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April 26, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 16

posticon Town Boards To Improve Community Engagement

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Town CommunicationTown Supervisor Ed LaVigne (front) lays out a three-point plan to make communicating between boards and the public more effective.

Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne told the town Planning Board Monday that members of all the Lansing boards will be required to attend training sessions to improve municipal interaction with the public.  LaVigne said the training is one of three measures being taken to include town residents and insure they are being heard.  Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals members will be required to attend the training.  LaVigne said that any town employees will also be welcome to attend.

"Right now this is not a matter of transparency," he said. "It is a matter of communication.  How we communicate to our public, whether it be through taping (Town Board) meetings so people can watch those at their convenience, whether we do it posting on the Web sites, posting on Swift 911... how we can communicate with our citizens about what's going on in our town, but also reminding them that democracy is an act of participation."

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posticon North Triphammer Filling In With Developments

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North Triphammer RoadThe new commercial building will be south of the existing one, behind the blue truck

The Lansing Town Planning Board considered two projects Monday that will fill out development on the east side of North Triphammer Road.  North of Asbury Road a ten home rental development is planned.  And to the north of Franklyn Drive a single story 12,000 square foot professional building has been proposed.  Developer Andrew Sciarabba, representing S.E.E. Associates, said his partnership's aim is to attract professional services such as medical or dental practices that the community currently doesn't have.

"It will be a one story building with 48 parking spaces," Sciarabba said. "The objective is to try to attract services we don't already have in the community.  Our intent is to build a shell of a building and a parking lot.  Once the tenant comes in we'll build interiors to tenant needs."

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v15i16 Events Venue Consideration Continues
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The 'Osmica at Spring Trail Farm' Bed & Breakfast/events venue project came under more scrutiny Monday as the Lansing Planning Board began to consider neighborhood concerns about potential traffic, lighting, storm water drainage, and sound.  The discussion hinged on what business owners' Kurt Martin and Allison Trdan have proposed, town land use ordinances, and strong concerns raised by neighbors during the public hearing that concluded last month.

The meeting began with a lengthy summary of issues to be considered by planning board member Larry Sharpsteen.  Sharpsteen said the board would be considering hours of operation; the kinds of music that should be allowed outside the main events space in a large barn that is to be remodeled to serve as a reception venue; water usage, especially water from a spring on the property; lighting restrictions; the use of temporary tents; the amount of foliage to be added to create buffers between the venue and neighboring properties; and traffic.

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posticon Lansing Track and Field Wins Dual Meet

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Jumping right in after spring break, Lansing's varsity girls and boys track and field teams won their dual meet against Groton and Moravia. Held in Groton, the warmer weather and lack of wind were welcome conditions for all of the competing athletes. Lansing track and field saw over 50 personal records set on Monday and several more season bests. The high number of personal records is very exciting to witness and shows how hard the athletes are working.

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posticon Single-Use Plastic Bags Ban Enacted

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cuomo plasticbagsApril 22, 2019--Greenvale--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a bill into law banning single use plastic shopping bags in New York State at a ceremony held on Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2019 at Long Island University. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation on Earth Day that bans the sale of single-use plastic bags in New York starting in March 2020, a significant step to reduce pollution and protect fish and wildlife. "Single-use" plastic bags do not degrade and often wind up as litter on lands and in waters, harming birds or wildlife that ingest the plastic. It is estimated that New Yorkers use 23 billion plastic bags annually, and nationwide studies show that approximately 50 percent of single-use plastic bags end up as litter. In addition to preventing plastic bag litter in our environment, this ban will also help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastic bag production and disposal, from petroleum used to produce the bags to emissions from the transportation of bags to landfills.

"You see plastic bags hanging in trees, blowing down the streets, in landfills and in our waterways, and there is no doubt they are doing tremendous damage," Cuomo said. "Twelve million barrels of oil are used to make the plastic bags we use every year and by 2050 there will be more plastic by weight in the oceans than fish. We need to stop using plastic bags, and today we're putting an end to this blight on our environment."

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posticon BBQ Pavilion Going Up

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BBQ PavilionThe current barbeque location is across the parking lot from the permanent barbeque pavilion, in front of the Lansing ball fields batting cage

Work has begun on a permanent barbecue pavilion at the corner of the parking lot in front of the town ball field batting cage.  The new structure is across the parking lot from the spot where barbecues have been set up for years, closer to Auburn Road.  The 48 foot long pavilion will mean chicken barbecues that support a myriad of local organizations will be more convenient, rain or shine.

"You can see there has been motion on the pavilion," said Highway Department Superintendent Charlie Purcell last week. "Hopefully in the next couple of weeks that will all be coming together."

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