Ingham County

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Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty is considering the Ingham Health Plan and other issues facing the county's finances.


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Continued funding for the Ingham Health Plan debated as U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare looms. Current State speaks with Tim Daman of the Greater Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and County Commissioner Robin Naeyaert.

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The Ingham County Health Plan was created in 1998 to help the region’s most vulnerable residents help pay for medical care. At one time, the program served around 14,000 people. But after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many of those people became eligible for insurance, either through the expanded Medicaid program or the private insurance market. That means that the yearly $3.2 million dollar millage for the program that voters renewed last fall is supporting a much smaller program.

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Developers are about to become the owners of 30 acres of city land straddling Lansing and East Lansing. Monday evening, the Lansing City Council approved the sale of the former Red Cedar Golf Course property to Ferguson/Continental Lansing LLC. Developer Joel Ferguson and his partner Frank Kass want to build a $276-million complex at the site that could include a ten-story hotel, restaurant and housing. Part of the site would remain green space.

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On Monday, East Lansing’s Eric and Nancy Schertzing spoke with Current State to look back on an unforgettable year. 2014 was the year Eric Schertzing decided to pursue a dream:  to represent Lansing and East Lansing in the U.S. Congress. The effort failed. The Democrat lost November’s general election to Republican Mike Bishop, who, today, represents Michigan’s 8th District. Despite the loss, both described the experience of running as an unforgettable honor. Schertzing is again focused on his responsibilities as Ingham County Treasurer and Executive Director of the Ingham County Land Bank. Today, Current State host Mark Bashore talks with Eric and Nancy Schertzing for the second part of their conversation.

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For 14 years, Ingham County residents have known Eric Schertzing as the county Treasurer, and more recently, Director of the Ingham County Land Bank.  Last year, they assessed him in a different light: as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress.  

The issues and the stakes expanded, as the 52-year old Stockbridge native pursued the soon to be vacant seat in Congress held since 2001 by Republican Mike Rogers.

Schertzing lost to his Republican opponent, Mike Bishop.  

Last November, Ingham county voters resoundingly approved two millage proposals. The new Board of Commissioners will be turning its attention to those soon, as it launches its  2015 session. One will expand the county’s network of trails. The other will maintain the Ingham County Health Plan, which provides medical care coverage for the county’s neediest residents.

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Today is National HIV Testing Day. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for free HIV tests, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state.

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Tomorrow is the filing deadline for all potential political candidates to run in the August 5th primary election. Last month, 8th District Republican Congressman Mike Rogers  shocked many of his constituents with news that he will not seek re-election.

Ingham commissioners consider parks millage

Feb 13, 2014
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The Ingham County Board of Commissioners is looking at a possible county parks millage. Earlier this week, the body asked its County Services committee to begin work on a draft proposal. The focus of a millage would primarily be an expansion of Lansing’s Rivertrail network.

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Jan 15, 2014
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Ingham County officials have announced good news about the area’s housing market. Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. reported that home sales last year were up and that foreclosures were down.

City COO expects resolution to county 911 dispute

Dec 17, 2013
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Last week, Ingham County commissioners voted 13 to 1 to demand that the city of Lansing pay the $1.1-million the county says it is owed for pension and health insurance obligations for the 34  city-employed 911 dispatchers who were transferred last year to the  new Ingham County dispatch center. The county’s deadline is January 15th.  If payment is not received by then, they say they’ll sue the city.

Ingham judge blasts Court of Claims move

Nov 11, 2013
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A controversial bill that would move a key Michigan court is expected to be signed into law soon by Governor Rick Snyder.  The measure would transfer the operations of the state’s Court of Claims to the Michigan Court of Appeals. The court of claims hears legal actions that are filed against the state of Michigan.

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Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Bill Collette is critical of legislation that would move the Michigan Court of Claims from Ingham County to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Current State spoke with Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty about the impact such a move might have on the county.

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Outside of metro Detroit, Ingham County has the highest rate of HIV infection in Michigan. Over half those cases are among gay men, most of whom are first diagnosed with HIV after the age of 30.

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From pet hoarding to dog fighting to stray cats and dogs, if it has four-legs and a problem, chances are that Ingham County’s animal control division will be called in to help.  Jamie McAloon-Lampman, the director of  Ingham County Animal Control, discusses the Lansing-area's animal control issues. 

Ingham County Land Bank helps build neighborhoods

Jun 18, 2013
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The Ingham County Land Bank, is currently going through a bit of a renovation. Chairman and County Treasurer Eric Schertzing along with the organization's new Executive Director Jeff Burdick discuss the current changes to the ICLB, including the organization's new pilot project involving transportation, which will be the first public bike-sharing program in Michigan. 

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In a speech Monday night at a law enforcement memorial held at the state Capitol, longtime Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth decried the political influence and budget cuts on law enforcement. Sheriff Wriggelsworth spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore about the effects of downsizing police departments.

A memorable edition of 60 minutes from 2011 reported that banks across the nation had used forged signatures to process foreclosure documents.  After that, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette launched an investigation and found that more than 1,000 unauthorized and improperly executed documents were filed with county registers of deeds throughout the state. Those documents were prepared by a company named DocX, which was identified in the 60 Minutes program.

A minor turf war over public records is taking shape in Ingham County.

While the dispute is being downplayed by its two participants---Clerk Barb Byrum and Chief Circuit Court Judge Janelle Lawless---some observers suggest it’s symptomatic of a larger, ongoing problem:  poor public access to documents.

Current State host Mark Bashore visited with both Barb Byrum and Judge Janelle Lawless to learn more.

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There’s been significant movement at the state capitol regarding medical marijuana recently.  The week before last, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the state’s pot law does not allow dispensaries.  But late last week, State Representative Mike Callton of Nashville announced he’ll introduce a bill that would allow businesses to dispense cannabis.

Stuart Dunnings Jr. is Ingham County prosecutor and among the many legal officials and police who’ve been frustrated by the vagaries of Michigan’s medical marijuana law.  Robin Schneider is a Lansing resident and a legislative liaison for the National Patients’ Rights Association.  They both help clear some of the haze around Michigan's medical marijuana regulations.

There was some good news last week in Michigan involving the fight against mortgage  fraud.  On Thursday, officials announced the state will receive $2.5 million dollars -- that’s the settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit filed last year by State Attorney General Bill Schuette.  The legal action involved about 1,000 victims of robo-signing statewide, with nearly 300 of them from Ingham County.  

Current State #3 | January 16, 2013

Jan 16, 2013
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On today's Current State: MPRN's Rick Pluta previews Governor Snyder's "State of the State" address, Ingham County's eviction prevention program, Neighbors in Action with the Allen Neighborhood Center, and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

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A Lansing city councilwoman thinks Ingham County officials were right to table an idea for a regional parks millage on the November ballot.

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Doing business with Ingham County is gummed up for a while after the loss of more than 130,000 electronic records. 

In late May--after removing a server thought to contain expired data--techs discovered it included many active files needed by clerk Mike Bryanton.  Even worse,  they later learned a back-up duplication system failed. WKAR’s Mark Bashore looks into what went wrong and at plans to prevent a repeat.

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Ingham County officials hope to learn more this week about  the chances of  recovering over 130,000 lost electronic documents.  WKAR has learned county IT workers accidentally deleted the data from the server of County Clerk Mike Bryanton on May 25. Later, they learned the system meant to back up the data was corrupt.

The Ingham County clerk’s office is relying on thousands of paper records after IT personnel accidentally deleted electronic data late last month.

WKAR has learned  that on May 25, technicians deleted expired electronic records in the Register of Deeds' computer system.  Later they discovered the operation took out more than 130,000 records maintained by county clerk Mike Bryanton.  Those include campaign finance data, births, deaths and weapons permits.

Bryanton downplays the impact on daily county business.