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Council Capsule: December 15, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Image: City Finance Director introduced external auditors Joe Heffernan and Dan Block of Plante Moran last night.

All present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods.

A Week in the Life of Your ELi

Saturday, December 12, 2015

 

We’re reaching the end of ELi’s first full calendar year, and I would personally appreciate if you would take a moment to reflect with me on whether we are meeting our stated non-profit mission: providing local news and information specifically focused on East Lansing, with the aim of educating citizens, supporting fact-based dialogue, building community, bridging generations, and teaching people—from high school students to senior citizens—how to do non-partisan, non-editorial embedded reporting for their own community.

Ask ELi: Rainwater Collection and Use?

Friday, December 11, 2015

What is the City doing to encourage and manage localized rainwater use? We asked Bob Scheuerman, Engineering Administrator for the City of East Lansing, a font of water knowledge.

Council Capsule: December 8, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Image: City Council last night during discussion of the auditors’ report

All Councilmembers were present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, and Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods.

Your ELi: Our FOIA Appeal

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Above: Screenshot of the presumably satirical "Steve Meadows" Facebook page.

This coming Tuesday evening, I will be representing ELi at the Ingham County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. We are appealing the County’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the “Steve Meadows” mystery.

Council Capsule: December 1, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Each week, ELi brings you a summary of what happened at City Council. Our “Council Capsule” allows you to stay on top of what’s happening in our local government.

All present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, Susan Woods (5 minutes late because she was coming from Austria).

Council Capsule: November 24, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Image of City Council courtesy City of East Lansing.

Each week, ELi brings you a summary of what happened at City Council. Our “Council Capsule” allows you to stay on top of what’s happening in our local government.

All present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, Susan Woods.

Talking East Lansing Turkey

Monday, November 23, 2015

The fleshy bit hanging over the bill of this tom is called a snood. The fleshy bit hanging below the chin is a wattle. Image courtesy MSU Extension.

A drive into the countryside around East Lansing will take you into turkey habitat. The domestic or wild turkey is native to the East Lansing area, and turkeys have been in North America for more than 20 million years. Relatives of the turkey go back to the dinosaurs, about 85 million years ago in the late Cretaceous period.

ASK ELi: West versus East Leaf Collection

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The City had planned to do more bulk leaf collection west of Abbot Road this Monday through Wednesday (November 23-25), but rescheduling will be necessary if the snow remains on Monday, according to Ron Lacasse, Infrastructure Administrator for the City. That’s not only because snow and cold temperatures cause problem for the collection equipment but because some of the equipment used for leaf collection is the same as that used for snow removal, according to Lacasse.

Unique Hostess Gifts at EL Small Businesses

Friday, November 20, 2015

Above: terrarium makings at Clever Clover

Been invited to be a dinner guest or house guest this holiday season? Whether your destination is local or in a distant state, consider picking up a gift for your host or hostess at one of East Lansing’s many locally-owned small businesses.

Council Capsule: November 17, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Above: The “Little Bank Building” as seen from Evergreen Avenue, looking towards Dublin Square. This long-blighted building at the southwest corner of Abbot Road and Albert Street is set to be demolished soon.

Each week, East Lansing Info (ELi) brings you Council Capsule, our summary of what happened at City Council that week.

ELi on Earth: When EL Ginkos Lose Their Leaves

Monday, November 2, 2015

Editor's note: This article originally ran last fall in a slighly different form.

The day after East Lansing gets a killing frost, residents will likely be treated to a rain of leaves from all the local ginko trees. Most types of trees lose their leaves over the course of several weeks, but ginko trees usually lose their leaves in a day following a hard frost. Below we provide a video taken last year during East Lansing's ginko-leaf rain.

We Did It, and Then Some!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

We are so very excited to announced that Eli’s October fundraiser, aimed at raising $10,000, has raised $14,807! That is almost 50% more than we were aiming for!

Your amazing generosity will ensure Eli’s continued success and will allow us to do even more great work for you, our readers, than we had planned! Managing Editor Ann Nichols and I are beside ourselves with gratitude and excitement.

ASK ELi: Are the Chamber's Mailers Legal?

Friday, October 30, 2015

 

A reader asks, "Why are candidate Shanna Draheim's last two campaign mailers paid for by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce instead of by her campaign committee? Is this a campaign violation?”

ASK ELi: Have TIFs Been Rejected?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Above: Photo of Albert Place Condos when they were being built on the site of a planned project whose TIF plan was earlier rejected by the State.

Some residents are wondering if all requests from developers for tax increment financing (TIF) in East Lansing are ultimately approved. There has been at least one plan rejected in the recent past, as explained below.

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