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Lead Persists at Glencairn School Despite Fix

Thursday, February 4, 2016

East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) Superintendent Robyne Thompson notified parents yesterday that in spite of replacement of plumbing suspected of leaching lead at Glencairn Elementary School, water coming to one sink is still testing positive for high levels of lead.

Balancing Road Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The photo above shows our City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) snow and ice team—the people who clear and salt our roads when winter storms turn them dangerous. As Ron Lacasse, DPW’s Infrastructure Administrator explains, “the staff in this picture includes all areas of DPW related to the effort, including staff that plows parking lots and sidewalks as well as mechanics who keep everything serviced and repaired during a storm event. All are important pieces of the puzzle that keeps us successful.”

Council Capsule: January 19, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

All members present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. (Woods left after the consent agenda.)

Lead in Glencairn Elementary Faucet Causes Concern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Photo of Glencairn Elementary School, courtesy East Lansing Public Schools

The Flint Water Crisis has led to elevated awareness in Michigan—and around the nation—about lead exposure and lead poisoning. Today, a letter sent home by East Lansing Public School’s superintendent Robyne Thompson is contributing to local concern. Here we report on the letter (view it here) and also cover some of what you might want to know about lead.

Armored Police Vehicles in East Lansing?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Above: ELPD Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth

A news story out of WLNS has a number of ELi readers asking about whether and why the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) would want an armored assault vehicle. According to WLNS’s story, “East Lansing is one of fourteen agencies in the state expressing an interest in getting armored vehicles from the federal government.” To find out more, I put a call into ELPD’s Detective Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth.

Jeff Murphy Named EL Police Chief

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Photo: Jeff Murphy today in front of historical ELPD photos at the department.

Jeff Murphy, who has been serving for the last six months as interim Chief of Police for the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD), has been officially named as ELPD’s new Chief of Police according to an announcement today from City Manager George Lahanas.

Armed Robbery at East Lansing Pizza Hut

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Armed Robbery at Pizza Hut

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) reported tonight that there was an armed robbery at Pizza Hut near the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Hagadorn Road at 8:45 p.m. tonight.

According to ELPD Chief Jeff Murphy, no one was injured in the robbery. He tells ELi that the ELPD is using a tracking dog as well as officers to try to track the suspect.

Spartans celebrate with fire following Saturday’s big win

Monday, December 7, 2015

Crowd at Cedar Village, image from Twitter

Saturday night was a big win for the Michigan State Spartans, but not all students ended the evening on a positive note. Eight students were arrested in Cedar Village for alcohol-related violations after students flooded the streets and lit couches on fire to celebrate the Big Ten Championship victory.

ELPD’s Lt. Wriggelsworth said thirteen fires took place Saturday night after the game. The fires occurred in predominantly student-rental areas of East Lansing, including Cedar Village as well as North Harrison.

Tree Protection Ordinance Debated, Deferred

Friday, December 4, 2015

Above: The old white oak tree on Spartan Avenue, on the site of the proposed “White Oak Place” development.

The third and by far longest of three public hearings at this week’s City Council meeting centered on Ordinance No. 1363, the so-called tree protection ordinance. If it were to pass as proposed, it would protect certain trees within the City of East Lansing by requiring permits before anyone trims or cuts a tree that has been designated “protected.”

Dangerous Buildings Demolition Ordinance Passes

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Image: Back of vacant, blighted building at Grand River and Evergreen Avenues, just east of the Peoples Church memorial garden.

Last night, East Lansing’s City Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 1360, which makes it easier for the City to decide to tear down a dangerous building when “the cost of the repairs would exceed 100 percent of the true cash value of the structure as reflected on the city assessment tax rolls.” The ordinance’s passage could ultimately lead to the City moving to demolish dangerous vacant buildings.

Deer Debate Heats Up

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Public debate on how (and whether) to manage deer in East Lansing heated up last night at City Council’s meeting, with the new Council deciding not to take any formal action on the matter until at least February. The plan had been to have the culls in the two East Lansing parks start this month, but Council elected last night to put off the cull. Their interest is in part to try to see, from results of the legal hunt this year, how many deer around the area are actually shown to have chronic wasting disease. (Hunted deer are supposed to be tested before people eat them.)

New Council Moving Quickly on Blight, Rentals Issue, Campaign Contributions’ Ethics, and Protected Trees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Image: Some of the blighted buildings downtown that may be demolished if a new "dangerous buildings" ordinance passes.

The new East Lansing City Council meets for the first time this evening, and their first agenda indicates this Council intends to move quickly on a number of politically hot issues, including blighted vacant buildings downtown, the ethics of campaign contributions, and a question of whether the City or the State should have say over whether landlords can make certain changes to nonconforming rental houses.

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