City Council approves master plan contract for park
Lansing The Lansing City Council voted Thursday night to approve a $50,000 contract with Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company to develop a master plan for the city's future recreational and aquatic park.
Jeffrey Bruce and another representative from JLB presented a general sketch of the steps involved in developing the master plan. The company will work with an aquatics design firm for the design of the recreational aquatic part of the park. The company will also work with three other agencies to receive and interpret community input through surveys and workshops.
Council member Kenneth Ketchum said he was strongly in favor of including council members on a planned "stakeholder's group" to confer on the park's construction and maintenance budget with JBL on the park's master plan.
Council member Andi Pawlowski joked that "it sounds like we have a volunteer."
Ketchum replied that "July is a bad month for me," drawing laughs from around the room. He was serious, though: "I'm getting married in July," Ketchum said.
The slide presentation by JBL also included a timetable for development of the master plan, with Sept. 31, 2005, set as the date for presentation of the final master plan to the City Council. The park will be constructed on 128 acres of land at 155th Street and 4-H Road.
Thursday's meeting began with council member Dee Hininger being recognized by Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1203 for his Navy service from 1965 to 1967 in Vietnam. The VFW post had recently awarded certificates to Vietnam veterans but accidentally failed to honor Hininger.
In other business Thursday, the council:
¢ Approved minutes from the council's May 19 meeting.
¢ Proclaimed June 13-17 as Business & Industry Week.
¢ Voted to reappoint Albert Green, Janette Labbee-Holdeman and Verlin Tompkins to the Convention & Tourism Committee.
¢ Approved 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.
¢ Awarded the 2005 capital improvements plan for paving, curb and sidewalk repair contract to McAnany Construction of Shawnee, which submitted a low bid of $353,187.
¢ Approved the final development plan for "Old Town," a proposed retail development at 208-212 N. Main St. Construction was to begin today, June 3, if weather allowed.
¢ The council passed ordinance 752, which allows for collection of delinquent sewer and trash accounts.
¢ The council also passed an ordinance annexing the 128 acres of park land and additional land owned by Daniel and Ruth Sedlak.
¢ The council voted to spend up to $25,000 to install a left turn lane at the intersection of Desoto and Eisenhower roads.