Race for Ingham County Drain Commissioner Turns Ugly

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The Ingham County Drain Commissioner's office handles millions of dollars in county infrastructure. The race for that seat has turned ugly.

Mark Grebner is the challenger to incumbent Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann. He says Lindemann squanders taxpayer dollars and gives contracts to campaign contributors.

"He doesn't really budget. What happens is he just keeps spending money....The drain office is spending $700,000 a year on attorneys and noone can understand how that could be," Grebner said.

In response, Lindemann pulled out the budget books arguing his opponent's accusations are simply false.

"I've never missed the mark on any budget in 20 years, never and the people I hire are smart, they're talented and they save this county money by coming up with projects that are on time and under budget all the time," Lindemann said.

Grebner promises to better manage spending should he take office, while Lindemann argues his opponent's incentive is to get a pension worth more than $60,000 per year.

"Everybody who runs for office has to think about how much money they'll get if they're elected to it, so certainly that's a part of it," Grebner said.

However, Grebner says that's certainly not the main goal as he made a public promise to drop out of the race if Lindemann steps down.

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  • by Joe Location: Lansing on Aug 1, 2012 at 06:30 PM
    I heard that Lindemann's office has spent over 5 million dollars on the Groesbeck Park and it hasn't even gotten to a day of review yet. I wonder how much that project is going to cost Ingham County taxpayers. I think it's going to be another Cedar Lake.
  • by Janet Location: Lansing on Jul 23, 2012 at 06:23 PM
    I wonder how the folks in the Towar drain projects will enjoy additional drain assessments for the 300,000 maintenance assessment, on top of their 20 year 7 mil & 3 mil bonds.
  • by Screwed Location: Holt on Jul 19, 2012 at 09:34 PM
    Maybe if Mark and Bill were ripped off by one of the over priced ditches that have been built in the past few years by Mr. Lindemann, they wouldn't be so in love with him. I'll bet they were two of his contractors that was paid over a million dollars to dig a ditch and ruin the asphalt road I live on. It is getting very expensive to live in Ingham county thanks to the liberal spenders who run this never ending cash machine. Why in the world does one man have the power to impose unwanted taxes on the people. God bless the Tea Party.
  • by J Location: Holt, MI on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    Grebner says he'll step down only because he knows Lindemann never will. This will be an interesting race. If you want another interesting story, look into Eaton County race for Drain Commissioner.
  • by Dev Location: East Lansing on Jul 19, 2012 at 02:14 AM
    Grebner is a shady political hack. The only reason he is running is for the position and money -- that's it.
  • by Mark Location: Mason on Jul 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
    What ever happen to Lindemanns meat market ? No tax payer money to run it ? Go Grebner
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      by Bill on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM in reply to Mark
      How does once owning a meat market relate to tax payer's money? That's illogical. And speaking of tax payer money - my money - I'm not giving Grebner a penny so he can go have some fancy retirement. How selfish!
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        by tired on Jul 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM in reply to Bill
        but it's ok that people can pay for a million dollar easement for the groesbeck park drain project, paid to the City of Lansing, that will be coming up someday.
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