City Council

Income Tax Looks Likely for August Ballot

Thursday, May 10, 2018

City Council will likely vote on Monday whether to put an income tax on the August 7 ballot. ELi's Jessy Gregg tells you what Council had to say about the issue at last night's meeting.

Public Hearings on New EL Tax Proposals Set for May 9

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Next Wednesday, May 9, City Council will hold public hearings on what (if any) tax proposal to put on the August ballot for East Lansing. ELi's Chris Root explains the draft proposals and tells you how you can weigh in.

Ask Eli: Reducing East Lansing's Pension Costs

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What has the City of East Lansing done and what it can do in the future to reduce pension obligations and liabilities related to retirement benefits for City employees? ELi's Chris Root has spent weeks digging in to bring you the answer.

Center City Construction Continues, Changing Downtown

Monday, April 30, 2018

ELi's Alice Dreger provides an update on Center City District construction, including where the Art Festival is moving, how Albert Avenue will be reconstructed, what to expect from the new Target store, and why Council authorized funds for a new water main pipe.

Community Members Talk Racism in East Lansing

Thursday, April 26, 2018

About 125 people came to the Hannah Community Center last night for a two-and-a-half hour discussion about racism in our community. It got real. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

East Lansing Social Services Funding Likely to Be Cut

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

East Lansing’s City Council looks likely to follow City staff’s recommendation to cut funding to local social service organizations in order to put funds towards infrastructure repairs and City debt associated with prior development. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Community Conversation about Race Set to Happen

Friday, April 20, 2018

Following up on the request of ELHS student Alex Hosey, the City of East Lansing and the Human Relations Commission will be hosting an inaugural “community conversation about race” next Wednesday evening.

ELi Honored with East Lansing's Public Service Award

Friday, April 20, 2018

The people who bring East Lansing local news through ELi have been honored by the City with a 2018 Crystal Award. At last night's ceremony, four individuals were also honored for their work: Jeff Kusler, Christine Root, and Karen and Jerry Jennings.

Opinions Differ as Council Discusses Medical Marijuana Sales in EL

Friday, April 20, 2018

At Tuesday's work session, a majority of City Council were cautious, but willing to work medical marijuana provisioning centers into the city's retail landscape. One councilmember believes the risks outweigh the benefits for East Lansing. Ann Nichols reports.

City Tries to Help Downtown Businesses

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The City of East Lansing has been trying to help businesses downtown weather the stresses of the Center City District construction. ELi's Alice Dreger summarizes the efforts and talks to business owners about what's helping, what's not, and what might work better.

Harrison Road to See More Design Changes

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Harrison Road will be reconfigured between Grand River and Michigan Avenues, with lane reductions and added bike lanes to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

East Lansing Applies for State Waiver of Underfunded Pension Status

Monday, April 16, 2018

City Council has approved an application to waive the “underfunded status” of the City's pension system. Will the State Treasurer grant the waiver, or become more involved in overseeing East Lansing's pension systems? ELi's Chris Root reports.

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