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New Council Moving Quickly on Blight, Rentals Issue, Campaign Contributions’ Ethics, and Protected Trees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Image: Some of the blighted buildings downtown that may be demolished if a new "dangerous buildings" ordinance passes.

The new East Lansing City Council meets for the first time this evening, and their first agenda indicates this Council intends to move quickly on a number of politically hot issues, including blighted vacant buildings downtown, the ethics of campaign contributions, and a question of whether the City or the State should have say over whether landlords can make certain changes to nonconforming rental houses.

Council Capsule: October 20, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Council Capsule: October 13, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle and Susan Woods.

Absent: Councilmember Ruth Beier.

City Changing Ordinance to Support Deer Hunt

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Image courtesy of USDA.

With plans in place to start killing deer in East Lansing starting late next month, City Council will be voting in November to change an ordinance to support the plan. Such a legal change may not really be necessary according to City Attorney Tom Yeadon. But Yeadon told City Council on Tuesday night that prudence suggests an amendment to the current ordinance involving restriction of firearms so that it will be straightforward in the future for the City or State to cull deer as necessary in the City of East Lansing.

Council Capsule: October 6, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Above: ELPD Officer Dave Dekorte and Crunchy’s, both subjects of Council’s work this week.

This week’s meeting of East Lansing’s City Council was videotaped. You can watch the meeting by clicking here. If there’s a particular item you are interested in, click on that item in the index shown below the video screen and the playback will jump to that part of the meeting.

Council Capsule: September 21, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Above: Signage along a park trail as presented in a City memo related to Council’s discussion of the bike parkways program.

 

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Council Capsule: September 15, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Above: artist’s rendering of a planned duplex for 6170 Abbot Road.

All present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Council Capsule: September 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Above (left to right): Officer Sarah Campbell, Officer Shelby Humphries, Captain Larry Sparkes, and Chief Jeff Murphy of the ELPD at Council last night.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmember Ruth Beier.

Absent: Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

EL Law Used to Suppress Political Speech is Set for Repeal

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Above: ELPD Sergeant Andrew Bouck telling City Councilmember Ruth Beier that she could not distribute a political handout protesting display of a confederate flag at the Folk Festival on August 9.

This week, East Lansing’s City Council moved to repeal a section of the City’s Code without anyone on Council ever mentioning what motivated the repeal: the use two weeks ago of that section by East Lansing Police officers to stop political speech.

Council Capsule: August 18, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Image: Artist’s rendition of what the alley off Ann Street Plaza could look like with art.

Note: This article was updated on August 19th, 2015 to indicate that the location of proposed condo development near Chandler and State Roads is Falcon Pointe, not Hawk's Nest as we originally reported.

The August 18 meeting of City Council was a “work session,” which means it was not videotaped or broadcast. You can listen to an audio recording by clicking here.

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