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East Lansing City Council Meeting Recap 5/10/22

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Thanks for checking out the East Lansing City Council Recap. This publication is sent out after each regular, discussion-only and special City Council meeting. Plan for future meetings by viewing the 2022 meeting schedule here: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/997/2022-Meeting-Dates. (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/997/2022-Meeting-Dates)

Readers are encouraged to contact the East Lansing City Manager's Office with questions: (517) 319-6920


** Highlights from the May 10 Meeting
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Prior to yesterday's East Lansing City Council meeting, City Council held a budget work session at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center to discuss the Preliminary Fiscal Year 2023 Budget, focusing primarily on the major and local street funds, solid waste management fund and utility funds.

Council also discussed and reviewed the Local Development Finance Authority's FY 2023 budget during the budget work session. Community members can listen to the work session at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfvkQBFOJlA.

Following the work session, Council met for its Tuesday, May 10 regular meeting. During the communication from Councilmembers, Mayor Ron Bacon provided some prepared remarks in response to the officer-involved shooting that took place on Monday, April 25 at the Meijer store at 1350 W. Lake Lansing Road.

He spoke on community healing and working together to move forward as a community. He also provided assurance that the City of East Lansing will remain present to continue to answer the tough questions and engage in the tough discussions stemming from the critical incident.

“We’ll move forward. We’ll work through it, but we won’t shy away from tough conversations, tough discussions and things around this,” said Mayor Bacon. Community members can listen to Mayor Bacon’s full remarks here. (https://youtu.be/BHZ_xzWD2K8?t=850)

Mayor Bacon also requested that Community and Economic Development Administrator Adam Cummins provide an overview of upcoming activities happening in downtown East Lansing.

Cummins explained that the grand reopening of the Albert EL Fresco pedestrian-friendly area will take place on Thursday, May 12 beginning at 4 p.m. in downtown East Lansing. A variety of programs will be hosted in the space throughout the summer, including game nights, outdoor yoga, live music and more. Additionally, community members will have the opportunity to participate in a new program this summer, called Take-Out Tuesdays. Community members can learn more about this new program and upcoming Albert EL Fresco activities at www.cityofeastlansing.com/AlbertELFresco. (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/2174/Albert-EL-Fresco)

Cummins then provided an overview of several art projects that are currently underway in downtown East Lansing. He explained that the third installment of the "Life is a Groovy Opportunity" mural project is currently being painted on the north-facing wall of the Division Street Garage (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1678) , with plans to have it tentatively completed in time for the East Lansing Art Festival weekend, which is May 21-22.

Additionally, a K-12 Art Show is currently being displayed at participating downtown East Lansing businesses (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1664) and features approximately 350 pieces by students from East Lansing area schools. Cummins encouraged community members to check out these latest art projects and to be on the lookout for more art programs coming to downtown East Lansing this summer.

Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg took time during her remarks to announce that artist Ndubisi Okoye will begin painting a mural honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Robert L. Green in downtown East Lansing next week. Community members can learn more about this exciting mural project by reading the City's latest news release. (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1679)


** Public Hearing - Preliminary FY 2023 Budget and Property Tax Rate
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Council held a public hearing to consider the preliminary FY 2023 Budget and Property Tax Rate.

East Lansing Finance Director Jill Feldpausch explained that the proposed total property tax rate for FY 2023 is recommended to stay the same as the current tax rate at 16.3552 mills, with 12.5362 mills for operating purposes, 1.8250 mills for solid waste and 1.9940 mills for the East Lansing Public Library.

The next step is for Council to consider approval of the budget and tax rate resolution at the May 24, 2022 meeting. View the agenda item report for the public hearing to consider the preliminary FY 2023 Budget and Property Tax Rate. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/76272/Consideration%20of%20the%20preliminary%20FY2023%20budget%20.pdf?handle=45B8C48867F14CFD9C1F6C0BE1CD8DC5)


** Public Hearing - Resolution to Repair Existing Sidewalks
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Council held a public hearing to consider a resolution to order the repair of existing sidewalks located at 210, 234, 240 and 258 Michigan Ave.

East Lansing Department of Public Works Acting Director Nicole McPherson explained that the City sent letters to the property owners of 210, 234, 240 and 258 Michigan Ave., informing them of the hazardous sidewalk conditions along their property's frontage. In accordance with Ordinance No. 1206, property owners have the right to contest the need for sidewalk repairs at a public hearing before Council.

McPherson noted that, of the four property owners that were sent letters, three property owners have responded, two of which indicated that they will perform the repairs themselves and one that indicated that they will have the City perform the repairs and be assessed a cost for the repair. She also noted that staff plan to follow-up with the property owner who hasn't responded to the letter prior to the June 1 deadline.

Following the public hearing, Council unanimously approved a resolution to order the repair of existing sidewalks located at 210, 234, 240 and 258 Michigan Ave. View the agenda item report for the public hearing to consider a resolution to order the repair of existing sidewalks. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77312/Consideration%20of%20a%20resolution%20to%20order%20the%20repa.pdf?handle=8A2AA904862942E0B50D38D3A521F832)


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Public Hearing - CDBG FY 2023 Budget
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Council held the second of two public hearings for the Fiscal Year 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) budget.

The CDBG FY 2023 Budget recommendations include funding towards public services, public infrastructure programs and CDBG planning and administration. The public service programs recommended to receive funding in FY 2023 include the East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation and Arts' (ELPRA) Youth Scholarship Program, Haven House, Tri-County Office on Aging and EVE, Inc. The public infrastructure programs that are recommended to receive funding in FY 2023 include the Capital Area Housing Partnership's Home Ownership Assistance Program and Homeowner Rehabilitation Program, the East Lansing Department of Public Works' CDBG Sidewalk Project and ELPRA's Stoddard Park Improvement Project.

During communications at the start of the meeting, Council heard from representatives from Haven House and Tri-County Office on Aging who expressed gratitude that their organizations are included in the proposed CDBG budget to receive funding.

Council is scheduled to consider approval of the FY 2023 CDBG Budget on May 24, 2022. View the agenda item report for the FY 2023 CDBG Budget. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77428/Consideration%20of%20the%20City%20of%20East%20Lansing_s%20Com.pdf?handle=2D219A4695714E64BCD68EE29B599B75)


** Summary and Status of Officer-Involved Shooting on April 25, 2022
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Council’s meeting concluded with an update from East Lansing Police Chief Kim Johnson on the officer-involved shooting that took place on Monday, April 25 at the Meijer store at 1350 W. Lake Lansing Road.

Chief Johnson provided information on the response to the scene that night, the status and next steps for the investigation and the public meetings/press conferences that have taken place over the past two weeks since the incident occurred, including a press conference the night of the incident, a special meeting of the East Lansing Independent Police Oversight Commission (ELIPOC or Oversight Commission) on Thursday, April 28; a release of video footage from the incident at a press conference on Thursday, May 5; and ELIPOC’s regular meeting on Monday, May 9. Chief Johnson noted that ELPD is in the process of addressing some additional requests from the Oversight Commission that were made at the May 9 meeting. Chief Johnson also noted that ELPD staff are working to review ELPD’s policies and compile a list of policies that directly relate to the April 25 incident, some of which ELPD will review now and some that will be reviewed after the investigation is complete.

“I just want to assure the Council, and our Oversight Commission and our public that we are taking this situation extremely seriously and we are going to do our best to make sure that no stones are left unturned with our investigation, and the Michigan State Police has assured me that they are going to do the same with their investigation,” said Chief Johnson.

Community members can listen to Chief Johnson’s full update and the conversation that followed with Council here. (https://youtu.be/BHZ_xzWD2K8?t=3349)


** Other Items
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* Council approved a resolution acknowledging Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. View the agenda item report for the resolution acknowledging Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77390/Approve%20a%20resolution%20acknowledging%20Asian%20Americ.pdf?handle=13C6235E358446478280619B228C2503)
* Council approved a resolution commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA). View the agenda item report for the resolution commemorating the 50th Anniversary of CATA. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77055/Approve%20a%20resolution%20commemorating%20the%2050th%20ann.pdf?handle=C0EF3B3132E04A2187B795F70CBEA8F7)
* Council approved the East Lansing Independent Police Oversight Commission's (ELIPOC) Rules of Procedure. View the agenda item report for the ELIPOC's Rules of Procedure. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77229/Approve%20the%20City%20of%20East%20Lansing%20Independent%20Po.pdf?handle=659B1EEB405C4D88B97D2AE751A2AB11)
* Council approved a contract with E.T. MacKenzie Company for the construction of the FY 2022 Utility Improvements Project in the Bailey Neighborhood. View the agenda item report for the contract with E.T. Mackenzie Company for the FY 2022 Utility Improvements Project. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77382/Approve%20a%20contract%20with%20E.T.%20MacKenzie%20Company%20.pdf?handle=16DCFAB7BF7248D29E52252403C63B4B)
* Council approved a contract with Verlinde Excavating & Trucking for the FY 2022 CDBG Albert Avenue Phase IV Sidewalk Improvements.View the agenda item report for the contract with Verlinde Excavating & Trucking for the FY 2022 CDBG Albert Avenue Phase IV Sidewalk Improvements. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77380/Approve%20a%20contract%20with%20Verlinde%20Excavating%20_%20T.pdf?handle=F209813CC373469A9E2C07B51153FC53)
* Council introduced and set for the business agenda for the City Council meeting on May 24 consideration of Ordinance No. 1514, an ordinance to amend section 44-372 of the City Code regarding Parking Bureau Schedule of Fines. View the agenda item report introducing and setting Ordinance No. 1514 for the business agenda on May 24. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/76891/Introduce%20and%20set%20for%20the%20May%2024,%202022%20Business.pdf?handle=6FC44CBC0C13493C8D6338CFF0274497)
* Council set public hearings for the City Council meeting on May 24, 2022 to consider the following:
+ The approval of the Tax Increment Financing Development Plan for the Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) for the cities of Lansing and East Lansing. View the agenda item report setting a public hearing to consider the approval of the Tax Increment Financing Development Plan for the LDFA for the cities of Lansing and East Lansing. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77242/Approve%20a%20resolution%20to%20set%20a%20public%20hearing%20fo.pdf?handle=87160C2EF9814A158A183F1028589DEE)
+ A request to establish an Industrial Development District (IDD) per Public Act 198, as amended, at 3400 West Road. View the agenda item report setting a public hearing to consider a request to establish an IDD at 3400 West Road. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77470/Approve%20a%20resolution%20to%20set%20a%20public%20hearing%20fo.pdf?handle=A95C088C666943EE8B5EEFC10A28A68C)
+ The approval of Public Act 198, as amended, real property tax exemption application at 3400 West Road. View the agenda item report setting a public hearing to consider the approval of a real property tax exemption application at 3400 West Road. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77476/Approve%20a%20resolution%20to%20set%20a%20public%20hearing%20fo.pdf?handle=8CBC926AD3FF448F84B574330FAA8F80)
+ The approval of Public Act 328, as amended, new personal property tax exemption application at 3400 West Road. View the agenda item report setting a public hearing to consider the approval of a new personal property tax exemption application at 3400 West Road. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/77480/Approve%20a%20resolution%20to%20set%20a%20public%20hearing%20fo.pdf?handle=72B9E1EC92334ECE98C505F789D33630)

To learn more about all items discussed during the meeting, view the Agenda Packet. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=739)
Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 17

Budget Work Session &
Discussion-Only Meeting


** Additional Information
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The City of East Lansing has transitioned back to in-person public meetings and East Lansing City Council meetings have been temporarily relocated to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. Budget work sessions take place at 5 p.m. and regular and discussion-only Council meetings take place at 7 p.m. A remote option for viewing the meetings and providing public comment is continuing to be offered for City Council and Planning Commission meetings via the City's public meeting portal (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/Portal/) . The number to call in for public comment is posted at the top of each meeting agenda.

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