By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter
As of late, Grand Ledge City Hall isn’t just a place for legislating. It’s a home to learning, too. February through May, Youth Services Coordinator Ruth Thompson reads children stories to Grand Ledge’s preschoolers Tuesday mornings at City Hall. Parents and other family members accompany their 3- to 6-year-olds for a variety of stories and literacy enhancing activities. “It helps kids learn structure.
Centrally located in downtown Lansing, our state’s Capitol towers over local businesses, commuter traffic, and locals walking around. With its intricate architecture, statues, and overall grandeur, its clear that this is the most important building in the area. Across the street sits Lansing’s City Hall, looming equally as tall, but with a much less conspicuous sign that quietly reads “City Hall.” While both are obviously important places, the security in each are very different. Walk into the Capitol, home of Michigan’s senate, House of Representatives, historical archives, priceless art and decorations, and not to mention VERY important people, and you are barely even asked what you’re doing there before you’re allowed to roam the building, seemingly unattended.
DEWITT — The City of DeWitt will begin improvements to the Public Services salt barn this year. The current barn will eventually be replaced, but plans in the near future are to improve the current structure. The current barn was constructed over 20 years ago, according to an email interview with city administrator Daniel Coss. “The wood sides are starting to rot and deteriorate,” Coss said. “The doors have shifted and do not close properly.”
The city will provide $20,000 to fix the exterior and a malfunctioning garage door this fiscal year.
DEWITT — The City of DeWitt finance committee last week approved a budget that allows for $185,000 of improvements to City Hall in the upcoming fiscal year. City Hall will remain in its current location at 414 E. Main St., but improvements will be made to the existing structure to better serve the government, says MayDay News. “The question we asked was ‘What does it take for City Hall to fit our needs?’” city councilman Dave Hunsaker said. Plans for the improvements have yet to reach even the design phase, but the committee discussed possible improvements. “Things like space for records,” Hunsaker said.
GRAND LEDGE- Grand Ledge opened its new City Hall on Jan. 21 at what was once the location of Greenwood Elementary School, 310 Greenwood St. The project to renovate the old elementary school cost $2.5 million, said Mayor Kalmin Smith, which is far more affordable when a brand new building would have cost anywhere from $7.5 million to $10 million. The City of Grand Ledge’s Project and Initiatives Report said over the course of six months, renovations made to all but three classrooms created offices, meeting spaces, police facilities and council chambers. One of the differences between the new and the old building is accessibility.
GRAND LEDGE, MI – Grand Ledge City Hall has found a new home less than a mile away at the old Greenwood elementary, to the benefit of the city and the public school system. 200 E. Jefferson St. has been the location of city hall and the local police station since 1970. A historic building, the shortcomings of the facilities were quite noticeable. The city found a sanctuary from these troubles, when on July, 14 the public school system sold the old Greenwood Elementary building to them for just one dollar.