City Council

Council to Decide Controversial Reconfiguration of Harrison Road

Monday, March 12, 2018

East Lansing's Transportation Commission supports converting another portion of Harrison Road from four lanes to three in order to add bike lanes. But Council, anticipating controversy, is going to decide the matter. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

City's Pension Problem Triggers Preliminary Review by State

Monday, March 5, 2018

East Lansing has been notified by the Michigan Treasury Department that the City’s public employee pension plan "has triggered a preliminary review of underfunded status" by the State. ELi's Chris Root reports.

East Lansing’s Council Discusses New Tax Options

Monday, March 5, 2018

City Council has begun digging into various tax options as it tries to manage East Lansing's financial problems. Citizens have been weighing in with their thoughts, too. ELi's Chris Root reports.

City of East Lansing Formally Apologizes for Racist History

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

At last night's meeting, City Council formally apologized for East Lansing's history of racist housing practices and resolved to start a community dialogue. It all started with one ELHS freshman. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Five New Tax Proposals Come to Public Hearing Tuesday

Monday, February 26, 2018

East Lansing's City Council will hold a public hearing on five draft tax proposals this Tuesday night. ELi's Chris Root explains why Council is considering these proposals, what the process will be, and how you can participate.

City Manager Wants His Staff Producing More News

Thursday, February 22, 2018

City Manager George Lahanas told Council this week that he is having his staff produce weekly emailed newsletters. He said that there is otherwise little opportunity for citizens to get news about the City.

Recent Council Votes Add Uncertainty to City’s Legacy Debt

Monday, February 12, 2018

A special investigation by ELi suggests that, at best, recent City Council approvals of special pension credit purchases will add uncertainty to the City’s legacy debt. At worst, they may add to the City’s financial load. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Council’s Budget Retreat Postponed Pending Analysis of Public Input

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The City has cancelled this Saturday's annual City Council Budget Retreat, putting it off until external consultants can report the public's response to ideas for the budget. ELi's Alice Dreger reports on the delay and on the cost of the public input sessions.

Political Retaliation Suspected, But Documents Suggest Otherwise

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Did Bell's Pizza receive a notice of violation on its shed because the business played host to the "Vote No" campaign on the income tax? ELi used the Freedom of Information Act to see what we could find. Kepler Domurat-Sousa reports.

Meadows and Altmann Call for MSU Trustees to Resign

Friday, January 26, 2018

Mayor Mark Meadows and Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altmann are calling on MSU Trustees to resign, with Altmann saying MSU's Athletic Director and "celebrity coaches" also should. Councilmember Shanna Draheim speaks of East Lansing's "strong partnership" with MSU.