Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005

Council discusses traffic issues, elects president

May 12, 2005

A brief agenda didn't keep Lansing City Council members from taking on several issues at last week's meeting, including speed limits, traffic and electing a new council president for the coming year.

The council:

¢ Watched as Mayor Kenneth Bernard presented a certificate of appreciation to Jeff Hoins, a Lansing High School student who assists with the Lansing Government TV channel, recognized Lansing DAZE logo contest winner Harold Laurence, and presented a certificate of appreciation to John Whittamore Jr., a Boy Scout who shepherded a trail-clearing effort.

¢ Heard Bernard proclaim Municipal Clerk's Week, May 1-7; See America Week/National Tourism Week, May 7-15; Building Safety Week, May 8-14; Lansing Police Week, May 15-21; and National Public Works Week, May 15-21.

¢ Elected on a 5-2 vote Council member Kenneth Ketchum as council president for the coming year. Council members Billy Blackwell and Harland Russell voted against Ketchum, who abstained.

¢ Agreed to the reappointments of John Calhoun, Mike Suozzo and Janette Labbee-Holdeman to the Planning Commission.

¢ Agreed to conduct a study session in the near future on signage issues for new businesses. Ketchum has rallied against a $15 fee the city charges for signs announcing new businesses coming to town.

¢ Directed Police Chief Steve Wayman to study speed limit and speed limit signage issues around school zones.

¢ Agreed that Bernard should send a letter to Leavenworth's mayor about deciding in a timely fashion whether to install a turn lane on De Soto Road at Eisenhower Road. The intersection is currently under construction for another project.

¢ Discussed Russell's suggestion to appoint a citizens group to study "traffic calming" measures. Mayor Kenneth Bernard instead directed city staffers to first look into the issue.

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