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August 16, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 31

posticon Reed Tours Ithaca-Tompkins Airport Construction

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Touring the Airport ConstructionFrom left: Airport manager Mike hall, COngressman Tom Reed, Airport Deputy Director of Operations and Airport Fire Department Chief Josh Nalley

US Congressman Tom Reed visited the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport Wednesday to highlight a $10 million federal investment into the $24.7 million construction project.  Reed met airport officials, contractors, and construction workers on an extensive tour of the major renovation.  Airport Deputy Director of Operations and Airport Fire Department Chief Josh Nalley and Airport Manager Mike Hall led a tour to show Reed the new check-in area, gates and security areas, baggage handling, and office space for up to six airlines.

"It's great to be at the Ithaca Airport today to see first hand this federal investment of close to $10 million dollars, to see how its going to benefit the community," Reed said. "This is a great team. It's a great example of people working together for the betterment of the community."

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posticon How the Ithaca Airport Will Become International Next Year

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Airport Security

The Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport is going to need a new sign next year that changes 'Regional' to 'International'.  That is becomes a new federal customs facility is part of the Airport Expansion and Rehabilitation project.  Airport Manager Mike Hall says the new capability will enhance local firms that already do world-wide business, and that he is negotiating to bring Ithaca's first commercial international flights to Tompkins County.

"I think it's important to understand the business aircraft community, there are a lot of companies that use general aviation to fill in the granularity of air service," Hall said Wednesday. "For example, commercial air service from the airport will always be to a hub.  If you don't happen to be going to a hub, but you've got a facility like Borg Warner does in smaller communities in Canada, and what have you, they choose to fly their airplane, which is a Cessna Citation, internationally to support that business."

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posticon The Mystery of the Missing Traffic Signals Is Solved

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Traffic Lights

The Town of Lansing (outside of the Village) has two traffic signals.  The one at the T-intersection of East Shore Drive (NYS Route 34) and Ridge Road (NYS Route 34B) had red/yellow/green traffic signals, while the one where Peruville Road (34B) crosses Triphammer Road flashed red at a four-way-stop intersection.  A change to red/yellow/green signals at the Triphammer intersection had been hinted at by town officials for years, but nothing happened.  Last year hefty looking poles were erected.  But no lights.  Townspeople wondered whether there would really be new traffic lights.  Elementary, my dear townspeople... construction this week has solved the mystery.

"The projects -- which are part of a statewide signal contract including work in other areas of the state -- were planned to take two constructions seasons, with pole installation last fall and signal installation and activation this summer," says New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Public Information Officer Curtis Jetter.

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posticon A Lansing Business Adapts to a Changing Market

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v15i31 A Lansing Business Adapts to a Changing Market
Finger Lakes Marine Service

Finger Lakes Marine Service celebrated its 65th anniversary a week ago last Wednesday (click here to see accompanying picture feature).  Owners Barry and Carrie Ford went before the Town Planning Board Monday to get permission to add small bathrooms to a couple of cabins that are part of an ongoing project to upgrade the marina, improve its already environmental-friendly footprint, plus respond to the changing boating business.  Ford told the Planning Board that boats are getting bigger because people are using them as lake-side cabins, and the economics make staying on a boat more affordable than cabins.

"The boat sizes in this marina are starting to get bigger because they're using them as cottages," Barry Ford said in an interview Tuesday. "They're not using them as boats.  You take a small cottage on the lake, it's 12 to 20 thousand dollars of taxes.  You can have a boat here for $3,500 a year.  The economics are stay here.  It won't be just tenants of the marina.  It will be potential buyers.  It will be people just like (next-door neighbor's lake shore cabin) -- he runs his cottage continuously down there, and it will be an income for the marina."

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posticon Planning Board Tweaks Solar and Wind Law

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Solar and Wind Law

The Lansing Town Planning Board tweaked a draft of a proposed Solar and Wind law Monday, preparing it for a final draft to be enacted into law by the Town Board.  The Planning Board focused on three issues: security fencing, allowing large scale commercial wind farms, and he amount of contiguous prime soil farmland that should be allowed for large solar arrays.  Lansing Director of Planning C.J. Randall said the intent of the law is largely to support green-energy producing installations while still protecting prime farmland and topsoil.

Planning Board members haggled over the height of fencing they think should be required, weighing the pros and cos of 6 foot tall fences vs. 8 feet tall.  They seemed to settle on 8 feet, partly because it is harder to climb over, and partly to conform with the Town's existing cell tower law.  They also debated whether fencing the entire solar array should be required, vs. just fencing infrastructure.

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posticon Finger Lakes Marine Service Celebrates 65 Years

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Finger Lakes Marine ServicePictures courtesy of Finger Lakes Marine Service

Finger Lakes Marine Service celebrated its 65th birthday August 7th.  The Marina opened in the early '50s, five years before Myers Park was established.  The event attracted about 50 people who brought a dish-to-pass.  The marina supplied the sodas and seven local wineries conducted tastings throughout the afternoon. 

"It was a lot of fun. It was old timers," says owner Barry Ford. "There was a man here who has had boats in the marina 37 years, and another who has been here 42 years.  They've seen the transformation."

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