A Meridian goat owner fought the law, and the goat owner won

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

When Mike McCurdy received the notice from the Meridian Township staff that he had to get rid of his five pygmy goats or pay $820 to send a request to rezone his property, he had no idea what to do. “It started with us getting a 30-day notice saying that we had to get rid of our goats in 30 days or we would be fined and face ongoing fines,” said McCurdy. McCurdy fought the law and McCurdy won, gaining a zoning change allowing him to keep his goats. But that end result came after a fight that cost time and money, and that McCurdy believes was swayed by public sentiment in his favor. “I think it was pretty clear to people that the animals weren’t a problem.

Meridian Township looking for help cover flood insurance costs

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS — With winter coming to a close, some Meridian Township residents are hoping that snow melting over frozen ground won’t lead to severe flooding. Okemos deals with this type of problem every year. “The most severe spots for flooding in our area are at the corners of Okemos Road and Grand River Avenue, and this is something we have to expect each year around this time as winter comes to a close,” said Younes Ishraidi, the Meridian Township Public Works and Engineering Office’s chief engineer. In hopes of helping people living in flood-prone areas, Meridian Township officials are working on a plan to help residents pay their flood insurance premiums. Township officials recently proposed a grant option idea on Feb. 2 at the township board meeting.

South Lansing battles against a planned self-storage unit

By Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up Lansing

LANSING — I oppose, I oppose, I oppose. These were the words that were firmly stated by many passionate south Lansing citizens at the Lansing City Council meeting on April 13. But, why? The vacant building at 930 W. Holmes Road is undergoing a rezoning debate within the community of south Lansing. Project developer Randy Yono is requesting to rezone this area in hopes of building an indoor self-storage unit.

Council discusses possible sale of elementary school to laboratory

Lansing city council members discussed the possible sale of the former Moores Park Elementary School to PSO Laboratory LLC during their meeting Monday, Feb. 10. The council briefly discussed a letter in favor of the sale from Vice President Chong-Anna Canfora on behalf of the Moores Park Neighborhood Organization, and promptly moved the issue to the development and planning division. Moores Park Elementary, located at 316 Moores River Drive, closed in 2009.  PSO Laboratory LLC offered to purchase the property for $260,000, but the district will not proceed until it has been rezoned. Public opinion

President of the Moores Park Neighborhood Organization Paul Johns said that while “it’s hard to get every neighbor to vote,” most of the neighborhood’s citizens who have voiced their opinion support the sale of the school.

New student residential complex plan presented to the Lansing City Council



The Lansing City Council held a public hearing Monday during their regularly scheduled meeting regarding the requested rezoning of property on Dunckel Road with the intent of turning the vacant hotel there into an upscale student residential complex. “It’s obviously a huge positive for the economy as it would bring in many jobs that were not already there,” said Lansing City Council President Carol Wood, Monday, following the one hour meeting. Road to occupancy

The proposed process will take the property at 3600 Dunckel Road that currently is the home of the vacant Harley Hotel, and downzone it from an “F” commercial district and “J” parking district to a “DM-2” residential district. “We’re required through zoning that when something has less of a use than what it could be used for, we have to downzone it,” said Wood. “Right now it could be used for a gas station, hospital, all of those things.