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June 14, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 22

posticon Mall Senior Housing May Face Missing Completion Deadline

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Lansing Meadows Rendering

Nine years, nine or ten significant project revisions, years of delay as the developer obtained a wetland relocation agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers, a zoning change the developer asked for that was grudgingly granted Lansing Meadows looks more like a meadow than a senior rental-housing development.  As a completion deadline looms over the stalled project, Arrowhead Ventures may be facing a delay that makes meeting that deadline impossible.  With over a million in PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) Incremental Financing (PIF) dollars at risk, developer Eric Goetzmann is anxious to begin construction.

"The point where the project is today, it absolutely needs to move forward in a date-sensitive manner," said the project builder Jim Bold after about an hour of discussion. "Otherwise we can't meet the requirements for the IDA.  I'm going to be absolutely straight-up about that. If we have to spend additional time with you that I absolutely do not want to spend... I want to come up with a way to put our arms around this project, and you guys say 'OK, let's go build this'."

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posticon Ludlowville Lead Sampling Results Are In

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Lead Testing

Last March the Lansing Town Board authorized up to $5,000 for lead testing in and around Salmon Creek from Ludlowville to the creek outflow area. Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne says he would prefer the testing be done by independent soil samplers and lab to remove any doubt about the findings. But Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz said that she and Councilwoman Andra Benson would collect samples to be analyzed by a local laboratory.  Full data and report on the Town Web site
Permitting
Sampling in the stream sediment and on DEC land required permission.  Town Board members (Joe Wetmore and Katrina Binkewicz) contacted the proper local department and were asked to submit a request for permission to sample at the mapped sites. A formal permit was not required. Permission was granted by the DEC to sample on Salt Point and in the stream sediments at the mouth of Salmon Creek in the alluvial fan, on the bank where dredging occurred, and in the Ludlowville Falls stream bank areas as long as the sampling was shallow (<4” depth) and did not muddy the water. Control sampling North on the bank of Salmon Creek was obtained with permission of the landowner (Suzie Hinderliter).

Soil Sampling Procedure
To obtain the correct sampling protocol, I called -The Cornell Nutrient Analytical Lab, School of Integrative Plant Science-Section of Soil and Crop Sciences, Cornell University, 804 Bradfield Hall, Ithaca- and asked for their preferred standardized procedure.  Michael A. Rutzke explained the collection procedure. I ‘grab’ collected samples in the surface 4 inches of soil or sediment by searching for areas where there were finer sediments in the coarse sand to silt particle diameters. I scooped an array up on a steel shovel and brushed away the coarser gravel and organic particles. When I had achieved a more consistent sample, I poured it into the zip-lock sandwich bag and labeled the bag with the sample number, collection area code letter, and took a GPS coordinate for that sample. During the sample collection process, I performed a visual inspection for any shot pellets or lead sinkers. At no time in the sampling process did I find any of these in a recognizable state. I was the only one who took the samples in order to maintain a consistent sampling methodology.  The approximate locations of samples taken are found on the attached maps.

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posticon Village Confronted With Airbnb Complaints

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Airbnb Listing

Burdick Hill Road residents Sean Dolloway and Mary Hudson complained to the Village of Lansing Planning Board Monday, that the use of a home between their properties, for events and rented on Airbnb, is causing noise and safety issues.  Both said they don't mind the home being rented as an Airbnb property.  But the use of the property for events has kept the neighbors up at night, and day events include inappropriate activities and violations of Village parking regulations.

"Honestly I don't mind having an Airbnb,' Dolloway said. "That doesn't bother me at all.  It's the huge parties and events" Dolloway said. "The weekend before last there was a huge graduation party with beer drinking in the front yard, swearing, all this other stuff,.  Not this last week, but the weekend before there was a huge graduation party with people in the front yard swearing and all this other stuff, my daughter, who is six, was outside.  I ended up calling the police department, and they said unfortunately Lansing has no noise ordinance, so there's not much we can do.  We can ask them to be quiet, but that's as far as we can go."

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posticon Dramatic Reduction of Carbon Footprint for Ithaca Reform Temple

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Congregation Tikun v'Or

The Ithaca Reform Temple, Congregation Tikkun v'Or, has analyzed energy improvements to its synagogue on Triphammer Road. More than two full years of operation with the upgrades in place have been analyzed and are slightly different than some numbers that were prematurely circulating in the community.

In short: compared to years preceding the upgrades, carbon emissions have been slashed by 85%, natural gas use has been cut by 80%, electricity use has increased (by about 60%) as expected due to our conversion to air source heat pumps, and overall energy costs have been reduced by about a third (almost $2000/year savings).  In addition, the new heating system can be conveniently controlled and diagnosed remotely, and congregation members say they do it all the time.  For example, for special events, they adjust the temperatures remotely before and after the event.

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