City of Lansing Mayor Mike Smith covered a wide range of topics Friday during the city’s annual Power Lunch at the Lansing Community Center.
More than 100 city officials, business leaders, school administrators, lawmakers and residents attended the annual event, which serves as a state of the city address by the mayor.
Smith talked about the ongoing building renovations being conducted by the Lansing school district as well as improvements on the city’s infrastructure, roadways and wastewater utility services.
He said the city continues to work on creating more commercial, industrial and residential growth.
“I don’t just want growth, but controlled growth,” he said.
Smith talked about economic development in the city of Lansing, and showed slides that indicated that local sales tax income went from $856,219 in 2014 to a little more than $1 million in 2017. The figures that Smith provided also indicated that county sales tax income went from $881,176 in 2014 to a little more than $1 million in 2017.
He also praised the city of Lansing Police Department and said “safety, as the mayor of Lansing, is my No. 1 job.”
Smith announced the dates for several events that will be happening in the city of Lansing this year, including Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues & BBQ (May 4-5); Lansing Fishing Derby (May 12); Independence Day Celebration (June 29); Lansing Fall Festival (Oct. 13); Spooky Center (Oct. 27) and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec. 2).
Smith went off of script at the end of his remarks and talked about a petition that is circulating about increasing the number of Leavenworth County Commission members from three to five.
The petition asks if the issue should be included on the ballot for the November election.
Smith said he is in support of the petition and in favor of more commissioners.
“I don’t think three people is enough to oversee a county of 80,000 people,” he said.
He said with five commissioners, “everyone will be represented better.”