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Lansing
5:51 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Lansing park land moves closer to getting a 'For Sale' sign

Snow rests on the closed Waverly Golf Course on Lansing's west side
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

The Waverly golf course in Lansing could be a developer’s dream.    

City council president Brian Jeffries calls the 120 acre parcel of parkland ‘prime development property.’     

Still, the city council has been waffling on whether to ask voters for permission to sell the property. 

But now…it appears likely the council will put the issue on the August ballot when it meets on Monday.   

The sale could mean much needed revenue for the city, which is facing a multi-million dollar budget deficit next year. 

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Lansing
2:09 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Lansing city council FINALLY picks a new leader

Lansing city council president Brian Jeffries (sitting in front of the US flag) precides over his first meeting of the council.
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

It took a marathon session Monday night, but the Lansing city council finally has a new council president.   

The eight-member council is evenly divided into two factions. But after four hours of  closed door talks, Councilman Brian Jeffries emerged as the next Lansing city council president. Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar agreed to drop her bid for the president's gavel, after receiving assurances that she will have support for council president next year.

After the council voted to confirm him as president, Jeffries admitted the process did take a toll.

“Tonight was something we had to work through. I think we did….we got to a place where everyone felt comfortable…and I think we can go from there," said Jeffries.  

Jeffries admits work on the city budget may test the Lansing city council’s strained relations. Lansing may face a $12 to 15 million budget deficit next year.

Lansing
4:11 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Divided Lansing City Council can't agree on new leader

City Hall building, Lansing, Michigan
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

A sharp division among Lansing city council members kept the council from taking its first required step this year during a meeting today.   The division threatens to keep the capital city’s governing body from functioning.

The Lansing city council is so divded it can’t even agree on who should chair its’ meetings.   The council talked for nearly 90 minutes, mainly in sometimes animated one on one discussions, and still deadlocked 4 to 4 over who should be the council president. 

The sharp divide has defined the Lansing city council for years.  

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Lansing
12:09 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Lansing voters will decide if their city council meets too often

The Lansing city council holding one of its many formal sessions in 2011
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

Lansing voters will decide next year if their city council should meet less often.    

The city council approved putting a charter change question on the ballot. It would cut in half the number of times the council is required to meet. Currently the council is required to formally meet 50 times a year, or almost once a week.   

The vote won’t happen until August. Council members worried there wouldn’t be enough Lansing voters turning out for February’s Republican presidential primary to weigh in on the question. 

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope has been pushing the reduced council meeting schedule. Swope says he’s fine with waiting until August for the vote.   

“So it will be a while…but it’s been kind of a long term thing that I’ve worked on …I’m just glad to have it be moving forward," says Swope.    

Swope hopes by meeting less often Lansing city council members will be more efficient in how they handle the city’s business.    

If it’s approved,  the charter change would take effect in 2013. 

In other Lansing city council business:   

The council shot down other proposed ballot questions that would have allowed the sale of Waverly Golf Course and the Vector building.   The council did approve an ordinance authorizing an historic district designation for the old Knapps building downtown.   The ordinance will help with the planned renovation of the former department store site.

Lansing
1:01 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Lansing city council may consider sending golf course question to voters tonight

Artist's conception of possible changes to a portion of the Red Cedar golf course.
(courtesy of the Lansing Economic Development Corp.)

The Lansing city council may agree tonight to ask voters to decide if part of a closed city golf course can be sold.   The land is being eyed for future business development. 

The proposal to sell part of the closed Red Cedar golf course has been stuck in a Lansing city council subcommittee since last spring.    Some council members said they wanted more information. 

City Council President A’Lynne Robinson is optimistic the council can get it unstuck this week.  

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