Archive for Thursday, June 2, 2005

City park planner selection on tap

June 2, 2005

— Lansing City Council members can take a big step toward planning the city's newest park when they meet Thursday.

Council members will be asked to approve a contract with Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co. for development of a master plan for the park, which is envisioned on 128 acres purchased earlier this year by the city.

The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. today, June 2, at City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

Mayor Kenneth Bernard appointed a committee in December to help develop a master plan for the park. The Citizens for Parks Committee, in turn, sent out requests for proposals for master plan proposals. Committee members received responses from six companies and after a series of meetings and interviews decided to recommend Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co. to the council.

For a $50,000 fee, the company would produce a master plan for the park after a series of negotiated steps that include:

¢ Data collection regarding the park site, including an analysis of the proposed site relative to use for an outdoor aquatic facility.

¢ Conducting a daylong "needs assessment workshop" to solicit community input regarding community recreation needs at the new park site.

¢ Conducting a two-day "design charrette workshop" to solicit community input and achieve a "singular concept theme" for the park.

¢ Conduct a survey of 300 Lansing residents and 100 residents from outlying areas to establish development priorities and funding opportunities for the master plan.

¢ Present a master plan that would include illustrative renderings of the park and probable costs and phasing strategies for such a plan.

If approved as presented, the contract would require Bruce & Co. to present the plan to the council on Sept. 31.

Here's the agenda for tonight's council meeting:

Consent agenda

¢ Consider minutes from the May 19 council meeting.

Regular agenda

¢ Proclaim June 13-17 as Business & Industry Week

¢ Consider reappointing Albert Green, Janette Labbee-Holdeman and Verlin Tompkins to the Convention & Tourism Committee.

¢ Consider a request by Richard Werth, owner of 702 Inglewood, to construct a six-foot privacy fence on the west side of his property. City code requires that any fence taller than 48 inches adhere to certain setback requirements.

¢ Consider awarding the 2005 capital improvements plan paving/curb/sidewalk repair contract to McAnany Construction of Shawnee, which submitted a low bid of $353,187.

¢ Consider the final development plan for "Old Town," a proposed retail development at 208-212 N. Main St.

¢ Consider awarding a contract for a master plan for City Park

¢ Consider an ordinance allowing for collection of delinquent sewer and trash accounts

¢ Consider an ordinance annexing the 128 acres of park land and additional land owned by Daniel and Ruth Sedlak

¢ Hear reports and comments from council members and staff members.

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