This week’s meeting of East Lansing’s City Council was a summer classic: short in length, with a driving rain pounding on the roof, and with the minimum number of Councilmembers needed for a quorum in attendance (three). Mayor Mark Meadows and Councilmember Susan Woods are away on vacation, so Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier led the meeting. She stumbled a bit with the procedures for voting on items, but was provided friendly help by Councilmembers Shanna Draheim and Erik Altmann.
This is your weekly Council Capsule, summarizing what happened this week at East Lansing’s City Council.
New building along Valley Court Park to have large art display: To address the “percent for art” requirement, the building under construction at 300 West Grand River Avenue (just west of Biggby Coffee and just south of Valley Court Park) will see the addition of a large art installation as shown above.
Photo: East Lansing Aquatic Center, Courtesy City of East Lansing
The City Council must adopt the budget for Fiscal Year 2017 at its next meeting on May 24 to meet the annual State deadline, so Tuesday night’s 5:00 p.m. meeting was the last of the Council’s special budget work sessions to prepare the details of its budget resolution.
Above: Some of the vacant buildings downtown set to be demolished this year.
Every week, East Lansing Info (ELi) sends one or more reporters to City Council to bring you a complete "Council Capsule."
Permit parking debate reaches some resolution: Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was again dominated by the issue of residential parking permits (RPP), the only item on the Business Agenda. See our special separate report on that.
The City of East Lansing has been missing out on income that could have amounted to millions of dollars per year because—unlike every other municipality that has electric service provided to it by the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL)—East Lansing has been lacking a franchise agreement with BWL. While required by state law, that franchise agreement has been missing for East Lansing for over a hundred years.
Tuesday night’s regular East Lansing City Council meeting lasted nearly two hours, with much of the time devoted to ongoing concerns over residential permit parking (RPP) in Chesterfield Hills. For more information regarding that issue, see ELi's special report.
Image: The audible crosswalk at Grand River Avenue and Division Street
East Lansing’s City Council met last night for a “discussion-only” meeting at the Hannah Community Center that lasted almost three hours. Mayor Mark Meadows was in attendance along with Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier was absent.
This week, the East Lansing City Council held its third in a series of dedicated meetings focused on developing Strategic Priorities for the City. All members of Council were present. This week’s meeting followed seven hours of presentations from City department heads and discussion among Council members at meetings on Saturday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 12, and included consideration of possible new initiatives for the City to undertake.