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September 25, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 38

posticon Lansing Residents Oppose Second Dollar General

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Dollar General

An application for Lansing's second Dollar General store on a 5.73 acre North Lansing lot will be considered at next Monday's Lansing Planning Board meeting.  The proposed site is on the west side of Auburn Road, between Decamp and Sharpsteen Roads, across the street from the North Lansing Fire Station.  While the Planning Board will begin considering the project next Monday, local residents and business owners are already protesting the store location.

"We bought in North Lansing because it's this rural agricultural area without a lot of development and we thought it would be safe from further development like that," says Sharpsteen Road resident Benjamin Finio. So we were caught off guard when we saw they were going to build another dollar general on that corner.  Why would they put another Dollar General there there's one only five miles away?"

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posticon Mall Senior Housing Subdivision Plan Still Facing Opposition

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Lansing Meadows

On the face of it the request seems simple.  The developer of Lansing Meadows has determined the market is more favorable to sales than rentals, so he is requesting two changes to his Planned Development Area (PDA) that will make it possible to subdivide the units in buildings that are already built.  Four of an eventual six triplexes in the Oakcrest Road development are well on their way to completion.  The buildings won't change, nor will the density, traffic impact, or, really anything except that the units will have separate water meters and owners rather than renters.

But nothing is simple with this development.  Changes to a PDA are made by Village Trustees, because a PDA is, in essence, a zoning ordinance that applies to a specific area.  Lansing Meadows is part of a PDA -- it was a condition of building the retail building that became BJ's Wholesale Club.  The 55 and older housing underwent many major changes before the final plan was agreed to by the Village Planning Board and the developer.  At least some of the Trustees have been vociferous in their opposition to any changes from here on out, and that could mean the 'changes on paper' may not be approved.

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posticon State DMV Goes More Online To Local DMV's Detriment

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County DMV

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is expanding online services with a pilot program that will allow new drivers to take the written learner permit tests for passenger cars (Class D) and motorcycles (Class M) online, and also allow customers who reside in counties served by the state DMV to register their vehicles online.  That may seem like good news, but Tompkins County Clerk Maureen Reynolds says the plan takes much needed revenue away from the County DMV -- run by her office and not by the State -- sort of.  And that makes it more challenging to generate enough income to keep all the local DMV employees and services here in Tompkins County.  Reynolds adds that removing the vision test because services are offered online could pose a hazard.

"I do see this as a big loss of income. They're saying it's due to COVID, but it could move in the future," Reynolds says.  "But now if they take away the vision test, which is not a good thing, because some people really shouldn't need to have their vision tested before they get a license.  There are some people that shouldn't be driving. So there's a safety issue that we're concerned about."

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posticon Health Department Issues Water Conservation Advisory

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According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as a result of the prolonged period of hot and dry weather, Tompkins County and much of the Finger Lakes are experiencing moderate drought conditions..

"The Health Department is working closely with our public water supplies to monitor the situation. We will continue to update the public if additional conservation methods are needed. With little precipitation in the forecast, we encourage all residents to take measures to conserve water," stated Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.  "Health and safety are a priority during the drought, and as the COVID-19 pandemic, continues please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and maintain cleaning protocols."

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posticon iOS, iPadOS, tvOS 14 First Impressions

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Apple 14

Another September, another mobile operating system from Apple.  or systems: iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS version 14 have all been released.  It must be a measure of my satisfaction with iOS13 that for the first time in years I didn't notice iOS 14 was available until five days after it was released.  When I did I updated all three, and here are my first impressions.  For the most part, as in past years, the human experience (versus the under the hood enhancements) isn't much different, but the new OSs add features to what we already had.  That means there is virtually no learning curve.

The one thing that is obvious when you first start using 14 is that widgets have been added and improved.  I use the widget  screen often on both my phone and iPad, so this was a bit confusing at first, since the new and improved widgets are on top.  I scrolled down to find my old widgets looking decidedly not new or improved.  Eventually the 3rd party developers will, no doubt, update the look and feel of their widgets, which remain the most useful for me because, after all, I told my devices to use them.

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