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Monday, April 22,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearings round 4: Fire, City Clerk and City Attorney. Also, Council unanimously approves GM tax abatement.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 22 — The Bernero administration wants to move the city’s Code Compliance Office into the Fire Department for what it says would allow for better enforcement of property issues.
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Thursday, April 18,2013

Yankowski named chief

Mayor appoints Captain Mike Yankowski as interim police chief

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 18 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has named Captain Mike Yankowski as interim police chief for the city of Lansing.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

New GM, same old corporate partners

by Andy Balaskovitz
Outside Corina Slaughter's front door, beyond a 10-foot-high wooden fence across the street, is a lifeless stretch of concrete extending past Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, appearing to become one with the Grand River. It's a massive reminder of good manufacturing years gone by. And it'll stay that way for the foreseeable future, despite the property owner's potential $38 million investment into the property.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

GM: We’ll take your concerns to management

Council committee approves GM tax abatement request; talks updates on Stadium District developments

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 17 — General Motors representatives told four Lansing City Council members today that they will take concerns about large vacant parking lots at its Grand River Assembly site back to plant managers.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Tax or a fee?

The $5.5 million question at the heart of Mayor Bernero's budget proposal

by Andy Balaskovitz
The central piece that balances Mayor Virg Bernero's budget next fiscal year may not even be legal. Bernero's proposal to charge Lansing Board of Water and Light customers for streetlights and fire hydrants could be interpreted as a tax, according to two attorneys and based on case law from 15 years ago.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

The chief is leaving

Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski reflects on nearly 26 years at the LPD

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 10 — Consolidating the Lansing Police Department into one building is the biggest goal she never accomplished, Teresa Szymanski said today, reflecting on her three years as Lansing Police chief.
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Monday, April 8,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearings round 2: More BWL details, LEPFA and human resources

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 8 — Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager J. Peter Lark was in the house tonight to give more details on potentially new ways to pay for streetlights and fire hydrants in the city.
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Wednesday, April 3,2013

'Sidewalk to Nowhere' on the ropes

With a deadline Tuesday, the Waverly Road sidewalk project envisioned by the Bernero administration may not happen

by Andy Balaskovitz
A sidewalk project along Waverly Road — a goal of the Bernero administration for over two years — may not happen unless Lansing Township and Ingham County agree by Tuesday to help pay for it.
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Monday, April 1,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearings round 1: Fees and revenues

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 1 — The Lansing City Council kicked off its weekly budget hearings under President Carol Wood tonight with a look at how the Bernero administration proposes bringing in new revenue to the city.
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Friday, March 29,2013

Council night

Council starts budget deliberations Monday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 29 — The Lansing City Council will begin its weekly budget hearings Monday night, starting with fees and revenues proposed by the Bernero administration.
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