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Find local things to do List your event click Add your own event to fill out the form Deadline for print calendar, space permitting, 10 a.m. Monday Details: e-mail or call Tovah Olson at 517-702-4234 Ingham County Community News Your very own newspaper serving Mason, Leslie and Onondaga Vol. 145 - No. 37 June 12, 2011 City eyes new art commission Christie Bleck Christie Bleck See BUDGET, Page 2 © 2011 Lansing Community Newspapers Leslie OKs budget LESLIE — The Leslie operating millage will remain the same — 16.6 mills — under a 2011-12 budget passed by the City Council on June 7. The general fund (city operating) budget is $1,165,112, with the overall budget at $2,714,644. City Manager Brian Reed said the city remains in good financial condition, with staff aggressively managing its budget for the future. “We were able to balance the budget this year without major cuts, but it is getting more and more challenging to do that,” Reed said. One reason the budget was balanced, he said, is that the city has operated without key staff for significant periods of time. For example, it has been operating without a Department of Public Works director and also has pushed back maintenance and repairs. However, Reed mentioned some points of concern: • The city will lose about $50,000 in property tax revenue because of falling property values. TM Mason Board of Education trustee Tom Cochran visits with retiring North Aurelius Principal Gina Stanley at a June 7 reception for her. CHRISTIE BLECK/LCN Stanley bids farewell Retiring prinicpal honored by school Christie Bleck AURELIUS TWP. — Numerous snack bags of potato chips lined the tops of the bookshelves at the North Aurelius Elementary library on June 7. Chips are one of the favorite snacks of retiring North Aurelius Principal Gina Stanley, who was honored by staff and the community at a crowded reception. “That’s a big joke,” Stanley said, referring to the chips. In fact, on Bosses Day, she said, her Potato chips are a love of North Aurelius’s Gina Stanley. CHRISTIE BLECK/LCN See STANLEY, Page 3 MASON -— The city of Mason has focused on many areas of growth in recent years, with housing redevelopment, a new city hall/ police station and street improvement being just a few. Although there has been some emphasis placed on culture, that realm might be the next focus. The City Council on June 6 discussed the possibility of creating an Arts and Culture Commission. City Administrator Marty Colburn acknowledged that some arts-related activities have been undertaken in the city, including the Thursday Night Live! concerts at Courthouse Square, the Sundried Music Festival and the placing of a bust of Mason’s first governor, Stevens T. Mason, at city hall. Colburn said the Mason Area Historical Museum and the library have been involved in cultural efforts as well. There also has been talk of having an old-fashioned mural painted on one building in the downtown area and the American Legion creating multiple statues representing veterans of various wars. However, these efforts have not been concentrated This bust of Stevens T. Mason graces the entrance to the new city hall. CHRISTIE BLECK/LCN into one commission, and that’s what the city is considering. How it would be handled and who it would involve, though, is unclear. “I’m not suggesting the city go create a commission to create more workload,” Colburn said. Colburn said the city needs “workhorses” who understand culture. The city, he pointed out, doesn’t have the staff to concentrate on this area, so people such as artists and historians could be the ones spearheading the effort. An ‘asset’ That’s an asset the Michigan Municipal League is promoting as a desirable part of a community, Colburn said. Councilwoman Barb Tornholm said the League See ART, Page 4 How to reach us: Advertising: 517-377-1141 Circulation: 866-226-1812 News: 517-541-2504 Classifieds: 877-475-SELL or 877-391-SELL

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