Lansing Township keeping a wary eye on neighboring Lansing’s crime rate

By Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township has been affected by the high crime rates of neighboring Lansing for years. That continues to be the case nowadays, and is a problem that the township must deal with. In 2014, the crime rate in Lansing was 44 percent higher than the national average according to areavibes, a service that provides demographics for cities. For Lansing Township citizen Brian Watkins, the crimes surrounding the area is a major issue. “I think anytime you are discussing crime, especially in a suburb of a bigger city it’s an issue.” Watkins said.

Lansing Township set to begin construction on sidewalks in residential areas

By Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township is in the process of renovating sidewalks in local neighborhoods. After voters passed the Street and Sidewalk Repair millage on Aug. 5, 2014, the township will begin with the repair plan this spring. According to the millage, the approximate amount of $124,000 will be divided between sidewalk replacement and repairs and local road repairs over the next 10 years. Under the plan, each year the township will designate the districts that are in the biggest need to be remodeled.

Changes occurring on the Lansing Township Board of Trustees

By Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

The Lansing Township Board of Trustees has made changes at its supervisor position. Kathy Rodgers, who served as the supervisor for three years and held public office for 30 years, retired on Feb. 29. The board has elected Trustee Diontrae Hayes to serve the remainder of Rodgers term, which ends in November. They now have an open trustee position, and are accepting applications for that position until March 18.

Large commercial areas in Lansing Township contrast with residential areas

By Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

With just under five square miles of land, Lansing Township has only 8,126 residents according to the 2010 U.S Census. The residential areas of the township have become obsolete and big business chains have moved in. The contrast between large commercial shopping areas and the smaller, less developed residential areas of Lansing Township is stark. Many chain businesses have relocated to the township, while apartment complexes and smaller neighborhoods have become more popular. Jason Mullen, a Lansing Township resident and frequent shopper at Eastwood Towne Center, has noticed the difference between the two.

Say good-bye to the potholes: More Lansing Township road repairs planned for this spring

By: Grant Essenmacher
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township this spring will continue to repair roads as spelled out in a comprehensive road plan in 2015. The plan is based on the road department’s analysis of which streets need to be redone in an effort to improve road conditions for citizens. Every year in March, the township’s Board of Trustees approves what they want to spend to redo the roads, and Ingham County matches whatever amount they approve. The amount of streets the board decides to redo is dependent on the budget, according to Board Supervisor Kathy Rodgers. “Typically, the roads that need to be redone the most we redo first,” Rodgers said.