Lansing City Council approves second reading of ATV ordinance, discusses street light infrastructure and grant funding proposals by police department

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Wednesday, September 6, delayed initially a day from its usual Monday evening date due to the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 4, but then delayed to Wednesday due to a quorum of council members not being available for Tuesday's meeting date.

Discussion circled around a new sidewalk being put in on North Third Street, street light infrastructure information, the second reading of the City's ATV ordinance, and the police department seeking to get speed radars placed throughout the city.

It has been reported that rain water has been overflowing the sidewalk and running into houses on North Third Street. To fix this problem, the City will be replacing approximately sixty feet of sidewalk on that street in an effort to prevent the problem from happening again.

The council has begun to discuss a street light infrastructure solution. After looking at how many street lights would need to be fixed, Mayor Mike Brennan suggested to have all of the council members look at all of the information for possible ideas and contact other cities that have recently gone through a process similar to this. This will be discussed again at the next meeting scheduled for Monday, September 18.

The second reading of the City's new ATV ordinance was read at Wednesday's meeting and the next reading will be held at the September 18 meeting. This ordinance will only be good for one year, and at that time the members of the council will discuss what impact the ordinance and ATV usage within the city has had and revise anything that needs to be changed at that point.

The Lansing/New Albin Police Department is looking to write a grant to get speed radar signs placed at three different locations throughout town. One of the radars will be portable and the other two will be solar-powered and fixed in place.

The department is also interested in writing a grant to get a program that allows department members to look at information on warrant-secured mobile devices. As of now, the police department has to ship mobile devices to Des Moines and wait around three weeks to get the information on them. If they do end up getting this program, another suggestion was offering it to other nearby cities to try to earn some money.

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