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East Lansing City Council Meeting Recap 11/9/21

East Lansing City Council Meeting Recap 11/9/21


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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 2021 meeting schedule here: https://cityofeastlansing.com/997/2021-Meeting-Dates (https://cityofeastlansing.com/997/2020-Meeting-Dates) .

Readers are encouraged to contact the East Lansing City Manager's Office with questions: (517) 319-6920
Mayor Ron Bacon was elected the first Black mayor of the City of East Lansing at the Tuesday, Nov. 9 East Lansing City Council meeting. He is pictured here being sworn-in by East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster, with his wife, Therese, by his side.


** Highlights from the Nov. 9 Meeting
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At the Tuesday, Nov. 9 East Lansing City Council meeting, the administration of the oath of office for the newly elected East Lansing City Councilmembers took place and East Lansing's new mayor and mayor pro tem were elected by Council and sworn-in.

East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster administered the oath of office to Dana Watson and George Brookover for their four-year terms and Ron Bacon for his two-year term on the East Lansing City Council. With this election, Bacon and Watson have made history by becoming the first two Black people to be elected by voters to the East Lansing City Council.

Following the oath of office for the newly elected Councilmembers, Council elected Bacon to serve as East Lansing’s new mayor and elected Jessy Gregg to serve as East Lansing’s mayor pro tem. The election of Mayor Bacon also marks an important moment in East Lansing’s history as he will be serving as the City of East Lansing’s first Black mayor. Following Mayor Bacon's swearing-in, he made a few remarks:

"I'm honored to serve the residents of East Lansing and I'm humbled by the support of this community. Thank you for the support of my candidacy. I'm committed to serving all of East Lansing, including those who honored me with their votes and those who are seeking confidence," said Mayor Bacon. "The significance of my election and, now promotion to mayor of East Lansing, is not lost on me. Being the first Black male to serve in this capacity is, at this point, overwhelming."

Mayor Bacon went on to recognize several community and civil rights leaders who came before him as well as his parents, who paved the way for him. He concluded his remarks by touching on some of the City of East Lansing's milestones and discussing his hopes for the future:

"East Lansing as a community has marked significant national milestones, being one of the first cities with legislation protecting LGBTQ persons and being among the first cities in the nation to acknowledge MLK Day as a holiday and, more recently, taking bold steps forward in establishing a Police Oversight Commission and being a community committed to DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). Along with this, I think we have sought to reset our creed of equal access, protection and participation for everyone who calls East Lansing home. I'm hopeful for the future, that we can finish the business that we started, working with staff to build safer, stronger and more inclusive neighborhoods, continuing to re-imagine our downtown and revitalize our business community and working together for a brighter future in conjunction with MSU and our regional partners."

Community members can watch a recording of last night's meeting via the City's public meeting portal (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Id=504) .


** Discussion of Council Liaison Assignments for Boards and Commissions
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During last night’s meeting, the newly sworn East Lansing City Council had a preliminary discussion about Council liaison assignments for boards and commissions moving forward, with plans to have further discussion at next week's discussion-only meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The decision was made to have the Councilmembers rank their boards and commission choices based on interest and submit those to the mayor ahead of next week's meeting. Council also discussed having two Council liaisons for some of the boards and commissions in cases where more than one Councilmember is interested in serving as the liaison.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 16


** PLEASE NOTE:
In-Person Public Meetings Resumed in August 2021
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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. Masks are required at the in-person meetings. Please note that all regularly scheduled Council meetings take place at 7 p.m. A remote option for public comment is continuing to be offered for City Council and Planning Commission meetings. Learn more (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1520) .

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