carol wood http://michiganradio.org en Lansing Police Department moving to temporary home http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-police-department-moving-temporary-home <p>The bulk of the Lansing Police Department will move into a temporary home this summer.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero announced today the city will spend about $1 million to renovate and lease part of the Hill Center on the city’s south side.</p><p></p><p>The city’s current lease at the Motor Wheel complex on the city’s north side expires in August. Lansing has leased that space for more than a decade.</p><p></p><p>The new lease is only for four years.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:59:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 17318 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing Police Department moving to temporary home Lansing's mayor hopes Tuesday's election results will end city council 'sniping' http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-hopes-tuesdays-election-results-will-end-city-council-sniping <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says he hopes Tuesday’s election results will put an end to “sniping” in city politics.</p><p>Bernero easily won his third term as the capitol city’s mayor.&nbsp; His slate of city council candidates also won.&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero says the results show voters want to end the gridlock on the Lansing city council.</p><p>“This is realignment.&nbsp; This is the voters saying to the council ‘Get with the program’.”]</p><p>Bernero believes it’s his ‘program’ the voters want.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:35:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 15154 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor hopes Tuesday's election results will end city council 'sniping' Lansing city council will discuss budget priorities Monday night http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-will-discuss-budget-priorities-monday-night <p>The Lansing city council Monday night will spend some time trying to prioritize how the city should spend its money.</p><p>The city council is required to deliver its budget priorities for the year ahead to the mayor&rsquo;s office by October First.</p><p>Carol Wood is the Lansing city council president.</p><p>She says the mayor&rsquo;s office is supposed to incorporate the council&rsquo;s priorities as it begins the process of drafting the next fiscal year&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>Wood says the council is looking at a wide variety of ideas.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14620 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council will discuss budget priorities Monday night Lansing city council fails to override mayor's budget veto http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-fails-override-mayors-budget-veto <p>As expected, the Lansing city council last night failed to muster enough votes to override the mayor’s budget veto.</p><p></p><p>But Lansing’s budget drama is not over yet.</p><p></p><p>The Lansing city council needed six votes to reinstate the changes it made to the city budget last month.</p><p></p><p>But only five council members voted to override Mayor Virg Bernero’s veto.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 03:48:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 12865 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council fails to override mayor's budget veto Lansing city council is scheduled to try to override the mayor's budget vetoes this evening http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-scheduled-try-override-mayors-budget-vetoes-evening <p>The Lansing city council is expected to try to override the mayor’s budget vetoes tonight. But the council does not appear to have enough votes to do it.</p><p></p><p>The Lansing city council made many changes to Mayor Virg Bernero’s spending plan for next year when it passed the budget last month.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A few days later, the mayor vetoed all the council’s changes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now it’s the council's chance to respond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 04:33:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12843 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council is scheduled to try to override the mayor's budget vetoes this evening Lansing's mayor threatens to veto parts of city budget approved by the city council last night http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-threatens-veto-parts-city-budget-approved-city-council-last-night <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has a long list of items he plans to veto in the budget passed by the city council last night.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Lansing city council struggled for three hours trying to agree on amendments to the proposed city budget for next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The numbers got so confused, the council took a forty minute break to give the city’s finance director time to figure out if the budget was still balanced, as it’s legally required to be.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero says the meeting was extremely disorganized.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 04:24:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 12655 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor threatens to veto parts of city budget approved by the city council last night Lansing city council votes on FY2014 budget tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-votes-fy2014-budget-tonight <p>The Lansing city council votes tonight on a budget for next year.</p><p></p><p>The vote will likely put the council at odds with Mayor Virg Bernero.</p><p></p><p>The mayor wants to fill a five million dollar hole in the 2014 budget, with added annual fees for city water and electricity customers. The money would pay for streetlights and fire hydrants.</p><p></p><p>Last week, the city council dumped the fees from the budget.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 04:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12636 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council votes on FY2014 budget tonight Showdown brewing over Lansing's city budget for next year http://michiganradio.org/post/showdown-brewing-over-lansings-city-budget-next-year <p>The Lansing city council has rejected a plan to increase fees on city utility customers.</p><p>Today the city council approved a budget plan that axes the 46-dollar utility fee and several million dollars in spending in the mayor’s proposed budget for next year. Final council approval is expected Monday night.</p><p>“I think many of us had heard the concerns that people wanted to make sure we were making the cuts that needed to be made,” says Carol Wood, Lansing city council president.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:00:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 12628 at http://michiganradio.org Showdown brewing over Lansing's city budget for next year Time is running short for Lansing city council to make changes to proposed FY2014 budget http://michiganradio.org/post/time-running-short-lansing-city-council-make-changes-proposed-fy2014-budget <p></p><p>Time is running out for the Lansing city council to come up with changes to the mayor’s budget proposal for next year.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The city council must approve a budget plan in two weeks.&nbsp;&nbsp; Council members have been poring over the mayor’s 112 million dollar budget proposal for the past month.</p><p></p><p>Carol Wood is the Lansing city council president. She says there are some items that could be cut from the budget.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 03:55:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 12441 at http://michiganradio.org Time is running short for Lansing city council to make changes to proposed FY2014 budget Lansing's mayor wants city utility customers to help close the city's projected budget deficit http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-wants-city-utility-customers-help-close-citys-projected-budget-deficit <p>Lansing’s mayor is proposing its municipal utility customers pay more to balance the city’s budget next year.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero outlined his budget plan to the city council last night.&nbsp;&nbsp; Bernero says the city’s budget problems are not quite as serious as expected. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The mayor says better than expected property tax collections and lower than expected city employee health care costs had cut the project budget deficit in half.</p><p></p><p>Still, Bernero says the city needs to close about a five million dollar budget gap.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:59:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 11861 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor wants city utility customers to help close the city's projected budget deficit Lansing city council irked by mayor's trip to Italy http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-irked-mayors-trip-italy <p>Lansing city council members are upset that the city’s mayor left last week on a trip to Europe and didn’t bother to tell them.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero is on a week-long ‘economic mission’ in Italy. But city council members first heard the mayor was gone from news reports.</p><p></p><p>The mayor’s spokesman says Bernero remains in contact with the city by phone and email.</p><p></p><p>Councilwoman Carol Wood says that's not good enough if there is a sudden crisis.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:43:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 10002 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council irked by mayor's trip to Italy Lansing City Council delays budget vote http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-delays-budget-vote <p>The Lansing City Council is taking more time to review next year&rsquo;s budget plan.</p><p>Council has delayed its vote on the budget from May 14th to May 21st.</p><p>Councilwoman Carol Wood says there are &ldquo;holes&rdquo; in the mayor&rsquo;s budget plan.</p><p>&ldquo;Those holes have not been plugged. All we&rsquo;re being told is they might be filled,&quot; says Wood,&nbsp; &quot;And I can&rsquo;t pass in good conscience for the taxpayers of the city of Lansing. I can&rsquo;t pass a budget that way.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 16:38:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 7381 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing City Council delays budget vote Lansing city council delves into casino deal http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-delves-casino-deal <p>The Lansing city council has plenty of questions about a plan that could bring&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-6927-lansing-casino-a-closer-look.html">a&nbsp;quarter billion dollar casino project</a> to downtown.&nbsp;&nbsp; The council was briefed on the&nbsp;legal agreement&nbsp;Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>An Upper Peninsula tribe and a developer have already signed off on a deal that&nbsp;outlines revenue&nbsp;sharing,&nbsp; property&nbsp;transfers and other economic development&nbsp;issues.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 04:51:03 +0000 Steve Carmody 6118 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council delves into casino deal Mayor says Oliver Towers saga is turning into a 'debacle' http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-says-oliver-towers-saga-turning-debacle <p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero calls it a &lsquo;debacle&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The battle between two local colleges over an empty apartment building is in a holding pattern.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 05:01:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 4523 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor says Oliver Towers saga is turning into a 'debacle'