What do I do with peanut butter jars? Is it okay to put #4 plastic bags in the recycling bin? What about safety razors and paper envelopes with plastic windows? DPW's Cathy DeShambo provides the answers!
Tuesday night’s regular East Lansing City Council meeting lasted nearly two hours, with much of the time devoted to ongoing concerns over residential permit parking (RPP) in Chesterfield Hills. For more information regarding that issue, see ELi's special report.
Canadian journalist and author Naomi Klein spoke the evening of April 4th to a nearly full house in the Wharton Center’s Great Hall, on the Michigan State University campus. Before she came on stage, a giant screen behind the speaker’s podium announced her timely topic and ultimately hopeful thesis: “How climate change is going to change everything (for the worse—or the better).”
Photo of a snowdrop flower with a honeybee in the author's East Lansing yard this past weekend
This past Friday’s equinox marked the beginning of the astronomical spring season, although usually it takes the climate of East Lansing a couple of weeks to catch up to the calendar. But the warm days of the last couple of weeks have brought on some spring blooms to coincide with the appearance of spring on this year’s calendar.
The weather of this last weekend led many East Lansing gardeners to break out their gardening tools for some planting and spring garden cleanup. A quick walk through some westside neighborhoods reveals that folks are beginning to use their parkways as an interesting gardening opportunity. A parkway is the land between the sidewalk and the street. Homeowners own the parkway and have the responsibility and the right to maintain the land, while the City has right of access to the parkway.
Eli is going to be on sabbatical starting today and running through at least April 11. During the sabbatical, ELi’s Managing Editor Ann Nichols and I will be working with advisors on figuring out how to go forward. If you think of ELi as our ELi—as a communal good that really matters to your life here—then now would be a good time to pause with us and help us figure out how we proceed.
East Lansing High School is presenting “Legally Blonde, the Musical” as its spring musical beginning on Wednesday, March 16, at 7pm, and continuing on: Thursday, March 17, at 7pm; Friday, March 18, at 7:30pm; Saturday, March 19, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, March 20, at 2pm. All performances will be at the ELHS Center for Performing Arts, 509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing.
The performance dates had to be changed and reduced because of snow days that prevented rehearsals. The show, originally slotted for seven performances, will now run for five.
Bicycle advocates in East Lansing are concerned that CATA’s plan for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) does not include more and better provisions for bicycle use in the downtown East Lansing/Grand River Avenue corridor. But City Planning staff told Council last week that CATA it is doing what it can while being hampered by space and funding limitations.
Logistical update: All Council members were present at tonight’s meeting, including Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and members Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. Before the meeting’s official start, Meadows noted that Tuesday’s meeting was being recorded and broadcast via fixed-position cameras in accordance with Council’s new schedule and frequency of video recording meetings, as previously reported by ELi’s Coleen Moyerbrailean.
This is ELi's Capsule for the East Lansing City Council meeting of February 2, 2016.
A lot happened at East Lansing’s City Council meeting this week for a relatively short meeting. As we do each week with Council Capsule, here we give you the rundown, with links to reports on the more significant items.