Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2007

Council to fill Ward 4 vacancy

Special meeting scheduled Tuesday

November 29, 2007

The applicants are Karl Brown Jr. and Thomas Smith. Both have prior service on the City Council.

Brown was twice elected as a council member and served a partial term as an appointee; Smith served on the council for part of a term as well.

Brown, a state-certified appraiser and former management professional, said in his application, "I'm a firm believer in home rule, fiscal responsibility and promoting a high quality of life for Lansing families."

Smith, a member of the Lansing Planning Commission and former president of the Lansing School Board, wrote, "I believe less government is better. I believe in the rights of private property owners. I believe in common sense, I believe in compromise and I believe the future of the City of Lansing is to continue to set conditions for the growth both in the commercial and residential sectors."

City Administrator Mike Smith said both applicants will come prepared to answer questions from current council members during the special meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Lansing City Hall, 800 First Terrace. Ultimately, a majority vote from the council will determine who is appointed.

Smith said he believed a decision would be made at Tuesday's meeting.

The Ward 4 seat had been held by Kenneth Ketchum, who resigned this month to move to South Dakota.

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