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June 21, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 23

posticon Town Stalled on Data Center Support Resolution

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Cayuga Power Plant

Despite widespread enthusiasm for a plan to convert the coal-fired Cayuga Power Plant into a major data center, the Lansing Town Board tabled a motion to support Cayuga Operating Company’s proposal to deactivate the coal plant and re-purpose it to a $100 million data center using renewable energy.  While Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne stressed the urgency of expressing Town support while the company is in negotiations with the New York State Power Authority to obtain 125 megawatts of renewable electric power generated at Niagara Falls, Councilman Joe Wetmore said he wanted more information before approving the resolution.  He said he prefers to wait until after a presentation next Wednesday at which Cayuga Operating company officials will explain the plan and answer questions.

"I'm really enthusiastic about the idea, but I would like to table this until we've had a chance to see the presentation," said Wetmore. "I want to have a better understanding of what, exactly, they're proposing before I vote  (on a proposition) that I haven't had a chance to see until an hour ago."

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posticon Lansing Lobbies Albany For Energy Equality

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Electric Substation

After a delegation of Tompkins County representatives led by Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson met with NYS Public Service Commission and NYSEG representatives in May, Lansing representatives had their own meeting last week to advocate for 'energy equality for the Town and Village of Lansing.  Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne, Village of Lansing Mayor Donald Hartill, County Legislator (Town of Lansing) Mike Sigler, and Lansing Planning Consultant Michael Long went to Albany June 12 to make their case to NYSEG and the PSC that if Lansing has to be the only municipality in Tompkins County without access to new natural gas, it should be offered discounted electricity to bring it in line with communities that do have cheaper energy alternatives.

"I'm in favor of inexpensive, reliable, consistent power," LaVigne said in an interview Wednesday.  "That means that the grid has to be reliable.  That means that the power generated has to be at a low enough cost to make it desirable for businesses to come here. if natural gas is not an option I would like Lansing to be subsidized so we can offer electricity at the same price as natural gas. If the rest of the County doesn't have a moratorium, and we do, why should we be subject to that? After 28 months nothing has been accomplished."

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posticon Warren Road DOT Gets Sewer

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DOT Rendering

Warren Road Sewer District Extension #1 was approved Wednesday in a unanimous vote by the Lansing Town Board.  The extension will provide sewer service to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT).  In addition to the DOT facility, Cornell University has a small sliver of property to be included, the Airport Storage self-storage business, and a private residence are included at the owners' request.

"The proposal is to include four parcels of land within the Warren Road Sewer district boundary,"explained Lansing Town Engineer David Herrick. "It was precipitated by the interest of the DOT that is building a facility on Warren Road.  The Town had prior input from neighboring properties and did some outreach to determine that some private landowners were interested in being included."

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posticon Ellen Howell Honored for Music Accomplishments

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Ellen HowellEllen Howell receives framed resolution from Lansing Councilwoman Andra Benson

Lansing High School senior Ellen Howell was recognized by the Lansing Town Board Wednesday for earning the high honor of being selected for this year's New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All State Ensemble.  Howell was one of 6,500 sophomores and juniors who auditioned for the position.  Howell was also selected to the All Eastern Honors Ensemble, which selects students from eleven Northeastern states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense School in Europe

Councilwoman Andra Benson read a resolution, and the Town Board unanimously approved it, that says, "...the Lansing Town Board recognizes Ellen Howell for her amazing musical achievements and presents this certificate signifying the Town’s pride in her accomplishment."

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posticon Ball Field Renamed for Jeffrey Boles

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Jeffrey BolesJeffrey Boles (right) was presented a framed copy of a resolution to rename a town ball field after him by Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne

After a 5-0 vote Wednesday, the Town Board renamed town baseball Field A 'The Jeffrey Boles Field'.  A Lansing High School alumnus, Boles has coached and assistant coached, among others, Lansing Modified Football, Modified Basketball, Modified Baseball, JV Football, JV Basketball, Varsity Football, Varsity Basketball, Small Fry Football, the American Legion Summer League, Little League Baseball in Lansing.  Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne read the resolution and presented a copy of it to Boles after the vote was taken.

"I've been reading the stuff you do on Facebook," LaVigne said. "Do you really do all those crunches at the same time?  Unbelievable!  You exemplify what I would hope other people will do, which is to maximize your God-given talent.  Your history, written by Geoff Wright, is absolutely inspiring."

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posticon 6th Graders Lobby to Make Cafeteria Cleaner

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6th Grade Green Team

Lansing Middle Schools's 6th Grade Green Team lobbied the Board Of Education Monday to reduce single-use plastic use in their cafeteria.  4 Rs Focus Group members Matthew and Valerie, and Science Club members Dean and Toby (with Mike manning the computer to change PowerPoint slides) told the board about how non-recyclable plastic cups and eating utensils are used in their school. The students offered over $1,000 they earned by recycling cans and bottles at the middle school to buy reusable bowls, and metal silverware with the money if the Board of Education would accept their proposal.

"We want to make Lansing more green by reducing the use of single-use plastic that our school produces," Matthew said. "We have been working all year to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that is used in the cafeteria.  For example, we have accomplished the goal of eliminating the use of single-use straws."

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posticon Tenured Lansing Teachers, Retirees Celebrated

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Lansing tenured teachers and retireesLeft to right: Retiree Judy Vaughan; newly tenured teachers Kerry Glenn Keough, Marlo Weaver, Danielle Loveless, Amy Phanhthalath, Brett Hotchkiss, Danielle Hamilton, Laura Larkin, Amanda McGonagle; retiree Emily Tvaroha

Newly tenured teachers, retirees, and outgoing school board member Aaron Thompson were celebrated Monday at the final Board of Education meeting of the 2018-19 school year.  all eight teachers were present to hear the school board officially approve their tenure, and retirees received a golden apple and a framed aerial view of the school campus, after which there was a short party.

"As you can tell from the people who are going out tonight, in addition to being great instructors, we really take pride in hiring quality people," said School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso. "And you're that.  Congratulations to you. We really look forward to our continued time with you."

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