In Meridian Township’s ongoing effort to become a more environmentally-friendly community, the township is investigating the solar alternative for energy production. With numbers provided by the Solar Energy Industries Association, almost 784,000 residents and businesses in the United States have switched to the usage of solar energy in some degree during the first half of 2015 alone. Meridian Township is among those considering the growing trend of alternative energy usage. In early February, David Gard, a senior consultant with 5 Lakes Energy, gave a presentation at the township’s board meeting about the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s plan to implement more solar energy options for electricity customers in the form of community solar parks. Customers will be able to lease solar panels in these parks to contribute in their energy usage.
Last winter gave Michigan drivers many problems, including icy roads, potholes and traffic delays. With a few snowstorms already hitting the mitten’s capital and the heart of winter fast approaching, Ingham County residents can only wait and see how the 2014-2015 winter pans out. Due to the heavy amounts of snowfall and ice last winter, Neil Sheridan, president of Bluegrass Lawn and Landscape, says salt could become a hard commodity to get this year. “There is a huge shortage of salt this year so if we do get the same kind of winter we had last year, salt will become a very big issue,” Sheridan said. “Even with county roads and city roads and things like that, people’s budgets just won’t allow them to spend the big money on the salt like they have to.”
Sheridan says the state and county road departments have “locked down” the salt shipments, making it very hard for contractors to get salt of their own.
President Barack Obama traveled to Michigan State University to sign the Agriculture Act of 2014. A shooting just of of MSU’s campus has some worried for their safety. And, many people are getting last minute flu shots due to the recent outbreak going around Mid-Michigan. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.
The construction project that Old Town residents and visitors have been seeing near the North Lansing Dam since September is a $1.2 million federal repair project. Lansing Board of Water and Light Communications Director Mark Nixon said that water erosion on the dam has undercut the river bottom. This erosion process is also known as scouring, and Nixon said that if it continued it could eventually lead to dam failure. “What we have done, and what we are doing right now, is actually installing new concrete piers which will help alleviate some of that erosion. Additionally, we’re going to be putting in some pretty large boulders, just plain old granite rocks, at the bottom.