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.

Abandoned houses being addressed in Lansing Township

By Hannah Brenner
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

There are some abandoned homes in Lansing Township, but it doesn’t seem to be as blighted as it used to be. Residents have noticed that the Lansing Township Office is making a sincere effort to take care of those eyesores. Mike Przedwojewski from Mike’s Auto Care on Rosemary St. in Lansing Township has an abandoned home right across the street from his business. He says he thinks it has had a negative effect on business.

Could Lansing Township be swallowed by the city of Lansing? Township says no way

By Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township is a very disjointed area, especially due to the township’s five contiguous locations. It has been asked, what does the future hold for the township? Could it ever dissolve, swallowed by the city of Lansing? If so, who would provide services and what would be some pros and cons? According to Lansing Township’s Supervisor, Diontrae Hayes, this idea is non-existent and deserved no chatter.

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.

Is a Dave & Buster’s coming to Lansing Township? Rumors say yes, but officials say maybe not

By Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Lansing Township officials and residents are excited about a possible Dave & Buster’s being brought to Lansing. “Yeah, I’ve been to Dave & Buster’s before,” said 20-year-old Lansing resident Tyreeze Weddington. “I really liked how I was able to play around as if I was still a kid and an adult at the same time. Such as with the basketball games and online gambling for real money at the casino games, and even the photo booths. “It is a very fun experience when you attend with family and friends.

Lansing Township: ‘business as usual’ following arrest of Stuart Dunnings III

By Rachel Beard, Hannah Brenner, Grant Essenmacher and Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporters

Lansing Township citizens and leadership turned on their televisions on March 14 and were shocked to hear Attorney General Bill Schuette announce that Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III had been arrested and faced with 15 separate charges related to prostitution. “I have worked with Stuart Dunnings while I have served as Attorney General,” Schuette said. “I am saddened that an elected official who holds a special trust from voters and is the chief prosecutor in our capital city would allegedly engage in conduct causing felony and misdemeanor charges to be filed.”

But for Lansing Township officials, it’s been business as usual since Dunnings’ arrest. Lansing Township Police Chief Kay Hoffman realizes that the necessary reaction is to keep moving forward, operating and protecting citizens as if everything is normal. “We are moving on and operating as we normally do,” Hoffman said.

Lawsuit seeks to assign blame for alleged groundwater pollution

By Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Who is to blame for allegedly polluted groundwater in Lansing Township? An ongoing lawsuit seeks to find out. On May 8, 2014, Lansing Township filed a lawsuit in federal court within the Western District of Michigan, against Lansing’s Board of Water and Light (LBWL). The suit sought for recovery costs and damages of the North Lansing Landfill (NLL). There were harmful substances and contaminated ground water, due to slurry walls and fly ash.

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.