and to transfer a Mental Health Forensic Counselor position from Mental Health to the Sheriff's Office.

The Jail Psychiatric Physician measure creates the part-time psychiatrist position (not to exceed four hours per week) at a rate of $95.00 per hours, which is above the graded salary range, and budgets $25,823 (salary and fringe) to cover the position for 2018, and authorizes the budget adjustment to continue for future years. The Mental Health Forensic Counselor action transfers the counselor position to the Sheriff's Office and approves the related budget adjustment of $100,533 (salary and fringe) for 2018 and future years.

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