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March 22, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 11

posticon Lansing To Test Salmon Creek Areas For Lead

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The Lansing Town Board authorized up to $5,000 for lead testing in and around Salmon Creek from Ludlowville to the creek outflow area.  Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne says he would prefer the testing be done by independent soil samplers and lab to remove any doubt about the findings.  But Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz said that she and Councilwoman Andra Benson will collect samples to be analyzed by a local laboratory.

"If we end up having any measurable levels anywhere we will want to bring in additional outside testing for duplicate verification," said Binkewicz, who has a masters degree in soil sampling.  "I did talk to the lab about their protocol -- particle size, exactly how to do the testing."

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posticon Saturday's Blackout Caused Property Damage

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Blackouts in Lansing

After still more power outages in Lansing this week, Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne told Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler to 'be our champion' in an effort to bring more reliable power to the town.  LaVigne has been updating frustrated Lansing citizens on Facebook, and said that many people's electronics have been destroyed by the constant blackouts in the town.

"(County Legislature Chair) Martha Robertson is already on board with a lot of stuff," LaVigne said Wednesday. "She is very concerned.  So is (Airport Manager) Mike Hall.  We're the only town that's growing 2% in the whole area.  If we don't have reliable power I'm afraid that won't last much longer."

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posticon Zoning Board Rules For Events Venue

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Lansing's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) ruled Tuesday that a proposed Bed & Breakfast on Emmons Road fits the definition as laid out in Lansing's zoning ordinance, and that plans for turning a historic barn into an events venue likewise conforms to the code.  The board affirmed Planning Consultant Michael Long and Code Enforcement officer Lynn Day's interpretation of the law as it applies to the Osmica project in denying an appeal brought by Cathy Barron, a neighbor.  Osmica owner Kurt Martin was taken aback by the strong opposition by his neighbors in at least three or four public meetings so far.

"We are not some big developers who want to come in and trample the neighborhood," he said. "We're a husband and wife who fell in love with this historic farm and wanted to give it a new life.  We've been taken aback by the response. We wish people could see it the way that we see it. We're trying our best to do right by the farm and respect its historic character."

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posticon Town Authorizes Map Plan for DOT Sewer

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The Lansing Town Board authorized the creation of a map plan review Wednesday for a proposed Sewer District #2 that would bring sewer service to a new NYS Department Of transportation (DOT) facility on Warren Road.  The facility will include a 30,000 square foot 'sub-residency' maintenance building, a 5,000 square foot Cold Storage, a 8,200 square foot Salt Barn, and a 2,500 square foot Hopper Building (covered lean-to).  Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne explained authorizing a map plan review was a last minute addition to the agenda because the Town's Municipal Water and Sewer Advisory Board had met later than usual this month, thus their recommendation was forwarded shortly before the town Board meeting.

LaVigne noted that Wednesday's vote was only to authorize the creation of a map plan report, and that the Board was not voting on actually creating the new sewer district.  But Councilman Joe Wetmore said he wanted to wait until next month's meeting because it hadn't been on the agenda long enough for the public to be notified.

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posticon How the Alcohol and Drug Detox Will Work

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Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County


The Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County announced last February that it had secured a site on North Triphammer Road that will be the first in Tompkins County to provide open access addiction treatment services, eventually including a 40-bed medically supervised detox and stabilization unit.  On hearing about the plan, some neighbors in the Village of Lansing approached the Village trustees with fears about the proximity of a detox facility to their homes.  But Alcohol & Drug Council officials say they have been and will continue to be transparent about their plans, and the fears neighbors have expressed may be based on stereotypes.

"I think there is a lot of mis-perception around what that looks like and what that is," says Executive Director Angela Sullivan. "Hollywood hasn't helped us in some ways.  How medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization work is that it is for people with mild to moderate diagnoses of addiction.  People who have serious diagnoses and other complicating medical factors still need hospital-based detox.  I think when people think detox, they thing that hospital-based detox model.  This is a community-based detox model.  That involves a shorter stay in the detox facility.  They receive counseling, connections to resources, and once they become stable they are counseled on employment, education, and other supports and alternative activities to those that they were doing when they came in."

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posticon Myers Park Gets $5,000 County Grant

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Myers Park

Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler told the Town Board Wednesday that the Town of Lansing was awarded a $5,000 grant that will be used to plant trees at Myers Park.

"Stewart park got awarded $10,000 for a study," explained Sigler. "I said that doesn't seem fair that Stewart park gets money but none of the town parks get money.  So I put together a $50,000 program in the last budget.  Every village and town in the County can apply and get $5,000."

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