Hotel plan rejected in St. Johns

By Rachel Bidock
Clinton County Staff Reporter

ST.JOHNS — A hotel may not be coming to the City of St. Johns after all. At the St. Johns City Commission meeting on March 28, commissioners accepted the planning commission’s recommendation to deny the petition for transitional district use, or hotel use, for the first floor of 116 and 118 N. Clinton Ave. During the meeting the Community Development Director and Deputy City Manager Dave Kudwa explained the plans that the applicant for the petition and owner of the building, Ken Harris, had in mind.

Pay equity commission stuck in committee

By JORDAN BRADLEY
Capital News Service
LANSING – A bill to create a commission on pay equity is stalled in the House Government Operations Committee, but it might get a chance in December. The Commission on Pay Equity, as it would be known, would “develop definitions of comparable wages, using the criteria of composite skills, responsibility, effort, education or training, and working conditions,” according to the bill. Karla Swift, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO, said she would like to see the bill passed in the lame-duck session in December. Reps. Dian Slavens, D-Canton, and Marcia Hovey-Wright, D-Muskegon, along with about thirty other representatives, sponsored the bill.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission look to residents and professionals for brainstorming sessions

By Missy Sebring
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission asked members of nearby communities and professionals from across the country to put their heads together on ways to improve the Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue corridor with a charrette. A charrette is a planning and design session for problem solving. While these changes won’t happen overnight, they will give the planning commission direction on what the community wants for the future. Open houses and design sessions were held in Lansing and Okemos from Oct. 22-30.

Ingham County Commission results

By Evan Kreager
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Lansing, Mich—At 7 a.m. Nov. 6, polling locations across the country opened to voters. Some of us have participated in countless presidential elections. Others are voting for the very first time. In an area like Ingham County that is home to one of the largest universities in the county, the latter of the two groups of voters is exceptionally large.