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February 15, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 6

posticon Town of Lansing Hires Full Time Planner

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Lansing Hires Full Time Planner

The Lansing Town Board approved the hiring of C.J. Randall as Director of Planning Wednesday.  Randall will be the Town's full time planner, and serve as the Town Planning Department head.  Randall will begin working part time on March 25th as she wraps up current jobs before she comes to Lansing full time May 25th as a planner and department head.  In addition Planning Consultant Michael Long, who has served as the Town's part-time planner for more than four years, will begin a new agreement with the Town to continue to assist with the Town's capital planning needs.

"This is something we've been looking at for a few years," says Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne. "It's been considered, and now is the time to do it.  The intent was for Michael to be here about two years.  He's been here for four and a quarter, and a lot of stuff got accomplished.  But now, because we have so much development going on and we're growing so fast, it's time.  The main reason for doing it now is we have a lot of work on the land use ordinance, which is a continuing thing now.  We hadn't touched the Comprehensive Plan since 2003, and now we're doing all this 'back homework'.  We also need a department head for the Codes Office, which we haven't had for a long time."

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Lansing School Bus GPS Tracking

School Business Administrator Kate Heath told the Lansing Board of Education Monday that she is considering implementing a GPS tracking system on school buses that would allow parents to track their children as they are transported to and from school. 

"It would go on all our buses, and it would be a parent tool to see where their kids are on the bus," Heath said. "They could see where their bus is, where they got off, where they got on.  It tracks erratic driving so they can focus on what areas need training.  So we're going to be looking at what the software would cost, and what the implementation of that might be."

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Louise Bement Lane

In a unanimous vote Wednesday the Lansing Town Board named a new road 'Louise Bement Lane' to honor the Town Historian.  The new road will connect the new Milton Meadows project that is currently under construction, the first project to be realized on town center land.  It will form a four way Intersection with Auburn Road (State Route 34B and Woodsedge Drive.  Councilwoman Andra Benson said she wants to honor Bement, and the Board agreed, passing a resolution to name the road for Bement unanimously.

"She has done a lot for the Town," said Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz. "She was a teacher, writing the books about the history of various things up to the present.  The amount of hours and devotion and enthusiasm that woman has put into our town's history is just awe inspiring."

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Nuclear Weapon Ban Resolution

In a 3-2 vote the Lansing Town Board passed a resolution Wednesday calling for the United States to prevent nuclear war.  The resolution was moved by Councilman Joseph Wetmore, in response to a plea last November by Lansing resident Dennis Osika for the Town to mirror the City of Ithaca's resolution.

"I really strongly think that we ought to make a strong statement," Wetmore said. "I know everyone says they agree with this issue.  I think making a statement as a town adds meat behind our feelings.  I think it's important that, on some issues, we stand up as a town and say this is important to us.  I would like to move this and have us pass it and pass it along to our elected officials and hope that they listen to our collective voice more than they listen to individuals."

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George Isaac Cove PresentationGeorge 'Gus' Isaac (center) was presented with a copy of a resolution to name 'George isaac Cove' on Salt Point. From left, Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne, Marion George, George Isaac, Recreation Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell, Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz.

The Lansing Town Board unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday naming a fishing cove North of Salt Point Peninsula, ‘George Isaac Cove’.  The designation honors World War II veteran George 'Gus' Isaac, who was a lifelong Lansing resident.  A plaque will be erected at the boat launch in Salt Point Nature Area, commemorating the designation.

Isaac was born on 'Syrian Hill' on Myers Heights Road August 10, 1923.  He worked at the Cayuga Salt Plant, which was located on what is now known as 'Salt Point', until he was drafted.  In World War II he served in Army Company L, 30th Infantry 3rd Division, eventually covering nine countries in Northern Africa and Europe, including three invasions, for 24 months with no leave.

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The Village of Lansing planning Board continued a public hearing Monday to consider a proposed Nissan Dealership on uptown Road in the Village of Lansing.  The Nissan Dealership will be next to the existing Chevrolet dealership that is just east of the Triphammer Marketplace.  Maguire representatives and Planning Board members alike said that they want the project to be sensitive to residents of neighboring apartment complexes, especially from new lighting at the dealership, including the headlights on cars.

"It's all about Gaslight Village being protected," said Planning Board Chair Lisa Schleelein.

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