Lansing City Council approves stricter penalties for the illegal usage of City dump, advised of hydrant flushing Wednesday

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, October 2. Discussion centered around a new historical podium being placed within the city, a building permit request, updated fines for illegal disposal at the city dump, the possibility of slightly rusty water and decreased water pressure Wednesday, October 4, a new city police officer position opening, and City Parks board positions being filled.

There will be a new historical podium in honor of Bill Betsinger put in place on North Front Street, just south of the marina. There has been a building permit request made for construction at 390 Dodge Street. The motion was made and seconded to approve the request.

A request was made for enforcing a fine for illegal disposal at the City dump. Council member Ross Kolsrud suggests that if people keep abusing the rules and dumping things that shouldn’t be in there, closing the dump could be the only solution to the issue. Another suggestion by the council was having limited hours so that the dump can be monitored more closely. The final decision the council made was that new fines for illegal disposal at the city dump will be $195 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense, and a third offense would result in arrest.

Wednesday, October 4 there is a chance that the City water system may be slightly rusty and have decreased water pressure due to the People Service team flushing the hydrants, as they do on an annual basis. Residents are advised to run their water for a bit during the day and evening Wednesday to make sure any residual effects from that hydrant flushing are minimized.

With recent changes in the existing police force there is an opening for a new city police officer. For any questions about the position contact the Lansing City Clerk’s office.

There were also two opening for the City Parks Board. The council approved those openings to be filled by Michelle Gauer and Maryann Baldwin.

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