Lewton-Rich Neighborhood Association
September 18th, 2008
- Welcome – 7:05 p.m.
- Introductions – 29
- Victor Celentino –
- Working on a
- Currently only
cutting three positions, may get it down further.
- It has been a
- South Side 911
tower has been completed and city is accepting testing.
- Airport budget is
balanced. With layoff up to six persons and five may take early
retirement. Lost revenue with losing Delta and be able to hold the
current millage. Still trying to encourage other counties share
- Vic is up for
re-election in November; he has appreciated our support in the past and
hopes to have it in November.
- He wished Principal
Wood a successful upcoming year.
- Approval of Minutes
- Treasurer Report
- Previous balance of
- Received grant for
$200 for picnic
- Cost of picnic was
- Current Balance is
- Any contributions
are most appreciated
- Tony Woods; Principal
of New City Academy on Holmes Road.
- Tony Woods gave us
his history, he taught in Okemos and now works as school leader of New
- Some of our
residence’s children attend.
- It is Charter
School with Leona Group.
- Was formerly a
typical urban school, struggling. Now has found a niche in academics.
- He has a vision of
volunteerism; and be mentored with established leaders.
- Currently has fully
certified staff, with before and after programs beginning at 6:00 a.m.
- Also provides
services for parents by meeting with them every two weeks.
- Formative and
Summative (like MEAP) testing, a goal on the latter, with tutoring until
- Slogan; “New
Day, New Academy and New You.”
- Current population
began this year at 77 and is now at 105; 20 staff, six instructors and
others. Meals are provided.
- Formerly “Hope
- Asking for
volunteers and leaving information for us to read and digest.
- Peter Kuehnmuench –
Board Member and Representative from CATA speaks.
- Life long Lansing
- Asking for support
for milleage increase on CATA Bus service
- Facing shrinking
state financing and increase usage.
- Currently at 30% by
state and shrinking in future to under 20%.
- Increased fares 25%
- from $1.00 to $1.25 last April. And found 6% increase immediately
after, although it was expected to see an initial 8% reduction.
- Prior August, a
milleage failed and is responding with 7.87mils.
- Employees have
accepted participating on benefits costs, before this request.
- Down town routes
are increasing significantly.
- CATA is the
preferred method alternate to personal transportation.
- Bringing in more
efficient equipment such as Hybrid Electric and jointed busses.
- Response to
question: if it fails there will be a 15 to 25% reduction of routes,
which will affect Spec Tran and their services.
- The milleage will
generate about $5 million a year for five years.
- MSU services
provided by CATA are 100% paid by MSU
- The routes provided
to Clinton areas are 100% paid by those residents.
Q) What is the occupancy rate? They look mostly empty.
A) Some rush hours busses are full but they do slack off during the day. We
appear to be above the typical usage for an area of our size.
Q) Why a big bus on weekend when only five persons are on it rather then a
A) Not sure why and can hook up you with someone for answer. It is thought they
are attempted to be sized. And end of line is different then beginning.
Q) How much Federal money is provided for Spec Tran?
A) It is heavier then normal line.
o. The bottom line is: It will only cost $39.50 per year, per home owner to
pass this millage. This is badly needed. If we do not pass this, many folks
who take the bus (those with special needs, etc), will not be able to take Spec
Tran, as those routes will be greatly reduced or eliminated.
- Marie Irish – Assessor
for the City of Lansing
- Passed out flyers
about the assessment process
- Expect that there
will be an overall decrease in assessed taxes.
- Typically increases
are about $50 to $60 dollars a year.
- And increase will
be determined after study determines values.
- Please note that
previous owners’ taxes do not represent true and current value. Please
call office to get an estimate.
- Bishop David Maxwell;
Mayors Department of Community Faith Based Initiatives.
- Intended to extend
power of faith organizations and allows them to have voice in the
- Currently there is
collaboration on Friday, September 26th with 40 to 50
administrators about alcohol awareness.
- Ramadan Diner on
September 26th - $20 and will have a diverse attendants.
- Saturday, September
20th there will be a Mobile Food Pantry at Pleasant View
School on Pleasant Grove Road and they will dispense non-perishable
* There is a registration of picture
* Lansing Now
* Go Green Pledge
- Rain has
overwhelmed all systems and providing non-financial help to persons
affected. It is important to fill out the application if you’ve suffered
damage during this time.
- Insurance should be
the first line of assistance for flood damage.
- Can assist with
finding local residences to assist and help neighbors.
- Police – Sgt. Frank
Crime Map is clear for our area.
Area just south of us had several
Down turn in economics relate to
increase in crimes, and in response, you need to increase habits of locking and
In the Colonial Village area
someone left a moped out and it was taken, it should have been put away.
Problems on Victor and Pleasant
Grove – the neighbor witnessed it but did not call it in, which prevented K9
from responding and an immediate search.
Truancy is an issue and should be
Recently there was a person ringing
door bells to see if homes were empty. Recent report indicated that resident
locked door and caught persons trying to enter after ringing.
Property Crimes are up in all
regions even outside of Lansing.
Q) I’m a single resident; is it better to leave my car outside indicating
occupancy or is it safer to lock it in the garage?
If you leave it out – Lock it and
with nothing visible such as money or purse. Or put it in the garage and use
lights to indicate occupancy. (put lights on timers scattered though our your
- Meridian TWP is
having problem with burglary of vans.
Q) There was a question about a recent phone call to LPD regarding a red pick
up loitering for an hour-plus on Hanover. What was the response to the call when
caller provided license plate? The police won’t call back to provide update.
A) Sgt. will check in to it.
- You can get a
schedule of school times, to check truancy.
- City Council – Carol
Wood and Brain Jeffries and A’Lynne Robinson
- She passed out
flood assistance pamphlet.
neighborhoods that qualify for a clean-up to rent a roll off dumpster.
- Citizen Observer is a
web system providing an email alert of crime status.
- Provide samples of
graphs of crime rate details.
- Oct 6th
is the last day to register to vote
* She brought Voter Register applications.
Mich.gov can download the form.
- Michigan Voters Guide
- Parks and
Recreation Fall and Winter Schedule.
* There are scholarships for kids under
18 to participate in Lansing Park and Rec programs.
- Mayors Office has
proposed to eliminate Code Compliance Manager’s Position.
* Proposed to move responsibility to
Building Safety Manager.
* Mayor has proposed elimination of
- Cell Tower though
IGR, now needs to be sent through Planning Board.
- Moratorium is in
place and extended until November.
* One was requested and not assigned
- T-Mobile Law suit
for Averill Cell Tower was dropped.
- South side
surveillance cameras are in place but not operational yet.
* Police and Neighbors worked as to
- LPD radio system –
has been improved and tested in difficult locations and we look forward
to getting feedback on its success.
- Host Halloween home
* Such houses would be a neighborhood
center for cider and doughnuts and be a safe location.
* Each of the three Council persons at
tonight’s meeting and the Mayors office offered $25 each (total $100) for LRNA
to host one to four homes “Halloween Safe Homes” to cover costs.
- Deficit Plan to
fill about $3.8M caused by loss of expected incomes.
- Working to reduce
positions without loosing persons.
- Revenue adjustments
that are helping.
- Golf courses $200K
places them in Budget Elimination Plan and allows the issue to be
- Close to taking a
motion to accept or reject, and will address it next COW meeting.
- Cable TV starting
to televise COW meetings. Not just Monday Council Meetings.
- Spent a lot of time
at today’s COW meeting on the rain event.
- Potential sale of
North Capital Ramp, (across from LCC), to LCC for $2.7M; the profit
should be $3M+ and non-profit should be $3.8M.
* Currently we get $160K per year. And the
city has offices that will then be leased from LCC.
* Avoids city to be required to make major
investment improvements in four years. LCC would invest $5+M on facade.
* LCC was looking at building a new ramp
on other side of street, that would cost $18M. Alternate space could be a new
Performing Arts Center.
- City Market –
Agreement, removed provision to pay back fee to purchase lot.
* Wage detail information to city to
track income tax from outside persons.
* Preference to local work force.
* Commitment of property tax to Lansing
for 100% -15 yrs from occupancy, regardless if property being sold to
- Gregg Scrimger – Our
Code Compliance Officer
- Call Code
Compliance Officer Walter Allen if Greg is busy.
- House on 1201 Mt.
Hope was written up for trash and debris, from eviction.
- Public Safety
Committee; addressed that eviction does not have to be placed on yard by
law. It can be placed in garage or other areas; owner typically chooses
- City can declare
emergency clean up if debris or material meets criteria.
- Working with owners
to clean up flood related problems and not write violations.
- 2911 Belaire,
dumpster in yard.
- Local neighbor who
had dirt in drive way for 7-8 years or so, now has a drive way that is
dirt-free, due to another neighbor reporting his home and sending in a
picture to City Pulse as “Eye Soar of the Week”. Everyone
in the entire neighborhood is thankful to that person for doing this,
since it was a thorn in everyone’s side!!!
- pamphlets either
attached to agenda or read aloud:
- Personal Identity
- Pet vaccination
- Outdoor classroom
build day; Magnet program to build an outdoor classroom at Dwight-Rich.
- Capital City Run Sept 8th
- Educational series
on Mental Health.
- South Side Community
(Jonathan Solis) reports:
- Project Fresh Coupon $20
coupon books to pass out to seniors (60 yrs or older) for fresh fruits
and vegetables. Valid at any farmers market.
- Working to be part
of FDA to increase number of booklets.
- Still waiting for
grant – 20 to be chosen to get a farmers market.
- Adjourn 9:21am
Michael P. Flaga, Secretary and Web Master