Lansing City Council

All week on "Morning Edition with Brooke Allen" we are hearing the viewpoints of different issues from Lansing mayoral candidates Judi Brown Clarke and Andy Schor. Their interviews were taped separately and about a week apart. Tuesday's topic is city council divisiveness. 


Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

Nearly 30 people weighed in on the latest draft of Lansing's marijuana ordinance at the public hearing Monday night at city hall, giving a wide range of perspectives and opinions.

 

There was one common thread however: most who spoke do not want the current version of this ordinance to pass.

 


A truck, fallen trees, and two construction workers.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement Thursday saying that work has begun on a new entrance to Groesbeck Golf Course.


City Clerk Chris Swope at table preparing ballots.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing primary election begins this week as absentee ballots are being prepped and mailed out.


Marijuana plant photo
Flickr/Creative Commons

Lansing City Council passed a measure Monday to include a commission in the city’s marijuana ordinance.


View of Ormond Park from the Groesbeck Golf Course parking lot.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

Lansing City Council adopted a resolution last night to investigate how an entrance Mayor Bernero wants to build into Groesbeck Golf Course got approved.

 

WKAR's Brooke Allen spoke with the mayor to get his thoughts on the entrance.

 

 


WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
illustration / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council met Monday evening to discuss the medical marijuana ordinance as a Committee of the Whole.

 

Because the meeting was followed by their regularly scheduled council meeting, the only issue they had time to get to was the option of whether to include a commission.

 

A commission is a group who reviews applications for licenses for medical marijuana establishments. Without a commission, the applications would go through the city clerk’s office.

 

Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

As a result of last night’s special meeting of the Lansing City Council, Groesbeck Golf Course management will be handed over to Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, or LEPFA.

 

 


Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to vote on whether to override Mayor Bernero’s veto regarding the management of Groesbeck Golf Course.

 


Needle
redorbit.com

The Lansing City Council voted Monday to approve a needle exchange program aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and other infections.

 

Drug paraphernalia is considered illegal under Michigan state law, except in the case of needle exchange programs. The council’s decision last night put the city ordinance in line with that state law.

 

Needle Exchange program
Urban Seed Education / Flickr

Lansing is moving forward on plans to bring a needle exchange program to the city.

Lansing City Council
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The latest medical marijuana ordinance was introduced at Monday night’s Lansing City Council meeting, but a public hearing date was not set.

 

 


Virg Bernero photo
W.R. Richards / WKAR-MSU file photo

Today Mayor Bernero vetoed a major change to his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget that the Lansing City Council adopted on Monday.

 


Lansing Adds Meeting to Vote on Sanctuary City Status

Apr 11, 2017
Lansing city council photo
Courtesy / City of Lansing

On Wednesday night, city council will revisit its decision to declare Lansing to be a "sanctuary city."

Third Mayoral Candidate Will Run Despite Charge

Apr 6, 2017
WKAR-MSU

A third person is expected to announce his intentions to run for mayor of Lansing on Thursday morning. Harold Leeman, Jr. also faces a court date in late April.

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