Council covered a great deal of territory in its long "discussion-only" meeting last week. Police activity, tree-trimmers' return, a question of how much MSU costs City taxpayers, a fence for Bailey park, police and fire equipment.... ELi's Ian Hoopingarner brings the details.
The following is a compilation of campaign contributor information for the currently-seated East Lansing City Council (2015-2017). On this Council, Ruth Beier and Susan Woods were elected in November 2013, and Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Mark Meadows were elected in November 2015.
With a new report confirming that East Lansing is facing a very large retiree-related debt, the Financial Health Team is suggesting the City consider new tax levies on people who live and work in East Lansing. These may include an income tax as well as special property taxes levied for emergency services.
Above: Fiesta Charra restaurant, behind which Costco plans to build a store
Following the reaching of an agreement between the City of East Lansing and Meridian Township, Costco is likely to soon be building a new store in East Lansing along Saginaw Highway just east of Park Lake Road on land adjacent to the Fiesta Charra restaurant.
East Lansing’s City Council voted unanimously tonight to give a tax abatement to a company seeking to build a large solar array on MSU’s campus—but the abatement was not nearly as big as the company and two council members were hoping.
East Lansing’s Financial Health Team has asked for a consultant to study a possible income tax for people who live and work in East Lansing. This is but one of many possible approaches being considered by the volunteer team of advisors as it tries to tackle the City’s budget woes.
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.
Above: the project site at the northeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Spartan Avenue.
The East Lansing City Council voted yesterday on both the site plan and Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan for the White Oak Place project at Spartan and Grand River Avenues (just west of Brookfield Plaza). But in both cases, what the Council approved was significantly different from what the developer had proposed.
As a key Parks millage is due to expire later this year, East Lansing’s City Council held a tense conversation about whether the upcoming November election is the right time to try to get East Lansing voters to renew that millage. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.