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Wednesday, March 10,2010

Kids in the Hall

An aggregator of Lansing government happenings

by Neal McNamara

 The Temple Club in Lansing’s Old Town may soon open to the public full time in the form of a restaurant. The former night club’s owner, Al Hooper, said at Monday night’s City Council meeting that he is working on a deal that would bring a “fine dining and entertainment client” to the building.


Hooper made the comment during a public hearing for a cabaret license and tax incentive for his rehabilitation, both of which would be for the Temple Club. As part of his renovation of the building, Hooper plans to maintain its stained-glass windows by renovating them to make them more energy efficient.


In other business, Lansing City Council members rejected a proposal Monday to require them to give up roughly $700 a year in pay to match the same percentage of income that city workers are losing through furlough days.


At-large member Brian Jeffries offered the resolution, which failed on a 4-4 vote. Saying his proposal was a surprise, President A’Lynne Robinson, Kathie Dunbar, Jessica Yorko and Tina Houghton voted against it. Derrick Quinney, Carol Wood, Eric Hewitt and Jeffries backed it.


Dunbar said members needed more time to plan their budgets before they could give up the income. Jeffries said city employees didn’t have much time.


Council president is paid $22,198, vice president $20,950 and each other Council member is paid $20,200. (Because they get a higher salary, president and vice president would have to give up $768 and $722, respectively.)


Later, Robinson gave Finance Director Jerry Ambrose a check for what would have been her share. Wood said Tuesday that she would give up $75 from each paycheck until the end of the fiscal year (June 30). Wood also said that Jeffries wrote a check to the city on Tuesday for his $700. On Wednesday, Yorko requested that she, too, be part of the payback, pledging $116 from each paycheck until the end of the fiscal year.



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