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Discussion of ballot proposals delayed for a week after Committee of the Whole meeting canceled

by Nyssa Rabinowitz

Monday, Nov. 28 — The Lansing City Council delayed action on
three potential ballot proposals tonight because three members might not have
had a chance to weigh in on them, the Council president said.



Council was scheduled to discuss the three proposals, which
could end up on Feb. 28 ballots, during its Committee of the Whole meeting
tonight. But 3rd Ward Councilwoman A’Lynne Robinson canceled the committee
meeting, which was to take place after the Council’s full meeting.



“I anticipated that we may not have a quorum and so rather
than drag that along and go through all the antics and not be able to do
anything with the information collected, I elected not to have the meeting and
hold everybody here,” Robinson said.



Fourth Ward Councilwoman Jessica Yorko was absent from the
Council meeting, and Robinson said At-Large Councilman Derrick Quinney was
unable to make the committee meeting. Robinson added that she was unclear
whether 1st Ward Councilman Eric Hewitt could stay for the committee
afterwards.



The ballot proposals before Council would reduce the number
of times the eight-member body meets in a year; allow for the sale of the
Waverly Golf Course and adjacent Michigan Avenue Park; and allow for the sale
of a building and parking lot in the 1st Ward that was formerly used by the
Parks and Recreation Department. City Council must approve the proposals by
Dec. 20 in order for them to appear on the presidential primary ballots on Feb.
28, City Clerk Chris Swope said.



The committee will take up the issues after next week’s
Council meeting.



During its regular meeting, the Council unanimously approved
six resolutions, including a Section 108 loan from the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development in order to move forward with the renovation of
the Knapp’s building downtown. Council also approved two special use permits
for two churches in the city limits as well as scheduled public hearings for two
tax incentive packages for ELMET North America for its headquarters at
Interstate 96 and U.S. 127. The final resolution appoints Barry Wood to the
Building Board of Appeals for a term to expire June 30, 2013.

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