Government

Report Reveals Insights into City's Finances

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

East Lansing’s public parking system is consistently a money-loser; the City’s large unfunded retiree liabilities are about to become more visible; and property taxes are going up. These were three of the major issues covered last night at City Council during discussion of a report on the City’s finances.

Former Mayor Urges Council to Save Bailey Daycare

Monday, January 19, 2015

Image: Bailey daycare parents' Working Group member Charles Hoogstraten speaks to Council late last year

Former East Lansing mayor Douglas Jester is urging City Council to vote tomorrow night to save the Bailey daycare. In a letter to Council that he has shared with ELi, Jester asks Council “to assist the parents who are attempting to establish a non-profit corporation to operate the program, and to undertake a community process to decide the future of the Bailey Community Center.”

Councilmember Ruth Beier is set tomorrow to make the following motion at Council:

PDIG Plan Now Exceeds $100M with $32M in Tax Incentives

Friday, January 16, 2015

Image: The corner where PDIG seeks to construct the 10-story "Building A"

The East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is moving forward on controversial developer PDIG’s plans for the blighted area downtown. Two major buildings in the area are now estimated together to cost $101 million, and local government is considering $32 million in tax incentives for the project area. At a public DDA meeting yesterday, details emerged on the Tax Increment Financing plan as well as the development agreement being made between the developer and the City.

Council Capsule: January 13, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Photo: A previous Council meeting, because this reporter forgot her camera this week

ELi apologizes for the slight delay in getting Council Capsule to you today. The reason is that we have today been producing in-depth stories on three of the many major issues covered last night.

All councilmembers were present:  Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Bob Nelson Likely to Be Our BWL Rep

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In November, Lansing ciitzens voted to change their City Charter to allow East Lansing to have representation on the BWL Board of Commissioners. BWL is the major electric utility for residents of East Lansing. The East Lansing representative, who will start this work in July of this year, will have a non-voting role on the BWL Board.

Bob Nelson Likely to Be Our BWL Rep

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In November, Lansing ciitzens voted to change their City Charter to allow East Lansing to have representation on the BWL Board of Commissioners. BWL is the major electric utility for residents of East Lansing. The East Lansing representative, who will start this work in July of this year, will have a non-voting role on the BWL Board.

BWL Board Votes to Terminate General Manager's Employment

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Image: J. Peter Lark faces the BWL Board of Commissioners today

There was only one item on the Agenda for the hastily convened Lansing Board of Water & Light Board (BWL) of Commissioners Special Board Meeting this afternoon. That was to "Review the Employment of the Lansing Board of Water & Light's General Manager," J. Peter Lark. Following a brief portion of public comments, the Board voted 5 to 3 to terminate Lark’s employment “for cause” and appoint an interim manager.

Bailey Neighborhood Fears Destabilization from City's Actions

Monday, January 12, 2015
Bailey Community Center

The battle over the future of the Bailey Community Center—and, according to some residents, the future of the Bailey neighborhood itself—will continue tomorrow night at City Council during a work session that will not be broadcast for public viewing. On one side is City staff who see the costs of keeping open the Community Center and the daycare it houses as simply too high for citizens to bear.

Long-time EL Resident Occupies Immigration No-Man's-Land

Friday, January 9, 2015

Oscar Castaneda’s story is an American story, that of a bright immigrant seeking better opportunities for himself and his family. He found it in the United States, and in East Lansing, but the narrative of success and opportunity has taken an unexpected and negative turn that threatens to undo all that he and his family have achieved.

Council Capsule: January 6, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
East Lansing Council Greater Lansing Area MLK Holiday Commission

Each Wednesday morning, ELi provides you a "capsule" of what happened at City Council on Tuesday night.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Governor Disapproves of EL Marijuana Proposal, Now Set for May 2015 Election

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Image: City Council tonight

A surprise discussion broke out tonight at City Council during dialogue about the subject of the last agenda item: the ballot proposal to change the City Charter to limit East Lansing’s ability to restrict marijuana possession. The published agenda had named only discussion of when the vote on the proposal would occur. With no prior notice to the public, Council and the City Attorney suddenly began discussing letters received from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office and Governor Rick Snyder regarding the proposal.

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