All residents are welcome to attend Committee of the Whole meetings and Village Board meetings. The meetings are typically held at 7:00pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Municipal Court Complex, 2710 170th Street.
Knowing what’s coming
The Open Meetings Act requires that “An agenda for each regular meeting shall be posted at the principal office of the public body and at the location where the meeting is to be held at least 48 hours in advance of the holding of the meeting.” The Village of Lansing posts agendas and minutes from public meetings in the “Documents” section of their website.
For convenience, agendas are also posted here:
NOTE: There will be no Committee of the Whole meeting on 06/19/18.
Subscribers to the online version of The Lansing Journal receive an email each morning with links to Lansing headlines, so they stay informed about items being discussed at public meetings:
About the two types of meetings
Primarily, Village Board meetings are for voting; Committee of the Whole meetings are for discussion. At each Village Board meeting, the Trustees are voting on items that have been discussed at the most recent Committee of the Whole meeting, usually two weeks previous. (Occasionally the span between meetings is longer than two weeks, such as when a month has five Tuesdays.) Placing the vote two weeks after the discussion gives the Trustees time to further research items, and it gives the public an opportunity to voice their questions and opinions.
I am curious about VILLAGE BOARD AGENDA item V.a. RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF A TRANSFER FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELIMINATING AN INTERFUND LOAN FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE AIRPORT FUND AS OF APRIL 30, 2018 IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,956,496.73. Can anyone explain what this means?
I have some notes from the June 5 Committee of the Whole meeting where this was discussed, so I’ll do my best to answer your question, Jennifer—and I appreciate you asking it! Administrator Podgorski went into a fairly detailed explanation, and much of it had to do with how funding is categorized. The main source of airport income is user fees from people who rent hangar space, and that type of income qualifies to be categorized as an “enterprise fund.” Because of that categorization, when expenses exceed income, the Village covers those expenses with an interfund loan. Chances are, the airport’s user fees will never be enough of an income source to cover all the expenses associated with the airport—building maintenance, property maintenance, staff salaries and benefits, etc.—so the Village will always be loaning the airport money. Those interfund loans affect our bond rating, so Administrator Podgorski and Treasurer Frye would like to re-categorize those exchanges as “transfers” rather than “loans.” This should improve our bond rating and allow us to qualify for better interest rates. All of that explanation and recommendation happened at the 6/5/18 Committee of the Whole meeting, and now the Board will officially vote on that recommendation at the 6/19/18 meeting. In addition, Administrator Podgorski referred to some written materials that he and Treasurer Frye had included in the Trustees’ packets, and I believe you could request those through a FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) request to Ken Reynolds.
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