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July 10, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 28

posticon Village Extends Building Deadlines

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The Village of Lansing Board of Trustees extended building permit deadlines Monday by 120 days, despite the Planning Board's recommendation that the extension only be granted for 90 days.  Planning Board members said at their June 30th meeting that they would not be comfortable granting more than three months, influenced, in part, by their irritation with developer Arrowhead Ventures' Lansing Meadows project and its decade long history of changes to its Planned Development Area (PDA).  But the decision fell in the jurisdiction of the Trustees, who opted for the maximum allowed extension.

"The proposal is to increase that to 120 days from the initial conception," said Mayor Donald Hartill. "I got a note from Lisa (Planning Board Chair Lisa Schleelein) saying that the Planning Board had only approved 90 days, but the 120 days is much more of a standard. So I would urge that we have the 120 day extension discussion."

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posticon Lansing Carnival Cancelled

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Lansing Carnival Canceled

As pandemic cancellations pile up the latest victim of COVID-19 is the Lansing Carnival. Lansing Events Committee (LEC) President Valerie McMillen announced on Facebook Wednesday that the 2020 carnival and parade will not take place.

"The Lansing Events Committee has the unfortunate position of having to announce the cancellation of the Lansing Community Celebration 2020," she wrote. "Phase 4 includes high-risk activities, such as: carnivals, concerts, performing arts, theater arts, water parks and the like, the reason being, they will go over the gathering limit of 50 people."

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posticon Sciencenter To Partially Reopen Next Week

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After three months of being closed because of the COVID-19 lock-down, the Sciencenter reopened its mini-golf course Wednesday, and plans to reopen the museum on a limited basis next week.  Sciencenter Executive Director Michelle Kortenaar said that only specific parts of the museum that do not encourage touching will be open, and attendance will be limited to a quarter of the museum's allowed capacity, which will mean no more than about 60 visitors will be allowed in at a time.

"We're going to open part of the building for places with things you can't touch. Our animal room,  out Touch Tank -- because you can put your hands into the touch tank. Salt water's apparently Okay. And we have a few full body experiences. We have the infrared camera that you can move your body and see what's happening. But we're not going to be able to open large parts of the museum for a little while and we're just going to keep waiting for guidance and hoping it comes soon."

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posticon 2020 NY State and County Fairs Canceled

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Fair will be cancelled this summer out of an abundance of caution. Cuomo said that movie theaters and casinos will also remain closed. He noted that New York has done a good job reducing infection, but argued that caution is prudent. On Wednesday Cuomo also announced that all county fairs will be canceled until further notice, again, out of an abundance of caution.

"This is a really tough one," Cuomo said. "Fairs all across the nation are not reopening. We have a fantastic State Fair in Syracuse. We've invested a lot of money. We've had record attendance, 1.3 million people last year, we broke the attendance record. We invested money, we redid the whole State Fair. We built a new expo center, 110,000 square feet, it's really amazing. It's been an economic boon for the whole region. This year we're going to have to cancel it and that makes me personally very unhappy, but that is where we are."

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posticon Cargill Expands Renewable Energy Portfolio

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Minneapolis - Cargill is making progress in its operations with new renewable energy projects managing climate impact. Cargill announced Tuesday ten new global renewable energy projects, most of which will be online in the next year. Cargill currently uses 15 different renewable energy sources around the world, including wind and solar power.

These renewable energy projects represent a vital component of Cargill's expanding renewable energy portfolio and progress against its climate commitment to reduce 10% of its overall greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 2025, against a 2017 baseline. This is in addition to its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its global supply chains by 30% per ton of product by 2030, also measured against a 2017 baseline. Both climate change commitments are science-based targets, and are aligned with the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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