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Trowbridge Developer Fixing Fire Suppression Issue

Friday, June 5, 2015

According to an email message yesterday sent from Tim Dempsey, Director of Planning for the City of East Lansing, to City Manager George Lahanas, a recent inspection of the new residential apartment building at Trowbridge Plaza turned up “insufficient fire separation between the commercial and residential spaces (first floor and second floor).”

Council Capsule: June 2, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Image: East Lansing's City Council last night

Watch Council: You can watch the video of yesterday’s Council meeting for yourself by clicking here. (You can skip right to the part you are interested in by clicking on the item of interest in the table of contents below the video.)

Council Capsule: May 26, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Hear this Council work session: You can listen to an audio recording of last night’s City Council work session by clicking on this link.

Present at Council: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods. Ruth Beier was absent.

ASK ELi: How Much TIF Is There?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Image: The new commercial and apartment building at Trowbridge Plaza, built with TIF support.

NOTE: Since this article was published, another $1.5 million TIF was approved; read more.

Today’s question for “Ask ELi to Investigate,” which arrived to us on May 6 from a reader, is: "Could someone please calculate how much revenue is lost to East Lansing each year due to prior TIF financing, and how this is different from welfare?"

2015 Ride of Silence Honors Byclists

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Ride of Silence is a global event going into its 12th consecutive year, and serves as a memorial for those who have been harmed or killed while riding a bike. The first Ride of Silence took place in Dallas and has stretched to 314 locations across the globe including 21 countries and every continent.

Cyclists legally share the road with motorists, but not all city officials, public safety departments and motorists are aware of this. “We’re not charging any money for this, it’s only to get the word out,” said event coordinator Lysne Tait.

YOUR ELi: A Voter Guide for the Marijuana Charter Amendment

Saturday, May 2, 2015

This Tuesday, May 5, registered voters in East Lansing can vote on two possible amendments to the City Charter. Last week we provided voters information on the land sale charter amendment. This week we bring you information on the charter amendment regarding marijuana, specifically in terms of what it might mean legally in East Lansing.

Council Capsule: April 14, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Image: artist’s rendition of the planned security entrance for City Hall and 54-B District Court

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

Scene Metrospace: Council discussed a staff-proposed transfer of management of Scene Metrospace to MSU. See our special report.

Council Capsule: March 17, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Image: Centennial sculpture, courtesy City of East Lansing

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmember Kathy Boyle

Absent: Councilmembers Ruth Beier 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.

ASK ELi: Can Mercury Hurt?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Editor's note: This week's "Ask ELi" connects to our ongoing series, The Mercurial Trail, which traces what happened during and after about 1 to 1.5 pounds of mercury were spilled at the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant in November 2013. This column addresses a question we've been getting in response to the series.

The question asked of ELi this week is: Could 1.5 pounds of mercury hurt a person?

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