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Friday, May 17,2013

On LSD

Lansing School District budget on its way to leaner times next year

by Sam Inglot
Friday, May 17 — On Thursday night, the Lansing School District Board of Education got its first taste of the proposed $142.5 million district budget for next school year — it’s about $22.5 million slimmer than this year’s budget.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Cristo Rey merger is off

Community center's future will reach 'resolution' soon, diocese says

by Lawrence Cosentino
A proposed merger between Cristo Rey Community Center and St. Vincent Catholic Charities that has been under attack by a citizens group has been called off, Michael Murray, legal counsel for the Diocese of Lansing, said Monday.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Bernero weighing options for BWL fees

City attorney issues formal legal opinion on proposed fees for streetlights, fire hydrants

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, May 16 — Lansing City Attorney Janene McIntyre issued a formal legal opinion today saying the city could move forward with charging Lansing Board of Water and Light customers fees for fire hydrants as part of Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed budget. However, the City Council would need to amend an ordinance to allow for a special assessment to pay for streetlights.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

The ride of silence

Annual bike ride remembering bicyclists killed or fatally injured by motor vehicles resonates locally after fatal accident this week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, May 16 — A procession of nearly 200 bicyclists traveled from Michigan State University to the Capitol Wednesday night. As a police escort stopped traffic along Michigan Avenue throughout the ride, it felt as if the cyclists were making the statement to idle cars watching: “These are our roads, too.”
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Thursday, May 16,2013

It's a tie

Transportation Review Committee makes no recommendation on Michigan Flyer expansion because of tie vote

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 16 — The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Review Committee won’t be making a recommendation to the full commission on Michigan Flyer expanding its runs between East Lansing and Ann Arbor because of a tie vote at its meeting Wednesday night.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

What about those 'fees?'

Bernero administration still unclear whether proposed fire hydrant and streetlight charges would be a fee or a tax

by Andy Balaskovitz
With less than a week to go before the Lansing City Council must adopt a new budget, the single biggest issue has yet to be resolved. The question is whether Mayor Virg Bernero's proposed charge for hydrants and streetlights is a fee or a tax. The Council can increase fees, but a tax would require a vote of the people.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

Ride or fly

Mayor, Council president and business community — in defense of airport — line up against federal grant for Michigan Flyer. One supporter calls for a grown up in the debate.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tension between the Capital Region Airport Authority and Michigan Flyer has been rekindled in recent weeks as the private bus service seeks local approval for a $595,680 federal grant to expand its service between East Lansing and Ann Arbor.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Owner says: Property is for lease through CBRE MartinArchitecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Some buildings are more susceptible to blight than others. By nature, buildings that are not easily adaptable due to form — in this case, single-use ones — sit vacant longer. It's true, just look around.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

The race is on

With the filing deadline for city elections closed, campaign season officially begins

by Sam Inglot
The filing deadline to run for city elected offices officially closed at 4 p.m. Tuesday. From the looks of things, it's likely Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will coast to reelection.
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Tuesday, May 14,2013

Kicking up dust

Market Place project finally gets moving, developer expects completion in late 2014

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, May 14 — It only took six years and the threat of a legal action by the city, but developer Pat Gillespie has officially begun to work on his Market Place project in downtown Lansing. He expects the project to be complete in late 2014.
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