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July 13, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 27

posticon Steve Colt Stepping Down From Lansing Parks and Rec

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Steve ColtSteve Colt

Among the jewels of the Town of Lansing are its parks and its recreation department.  Steve Colt has been Lansing's Recreation Director for about 30 years, and Park Superintendent for almost that long.  The parks are gorgeous and used by thousands of people for all kinds of activities.  The vast scope of recreation programs should, in any sensible world, be impossible for a department that only has three full time employees.  Colt will leave some very big shoes to fill when he steps down from the Park and Recreation Department on July 31st.

"I commend Steve Colt for doing such a great job," says Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne. "People don't realize when they first started the Rec Department was located in the Highway Barn on a gravel floor.  Lansing has come a long way, and Steve leaves it in very good shape."

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posticon Town Considers Creating Department of Public Works

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Lansing Town DPW

In anticipation of Steve Colt's pending retirement from the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department at the end of this month, Town Board members discussed changes Monday to the department structure that could lead to a new Department of Public Works (DPW).  The new structure would create a DPW that would become an umbrella department that would manage water, sewer, highway, parks, and building and grounds maintenance.  Officials noted that cross-training employees from existing departments has been a first step in what would eventually be a single consolidated department.

"That consolidation has already started to happen," said Town Attorney Guy Krogh. "Working in cross-purposes, having people being cross-trained, and sharing services across departments has always been part of this town's avenue of success.  There have been three prior plans for DPWs.  They've all been loosely sketched.  Pretty much all of them foresaw consolidating all of the public works into a Public Works Department.  You create a DPW by local law.  It has an organizational structure that would consolidate multiple disparate functions into a single department.  For it's size Lansing is probably one of the few municipalities in this area that doesn't have one."

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posticon Lansing Graduation Awards May Move Out of Commencement Ceremony

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Tweaks continue to be made to the Lansing High School graduation. Two years ago a parent complained to the Board of Education that the awards section of the ceremony was too long, taking the focus away from the 'taking away from the joy of the achievement of graduating from high school, especially for those graduates who did not receive awards'. This year a change was made to the awards section, with the people granting the awards still making their presentations, but without actually presenting checks to graduates.

"We had our scholarships awarded at the ceremony itself, but the students receiving the scholarships stood and sat down," Superintendent of Schools Chris Pettograsso told the Board of Education Monday. "It still took a significant chunk of time -- it was about an hour. Because of the rain our Principal wasn't able to give a speech, so it became solely about scholarships."

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posticon A Rediscovered Park in Lansing - But It's Not a Park

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Town Historian Louise Bement was sorting through a pile of historical documents regarding the Cayuga Power Plant when she happened upon three photographs, facing down beneath the pile.  The photos were labeled 'Pozzolana Park' with little else to go on, except that the site had been used to safely store coal ash, presumably from what was, at the time, the Milliken Station power plant.  She hadn't heard of any public park of that name at any point in Lansing history.

"I thought, let's turn this over and see what it's all about," Bement says. "Now that Milliken is kind of in the news you pick up on it.  I thought, well now it's interesting."

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posticon Salt Point Now Accessible To Wheelchairs

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Salt Point TrailPhoto by Susan Ruoff

Visitors to the Salt Point Natural Area will find the main trail winding along Salmon Creek and the shoreline of Cayuga Lake much easier to follow – and navigate – thanks to new stone dust recently laid down by Town of Lansing crews.

The trail upgrade is designed to make Salt Point accessible to people with disabilities, who previously had to navigate a trail system of crushed rock and uneven surface if they wanted to access the shoreline or catch a glimpse of the area's celebrity residents – the osprey pair who return each spring to raise a family on the platform near the western point. This spring they successfully hatched three young, as they have every year since 2013.

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posticon Lansing Gallery - Backtalk Band

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Diane Duthie - Lansing GalleryMother Nature was clearly excited about the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department's first 2018 Concert in the Park last Thursday. Park officials were poised to cancel the concert because thunderstorms were predicted. But the weather held off, and the show went on! The first concert featured the Backtalk Band, an Ithaca-based classic rock band featuring Hannah Martin, Bob Keefe, John White, Mike Tolomeo, and Al Hartland.

Backtalk Band - Photos by Diane Duthie

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posticon 20 Jobs Created With Lansing McDonalds Remodel

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Lansing McDonald's

Lansing McDonald's owners Courtney and Mike Feehan announced Tuesday that after a complete remodel of the Triphammer Road restaurant they will be adding 20 new jobs.  The restaurant celebrated a grand re-opening Tuesday afternoon, along with local dignitaries, customers, and organizations.

"Today I'm proud to cut the ribbon on our newly rebuilt McDonald's restaurant on North Triphammer Road," said Courtney Feehan. "We went through a major remodel here, bringing it down to the studs, redoing piping, roof, doors, and a new exterior.  And we remained open during the entire process."

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