Lewton-Rich Neighborhood Association
- Welcome—meeting started at 7:02 p.m.
- Introductions—17 people present
- Minutes were read and approved
- Treasurer’s report: Balance of $219.60 everyone is
invited to donate. We don’t spend a lot of money! Patty mentioned that
there is a stipend allowed for the picnic, which we hope to obtain.
- Josh Hovey from the Mayor’s office: Josh mentioned
the site for the Southside community center, which would be Hill center.
The school board is voting this evening. (His email is email@example.com.)
The mayor’s office is very excited about this possibility. Tech Smith has
committed to moving to Lansing, which will provide about 100 jobs. Josh also
was asked about Oliver Towers, and mentioned that the funding for the
library and Impression 5 project would not be provided by the city. On
Monday, the mayor held his Go Green, Go Lansing press conference, which
deals with environmental issues.
- Lansing Police Department’s Report: Sgt. Frank
Koenigsknecht passed out a crime map, and commented that things were fairly
quiet. The two men who had been burglarizing homes on the south side have
been apprehended. He mentioned the idea of keeping track of all of our
serial numbers for computers, bikes, etc. If the item is stolen and pawned,
the pawn shops are required by law to enter all serial numbers of items that
they receive into a data base so that you have a better chance of retrieving
your lost or stolen items.
- County Commissioner’s Report—no one was available to
- Code Compliance Officer’s report: (Gregg Scrimger).
Greg mentioned that they’ve retired the old red tag and replaced them with a
new type of tag. There are three colors, red, green and yellow; depending
upon what the actual infraction is in the property. If a property is tagged,
no one can be present after 5:00 p.m. unless they have a letter of after
hours. (Green is lack of utilities; yellow is substandard, and red is
unsafe. If we see someone in the building after hours, we should call LPD).
- Elections took place and the current board was
re-elected, with the subtraction of Clarence, and the addition of A’Lynne
Robinson as an at-large board member.
- City Council report: Kathy Dunbar was present.
- Extra Community News, are available.
- Survey for MSU project of marketing plan for the
Three Corners. About the Negative Social Impact between Pleasant
Grove/Holmes, Waverly/Holmes and Waverly/Jolly. To address perpetuation
of poverty in the neighborhoods with improving new stores and reality.
Similar to other models and valuations, elsewhere. The survey is asking
for what the neighborhoods would like to shop, for city to try place
into these locations.
- There are problems with Pool Hall and
RV-Restaurant at Pleasant Grove/Holmes.
- Logan Center is languishing, has not been actively
marketing for new tenants. SDLCA has tried to use it for South Side
Farmers Market and was blocked by Save-A-Lot who has an exclusive for
food distribution in Square.
- Cold Cart with Fresh Food at School, has opened a
possible site of S.S Farmers Market at Boy & Girls Club on Pleasant
- Open Door Ministries has investigating the
acquiring of the City’s HRSC Oliver Towers at Seymour and Ionia. To
create Liberty Towers that would assist the homeless in Lansing by
transitioning them away from homelessness, through are a Pod setting.
The City’s Development Committee has meet about this. The Fire Reports
state it is not safe, where as Churches are stating it is. Proper
modernization to current code would exceed initial surveys. Additionally
there is $700K Title search problem.
- Hill vs. Our Savior as a South Side Community
center; the later had a lot of great facilities and was the initial
choice. A 2nd committee was concerned about it being 50 yrs
old and within $3mil limit. Building new would have resulted in too
little floor space. Hill was an initial target, but not initially
available. Joe McDonald assisted in opening the possibility of using
Hill, which has the following; Pool, Green House, 2 café’s, Gym, and
other vocational school resources. Many Organizations are already based
out of Hill. Plenty of Parking and out door fields for future outside
- Colored Code Tag’s; Supposed to help route tagged
homes to city resources and donation of human services to assist and
prevent houses from going from green to red. As it was perceived by a
lot of people that city council was not assisting homes prior to
demolition of the homes.
- Budget issue’s are revisiting old issue, such as
the refuse and compost services. This area is willing to raise taxes.
Where others are not as willing. There is a discussion about the total
house and property valuation plus taxes versus the similar outside of
- Discussion about Old School for the blind versus
Condo’s and its impact on that immediate area.
- There is a proposed development of 20 acres in the
Wexford area south of the church on Wise Road that would operated by the
church and be rentals sold as condos for older assisted living.
- Home Street School, Team Challenge wants to by
homes and is being debated.
- Discussions about alcohol permit for Waverly
- Urbanization and investment of $200k+ allows for
opening of new Liquor license to assist in Economic Development,
buy-passing acquiring of an existing permit.
- Gone Wired, had house fire from defective
Christmas tree lights lights, has delayed the development of Gone Wired
II at Colonial Village, along with a delay in the expansion of the
- New Business:
- Garage Sale—Saturday June 23rd 2007.
- Frances Park is accepted as a tentative location
for the Lewton-Rich Neighborhood Assoc. picnic, and we are open to
alternative suggestions until March 16th. Pre-Planning for
the underwriting of Frances’s fee is being acquired through Randy.
- Skipped to due Lack of Time; Guest Speaker: Micki
Fuhrman, speaking on: “Ingham Substance Abuse Prevention…what it means to
you!” The website for ISAP is
- Good and Welfare—no comments
- Snow at 2300 Hampshire has not been removed yet
- Adjourned: Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Micki Fuhrman & MPF