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Parks Already Require Only Simple Majority Voter Approval

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Image: The Northern Tier Trail, courtesy City of East Lansing

An emerging point of tension with regard to the proposed Charter Amendment on public land sales set for the May 5 election has been whether parks should be able to be sold with a simple majority approval (50% + 1 vote) of voters instead of the 3/5 (60%) approval currently stated as required in the City Charter. Some have been saying that while they are comfortable changing the charter to require only a 50% voter approval on non-park land, they do not agree with reducing the approval level for park lands.

History of Public Land Sales Shows Voter Responses

Friday, March 13, 2015

On May 5, East Lansing voters will decide whether to vote to change the City Charter’s rule on the sale of public lands. As ELi has reported, the most important effect of this would be to lower the voter approval threshold for the sale of public lands. Public lands, including parks, now require a 60% voter approval over a specified minimum dollar value.

Council Capsule: March 3, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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

Council Capsule: February 24, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Image: City Council last night

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

The Mercurial Trail, Part 6: Blown Out

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Image: a vestibule at the Hannah Community Center

This article picks up from "The Mercurial Trail, Part 5: The Violations."

The subject line on Paul Stokes’ email alert to the upper ranks of City management—“Past mercury concern”—didn’t quite capture the volatility of the situation, a volatility that seems to have quickly become clear to the City Manager.

The Mercurial Trail, Part 1: The Spill

Monday, February 16, 2015

Image: Layout of the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant, courtesy of City of East Lansing

Even if you don’t know where the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant is by sight, you may know its location by smell. If you’re turning off of southbound 127 onto Trowbridge Road and it’s a warm day, you can often smell the sewage just as you round the curve. The formal address of the plant is 1700 Trowbridge Road.

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