Public Works

Lead Persists at Glencairn School Despite Fix

Thursday, February 4, 2016

East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) Superintendent Robyne Thompson notified parents yesterday that in spite of replacement of plumbing suspected of leaching lead at Glencairn Elementary School, water coming to one sink is still testing positive for high levels of lead.

Ask ELi: Are East Lansing Recycling Rates Up?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Since the new single-bin program started, recycling is up, but trash is not down by nearly as much. We asked DPW's Cathy DeShambo to explain this and more about the new program.

Balancing Road Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The photo above shows our City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) snow and ice team—the people who clear and salt our roads when winter storms turn them dangerous. As Ron Lacasse, DPW’s Infrastructure Administrator explains, “the staff in this picture includes all areas of DPW related to the effort, including staff that plows parking lots and sidewalks as well as mechanics who keep everything serviced and repaired during a storm event. All are important pieces of the puzzle that keeps us successful.”

Questions Answered at Burcham Solar Project Forum

Thursday, January 14, 2016

On Monday night, a community forum was held at the Hannah Center for the planned Community Solar Project in Burcham Park. The forum, hosted by the City of East Lansing Commission on the Environment and the Meridian Township Environmental Commission, was an opportunity to provide more information on the project and to address questions, concerns, or suggestions residents may have about the solar park.

Short Power Outage Due to Emergency Repair

Friday, January 8, 2016

Thousands of East Lansing customers of the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) experienced a short power outage today. BWL says the outage was due to emergency repair needs in the area.

According to Steve Serkaian, Executive Director of Public Affairs for BWL, "We had an unplanned equipment issue to quickly address at a substation that serves E. Lansing customers. We used social media and traditional media to inform our customers as well as contacting E. Lansing leaders. We’re pleased that the outage lasted only 8 minutes and apologize for any customer inconvenience."

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.

City Garage Under Marriott May Be Closed, Sold

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

East Lansing’s City Council heard from City staff last night about various options for dealing with the City-owned parking garage and land under the Marriott Hotel downtown. Investors have expressed some interest in purchasing the garage and/or the land under the whole “University Place” complex, a parking garage and land which the City currently owns.

Tree Protection Ordinance Debated, Deferred

Friday, December 4, 2015

Above: The old white oak tree on Spartan Avenue, on the site of the proposed “White Oak Place” development.

The third and by far longest of three public hearings at this week’s City Council meeting centered on Ordinance No. 1363, the so-called tree protection ordinance. If it were to pass as proposed, it would protect certain trees within the City of East Lansing by requiring permits before anyone trims or cuts a tree that has been designated “protected.”

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).

Developer Expected to Request $9.5 Million TIF

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A recent presentation to East Lansing’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) unveiled the Brownfield tax increment financing (TIF) plan for the proposed mixed-use redevelopment where Spartan Avenue meets Grand River Avenue. If all goes as presented to the DDA, the developer will be asking East Lansing’s City Council to approve $9.5 million in TIF reimbursements for expenses related to the redevelopment.

Community Solar Project Planned for Burcham Park

Friday, November 27, 2015

At their work session this past Tuesday, East Lansing’s City Council was presented with a draft lease agreement between the City of East Lansing and Patriot Solar Garden East Lansing, LLC, for community solar project at Burcham Park. Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) is also a partner in this project.

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.

Limited Leaf Collection on West Side

Monday, November 23, 2015

According to an update we just received from the City, "Crews are moving forward with the extension of fall bulk collection on the City's west side (residences west of Abbot Road) this week, Nov. 23-25, as scheduled; however, collection will be limited to large bulk piles of leaves. Fine cleanup (blowing and sweeping) is not possible due to the cold temperatures and snow/ice."