The Year in Review
The Office of the City Attorney (OCA) has become a digitized and modernized "public law firm" for the City, and has accomplished some truly amazing things on its behalf. Here are some highlights:
City Attorney Continues to Push Forward with Enterprise Management Software (EMS)
- With the first phase of EMS, electronic routing and approval for Council's resolutions, now complete, the City Attorney has turned to extending EMS City-wide, beginning with electronic contract routing.
- The City Attorney will also be moving to implement EMS as part of paperless prosecution in conjunction with the ongoing "Courts, Cops, and Counselors" working group he established.
Collections and Bankruptcy
- The OCA collected $44,851 in unpaid debts owed to the City.
- Assistant City Attorney Mark Leonard continues to do yeoman's work in a difficult task and we are all indebted to him.
- In these tough times, when every dollar counts, this "found" money is helping to cushion the blow from structural revenue reductions from property and income tax and State revenue sharing.
- We assisted in closing on one of the more complex development deals in recent years in providing for the renovation of the historic Knapp's Building.
- Using a carefully balanced financing plan, including federal programmatic help, the art deco landmark will soon be a destination location again.
- We successfully entered into an agreement for the development of mid Michigan's first urban casino with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Lansing Future, LLC.
- The project will provide 700 construction and 1,500 permanent jobs, with a hiring preference for Lansing residents and Tribal members.
- In addition, the project will provide fully funded 4-year scholarships for Lansing Public School graduates, and additional funds for other essential City services.
- The OCA continues a proud tradition of responding to the most difficult neighborhood issues and has now taken the response online: forms for neighborhood complaints, as well as claims involving the City, are now available at the OCA website: http://www.lansingmi.gov/forms_and_documents.jsp
Courts, Cops, and Counselors Working Group
- The City Attorney's monthly working group consisting of the District Court, LPD, the Office of the City Attorney, and the Prosecutor's Office, has improved horizontal and vertical communication among the agencies, and streamlined the process of providing justice quickly and correctly to our citizens.
- Through such communication, and through simple but important tweaks to interagency coordination, the City has saved over a quarter million dollars on Officer OT as part of the "Cops on Streets, Not in Seats" Program.