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No drama as Lansing city council selects a president

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
On a five to three vote, the Lansing city council elected A'Lynne Boles the council's president last night

The Lansing City Council picked a new president last night.

It’s a routine bit of government business that in recent years has been anything but routine.

Sharp divisions between the supporters and opponents of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero have made the selection of a council president quite contentious during the past few years. Two years ago, the council needed a dozen votes to select a president. Last year, the selection process was rife with angry accusations.

But last night, A’Lynne Boles was elected president with little drama.  

Boles says she wants the city council to be less "disagreeable."

“You can agree to disagree and not be disagreeable,” says Boles. “And I think we can all take a page from that mantra and be able to move forward I think successfully together.”

A top priority for Boles is for the City Council to investigate why it took so long for city plows to clear city streets and the city’s utility to restore electricity after recent winter storms.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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