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Lansing considers land purchase to help water, sewer efforts

Village of Lansing officials considered a plan Monday to purchase a parcel of land that would provide a location for a second Raw Water Pump Station for the Bolton Point Water Commission, as well as additional ‘forever-wild’ park areas for the Village. Trustee John O’Neill said the plan would benefit Bolton Point, but he questioned the benefit of Village taxpayer money being used to purchase effectively unusable land.

“The Village would purchase the parcel,” Mayor Donald Hartill replied. “It would then be subdivided. A piece of it would then be sold to Bolton Point. Another piece of it would be sold as a building plot. We would end up with a hillside, but also a fair amount of (lake) frontage. It’s partly to help Bolton Point. We really need to expand the input plant. The current situation is that Bolton Point would have to buy the entire parcel. This is a way of softening that blow by at least a factor of three. In the end we’d probably pay about a third of the cost for the parcel.”

Bolton Point gets water for its member municipalities from a 36 inch pipe that extends from a raw water pump station 400 feet into Cayuga Lake. The water is pumped about 280 feet up the hill to the water treatment plant on East Shore Drive, where it is filtered and processed before it is transported to the Burdick Hill storage tank, and then to the municipalities that jointly own the water system. The water commission is currently working on a plan to add a second raw water pump station that would assure uninterrupted service. At a December 6th meeting General Manager Steve Riddle told water commissioners that the Village of Lansing is willing to purchase the parcel, and then sell a portion to the commission.

The Village already owns a lakefront park immediately to the south of the raw water pump station. Poison Ivy Point is a bump of land that juts into Cayuga Lake, with an attractive beachfront and lagoon. In a recent update to the Village Greenway Plan former trustee Lynn Leopold argues for keeping the park “in as natural a state as possible”, and Trustees appear to be willing to follow her advice. Hartill says that the new park and the hillside portion of the property would likewise be”forever wild”.

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