Lansing at Large: LaVigne talks town issues as he announces another run


Citizens of Lansing have a new way to stay up-to-date on their town – Swift911 Public – a texting service that will send subscribers alerts on emergencies and events in the town.

Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne talked about how the alerts will work and provided updates on the bridge project, the extension of town water, and the recent spate of power outages as he launched his campaign for re-election.
LaVigne opened his campaign on Facebook Feb. 10, noting that he’d begun collecting signatures for his petition to get on the ballot.

Swift911 will allow Highway Superintendent Charlie Purcell, his deputy Mike Mosely, Recreation Supervisor Pat Tyrrell, and Town Clerk Debbie Munson to send texts to users.

The system will be used to send alerts about road closings, emergency situations, town notices (e.g. changes in tax payments), and even events, such as a cancellation of the “Music in the Park” summer concerts, according to LaVigne.

“We had our training with the county and have tested the system,” LaVigne said. “It is now operational.”

“Our goal is to make sure people get up-to-date and accurate information about the town,” LaVigne said.

Water Districts Growing
With regard to water, LaVigne said that the experiment using Highway Department equipment on the District Four Drake Road portion of the system was successful.

“Those are the same people who will have to fix it,” LaVigne said. “It’s good that they will have the proper equipment already.”

“We will pay the town for its services and then calculate that against what we borrowed and make adjustments to what the users will pay,” LaVigne said.
District Five, from Armstrong Road to the Xtra Mart, will be the next section implemented, LaVigne said.

“We have clearance from the comptroller and written to the homeowners. We’ll ask for board approval at the next town meeting and, hopefully, start in the spring,” LaVigne said.

District Six, an extension of the system in place on Lansing Station Road to Bill George Road, will follow.

“There’s a little hamlet there where they all want water,” LaVigne said. “They’ve been very cooperative but we will have to work around the railroad tracks there.”

The town is still gathering information for District Three, the section that includes Wilson Road, Buck Road, and portions of Conlon Road, according to LaVigne.

Bridge Project – April 2020
The project to replace the Ridge Road bridge over Salmon Creek is scheduled to begin in April 2020, according to LaVigne.

“We are looking at the Ludlowville bridge’s width to make sure it can handle the traffic,” LaVigne said. “Right now it’s a tight fit for farm equipment. We’re not sure that it can go that wide.”

An alternate route for traffic during the project is Myers Road. LaVigne said that widening the road and enclosing the storm drains made the road safer for walkers.

Heavy traffic, such as large trucks, will be routed around the bridge construction altogether, LaVigne said.

Power Outages
The cause of recent power outages has been traced to a faulty switch in the electrical grid.

“It was like trying to find a needle in a haystack,” LaVigne said. “When the power goes out, the whole system shuts down and you don’t know what popped.”

Fixing the issue will take some time, according to LaVigne.
“This isn’t the kind of switch you can buy at Agway.”

Sewer Metering
Finally, LaVigne noted that sewer metering going in on Cherry Road will enable the town and the villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights to understand system usage and capacities better.

The town was using the rough numbers to calculate these two figures – installing metering will determine how accurate those estimates are, and how much capacity remains for further expansion. Further, sewer bills will be more accurate, representing a potential saving for users.



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