DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit City Council has set a schedule to deal with the proposed lease of Belle Isle to the state.
The Council will hold a work group session on Wednesday that would involve Council staff and be headed by City Council Member James Tate. The time of the group is not set.
Council members are encouraged to submit their suggestions by tomorrow to Council President Saunteel Jenkins.
The City Legislative Policy Department will also issue a report with recommendations to Council.
Council also set a special session for Friday at 10:30 to take public comment and vote on the proposed lease. If it is turned down then, the Council has an additional 7 days to come up with an alternative plan.
The City Council is also asking any citizens who have suggestions be submitted to David Whitaker of the Policy Department at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The proposed lease signed by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Governor Rick Snyder would be for 30 years with possible extensions of 15 year intervals. Orr says this would save the City $4 million a year in maintenance costs and the state would spend $10 to $20 million dollars during the first 3 years on upgrades.
Cars driving onto the island would need an $11 permit that would also be good at other state parks.
If the Council comes up with another plan, it would be up to the Michigan Emergency Loan Board to decide which plan is implemented. That is the same board that appointed Kevyn Orr as Emergency Manager.
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