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April 12, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 14

posticon DOT Immune From Town Planning Authority

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DOT Warren Road Facility

Over neighbors' objections the Town of Lansing Planning Board Monday approved resolutions that affirm that the Town has no jurisdiction over the New York State Department Of Transportation (NYSDOT) 30,000 square foot 'sub-residency' maintenance building and supporting buildings on Warren Road, immediately south of Hillcrest Road, and approving the subdivision of about 15 acres on the north side of more than 50 acres owned by Tompkins County.  While two Planning Board members abstained from the vote, and others said they were not affirming that they approve of the site plan, the board had little choice but to accept the State's sovereignty over the Town and authority over the project.

"This is what the DOT has proposed," said NYSDOT attorney Kathleen Joy. This is what has been submitted.  And this is what we're going with."

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posticon School Board Passes $30.7M 2019-20 Lansing Budget

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Lansing Central School District

The Lansing Board Of Education unanimously passed a $30,794,650 budget Monday for the 2019-20 school year.  School Business Administrator Kate Heath told school board members that the estimated tax rate increase is less than 1%, with an anticipated tax increase of $9 for owners of a $50,000 home, $18 for a $100,000 home, and $36 for a $200,000 home.  The increase in the tax levy falls below the state mandated tax cap, which has been the case for the district levy since the tax cap was established in 2011.

"The state aid number is higher than last year's state aid number," she said. "That small amount of state aid lowered our property taxes and PILOT amount just enough to be under the tax cap by $1,790.  So a little more of a cushion than the $99 I talked about at our last meeting.  Our levy will be a change (increase) of 2.84%."

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posticon Lansing Track Hosts Duel Meet

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The Lansing Varsity Track and Field team hosted Dryden and Trumansburg for a dual-meet on Monday, April 8. The event also marked Senior Night for four girls and five boys. For the girls, Claire Dowell, Ellie Howell, Destiny Little, and Eden Jackson were celebrated and for the boys it was Ben Caveny, Dakota Edwards, Jacob Searles, George Taylor, and Trey Warner competing in their final home meet. Dowell and Howell (together with Junior Teresa Garcia) put a cap on the celebration by singing the National Anthem before the competition.

For the meet, the girls went 1-1, beating Dryden but falling to Trumansburg. The loss marked the girls' first dual meet defeat in over two years. But as coach Becca Lovenheim said after the meet "PRs were earned and good training is happening; we're excited about seeing how far we can push ourselves this season." The boys fell to both Dryden and Trumansburg but both results were close. Trumansburg won the meet overall.

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posticon Library Is Summer Lunchbox Distribution Site

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Many exciting events are happening at the Lansing Community Library. Story time and board games, T'ai Chi and book club, youth computer coding, public presentations and digital assistance; a variety of programs are offered to interest all ages. Children's creations with marshmallow peeps make an appearance later this month. A book sale is happening in June. The awesome summer reading program begins soon. This summer, the library is also acting as a distribution site for a Summer Lunchbox program.

"Every kid should be looking forward to summer!" is the theme of the campership program that began last summer with the vision and leadership of Linda Pasto. Scholarships to Myers Park day camp are offered to families identified by teachers at the Lansing schools. fifteen students were able to enjoy a week of summer camp last year thanks to the Lansing PTSO, donations to Lansing Recreation, and the Kevin Snyder Memorial Fund. This summer, thanks to school board member Susan Tabrizi, a food component will be added to the campership program.

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