East Lansing school district voters approve $93.77 million bond

Voters in the East Lansing school district today approved a $93.7 million, 10-year bond to replace the district’s six elementary schools. According to the Ingham County Clerk’s election site, that the East Lansing portion of the vote, by far the largest, was 2,783-2,638 in support, or 51.34 percent in favor.

Rebublican Walberg leads by 20 points in 7th Congressional District

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg was leading Democrat Gretchen Driskell with 58 percent of the vote to 37 percent in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District with about half the votes counted. Libertarian Ken Proctor rounded out the vote with about 5 percent. Walberg has held his position since 2010. He was first elected in 2006 but lost his seat for one term in 2008. Walberg, a native of Chicago who worked as a steel worker before attaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees, campaigned on “encouraging job creation and economic growth, fiscal responsibility, affordable health care” and small government.

Voters renew tax to support Potter Park Zoo

Ingham County voters leaned heavily toward renewing a property tax to support Potter Park Zoo. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, 77 percent of voters elected to renew a 0.41 mill tax to support the Lansing zoo. For the owner of a $200,000 home, this tax costs $41 a year. Because it is a renewal, residents’ taxes did not go up. Potter Park and the Potter Park Zoo have been a staple of the Lansing community for more than 100 years, since 1915. The park and zoo were under control of the city of Lansing until 2006, when the cost of maintaining the zoo became too big a burden for the city.

4 to be interviewed Tuesday for city administrator

By Jason Kraft
The Mason Times

The City Council will interview four candidates Tuesday, Nov. 10, for city administrator. The interviews will be public. Mason contracted with the Michigan Municipal League to find candidates. Kathie Grinzinger, lead search facilitator of the league, said “The City of Mason did a lot of work ahead of time to create an ideal profile for the candidate they were looking for.

Church killings prompt discussion of race

By Erin Gray
The Meridian Times

Dr. Ronald E. Hall, professor of social science at Michigan State University, admitted he was racist to a community of Faith Lutheran Church members on Thursday evening in Okemos. “If you are born and raised in America, it is impossible that you are not a racist,” Hall said. Hall was one of four panelists answering questions during the community forum on racism and ethnicity at Faith Lutheran Church. Hall is a national lecturer on race and skin color, and is author and co-author of several books, including “The Color Complex.”

He described America as an inevitably racist culture. “If you’re an alcoholic, that is the first thing you have to admit before you can cure yourself,” Hall said.

Council OKs wetland swap

By Megan Cochrane
The Williamston Post

Williamston City Council voted 6-1 Monday to support a wetland transfer that would clear the way for the Community Center sale. City Manager Alan Dolley said the city’s next step would be for the city’s Tax Increment Finance Authority to work for a plan amendment. Monday’s vote included an agreement to pay for the amendment and attorney fees. Various taxing jurisdictions, such as the library and schools, will all be informed that there will be a public hearing on the plan amendment. Concerns from the hearing will go before the City Council.