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Friday, December 17,2010

Make-up date

Recognizing “green” infrastructure, setting public hearings and a finance update on the Lansing City Council’s Monday afternoon agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 17 — The Lansing City Council will hold a make-up meeting Monday afternoon at 1:30 to meet the minimum amount of required meetings in a year.

The Council originally planned to hold the meeting Dec. 16, but after Council regular John Pollard pointed out it would be a charter violation to hold two meetings in the same week, the Council rescheduled for Monday.

The Council had to cancel its June 3 meeting due to a lack of quorum, and it is required to have at least 50 meetings in a year.

The Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution that recognizes the Greening Mid-Michigan Toolkit, a document produced by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. It is a formal way of the city recognizing the importance of green infrastructure planning — such as promoting farmers markets, Complete Streets efforts and natural resource preservation — much in the same way the Lansing Parks and Recreation Plan and the forthcoming “Design Lansing” master plan does.

In other business, the Council is scheduled to set two public hearings for the Jan. 10 meeting. The first is on a potential rezoning of 934 Clark St., near Groesbeck Golf Course, from “B” residential to a “D-1” professional office district. The second is on modifications to the Employees’ Retirement System ordinance.

Finance Director Jerry Ambrose is also scheduled to give an update on the city’s financial status at Monday’s meeting.


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