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Monday, March 18,2013

Construction noise

Waiving the noise ordinance and budget questions and answers on tonight’s Council agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 25 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and subsequent vote on waiving the city’s noise ordinance for the state Department of Transportation at tonight’s meeting.
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Monday, March 18,2013

4 mayors

Benavides, Hollister, Crawford join Bernero in supporting the millage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 27 — Four Lansing mayors, past and present, stood sheltered from the rain this morning in Fire Station No. 1 downtown to announce their support for the proposed 4-mill property tax increase."I don't know if this has happened besides charitable events," Mayor Virg Bernero said. "It's a testament to the importance of the May 3 election."
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Monday, March 18,2013

Budget 'blueprint'

Financial Health Team presents budget recommendations for next fiscal year

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 18 — The city’s advisory Financial Health Team would make $12 million in cuts to services — including funding for police, fire, building inspection, cemeteries and golf — while increasing contributions to legacy costs and reserves to balance next year’s $9 million budget deficit.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A different take on the election

Ferguson: Council took easy way out on millage election

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 27 — The chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees said today "I scratch my head" about the Lansing City Council's decision to have voters approve a property tax increase to raise revenues when the Council could have unilaterally done it itself.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Waverly makes the list

The proposed Waverly Road sidewalk moves forward

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 28 — The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to move forward with the proposed Waverly Road sidewalk project proposed by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and derided by critics as a “sidewalk to nowhere.”
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Monday, March 18,2013

Holding — not folding — on a Lansing casino

A ballot proposal that would show support for bringing a gaming facility to downtown Lansing is probably not in the cards for the August primary.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 29 — A nonbinding referendum on whether to bring an Indian-owned casino to Lansing is “pretty unlikely” to be on the August primary ballot, City Clerk Chris Swope said.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A new suit

Another gun rights group files suit against the Capital Area District Library’s weapons policy. Meanwhile, CADL’s executive director steps down for unrelated reasons.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 29 —The gun rights advocacy group Michigan Gun Owners has filed suit against the Capital Area District Library, claiming a portion of its weapons policy is illegal.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

The Council promises to spend millage money — if it passes today at the polls — on police, fire and roads

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, May 3 — After several Lansing City Council members said at Monday night’s meeting they’ve heard concerns from residents that the city wouldn’t actually spend new millage revenue — if it passes today at the polls — on police, fire and roads, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution promising it would go for that purpose.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Let’s get along

Bernero, Hollister, Ferguson appeal to Lansing School Board and administrators to get along, improve public perception

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, May 5 — Two Lansing mayors and the chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees held a press conference at City Hall this morning to collectively tell the Lansing School Board and administration to get its act together.
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Monday, March 18,2013

The politics of data

The Meridian Township Board of Trustees balks at a public safety study

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, May 6 — The Meridian Township Board of Trustees withheld a vote at their Thursday night meeting to spend about $68,000 for an outside consultant to study the township’s police, fire and emergency medical service staffing.
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