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November 29, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 45

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As you may know, the Lansing Star is a family business.  When we skipped a week in October, it was for a sad family occurrence.  We're off this week celebrating a joyous one, so please bear with us for these two weeks with no Star!  We will be back DECEMBER 20th with all the news from home!
 
In the meantime relax and check the Star Search and Archives pages to find past articles, and current articles you may have missed.

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ag district monica roth
In a joint Lansing Planning Board/Agriculture Committee meeting Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Leader Monika Roth asked for board input on specific lots that should be included or removed from Tompkins County Ag District 1. The Planning Board is currently considering a new Ag District that would encompass most of the northern half of the town, so the timing of the town and county deliberations somewhat aligns.

Roth said the only major addition is the 500 acre farm that was formerly known as Kingdom Farm, which spans between Peruville and Buck Roads. The farm had been removed from the Ag district, but when it was sold to another local farm owned by Dale Mattoon, plans for development were dropped. A few small farms in the south were discussed, as well with attention given to whether or not they are currently being actively farmed.

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Village of Lansing

This month the Lansings have been working on becoming Climate Smart Communities,  The Village of Lansing passed a resolution to join the program in mid-November, and will likely take the next step in becoming certified as a Climate Smart Community at their next meeting when Trustees are expected to vote on creating a Climate Smart task force, with Deputy Mayor Ronny Hardaway as the chair.  Town of Lansing Director of Planning C.J. Randall encouraged the Town Board last week to consider joining the program at its December meeting.

"I think the most important thing for the Village right now immediately is to assess our climate resilience is and what are we doing?" Hardaway said. "What have we done, what are we doing, and what will we do to protect the Village from the effects of severe weather damage, rain storms, tornadoes --  whatever comes along due to climate change when it comes along 20 or 30 years from now."

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Sheriff Derek Osborne

Sheriff Derek Osborne ran on a platform of increasing community engagement, embracing diversity, dealing compassionately with drug addicts while protecting their victims, keeping within the budget and managing overtime, striving for prompt crime response time, and dealing with county jail inmates to curb criminal behavior in a positive and meaningful way. Now that he has been Sheriff for eleven months, Osborne says he has been busy working on all of those things.

"I've set out to fulfill everything I talked about during my campaign and as time goes on, things do come up and you do get busy.  But I think we're going in a very positive direction and I'm happy with the progress we've made in such a short amount of time.  We're coming into the close of the year and we're well under our budget, so I'm very happy about that. The community engagement been huge. That was the primary focus that I set out for this year, and we're doing a good job with that."

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posticon Planning Board Recommends New Terms for Shea, Butler, and Baker

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Toen of Lansing Lansing Planning BoardTown of Lansing Planning Board (left to right) Larry Sharpsteen, Sandy Conlon, Lin Davidson, Dale Baker, Jerry Caward, Town of Lansing Director of Planning C.J. Randall, Al Fiorille, Deborah Trumbull, Dean Shea, and Thomas Butler

Each year, when Planning Board members terms come to an end the Board recommends candidates for the vacating seats to the Town Board.  The Board voted Monday to recommend Planning Board member Dean Shea for a new seven year term, and alternate members Tom Butler and Dale Baker for additional one-year terms.  But not without controversy involving Shea and members of the public at a contentious public hearing at the end of March at which Emmons Road neighbors to a the Osmica Bed & Breakfast / Reception Venue project fiercely voiced their opposition to the project.

The incident occurred when Richard Van Emery's phone sounded an alarm while his wife, Trish (one of the most outspoken opponents to the Osmica project, which was subsequently approved) was addressing the Board.  Shea told him to turn off the phone, or to leave the room to deal with it.  But Van Emery, who is hearing-impaired, couldn't hear his phone, and didn't understand what Shea was saying.  The incident escalated even as another member of the public sought to help to Van Every.

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Ithaca Tompkins Airport

The new, improved Ithaca-Tompkins Airport is scheduled to open any day now.  Construction on the project must be completed before the end of this year.  But airports are works in progress, and this airport is no exception.  When the project was announced Airport Manager Mike Hall said more than 3/4 of the airport's natural gas consumption would be replaced by solar energy and heat pumps.  That would save about $50,000 per year on utility costs, even though the terminal is now 1/3 larger.  But it also makes the terminal more reliant on electricity, and that has been problematic of late.

"The electric side of this is still NYSEG. We're hooked to the grid," Hall says.  "When I went to the FAA for a meeting a couple of weeks ago and they said, well, you've got your terminal, you're moving the fuel farm, uh, you're building the flight Academy, building the new firehouse. What else do you want me? And I said, well, I want an electric circuit that is robust, redundant, and sustainable. We don't have that right now."

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Ithaca Tompkins International Airport

Governor Mario Cuomo came to the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport a year ago May to announce the State was contributing $14.25 million to greatly expand the terminal.  He was back the following October for a ground breaking ceremony.  And while travelers this week may not believe it, when Cuomo returns in approximately a week and a half the airport will be substantially done, with all major construction completed and only a punch-list of little things to be completed.  And, with the completion of a customs facility, Cuomo will be making his first visit to the Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport.

The Lansing Star will be closed for a couple of weeks, so Airport Manager Mike Hall graciously arranged an early tour so you can get a glimpse of what is to come a few weeks from now.  Hall says it will be finished and cleaned up so when the Governor arrives he will see the realization of what was only a dream a year and a half ago.

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Honor Flight

When we heard that my father-in-law Carl was going on an honor flight, my wife contacted the organization to see if we could meet the flight and spend the day with the 80 Minnesota veterans who were participating.  To our joy, Carl's Guardian (a person who accompanies and takes care of a veteran the day of the flight) was enthusiastic about family members sharing this incredible experience with veterans, so on Friday (November 1) we hopped in our car and headed for Washington, DC.

"Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices," the Honor Flight Network Web site explains. "We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.  Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out."

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Diane Duthie - Lansing Gallery
It may feel like Winter, but it is still Fall until December 21.  Keeping that in mind, Diane has created a special Lansing gallery for our Thanksgiving week issue, celebrating Fall in our beautiful Finger Lakes community.


Photos by Diane Duthie

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