Public debate on how (and whether) to manage deer in East Lansing heated up last night at City Council’s meeting, with the new Council deciding not to take any formal action on the matter until at least February. The plan had been to have the culls in the two East Lansing parks start this month, but Council elected last night to put off the cull. Their interest is in part to try to see, from results of the legal hunt this year, how many deer around the area are actually shown to have chronic wasting disease. (Hunted deer are supposed to be tested before people eat them.)
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.
ELi has learned—and has confirmed with multiple sources—that East Lansing’s Mayor Nathan Triplett has been pushing a landlord-friendly bill at the State level for many months and that now, since being voted out of office on Tuesday, Triplett has been working with East Lansing landlords to push the bill through quickly.
Editor’s note: A lot of folks in East Lansing love Nate Silver’s analyses of national election data. Well, East Lansing no longer has Nate Silver—he graduated from East Lansing High School in 1996—but we do have Chris Root, who spent much of today geeking out on the voting data charts available at the Ingham County Clerk’s website for yesterday’s East Lansing City Council election. Only ELi brings you this kind of drilling-down of the data!
Image above: Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Mark Meadows, the winners of the East Lansing City Council race
Mark Meadows, Shanna Draheim, and Erik Altmann have won the election for East Lansing City Council. They will join sitting Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Susan Woods on November 17, 2015. (There is no meeting of City Council before then.)
At that meeting, the new members of Council will be sworn in, and the first order of business will be for the five to elect the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem from among the five.
The ELi team has been working hard to bring you thorough coverage of the East Lansing City Council race. Here’s a roundup:
The basics of this election:
The East Lansing City Council has five members in total. Each serves for a four-year term. Three seats are up for grabs in this election, and six people are running. On the first day the new City Council meets, a mayor and mayor pro tem will be elected from among the five by the five.
Image: A montage of the latest Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ads for the East Lansing City Council race
East Lansing residents checking their mailboxes yesterday discovered a new round of glossy campaign mailings from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, including another attacking Council candidate Erik Altmann, and three promoting candidate Shanna Draheim.
Above: Candidates for City Council Erik Altmann, Nathan Tripeltt, and Mark Meadows.
Whether the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s attack ad on East Lansing City Council candidate Erik Altmann will affect the outcome of next Tuesday’s election is difficult to gauge. But what is clear is that the ad has caused a great deal of controversy.