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November 16, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 44

posticon Planning Board To Decide on Village Cottages

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Lansing Village Cottages

The Lansing Village Cottages developers were back for another round with the Village of Lansing Planning Board Monday, to try to come to some agreement on whether or not the board will recommend a Planned Development Area (PDA) for their unique plan.  If approved the development could include up to 105 small cottages arranged in pocket neighborhoods over 41 acres of land between Craft Road and Millcroft Way.  The main hurdle is getting the Planning Board's recommendation for a PDA, which board members have been resistant to, saying that only two PDAs have ever been allowed in 40 years of the Village's history.

"When we read the section of the PDA description I came away thinking somebody must have written this with our plan in mind," said Beer Properties, LLC's Steven Beer. "It really seems that the description fits our proposal quite nicely.  Why a PDA?  For the innovative type of proposal that we are presenting to you."

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posticon Repair Shop Zoning To Change Back To Commercial

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Zoning Change

The intersection of Ridge and Myers Roads has long been an area of concern because of the danger to school children from cars speeding from the northwest.  More recently the corner has become controversial because of zoning.  In July the Town Planning Board recommended that a parcel with an auto repair shop be rezoned from L1 (Lakeshore) to B1 (Commercial Mixed Use) along with four other small zoning 'adjustments'.  But in October when the Town Board passed them into law the repair shop parcel was missing.  The Board may change zoning for the parcel next month after reconsidering the change Wednesday.

"I understand the zoning is still being worked on and there may be some need for it to be contiguous with the other business zones," said Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz. "But I think an error was made and we should give (owner Karl Kohlenberg) a formal commitment to being a garage as we go forward."

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posticon Milton Meadows Purchases Land From Town of Lansing

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Milton Meadows

Cornerstone group of Rochester closed on 13.5 acres of Lansing town land October 31st, paving the way for their Milton Meadows Apartments project.  the project will be partially subsidized with preference given to veterans.  the developers paid the Town of Lansing $337,500 for the land, which will be the site of Phase 1 of the project that could expand to 22 acres total if a second phase is realized later.  Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne said the Town is getting the word out to people who may be eligible for the subsidized apartments in the complex.

"Now comes the part to get the word out that people will have a number to call," he said Wednesday.  "Veterans will have the first consideration, but anyone that qualifies will be considered.  We're posting it now to get the word out."

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posticon Committee Approves Recommendation on Future of Cayuga Power Plant

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The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature listened to an hour-and-a-half of public comment last Friday, then reached a recommendation to advance to the Legislature regarding the future of the Cayuga Power Plant.

Legislators, by a vote of 4-1 (Legislator Deborah Dawson dissenting) approved one of two alternate resolutions—one that urges the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) to reject the Cayuga Operating Company’s proposal to convert to natural gas, and also urges the Governor to support Cayuga’s transition to renewable energy and energy storage. The Committee acted on that position, instead of a proposed alternate that would have urged the DEC to determine that the Cayuga proposal may create the potential for significant adverse environmental impact, and to require a full Environmental Impact Statement and formal public scoping process, which solicits input from all impacted communities.

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posticon Governor Urges Caution As Large Snow Storm Approaches New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo urged New Yorkers yesterday to prepare for cold and blustery weather moving across the state starting Thursday and ending on Friday afternoon. The storm system moving along the East Coast could bring accumulations of four to eight inches with higher amounts in the southern Adirondacks. New Yorkers should also expect to see slushy and icy conditions during the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes. Drivers are being urged to travel with extreme caution as the system has the potential to create difficult road conditions.

"Early winter weather is moving through the state this week and I urge New Yorkers to be prepared and to use caution when driving due to reduced visibility and possible black ice," Governor Cuomo said. "We are watching these weather systems and stand ready to assist our local partners as needed."

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posticon Lansing XC Takes on NYSPHSAA Championships

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xc states2018Back row: Coach Becca Lovenheim, Eden Jackson, Allison Keefe, Jack Thomas, Catie Eisenhut, Teresa Garcia, Coach Christine Eisenhut Front row: Kinsley Jacobs, Hana Thibault, Emmy Jackson

Bobcats young and old cheered and waved as the bus pulled away from the Lansing schools last Thursday with eight runners aboard, headed to Long Island for the 2018 NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships held at Sunken Meadow State Park. Jack Thomas '20 along with the girls team (Catie Eisenhut '20, Emmy Jackson '21, Kinsley Jacobs '23, Teresa Garcia '20, Eden Jackson '19, Hana Thibault '21 and Allison Keefe '19) were sent off by teachers, parents and classmates as they began an historic trip for the program.

Sunken Meadow is arguably one of the most challenging cross country courses on the east coast, and with heavy rains the night before and wind gusting, the best runners in the state had competition from each other as well as course and conditions. Lansing competed in the Class C races. The girls team entered seeded 5th and would finish in 6th – missing their seed position by just one point. Overall team winners of the class C races were the girls of Greenwich and the boys of Saranac Lake.

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posticon Lansing Gallery - '12 Angry Jurors'

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Diane Duthie - Lansing GalleryIt's not to late to catch a performance of Lansing high School's production of "12 Angry Jurors" at the Lansing Middle School Auditorium tonight and tomorrow at 7:30.

Based on "12 Angry Men", the play follows the struggles of a jury who must determine the defendant's fate in a homicide trial.  Innocent or guilty?  Did the man murder his father?  Can this jury reach a unanimous verdict, even if a 'guilty' verdict requires the death sentence?  What will influence each juror's vote?  How would you vote?


Photos by Diane Duthie

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