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October 30, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 43

posticon Lansing High and Middles Schools Go Remote Due to COVID-19

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Schools Coronavirus

Lansing High School and have temporarily reverted to online instruction-only after an individual at the high school tested positive for COVID-19.  The middle school has also temporarily suspended in-person classroom learning for the 8th grade due to a possible possible positive case.  Lansing Central School District Business Administrator Kate Heath told school board members Monday that there are not enough teachers to keep high school classrooms open, given the people involved.

"We have gone to a hundred percent remote instruction at the high school due to a positive COVID case. The level of quarantining required made in-person instruction impossible with staff coverage. So right now we'll be fully remote until November 2nd at the high school," she said.

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posticon Town Planning Board Considers 2nd Lansing Dollar Store

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Dollar General

The Town of Lansing Planning Board declared itself the lead agency Monday for a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) evaluation of a proposed Dollar General store -- the second in Lansing -- on Auburn Road approximately across the street from the North Lansing Fire Station.  The resolution, a routine step for projects requiring environmental review, was passed with little discussion after a letter from nearby resident Ben Finio was read into the record, opposing the planned store.

Developer Franklin Land Associates, LLC submitted proposed site plan documents (opposition letters and petition are included in this document)  before the meeting, showing details of the 9,100 square foot retail building. including proposed parking in front and on the south side of the store, an erosion control plan, and other project details.

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posticon A Tale of Two Subdivisions At the Mall

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Two developments came before the Village of Lansing Planning Board Tuesday that are asking for special subdivisions that would require no space between lots.  One is the Lansing Meadows (mall 55 and older housing) project that has had increasingly contentious dealings with the Planning Board over close to a decade.  That developer is asking for two changes to village regulations that would decrease the minimum lot size and frontage requirements in order to make subdivision of 18 triplex units (six buildings) possible.  The other is the Shops at Ithaca Mall itself, where the owner seeks to sell anchor stores to current or potential tenants, and a lot outside the mall for an extended stay hotel.

The plan for the Shops at Ithaca Mall is to subdivide mostly anchor store spaces, not counting what remains of the mall once the large stores are sold. Target already owns its store, and BJ's Wholesale Club is not owned by the mall owner. Parcels that would go up for sale include Regal Cinemas; Michael's; the south end of the mall that contains Dick's, DSW, ultra Beauty, and Best Buy; and a lot behind the Clarion Hotel that is being considered for an extended-stay hotel.  A bonus is that Graham Road from Triphammer to BJ's Wholesale Club plus a portion of the ring road in front of the mall will be dedicated to the Village as part of the subdivision, something Village officials have wanted for a long time in order to resolve pothole and sidewalk issues there.

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posticon Curbside Recycling Rejection Phase Starts Nov. 2nd

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The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management would like to remind residents that their recycling bins will be rejected if they include wrong materials starting November 2nd.

Making sure that your recycling gets collected is easy, and information about what is accepted in your curbside bin can be found at RecycleTompkins.org and in the Curbside Recycling Guidelines for Tompkins County brochure. Some of the most common mistakes residents make include putting plastic bags and film, Styrofoam, and electronics in the recycling bin. Any plastic items must include a number 1, 2, or 5 recycling symbol to be accepted.

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posticon Draft New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program Announced

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the NYS Department of Health released a draft COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program last week that serves as an initial framework for ensuring the safe and effective distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in New York.

The draft program was developed in consultation with leading clinical and public health experts, and requires collaboration and partnership with local departments of health, community partners and organizations, and the federal government.

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