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City Attorney Says Citizens Won't Be Asked to Vote on Center City Deal

Thursday, May 4, 2017

With City Council set to make possible decisions on the Center City redevelopment proposal next Tuesday, the City Attorney tells ELi the deal doesn't have to be run past East Lansing voters for approval. ELi examines what we know about the deal and the City Charter, and finds the situation complicated.

Council Condemns House, Allows Pumpkin Parking

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What did City Council do this week? Condemned a house, followed a wish to have free parking during the Great Pumpkin Walk, set a tax exemption hearing, and much more.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: July 12, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This week’s meeting of East Lansing’s City Council was a summer classic: short in length, with a driving rain pounding on the roof, and with the minimum number of Councilmembers needed for a quorum in attendance (three). Mayor Mark Meadows and Councilmember Susan Woods are away on vacation, so Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier led the meeting. She stumbled a bit with the procedures for voting on items, but was provided friendly help by Councilmembers Shanna Draheim and Erik Altmann.

Confederate Flag Raises Questions about City Contract with MSU

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above: Councilmember Ruth Beier (right) talking to ELPD officers at the Zemer root beer stand last summer

The controversy over a vendor’s display of the Confederate flag at last year’s downtown Folk Festival arose at East Lansing’s City Council again last night, as Council members discussed how the City might push MSU to select only vendors unlikely to display such a politically-charged image.

City Sued Over Sewer Backups, Warns Homeowners

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Above: an East Lansing basement floor drain through which sewer back-up has occurred

The City wants you to know that, if a sewer backs up into the drains in your East Lansing home and creates a big mess, odds are high the City will not help you financially and that your homeowner’s insurance will be inadequate to managing the cost of cleanup. That’s the message of a brochure recently distributed by the City on basement flooding.

New Public Art, Becoming a Bike-Friendly City, and Much More at Council

Friday, May 27, 2016

This is your weekly Council Capsule, summarizing what happened this week at East Lansing’s City Council.

New building along Valley Court Park to have large art display: To address the “percent for art” requirement, the building under construction at 300 West Grand River Avenue (just west of Biggby Coffee and just south of Valley Court Park) will see the addition of a large art installation as shown above.

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