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Belle Isle Hearing Postponed By Detroit City Council

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BELLE ISLE CITY COUNCIL HEARING DETROIT
Detroit City Council postponed a hearing on the proposal for the state to operate Belle Isle park scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 until the following week. Last week, Mayor Dave Bing and Governor Rick Snyder announced a tentative agreement for the state to lease the park for 30 years. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) | Getty Images

A Detroit City Council hearing to discuss the future of Belle Isle has been postponed until next week, Fox 2 reports.

The body previously scheduled a 1 .p.m. meeting for Monday to discuss a proposal by Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Dave Bing for the state to lease the park from the city for 30 years. The plan needs Council approval to take effect.

Under the proposal, the state Department of Natural Resources would operate the island park and make repairs and improvements, which backers say would save Detroit $277 million over the 30 years.

In the past, Council members have expressed wariness over handing control of the park over to a state entity. Council and Mayor Bing nixed Snyder's earlier proposal of a 99-year lease.

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