Council snuffs out proposed smoking ban
Lansing City Council members on Thursday decided not to pursue an ordinance that would ban smoking in all public places, including restaurants, in the city.
Council members voted 5-0 in favor of not going further with an ordinance. Council member Billy Blackwell, who had spoken in favor of such a ban, seconded the motion that was adopted. He said he saw little support on the council for the ban and didn't want to take staff away from its duties on an effort that ultimately wouldn't pass on the council.
Council members Dee Hininger and Bob Ulin were absent from Thursday's meeting; Council member Dave Trinkle was late and missed the first three votes of the evening.
In other action Friday, the council:
¢ Approved, 5-0, minutes from the April 6 council meeting.
¢ Approved, 5-0, adding a letter from the attorney for the developer of the Old Town Development Project as an addendum to the development plan. The letter sets out a timeline for completion of the project.
¢ Recognized Gordon Cunning as the city's Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2006.
¢ Heard a briefing on the city's soccer program from Soccer Commissioner Richard Pitts. Pitts said the program had more than 340 participants.
¢ Heard a proclamation in honor of Loyalty Day, May 1.
¢ Heard a proclamation in recognition of the accomplishments of the Office of the City Clerk and declaring April 30-May 6 as "Municipal Clerks Week."
¢ Directed, in a 5-0 vote, the city administrator to prepare a charter ordinance to designate The Current as the official city newspaper.
¢ Approved, 6-0, Mayor Kenneth Bernard's request for approval for $50,000 to be used for a feasibility study for City Hall expansion/library.
¢ Approved, 6-0, reappointment of Jim Pittman and Tom Smith to the Lansing Planning Commission.
¢ Accepted, in a 5-1 vote with Council member Don Studnicka opposed, public easements and rights of way for Eisenhower Crossings, phase 1, and the final development plan for Eisenhower Crossings, lot 2. The property is on the southeast corner of De Soto and Eisenhower roads.
¢ Approved 4-2 with Council members Billy Blackwell and Harland Russell opposed, proceeding with the selection process to acquire a design consultant to prepare plans for construction of the extension of Bittersweet Street from Brookmeadow Street to West Mary Street.
¢ Approved 6-0 proceeding with the development of the 147th Street project and advance it to a bid-letting as soon as practical. The joint city-county project calls for paving and installing curbs and gutters on a 1-mile stretch of 147th from McIntyre Road to Dempsey Road.
¢ Approved, 6-0, a resolution adopting the 2005 Park Master Plan.
¢ Approved, 6-0, a cereal malt beverage for TFT LLC., doing business as Daniels Bar-B-Q.