Council to weigh street idea
School district-city cooperation will be in focus next week when the Lansing City Council meets in special session to discuss the extension of South Bittersweet Street to West Mary Street.
Extension of the street has been discussed by the Lansing School Board as a possible component of a school bond issue under consideration. The school board has talked about the need to extend Bittersweet south from the existing middle school to West Mary Street, where the board would like to build a new K-5 elementary school.
An architect last week estimated the cost of the street project at about $650,000.
Mike Smith, city administrator, said the City Council would meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at City Hall, 800 First Terrace, to discuss the city's possible interest in the project.
"The mayor will ask the council whether they back this idea and how they'd like to go about doing it if they do," Smith said.
Mayor Kenneth Bernard, who is attending the National League of Cities annual meeting, was not available for comment, but Smith said he thought the council would be agreeable to aiding the project.
"It should be some type of shared deal," said Smith, who noted funding for streets and schools ultimately comes from the same basic pool of taxpayers.
The School Board is scheduled to vote on a bond resolution at its December meeting. Passage of the resolution likely would ask voters in April to approve bonds to build an $18.9 million elementary school and a new $4.24 million auditorium addition to Lansing High School.
The School Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the choir room at Lansing Middle School.