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You may also call the Jury Clerk at 517-483-4443 not later than the Friday before your jury duty is to start.
(Previous Taxable Value ? Losses) x CPI + Additions = Current Year's Taxable Value
Losses are defined as physical changes to the property that result in a loss of value - i.e. demolishing a garage.CPI is the consumer's price index as calculated by the State of Michigan each October.Additions are defined as physical improvements to the property that add value and were not previously assessed?i.e. adding a deck.
Filing a claim does not relieve you of responsibility for the fee or any interest or penalties charged for late payment. Thus, you should pay the fee in a timely manner, even though you are filing a claim. Paying the fee will not be held against you when your claim is reviewed. If you pay the fee and are found not to be liable for it, your money will be refunded to you.
Legal forms are available on the 6th floor of City Hall, at local law libraries, and on the Michigan Supreme Court website.
The OCA prosecutes all misdemeanor violations and civil infractions that occur within city limits. Some of the offenses include drunk driving, frequenting drug houses, assault and battery, property destruction and all peace disturbances. The civil infractions include all traffic violations, such as speeding, disobeying traffic signals and driving while your license is suspended.
The OCA advises the Mayor, City Council, officers, departments and agencies of the City on matters relating to their official duties.
Other duties of the OCA include preparing or approving all bonds, contracts, ordinances and other written documents involving the legal actions of the City. The OCA also appears on behalf of the City for any lawsuits filed by the City or against the City.
Attorneys in the Legal Department serve as the attorneys for City government and City officials, rather than for individual citizens. Individuals must retain their own attorneys for legal advice and representation.
The City Attorney's Office is on the 5th Floor of the City Hall building at 124 West Michigan Avenue Lansing, Michigan 48933.
Turner Dodge Mansion is another area where an outdoor wedding can be held. For more information on Turner Dodge Mansion and grounds call 517-483-4220 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p..m.
A Lansing Police Officer will always inform you of the reason for the stop. Traffic violations are the most common reason for police stopping a vehicle. Examples of traffic violations include speeding, disregarding a traffic control device, improper or expired license plate or equipment violations. A criminal investigation may be another reason for being stopped. Your vehicle may match the description of a vehicle that has been involved in a crime.
At some point during the stop, the officer may ask you and/or passengers to exit the car. This request may be for safety or investigatory reasons. The courts have upheld an officer's right to make such a request. Please comply with this request. Police officer actions during a traffic stop are guided by the fact that many police officers are assaulted and killed each year during traffic stops. Our goal is to protect you and to ensure officer safety. If you are issued a citation and you disagree, please do not argue at the scene. You have the right to contest a citation before a judge or magistrate at a later time.
Police Commission InvestigatorBernard Brantley124 W Michigan Avenue4th Floor, City HallLansing, MI 48933Phone: 517-483-4002
Permitting alarm users allows the Police Department to ensure that users have state licensed alarm companies and that the alarm systems were installed by professionals. The actual $25 fee does not even cover the amount of time the Community Service Officer spends monitoring the individual account. As all major Cities in Michigan either have been or are beginning to permit alarm users, Lansing is actually the only municipality to not require the permit to be renewed. The reason? We are not trying to make money. We are trying to stop expending the original resources. Basically, the alarm permit is an attempt to drastically reduce the number of false alarm responses. Since the ordinance went into effect, we have reduced our false alarm responses by 10%. This is the largest reduction ever in single year for Lansing. Your $25 permit fee is saving you several hundred tax dollars down the road that would have been spent in those alarm responses.
If you have motion sensors make sure there is nothing in the room that can move. Such as curtains by an open window or air/heat duct. Plants and balloons are other common culprits. With window and doors sensors, your windows and doors need to be properly maintained. If they are beginning to age and are getting loose or rattle in the wind, you are at a higher risk of false alarms. Check to see if you are "over alarmed." Meaning, you have more alarm components on your system than you need. If you are unsure, you can contact the Lansing Police Community Services Unit and have them come out and look at your system.
Make sure you have a service plan with your alarm company. If you are required to have the system inspected or equipment replaced, it can get very expensive. Make sure your alarm company has up to date contacts. This way if an alarm goes off and the alarm company is trying to contact a key holder to verify an alarm prior to sending the police, they can get a hold of someone quickly. Again, most false alarms are user error during entry or exit. This is a good way to prevent unnecessary police response.
You can be required to have your alarm system inspected after your 3rd false alarm. Police response can be terminated after your 5th false alarm.
• Sewer back-up or water in your basement• Cave-in or sinkhole in the street or right of way• Drainage issue • Erosion• Illicit discharge• Plugged catch basin or culvert• Water over the road• Sewer odorFor information regarding your bill contact the Lansing Board of Water and Light at: 517-702-6000.
As shown in the table below, 258 miles of our network of 414 miles are rated Poor or worse!
As shown on the graphic below, the average rating of the entire street system has been declining for years and currently sits at 4.14.
A system-wide rating of 7 is considered desirable.
Freeze-thaw cycles happen when moisture enters tiny cracks in the pavement and then freezes. As the moisture freezes, it expands and further opens the cracks. As this process continues, eventually a pothole forms. This process is further explained in the graphic below:
As the pavement continues to age and deteriorate, additional preservation treatments can be implemented such as micro-surfacing, chip seals, thin overlays, milling, repaving and then ultimately reconstructing. These treatments, when applied in a timely manner, can greatly extend the life of a pavement.
As shown below, preservation treatments applied in a timely fashion can more than double the life expectancy of pavement.
In order to address the current condition of the system, annual funding needs to be over $25 million.
The actual funding for street repair needs has averaged less than $4 million per year as shown on the following graph.
As the underfunding of our streets continues, the cost to fix our street network continues to increase rapidly; growing from $100M in 2006 to $211M in 2016.
The Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) provides between $1 to $1.5 million for rehabilitating major streets.
The General fund is the annual amount assigned from the City's tax revenues; when the economy was poor, there was no money allocated. There is no general fund allocation in FY18.
The public safety and infrastructure millage generates approximately $1.95 million per year for operational and maintenance costs including approximately $300,00 for paving local streets.
All of this adds up to approximately $4.2 million annual funding.
In order to fix this, possibly solutions include changes at the state level to the gas and weight tax as well as adding an additional special millage.
(Well, that's the technical definition. In other words, a sign is something you put outside to tell people something, with or without the use of words!)
Contact the City Clerk's Office at 517-483-4131 for further information on the requirements to become a "Licensed Sign Erector" in the City of Lansing or visit the Clerks Licensing Information page.
In the case of mobile temporary signs, the required deposit may be forfeited if the signs use violates the terms of the permit in addition to the sign being confiscated by the City.
If you have an emergency, always call 9-1-1.
Remember, Mayor Virg Bernero's Office is also available to assist you at 517-483-4141. Lansing Connect
Proof may be submitted directly to the court or certified by a police officer on the reverse side of the ticket. If you have an officer sign the back of your ticket it still remains your responsibility to submit that ticket to the court within 14 calendar days. Your ticket will not be dismissed by the court but the fines and costs will be waived.