Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Lan-Del chairman to speak regarding backflow valve issues

April 6, 2006

Lan-Del Water District board chairman Phil Chiles will explain the district's policies, history and plan for new water meters to Lansing City Council members.

His visit tonight, April 6, comes as the district has been criticized for its transition to new meters, which includes a backflow prevention valve that is forcing some residents to purchase an expensive piece of hardware for their home water heater - or face the possibility of flooding in their homes.

The issue came to Council member Don Studnicka's attention in February when he had his hot water heater replaced. The plumber informed Studnicka that he was required to install an additional $300 thermal-expansion tank with his new water heater.

"My biggest complaint was that as a citizen, I didn't know anything about this," Studnicka said. "I didn't get any notification, I didn't know anything about it. And the fact that I work with the city kind of really upset me."

The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

Here's tonight's agenda:

Consent calendar

¢ Consider minutes from the March 16 council meeting.

New business

¢ Hear Mayor Kenneth Bernard proclaim April 20 as Arbor Day in Lansing. The proclamation is part of the city's efforts to retain status as a "Tree City U.S.A." participant.

¢ Hear from the Lan-Del Water District about its meter pit check valve policy.

¢ Conduct a public hearing for a proposed amendment to the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, to include the corner of Eisenhower and De Soto roads. After the public hearing, the council will consider a resolution amending the plan.

¢ Consider a resolution authorizing the sale and conveyance of land to Twin Oaks Independent Real Estate LLC. The city in 1992 issued $2.56 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance the Twin Oaks independent living facility. Twin Oaks is now exercising its option to complete purchase of the property.

¢ Consider a cereal malt beverage license for the Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q contest. The license would allow for beer sales at the city-sponsored contest May 5 and 6.

¢ Consider a request for a special use permit from Kristina Pilloni, 1536 Southern Hills Terrace, to foster more than the four cats allowed by city code.

¢ Consider reappointing David Anaya and Brian Schwanz to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

¢ Hear reports from city staff members, council members and the mayor.

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