Live coverage of Lansing City Council
5:42
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
John Pollard is, per usual, on fire. He's schooling the #LansingCouncil on their budget, says revenues are underperforming this year. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 5:42 AngelaWittrock
5:44
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Pollard tells #LansingCouncil the city is short $10.8 million in the current fiscal year. I'll need to find the report he's referencing... [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 5:44 AngelaWittrock
5:50
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Now, onto discussion of pension, healthcare concessions; furlough days. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 5:50 AngelaWittrock
5:50
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AngelaWittrock: 
Mayor's right-hand man, Randy Hannan, says the growth of these costs is "unsustainable," outpaces revenues. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 5:50 AngelaWittrock
5:51
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
These costs are growing despite reducing the city's workforce by 33 percent since Bernero took office, #LansingCouncil hears. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 5:51 AngelaWittrock
5:57
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AngelaWittrock: 
Each furlough day saves the city about $38K, the #LansingCouncil hears. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 5:57 AngelaWittrock
5:58
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AngelaWittrock: 
I am suddenly very tired. Can't be related to steamy conditions here at #LansingCouncil, can it? [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 5:58 AngelaWittrock
6:02
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Hannan says rising costs of retirement, healthcare "not the fault of employees," calls trends of increased costs disturbing. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:02 AngelaWittrock
6:03
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Hannan calls the cost increases "very serious warning signs," says city needs to get pension costs under control. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:03 AngelaWittrock
6:05
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Since 2009, the city's contribution to both retirement accounts have increased by $8 million. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:05 AngelaWittrock
6:05
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Part of the reason for those increases: covering the losses to the funds from the 2008 economic crash. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:05 AngelaWittrock
6:13
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Right now, city administrators are doing some math: how much of the city's budget devoted to health care, pension costs. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:13 AngelaWittrock
6:17
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CityPulse: 
Those 11 police officers brought back with a federal grant? The city will have to pay for them in 2015 out of gen fund #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:17 CityPulse
6:18
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
I definitely require mas caffeine. This is what I get for staying up until 2:30 a.m. reading Harry Potter #4. #LansingCouncil #SendCoffee [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:18 AngelaWittrock
6:19
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jwduris: 
@AngelaWittrock How are things going? Thanks for updates! #LansingCouncil #lovelansing [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:19 jwduris
6:21
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AngelaWittrock: 
.@jwduris So far, a lot of back-and-forth about semantics, contracts, and budgets. Oh my! #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:21 AngelaWittrock
6:22
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Finance Director: revenues will continue to fall for next three years, at least. "We have not yet hit bottom," she tells #LansingCouncil. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:22 AngelaWittrock
6:23
Twitter
CityPulse: 
Finance director: three more years until property tax revenues stabilize #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:23 CityPulse
6:23
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
The $ generated by voter-approved millage will be lower in coming years than it is today. And even today, it's not enough. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:23 AngelaWittrock
6:24
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Another piece of the big budget crunch coming: the TIFA fund will likely hit the red soon. City will have to cover it. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:24 AngelaWittrock
6:28
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
I may be in dire need of coffee, but this meeting is nerd gold, you guys. #ILoveTaxIncrementFinanceStories #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:28 AngelaWittrock
6:30
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Also, typing "budget crunch" made me think about how delicious Crunch bars (TM) are. #GoodWithCoffee #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:30 AngelaWittrock
6:32
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Finance director says Pollard's statement re $10M shortfall in current budget not correct, city gets most $ at end of year. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:32 AngelaWittrock
6:36
Twitter
CityPulse: 
Administration will be bringing forward deficit reduction plan for current fiscal year. Can't say how much at this point #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:36 CityPulse
6:36
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
City can't use parking $ for anything but paying for parking ramps, employees, etc. Same idea as parks funds. @jwduris #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:36 AngelaWittrock
6:37
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
I don't think the parking $ can be used to pay the debt on building the ramps. But it can be used to pay for maintenance. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:37 AngelaWittrock
6:39
Twitter
CityPulse: 
The city won't be bringing in as much money as it predicted before July1 and will have to fix that deficit #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:39 CityPulse
6:39
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Finance dir just told #LansingCouncil they may have to make adjustments to revenue projections for FY2013 proposed budget. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:39 AngelaWittrock
6:40
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Adjustment would be based on possible shortfall in this year's budget, but city admin won't tell #LansingCouncil before they vote on budget. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:40 AngelaWittrock
6:40
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Frustration results in disgruntled laughter from #LansingCouncil. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:40 AngelaWittrock
6:41
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
So the city admin will bring forward a plan to close current year's deficit. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:41 AngelaWittrock
6:41
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AngelaWittrock: 
The #LansingCouncil is obv frustrated: they'll be voting on a budget that will likely be immediately amended. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:41 AngelaWittrock
6:42
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
This is constant complaint of #LansingCouncil: asked to make decisions based on incomplete info when admin has complete info but won't share [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:42 AngelaWittrock
6:44
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
There was also some news on the city's retirement funding today. Here's that story: http://ow.ly/aUmmm #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:44 AngelaWittrock
6:44
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Basically, city may need to find another $3 million in a budget that hasn't even been passed by #LansingCouncil yet. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:44 AngelaWittrock
6:46
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
#LansingCouncil hears there could be even more $ to find, as city said may have to adjust - downward - revenue expectations for FY 2013. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:46 AngelaWittrock
6:46
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Admin won't offer any numbers on the possible current year shortfall, or adjustments to next year. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:46 AngelaWittrock
6:48
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
.@diamond83 admin does make Inge-like statements. "Strike outs are a stupid stat." "The #s aren't mythical. they're real." #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:48 AngelaWittrock
6:49
Twitter
CityPulse: 
Councilwoman Washington keeps her word; votes against 2 separate $125 ad requests #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 6:49 CityPulse
7:05
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
We're getting back to business here at #LansingCouncil. Kathie Dunbar is absent. I'm headed downstairs for a snack. Brb. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:05 AngelaWittrock
7:22
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
You guys, I forgot all about Diet Mt. Dew. The next two hours of #LansingCouncil made possible by its rediscovery. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:22 AngelaWittrock
7:22
Twitter
TimMartinMI: 
RT @AngelaWittrock: You guys, I forgot all about Diet Mt. Dew. The next two hours of #LansingCouncil made possible by its rediscovery. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:22 TimMartinMI
7:22
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Now we;re hearing from Ec Dev head Karl Dorshimer on the proposed brownfield tax incentive for Emergent BioSolutions. #Lansingcouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:22 AngelaWittrock
7:23
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Tonight's just a public hearing. Then the committee process takes over. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:23 AngelaWittrock
7:27
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
I really want to take my sandals off. It's SOOOO HOOOOOOT in here. #TurnOffTheHeat #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:27 AngelaWittrock
7:28
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
"We don't have a crystal ball," engineer says. #LansingCouncil #QuotesOutOfContext [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:28 AngelaWittrock
7:29
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Wood asks if Emergent BioSolutions will come back and ask for more brownfield incentives. Emergent rep: "I don't know." #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:29 AngelaWittrock
7:30
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Emergent plans $108 million investment, of which this project is the first part. #LansingCouncil Would get $6.4M for brownfield incentive [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:30 AngelaWittrock
7:33
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Former police chief Mark Alley here on behalf of Emergent, his employer. His hair looks fabulous. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:33 AngelaWittrock
7:40
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
John Pollard is on deck, folks. He's gonna bring it. Per usual. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:40 AngelaWittrock
7:41
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Pollard on proposed building in flood plain: "One day the flood is going to come." #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:41 AngelaWittrock
7:44
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Pollard: Emergent got $1.25B contract for anthrax production in 2011. Why do they need a tax abatement? #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:44 AngelaWittrock
7:44
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Next commenter: "Thanks John...it's hard to follow that." #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:44 AngelaWittrock
7:45
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
We're also going to hear from a bunch of striking Red Cross workers. Speaking now is the first. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:45 AngelaWittrock
7:46
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
"There's two sides to the Red Cross: the $-making side, and the emergency services side. We're striking the $-making side." #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:46 AngelaWittrock
7:52
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Now architect speaking about plan to build in the floodplain. A review of major topics tonight is here: http://ow.ly/aUq5V #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:52 AngelaWittrock
7:55
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Head coach of Sexton HS basketball is speaking in support of Emergent at #LansingCouncil. Had to bend in half to reach microphone. Adorbs. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:55 AngelaWittrock
7:58
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Emergent BioSolutions plan sent back to Committee on Development and Planning, per procedures. You know I will be there. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:58 AngelaWittrock
7:59
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
#LansingCouncil now considering tribute for Red Cross striking workers. First, only 5 were signed on in support. Now, sounds like 8. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:59 AngelaWittrock
7:59
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
So that would be unanimous support from the #LansingCouncil for striking Red Cross workers. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 7:59 AngelaWittrock
8:17
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
That public hearing is set for June 4. Passed unanimously., 7-0. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:17 AngelaWittrock
8:20
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Back to public comment at #LansingCouncil. Also, my back hurts. #OldLady #GetOffMyLawn [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:20 AngelaWittrock
8:21
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
News from the #LansingCouncil meeting: Council approves Mich Ave development. http://ow.ly/aUrze [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:21 AngelaWittrock
8:27
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Someone walked up to public comment. There was an audible fart. No lie. #LansingCouncil is about to be stinky AND hot. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:27 AngelaWittrock
8:28
Twitter
CityPulse: 
RT @AngelaWittrock: Someone walked up to public comment. There was an audible fart. No lie. #LansingCouncil is about to be stinky AND hot. [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:28 CityPulse
8:28
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
John Pollard is back. Now he is filing his 37th charter violation of the Bernero administration. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:28 AngelaWittrock
8:30
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Oh, no. John Pollard just said my name. On camera. But he is being nice about it. PHEW. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:30 AngelaWittrock
8:31
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
I have PTSD from being called down to the principal's office in 5th grade. JP calling my name was a flashback. #LansingCouncil [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:31 AngelaWittrock
8:32
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
On the other hand, holla for readers! Even when they hearken back to Mr. Frownfelter, my principal. #LansingCouncil #ThanksJohnPollard [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:32 AngelaWittrock
8:39
Twitter
AngelaWittrock: 
Commenter Stan Shuck is rocking a Rolling Stone t-shirt. I bet @CityPulse noticed, right, Andy? #LansingCouncil #BeastOfBurden [via Twitter]
Monday May 14, 2012 8:39 AngelaWittrock
 
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