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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Streamlining health care

In an attempt to cut costs and align city employees with similar health insurance plans, changes start at the top

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 23 — The Bernero administration is seeking changes to health care coverage for cabinet officials in an effort to cut costs for the city and ultimately streamline health plans for all city employees.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Council Night

Red Cedar Golf Course ballot proposal, executive health benefits changes up for City Council vote Monday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 24 — After Mayor Virg Bernero announced his interest in a plan to redevelop more than just 12.5 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course, the City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to place a ballot question before voters Nov. 6 that would support the plan.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Countywide parks millage?

Maybe, if Mayor Bernero is successful in getting Ingham County commissioners to approve a millage proposal at its meeting Tuesday night. But did the effort come too late to make November ballots?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 27 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is seeking Ingham County Board of Commissioners approval for a four-year, countywide millage that would fund maintenance and operations for city-owned “parks that are considered regional assets,” a resolution before the board says.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves Red Cedar Golf Course redevelopment proposal, doesn’t reconsider sidewalk millage. Council member Robinson asks: What gives?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Aug. 28 — Third Ward Councilwoman A’Lynne Robinson was the only Council member to vote against asking voters to approve a new plan for the former Red Cedar Golf Course. She did so because she thinks the Council is inconsistent when it comes to placing ballot measures before voters.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Rogue art show discouraged

Property owner, city official urge people not to attend art event at former School for the Blind, say trespassers will be prosecuted. Artist says the show will go on.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 31 — City officials say police will be present at a planned secret art exhibition Wednesday because the property owner did not give permission for the building to be used for the event. However, the organizer says the show will go on.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

It's a date

City, Niowave officials scheduled to meet again with neighbors

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 31 — City officials and representatives from Niowave Inc. have agreed to meet with residents in the Walnut Neighborhood again to work toward solutions on the company’s unsightly, 14,000-square-foot addition, according to one neighbor close to the situation.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Tax abatement for aerospace manufacturing firm on hold

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 6 — In a brief, 28-minute meeting this afternoon, the Lansing City Council tabled action on a proposed personal property tax incentive for an aerospace manufacturing firm as it awaits more information on the property.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Honoring Lansing’s “resident stateswoman”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Sept. 10 — Seventeen friends, Lansing City Council President Brian Jeffries and Mayor Virg Bernero flanked stalwart politician Alfreda Schmidt on the floor of the Council chambers tonight, paying tribute to a woman who’s dedicated much of the past 40 years to public service.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Graffiti arrest made

The suspect arrested on charges related to Capitol graffiti was the artist who planned rogue art exhibit in Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Sept. 12 — The artist who planned a rogue art exhibit that was shut down by the city a week ago was arrested today on charges that he vandalized the Capitol building and a nearby memorial.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Signs go up

Niowave neighbors, fed up with another Niowave no-show, display their frustration

by Andy Balaskovitz
Three or four weeks ago, Walnut Neighborhood resident Dale Schrader had 100 lawn signs made urging neighborhood company Niowave to "fix the fa'ade" of its new 14,000-square-foot industrial-looking building in the residential neighborhood west of Old Town.
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