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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On today's Current State: the Niowave pole barn dispute, the new play "U.P.", Ingham County's fight against mortgage fraud, and local graphic artist Karl Gude's work from Newsweek magazine on exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.