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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.

Your ELi: Why Does ELi Need Money?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A week from today, ELi officially launches a new fundraising push in the hopes we can raise enough money to keep the organization going through the end of June. So I thought that for “Your ELi” this week, I’d answer a question I sometimes get: Why does ELi need money?

Why does carefully reporting the “who, what, when, where, how, and why” of our City and its people cost money?

Let’s break it down by category.

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.

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?

ELi ON EARTH: Mercury Matters in East Lansing

Monday, February 16, 2015

Image: Metal mercury, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control

Mercury—the metal not the planet—has been in the East Lansing news since a spill at the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment plant and an ELi scoop about continuing concerns among city workers regarding exposure.

Should East Lansing residents worry about mercury? The short answer is yes, East Lansing residents should worry about mercury.

Your ELi: Why Ask ELi?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

When I was growing up, I loved when newspapers would take a question from a reader and find out the answer. Often these reader-submitted questions were ones I had, too, but sometimes they were a question many of us would never have thought to ask—a question that revealed an angle to a story that would have otherwise been missed by citizens.

ASK ELi: Managing Hannah's Use

Friday, February 13, 2015

Image: Hannah Community Center, courtesy City of East Lansing

This week, an ELi reader asked us to investigate the usage of the Hannah Community Center. Our reader was particularly interested in the question of whether City-run programs are given adequate priority over external groups that use Hannah. (Hannah is getting busy enough that space is sometimes tight, including in the parking lot.)

ELi ON EARTH: Greenhouse Gases from the Public Fireplace

Monday, February 9, 2015

Image: The Ann Street Plaza public fireplace

This week, Eli on Earth takes a look at one contributor to the City of East Lansing’s carbon footprint: the outdoor public fireplace in the Ann Street Plaza.

First, some background: “Ann Street Plaza” is the name given to the downtown public space on the north side of Albert Avenue just west of MAC. It includes the clock tower, the performance space used for summer outdoor concerts, and the large gas fireplace enclosed with heavy metal grating (see above photo) just outside of Peppino’s sports/pizza lounge.

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Who Clears Snow at the Schools?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Image: East Lansing DPW worker clears a sidewalk along Grand River Avenue last Sunday

The question: This week, we received this question from an Eli reader: “Who is responsible for keeping the sidewalks, curb, ramps, crosswalks, parking lots, and streets around schools clear and passable?” She added in her email that “various people—both parents who have called to complain and city or school district employees—say it's different: It's the school. No, it's the ELPS grounds people. No, it's the city.” She says she has “never gotten a consistent answer.”

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