Finance and Taxes

Project with No-Bid, Exclusive Contract on Public Land Is Still Missing Parts

Monday, March 11, 2019

In the hopes of solving a major public debt, East Lansing's Downtown Development Authority gave a no-bid exclusive deal to developers Royal Vlahakis. But investigation by ELi shows the developers still haven't submitted key components of the $190 million proposal. Meanwhile, the required public debt payments are about to ramp up.

Scooter Regulations and Fees Adopted in East Lansing

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Electric scooters will now be limited to 10 m.p.h. on sidewalks under a new law in East Lansing, although the police chief warns that rule is effectively unenforceable. What else did City Council decide about scooter regulation? ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

River Trail to Be Extended East

Monday, March 4, 2019

All the parts are finally starting to fall into place for a much-anticipated trail in Meridian Township that will connect the Lansing River Trail and MSU campus to Meridian’s existing Interurban Trail. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

City’s Financial Forecast Contains Uncertainty and Some Good News

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

We don't yet know how much the City will net from the new income tax when matched with the property tax reduction. But the City's Finance Director calls the new financial forecast the "prettiest" she's seen. What's ahead? ELi's Chris Root reports.

Coleman Road Extension Could Relieve Eastwood Traffic Congestion

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

An extension of Coleman Road, which runs along East Lansing's north side, could help relieve traffic on Lake Lansing Road near Eastwood Towne Center. ELi's Brad Minor explains the project, tells you who is paying for it, and reviews what's left to be decided.

Regulation of Scooters Coming

Monday, February 25, 2019

Here comes local regulation for electric rental scooters. What might that involve in terms of where scooters are ridden and parked, how much companies pay the City of East Lansing, and what ridership data of yours local government officials will be able to see? ELi's Jessy Gregg and Alice Dreger report.

Should the City Favor Itself in the Marijuana Real Estate Game?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tonight, East Lansing’s Planning Commission will take up a draft zoning ordinance that, if passed, will favor the City over some private property owners in marijuana provisioning center real estate deals. Jessy Gregg reports for ELi.

Council Renews Lahanas’ Contract with Salary Bump

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

East Lansing's City Council unanimously approved a new contract for City Manager George Lahanas last night, voting on a different version than the one released to the public on Friday. Council praised the contract and Lahanas. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

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