The longest-serving member of the Lansing City Council said a lot has changed in the city since the first time he was elected to the body 16 years ago.
But Don Studnicka said he’s not done. It’s why the 64-year-old said he has again filed for a four-year term representing the city’s Ward 2, comprised of the area from roughly 4-H Road south to the city limits.
“I gave it a lot of thought and I decided that I wanted to run again for the simple fact that there’s work to be done,” he said.
Studnicka, 64, said he was first elected to the council in 1997 and has served since. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, Studnicka currently works for Potawatomi Training and is involved as a local Boy Scout leader.
He pointed to a number of efforts and accomplishments that he has been a part of as a councilmember these past 16 years, starting with the establishment of the community library, which started in a small space in the Lansing Activity Center and moved into a renovated facility in 2009.
“We’ve built that into a first-class community library,” he said.
The work to purchase and develop the first of five phases at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park is another accomplishment that Studnicka said stands out in his mind.
Both projects were made possible, Studnicka said, by saving and being prudent with tax dollars.
“And that’s my whole philosophy,” he said. “We can do it, a bite at a time.”
Moving forward, Studnicka said there are more challenges ahead for the council — finishing the park and extending utilities to it, for one, but also maintaining normal city operations and accommodating road and utility needs at the site for the new Lansing High School.
Furthermore, Studnicka said the city would need to continue to be conservative in its approach to ensure that taxpayers don’t bear the burden. That means trying to attract new businesses to Lansing in an effort to boost sales tax revenues.
Studnicka is running unopposed in the April 2 election.