Council Capsule: October 7, 2014

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 11:29 am
Alice Dreger

Note: ELi is instituting new weekly features! Today we introduce our new Wednesday feature, “Council Capsule,” which gives you a run-down of what happened at City Council the night before. Capsules will include major votes including tallies and reporting (as well as non-reporting) of potential conflicts-of-interest. Video recordings of Council can be viewed at the City of East Lansing website.

Roll Call: All five Council members were present (Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, Susan Woods).

Councilmember reports: Kathy Boyle reported that the Senior Commission is sending a letter to the Detroit Metro Airport objecting to the move of the pick-up and drop-off location of the Michigan Flyer bus. The new location presents substantial difficulties for riders with mobility impairments.

Public Hearing/Vote on Ordinance 1339: This ordinance requires funds to go towards art projects in the city. Developers engaged in new projects or rehabilitations over a certain amount will be required to donate their own funds to public art. Part of the City’s general fund will also be diverted specifically to an art fund. To read our full report on the discussion and vote on this ordinance last night, click here.

Ordinance 1339 Vote
Ruth Beier yes
Kathy Boyle yes
Diane Goddeeris no
Nathan Triplett yes
Susan Woods recused
result passed

Public Hearing/Vote on amended TIF plan for Trowbridge Plaza: The developer, Kevin McGraw, asked for more TIF (tax increment financing) reimbursement to his company, River Caddis. For a full report on the discussion and vote last night, click here. For our previous report on the vote by the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, click here, and for our previous report on the developer’s presentation to Council on September 23, click here.

Trowbridge Plaza TIF revision Vote
Ruth Beier no
Kathy Boyle no
Diane Goddeeris yes
Nathan Triplett yes
Susan Woods yes
result passed

Additional: Council went into a closed session to discuss pending litigation. The nature of the litigation was not revealed.


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