By Rachel Beard
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter
This November, Lansing Township voters will be voting for more than just a new president of the United States. They’ll also be voting for a new supervisor for the township. On Feb. 26, Kathleen Rodgers served her last day as the Lansing Township supervisor after more than 27 years in township government. Former board of trustees member Diontrae Hayes took her place on Feb.
Throughout its history, land in Lansing Township has been picked apart by nearby cities. In 1842, Lansing Township was 36 square miles like other townships that were settled. “It’s kind of an abstract unit of measurement when they were surveying the land,” said Matt Brinkley, senior planner for Lansing Township. The resulting size was thought to be a reasonable distance for horses to travel, said former Lansing Township Supervisor John Daher. Since being established, Lansing Township has been decreased to 4.9 square miles of five, unconnected parcels of land.
By JACOB KANCLERZ
Capital News Service
LANSING – Under Michigan’s new revenue sharing system for municipalities, most local governments will lose a third of their share and some townships won’t get anything at all. That tough new reality has rankled some in local government. “We believe that if there’s going to be revenue sharing, it should be shared amongst all government units,” said Bill Anderson, the legislative liaison for the Michigan Townships Association. Municipalities are eligible for two types of revenue sharing. All municipalities receive money based on population, which is guaranteed by the state constitution.