City Council

Council Looks to Shift HUD Funds from Nonprofits to Debt Payments

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

East Lansing's City Council is looking to stop using HUD Community Block Development Grant funds to support local social-service nonprofits, in favor of paying of East Lansing debt to HUD, and to streamline the public comment process. ELi's Casandra Eriksen reports.

What to Do for Struggling Businesses Downtown? Council Debates the Issue

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Mayor Pro Tem questions whether there's really been a downturn in business downtown during construction, while two other members of Council advocate for more free parking downtown to try to rescue struggling shops and restaurants. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Street Parking May Change In Large Swaths of East Lansing

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The City of East Lansing may significantly alter parking rules, particularly in campus-adjacent neighborhoods. Safe passage of emergency vehicles is the number-one concern, but the plan may not make everyone happy. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Council Members Beier and Meadows Take Leaves of Absence

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mayor Mark Meadows and Councilmember Ruth Beier have both requested leaves of absence from their duties on East Lansing's City Council. ELi's Chris Root explains why, and how Council will continue to function.

Trump and the Work of Being a Free Press

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What's it like running a free press in a small American city today? ELi's Publisher and Managing Editor let you in on the frustrations beyond the President's rhetoric, and explain why frustration is really just part of the job.

Downtown Businesses “Panicking” Over Construction-Related Downturn

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The downturn in business caused by Center City District construction has cost local small downtown businesses millions of dollars and may yet cause the death of several, one local business owner told East Lansing’s City Council last night. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Site Plan Approved for Vacant Corner – But Uncertainty Remains

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reviewing the proposal formally for the first time, East Lansing's City Council voted 4-0 last night to approve DRW/Convexity's latest plans for the vacant lots downtown. What was approved, and why can't construction start now? ELi's Dan Totzkay reports.

What’s Going On at the Empty Lot Next to Peoples Church?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Readers are asking why they’re seeing contractor trucks at the empty, fenced-in lot next to People’s Church, when East Lansing's City Council is not set to review the latest redevelopment site plan until tonight. ELi investigates.

Last-Minute Questions about the Income Tax Proposal

Monday, August 6, 2018

Could Council Members look at your income tax returns? Is the "Yes" side going to return the marijuana industry donations? Is the "No" side making factual misrepresentations? We've got answers to your last-minute income tax proposal questions.

East Lansing Government Needs More Service Volunteers

Friday, August 3, 2018

East Lansing government regularly experiences vacancies on volunteer City boards and commissions. ELi's Jessy Gregg explains an array of the City's volunteer boards and commissions, and tells you how to apply.

Council Passes New Sign Code, Debates Electronic Signs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Following the owner of Red Cedar Spirits urging City Council to pass the new sign code, Council did so in a 4-1 vote — but not without debate on the place of electronic signs in East Lansing. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

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