Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

Council to meet, prioritize projects

May 11, 2006

Lansing City Council members again will try to hammer out a priority list for city projects during a special work session slated for next week.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the council chambers at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. The work session will precede a farewell reception at 6 p.m. for longtime City Clerk Karen Logan. Council members will then return for their regular twice-monthly meeting at 7 p.m.

The decision to meet for the priority list came during the council's May 4 meeting.

The list of projects under consideration is long. At a work session March 30, Mayor Kenneth Bernard outlined an eight-point proposed capital improvement list:

¢ Reconstruction and curbing of Gamble Street, from Ida Street to the Carriage Hills Plaza shopping center, $222,000

¢ Reconstruction and widening of East Eisenhower Road, $767,000

¢ Expansion of City Hall to include room for the Community Library, $3 million

¢ Construction of a bridge from West Mary Street to the terminus of South Bittersweet Road, $1.6 million

¢ Reconstruction of a portion of 147th Street in a joint city-county project, $465,214 for the city's share

¢ Phase I of the Lansing Community Park, $3.5 million

¢ Reconstruction and widening of DeSoto Road from Ida Street north to Eisenhower Road, $6.4 million

¢ Reconstruction and widening of DeSoto Road from Ida Street south to 4-H Road, $5.43 million.

Council members, however, continue to debate how the items should fall on their priority list. Some have questioned the need for spending on the community park, for instance, until there's a vote of the public. Others have questioned what the rush is for expansion of City Hall. The council also has talked about the need for extending sewers in undeveloped areas and the area annexed in late 2004.

And, since the March 30 work session, the council has approved an additional $365,000 for the Main Street System Enhancement project after bids came in higher than expected.

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