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Vibrant Debate Surrounds Increasing Building Heights Downtown

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Why are so many Planning Commissioners against an ordinance allowing 160-foot-tall buildings downtown, and why are a majority of Downtown Development Authority members for it? As Council Members prepare to decide, ELi's Chris Root explains.

Project with No-Bid, Exclusive Contract on Public Land Is Still Missing Parts

Monday, March 11, 2019

In the hopes of solving a major public debt, East Lansing's Downtown Development Authority gave a no-bid exclusive deal to developers Royal Vlahakis. But investigation by ELi shows the developers still haven't submitted key components of the $190 million proposal. Meanwhile, the required public debt payments are about to ramp up.

Scooter Regulations and Fees Adopted in East Lansing

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Electric scooters will now be limited to 10 m.p.h. on sidewalks under a new law in East Lansing, although the police chief warns that rule is effectively unenforceable. What else did City Council decide about scooter regulation? ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Council Member Has Missed Half of 2019 Meetings

Friday, March 1, 2019

East Lansing City Council Member Ruth Beier has now missed half of all Council meetings in 2019. ELi's Dan Totzkay reports on what's happened and what Beier says to expect in the future.

Decision on Historic District Pushed Off to April

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Oakwood Historic District boundary will not change until at least April, as citizens, Council Members, and the State Historic Preservation Office have lots of questions about the process and the recommendations. ELi's Dan Totzkay reports.

City’s Financial Forecast Contains Uncertainty and Some Good News

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

We don't yet know how much the City will net from the new income tax when matched with the property tax reduction. But the City's Finance Director calls the new financial forecast the "prettiest" she's seen. What's ahead? ELi's Chris Root reports.

Regulation of Scooters Coming

Monday, February 25, 2019

Here comes local regulation for electric rental scooters. What might that involve in terms of where scooters are ridden and parked, how much companies pay the City of East Lansing, and what ridership data of yours local government officials will be able to see? ELi's Jessy Gregg and Alice Dreger report.

What the City Won’t Report

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The City of East Lansing has recently begun publishing e-Dialog reports on what happened at City Council. ELi's Publisher Alice Dreger explains why we encourage you to read those reports, but to sign up for ELi's weekly news summary as well.

East Lansing Fireworks Rules Changed in Response to State

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Fireworks can now legally be set off for a longer stretch around the July 4 holiday, due to a new rule from the State. State law has also raised the fine for illegal discharge from $500 to $1,000. East Lansing City Council Members aren't happy about State control of this issue.

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