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Overlay Information Session Draws Big Crowd

Overlay Information Session Draws Big Crowd

The proposed Glencairn rental restriction overlay district goes back before Planning Commission Wednesday.

Video of Nov. 2 Special Council Meeting Released On City YouTube Channel
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Video of Nov. 2 Special Council Meeting Released On City YouTube Channel

The video was uploaded to the city’s YouTube channel, but not added to the meeting calendar like other recordings. City manager tells ELi it was an “oversight.”

Council Rejects Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Resolution
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Council Rejects Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Resolution

Despite emotional testimony from many personally impacted by the conflict, the resolution drafted by the Human Rights Commission was rejected 4-1.

Special Council Meeting: Assertion Charter Was Violated Found to be Without Merit, City Attorney Will Settle Two Lawsuits
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Special Council Meeting: Assertion Charter Was Violated Found to be Without Merit, City Attorney Will Settle Two Lawsuits

The agenda for the Thursday meeting was added to the city calendar on Wednesday.

Special ELi Investigation: Why Have So Many Senior Personnel Quit the City of East Lansing?

Special ELi Investigation: Why Have So Many Senior Personnel Quit the City of East Lansing?

Divisions within East Lansing’s City Hall have led to complaints and resignations.

Brookover Is Back and a Lot Happened at Council
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Brookover Is Back and a Lot Happened at Council

The mayor hopes to “really aggravate Indianapolis,” and Council is seeking a legal opinion on conflicts of interest. What else happened this Tuesday night?

East Lansing Insider: A Review of the City Attorney Hiring Process
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East Lansing Insider: A Review of the City Attorney Hiring Process

After a more than six-month-long process, the City of East Lansing finally has new City Attorneys. Some of the ELi team recaps the process in this episode of the pod and discusses the changes in how the City will be represented.

Tie Vote At Council Nixes Application To Establish A Fraternity on Ann Street
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Tie Vote At Council Nixes Application To Establish A Fraternity on Ann Street

Council member Brookover’s arguments against approving a Special Use Permit to establish a fraternity at 532 Ann St. resulted in a 2-2 split vote, meaning the SUP was not approved, as many non-student residents expressed concern about the impact of student housing, especially, fraternities and sororities, on their communities.

Council Approves Contract for City Prosecutor in 4-1 Vote As The Mayor Called Out A Bungled Process
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Council Approves Contract for City Prosecutor in 4-1 Vote As The Mayor Called Out A Bungled Process

The contract approval comes after a months-long search for new legal representation for the City of East Lansing. Emily Joan Elliott reports.

Council Approves “Streamlined” Policy For Outdoor Restaurant Seating, Settlement in FOIA Lawsuit
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Council Approves “Streamlined” Policy For Outdoor Restaurant Seating, Settlement in FOIA Lawsuit

Council re-upped a policy that streamlines the process for restaurants to apply for expanded outdoor seating, but the big news about the City’s settlement in a FOIA lawsuit was buried in the consent agenda. Andrew Graham reports.

Council Approves Contract For Municipal City Attorney, Defers Hiring Prosecutor

Council Approves Contract For Municipal City Attorney, Defers Hiring Prosecutor

Council approved a contract for the Giamarco, Mullins and Horton law firm to serve as municipal legal counsel but deferred approving a contract for the prosecutorial position due to confusion over the proposed hourly rates.

What Does the Attorney General’s Opinion On the Open Meetings Act Mean for East Lansing’s Public Bodies? [UPDATED]
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What Does the Attorney General’s Opinion On the Open Meetings Act Mean for East Lansing’s Public Bodies? [UPDATED]

The ELPS School Board weighed the benefits and setbacks of increasing options for public comment at its Feb. 14 meeting.

Council Enters Contract Negotiations With Two Firms for Municipal Counsel and Prosecutor Roles, Respectively
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Council Enters Contract Negotiations With Two Firms for Municipal Counsel and Prosecutor Roles, Respectively

Council delegated the negotiating duties to City Manager George Lahanas, who will come back to Council for final approval on the respective contracts after negotiations. Andrew Graham reports.

East Lansing City Attorney Search Down To Five Candidates As (Some) References Get Checked

East Lansing City Attorney Search Down To Five Candidates As (Some) References Get Checked

“I’d say start talking about rates. Rates is the third rail here,” Mayor Ron Bacon said to City Manager George Lahanas about the next steps in the process of hiring a new City Attorney.

East Lansing Insider: Recapping the East Lansing City Attorney Search To Date
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East Lansing Insider: Recapping the East Lansing City Attorney Search To Date

Andrew and Al Hargrave talk through what has happened in the search for a new City Attorney, to date, and get into what the Council might be looking for in their new counsel. Take a listen!

Interviews Are Done But Council Defers Winnowing Down City Attorney Applicant Pool

Interviews Are Done But Council Defers Winnowing Down City Attorney Applicant Pool

After conducting the final interview for the open City Attorney position, City Council decided to postpone a discussion on selecting top candidates until its Jan. 25 meeting. The decision was made in part due to Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg’s absence after she contracted Covid-19 last week.

East Lansing’s City Attorney Search Poised To Run Through End of January

East Lansing’s City Attorney Search Poised To Run Through End of January

Council will interview the candidates for City Attorney on Jan. 13, but the entire process may run through the end of the month. The City might also hire 2 attorneys: one to act as prosecutor for the District 54B Court and one to act as legal counsel for the City.

MSU to Require Covid Booster Shots While Parks & Rec Chair “Irritated” by City’s Lack of Mandate
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MSU to Require Covid Booster Shots While Parks & Rec Chair “Irritated” by City’s Lack of Mandate

MSU announced today that it will require students, faculty, and staff to get a Covid booster for the upcoming semester. On Wednesday, the Parks and Rec Commission drafted a letter to the City Manager and Council, asking for the City, which has no plans for a vaccine mandate of its own, to change course on the issue.

Interview Date for the 7 City Attorney Applicants is Set by Council

Interview Date for the 7 City Attorney Applicants is Set by Council

City Council member George Brookover, a finalist for the City Attorney position in the last go-around, shared his opinions of how to manage the selection differently this time as the City Council looks to replace Foster Swift.

Ask ELi: What’s Going On With The City Attorney Search?
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Ask ELi: What’s Going On With The City Attorney Search?

It’s been over three months since East Lansing’s City Council decided to look for a new City Attorney, and five law firms have submitted proposals to take on the role. What’s going on with all this?

Redevelopment of the City Land Sold on eBay Appears Back On Track for Marijuana Dispensary Plan
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Redevelopment of the City Land Sold on eBay Appears Back On Track for Marijuana Dispensary Plan

City Council approved a new letter agreement with the would-be developers of 2040 Merritt Rd., the former DPW headquarters property that the City quietly sold via eBay in 2019. What will be built there now?

Hair-Based Discrimination, Raises for Council Taken Up at Last Council Meeting Before Election
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Hair-Based Discrimination, Raises for Council Taken Up at Last Council Meeting Before Election

The City of East Lansing now prohibits hair-based discrimination, and the next City Council will see a slight increase in their pay. Lisa Babcock also reminded the community about her flooding town hall on Thursday. Find out about all this, the City’s litigation update, and more!

All the East Lansing News We Don’t Know Where to Put
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All the East Lansing News We Don’t Know Where to Put

City Council candidate forums, the possibility of a new City Attorney, an issue of representation at the Arts Commission, and parliamentary procedure. Alice Dreger brings updates on all that and more!

Under Foster Swift, the City Attorneys’ Advice Has Become Ever More Hidden from View

Under Foster Swift, the City Attorneys’ Advice Has Become Ever More Hidden from View

Under the current City Council and City Attorney, it’s gotten even harder for citizens to see the City Attorneys’ opinions. ELi’s Andrew Graham explains the struggle for transparency.