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August 18, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 32

posticon Cayuga Salt Mine Receives DEC Shaft Permit

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Cayuga Salt Mine Proposed ShaftThese renderings show proposed designs for buildings that will contain the new Mine Shaft #4.

For a look inside the Cayuga Salt Mine click here to view: Lansing Down Under -- A Look at the Cargill Mine
The Cayuga Salt Mine received a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to construct a new $42 million mine shaft that company officials say will will provide a safer work environment, cut employee commuting time, and provide an ample supply of electricity, air, and faster emergency extraction from active mining areas to insure the safety of the miners.  The 2,500 foot deep shaft and supporting buildings are planned for 12.5 acres of a 57 acre plot on Ridge Road, south of the Cayuga Power Plant.

"We are pleased that the DEC has approved our permit for the new air shaft, which is critical for sustained health and safety of our workers," says Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski. "Cargill followed the rigorous environmental review process established by the DEC. We feel the DEC made the right decision based on science, the information compiled to support permit issuance and the independent analysis completed that ensures the shaft poses no threat of significant environmental impact."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial Minute The first steam shovels to work in the quarry above Portland Point came in 1913. They were shovels that had been used to build the Panama Canal. They were what we call today, 'Government Surplus'. Bernard Ruzicka worked the smaller shovel. He and another man would have to carry the rails ahead of the shovel when it was to be moved from one place to another. The rails were sections of 6 foot rails with three ties on them. When the shovels worked in Panama they had regular train tracks to travel on.
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posticon New Potential Lansing Sewer District Proposed

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Possible New Sewer

Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday that Lansing homeowners who live on Cayuga Lake on East Shore Drive north of the Cornell Sailing Club and south of Esty Hill want sewer.  Sigler said the topic came up while he was going door to door for his reelection campaign.  Sigler said he would be asking the Town to pay for a study.  he said he could only circulate a petition among neighbors there to gauge interest once the study determines cost of sewer in that area.

"But it's for our town.  That's 50 houses right on the water that are all Lansing residents.  The study has to come, and then I have to collect signatures on a petition to see how much interest there is down there.  I have to come to you first before I can actually see the level of support."

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posticon Lansing Swim Area Free of Blue-green Algae

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Myers Park Swim Area

The swim area at Myers Park is due to close August 20th.  Lansing swimmers were lucky this year, because many swim areas around Cayuga Lake closed early due to sightings of blue-green algae, a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) that releases harmful toxins.  The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) issued a warning at the beginning of this month, with a plea for observers to report any sightings of HABs that could take the form of floating mats, scum, or just discolored water.

"We dodged the bullet on blue-green algae," Park Superintendent and Recreation Director Steve Colt told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday.  "Other places had it.  Our location, relative to the wind and the wave action, didn't get it.  I called the Health Department several times on suspicion.  Each call they said, 'No, thanks for calling.  You don't have it.  Carry on.'

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posticon The Pool Is Open! No, Really, It's Open!

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Lansing HS Pool

After a year and a half of repairs, delays, and closure, the Lansing High School swimming pool is now open.  The Girls varsity Swim Team began practicing in the pool Monday, and school district officials have big plans for making up for lost time. 

"It's very exciting," said Lansing CSD Superintendent Chris Pettograsso.  "It looks great.  There are some little things they have to finish up.  One of the biggest changes is the air quality, because the UV system kills the bacteria so you don't have to use as much chlorine.  So there is a huge difference in the air quality."

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