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Dialog E-Newsletter 7/29/22

Dialog E-Newsletter 7/29/22


** Thanks for Staying Connected!
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Thanks for checking out the City of East Lansing's latest Dialog E-Newsletter. Help spread the word! Friends and neighbors can get bi-weekly City news and event information in their inbox every other Friday by subscribing at www.cityofeastlansing.com/eNews.
A photo of a roll of "I voted" stickers is featured.


** East Lansing City Clerk's Office Extended Hours and Election Reminders
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As the August 2, 2022 State Primary Election approaches, East Lansing voters are reminded that extended hours will be offered at the East Lansing City Clerk’s Office, 410 Abbot Road, in addition to regular hours.

Extended hours will be offered on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Additionally, the City Clerk’s Office will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day. Outside of these extended hours, regular office hours at the City Clerk’s Office are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

At the City Clerk’s Office, East Lansing voters can register to vote, apply for and vote their absentee ballots and/or turn in their voted absentee ballot. Voted absentee ballots can also be dropped off at the following ballot drop box locations in the community, which are secured and checked daily by City Clerk’s Office staff:
* East Lansing City Hall (north parking lot), 410 Abbot Road
* East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road
* East Lansing Department of Public Works, 1800 E. State Road
* MSU-CATA Transportation Center, 592 N. Shaw Lane

Requests to have an absentee ballot mailed must be received by the Clerk by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election and the deadline to request an absentee ballot in person at the City Clerk’s Office is 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election. Within two weeks of an election, to avoid possible postal delays, it is recommended that absentee ballot requests be made in person at the City Clerk’s Office. Absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office or a drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

On Election Day, East Lansing’s polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and same-day voter registration will be offered at the City Clerk’s Office. For those registering to vote leading up to and on Election Day, proof of residency must be provided. This proof must include the voter’s name and current address and it can be in electronic format. Acceptable forms include:
* MSU LiveOn App
* Michigan Driver’s license or state ID
* Current utility bill
* Bank statement
* Paycheck or government check
* Other government document

Additionally, those voting in person on Election Day are reminded that they must show a picture i.d. or sign an affidavit attesting that they are not in possession of a picture i.d. before voting. Due to recent redistricting, those planning to vote in person on Election Day are encouraged to confirm their polling location at https://mi.gov/vote.

Community members with questions about the upcoming election can contact the City Clerk’s Office at (517) 319-6914. Additional election information is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/elections.
National Night Out, Touch-a-Truck Tuesday, Aug. 2 6-8 p.m. East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road This popular annual event offers free fun for the entire family, while promoting community safety and awareness. Free and open to all community members.


** East Lansing's National Night Out, Touch-a-Truck Event to Take Place Tuesday, Aug. 2
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The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) and East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) are partnering once again this year to host the City of East Lansing’s 2022 National Night Out, Touch-a-Truck event on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at ELPL, 950 Abbot Road.

This popular, annual event offers free fun for the entire family, while also promoting community safety and awareness. This year’s event will feature plenty of vehicles for children to explore, interaction with local police officers and firefighters, police K9s, bike registration, Neighborhood Watch information, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, free snacks and more. Vehicles at the event will include police vehicles from ELPD and the Michigan State University Police Department, a fire engine and ambulance from the East Lansing Fire Department, multiple trucks from the East Lansing Department of Public Works, ELPL’s Library on the Go mobile pop-up library, a College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving® vehicle, an H&H Mobil tow truck and more.

The library and the library’s parking lot will close at 5 p.m. to prepare for this all-ages community event. Parking for the event will be available on side streets as well as at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, and the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, 855 Grove St. Some limited parking will also be available at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road; however, there will be Election Day activity at the ELHCC, so the other parking locations are recommended.

The event is free and open to all community members.
Looking to Recycle Better? Navigate to the City of East Lansing's recycling webpage and check out the new recycling tools? cityofeastlansing.com/recycle


** City of East Lansing Launches Recycle Coach for Residents
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For residents looking to reduce their household waste and become better recyclers, the City of East Lansing has launched the Recycle Coach app.

“We are excited to launch this new, customized app, which will transform how we communicate local curbside collection, waste and recycling information to our residents,” said East Lansing Environmental Specialist Cliff Walls. “Beyond that, the platform includes engagement and educational tools to help residents manage and correctly recycle or dispose of their waste.”

Residents can access Recycle Coach from their desktop computers and mobile devices. These platforms make it easy for people to get local disposal information for thousands of household items when they need it.

The Recycle Coach app allows residents to:
* Stay organized with custom curbside collection calendars (recycling, garbage, yard waste, etc.).
* Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions.
* Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items.
* Take the “We Wanted to Know” weekly quizzes for useful recycling tips and tricks.
* Help reduce the amount of contamination in the curbside recycling stream by making informed recycling decisions.

“Ultimately, Recycle Coach takes the guesswork out of recycling, empowering residents to make smarter disposal decisions and take an active approach to reducing household waste,” said Walls. “Our hope is that this will result in higher recycling rates and less contamination in our recycling stream – a win-win for everyone.”

The Recycle Coach app can be downloaded from the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/recycle-coach/id1071714967) or Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.recyclecoach.worldster.pack&hl=en) . For East Lansing residents seeking to access Recycle Coach through a desktop monitor, it is also available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/recycle.

Community members can learn more about Recycle Coach at https://recyclecoach.com/.
A Conceptual Render (looking southeast) of the Patriarche Park Sport Court Renovation Project is featured.


** Sport Court Renovation Project to Begin at Patriarche Park this August
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Community members are advised that an exciting Sport Court Renovation Project is slated to begin at East Lansing’s Patriarche Park this August.

The project will include demolition and reconstruction of the tennis, basketball and pickleball courts at the park, which are currently in significant disrepair and beyond their useful life. At completion, the sport court area at the park will include 10 fenced pickleball courts, one tennis court, a basketball surface designed to accommodate one full-sized court or two half courts, a shade/picnic structure with tables and a grill, a detention basin rain garden and landscaping. Accessibility improvements will also be made, including construction of a new sidewalk from Alton Road to the courts and wider entry/exit gates into the tennis and pickleball courts.

The project is slated to begin at the end of August, with the existing courts scheduled to be closed to the public beginning Monday, Aug. 22 to prepare for demolition. Construction will continue through the end of November, with any remaining items to be completed next spring. The courts will remain closed to the public until the project is completed. Other areas of the park will not be impacted by the construction.

“For those in our community who enjoy participating in court sports, this will be a substantial, transformational improvement to that area of the park,” said East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts Assistant Director Wendy Wilmers Longpre. “We appreciate the community’s patience during this exciting project, which will ensure that these popular outdoor recreational amenities can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

The Sport Court Renovation Project would not be possible without the support of the Patriarche Park Pickleball Association (PPPA), a 501(c)3 comprised of area pickleball players and advocates. The PPPA has been involved in the planning of the project and secured more than $160,000 in donations from more than 190 individuals, foundations and businesses for the project. The PPPA’s secured funds included a $50,000 matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation through a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign that reached its fundraising goal in February 2022.

The project is also being funded by a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and allocations from East Lansing’s Income Tax Fund.
A photo of the dumpster shroud located in downtown East Lansing's Bailey Parking Lot is featured.


** Request for Qualifications Released for Public Mural in Downtown East Lansing
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The East Lansing Arts Commission (ELAC) has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified artists for a public mural planned for downtown East Lansing.

The selected artist will create a public mural for the dumpster shroud (pictured above) located in the Bailey Parking Lot, 139 Bailey St., that provides a fun and vibrant backdrop to the public for selfie self-expression opportunities, graduation photos and more. The artist should also keep in mind the City’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the importance that art plays in defining a sense of place and community as well as the diversity of the East Lansing community.

The available space for the mural is 10’5” tall x 33’6” wide and could wrap around the full shroud (excluding the doors). The mural will be funded using Public Art Fund dollars through the Percent for Art program.

Interested artists have until 5 p.m. (EST) on August 25, 2022 to submit their qualifications. After the initial review of their qualifications, the East Lansing Art Selection Panel will invite three to five artists to submit a full proposal. These artists will be compensated $500 for their proposals, whether their proposal is selected or not. These proposals will be the property of the ELAC for up to one year, allowing the ELAC the option to potentially find other locations for the proposals that are not selected for the Bailey Parking Lot location.

Details of the RFQ, including how to submit qualifications and the selection process, are available at https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/Bids.aspx?BidID=67.

Installation of the Bailey Parking Lot mural is planned for May 2023 and a dedication is scheduled for the end of August 2023. Artists with questions about the public mural project can email hmajano@cityofeastlansing.com (mailto:hmajano@cityofeastlansing.com) .

The City of East Lansing’s Percent for Art ordinance requires that one percent of the budget (up to $25,000) for new development projects be used to fund public art in the community. Developers can choose to propose and commission a public art piece on the site of their development, donate public art to the City or contribute funds to the City’s Public Art Fund. The City also contributes one percent of its capital improvement budget to the Public Art Fund each year.
Local artist Dedria Humphries Barker is pictured by her art installation entitled "Blue People Art" at downtown East Lansing's MI Blue Owl Coffee. This installation was supported by a FY22 Cultural Arts Grant from ELAC.


** East Lansing Arts Commission Now Accepting Applications for FY23 Cultural Arts Grant Program
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The East Lansing Arts Commission is currently accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Cultural Arts Grant program.

The Cultural Arts Grant program supports high-quality public art projects that encourage artistic expression and public participation, with an emphasis on promoting cultural appreciation for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community. The commission has up to $17,500 to allocate for FY23.

“This is a great opportunity for groups, organizations, businesses or individuals to potentially receive some grant funding support for events or projects that encourage artistic awareness, public participation and or cultural arts appreciation in our East Lansing community,” said East Lansing Art Festival and Arts Initiative Coordinator Heather Majano.

FY23 grant-funded projects and events must take place between November 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Applications for FY23 Cultural Arts Grant funding must be received by 5 p.m. on September 15, 2022 to be considered.

Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/CulturalArtsGrant for additional information and the application.

Local artist Dedria Humphries Barker is pictured above by her art installation entitled "Blue People Art" at downtown East Lansing's MI Blue Owl Coffee. This installation was supported by a FY22 Cultural Arts Grant from ELAC.
A picture of the Northern Tier Trail is featured.


** Northern Tier Trail Relocation Project Currently Underway
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Community members are advised that a Northern Tier Trail relocation project began this week in the City of East Lansing.

The project involves removing and relocating a section of the trail, located between the East Lansing Soccer Complex and Abbey Road bridge (view site plan (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/12517/Site-Plan_7-8-2022-PDF) ), away from the Sanderson Drain, which will increase user safety. The project is slated for completion by approximately Friday, Aug. 26, weather permitting.

During the work, the section of trail where construction is taking place will remain closed for the safety of trail users and security of the construction site. Trail users are being detoured around the project site and are encouraged to pay attention to the barricades and signs that are in place (view detour map (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/12576/NTT-Detour-Map-2022-PDF) ).

The community’s patience is appreciated during this important work. Funding for this trail improvement project has been provided by the Ingham County Trails and Parks Millage.
https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1693


** Summer Concert Series Continues with Jordan Hamilton
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The 2022 East Lansing Summer Concert Series will continue through Aug. 12 with free, live performances each Friday from 7-9 p.m. in downtown East Lansing's Ann Street Plaza. On Friday, July 29, Michigan-based cellist and vocalist Jordan Hamilton will be performing! Click here (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/455/Summer-Concert-Series) for more information.

A photo of children's entertainer Kevin Devine is featured.


** Play in the Park to Feature Kevin Devine
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The City of East Lansing's 2022 Play in the Park children's entertainment series will wrap up on Tuesday, Aug. 9 with a performance by award-winning children's entertainer, songwriter and recording artist Kevin Devine at 7 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court. Click here (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/playinthepark) to learn more about the Play in the Park series and Kevin Devine.
East Lansing Family Aquatic Center Summer Splash Wednesday, Aug. 10 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 6400 Abbot Road belly flop contest biggest splash contest children's games balloon toss relay races door prizes sidewalk art contest DJ Regular rates apply (517) 332-4420


** Save the Date for ELFAC's Summer Splash
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Save the date for the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center's (ELFAC) Summer Splash, which will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be contests, children's games, a balloon toss, relay races, door prizes, a DJ and more! Regular rates will apply. Learn more about the ELFAC here (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/852/Aquatic-Center) .

We're hiring! Join our Team! cityofeastlansing.com/jobs
The City of East Lansing currently has the following full-time, part-time and seasonal employment openings:
* Code Compliance Officer - Planning, Building & Development
* Community & Economic Development Specialist
* Director - Finance Department
* Engineering Technician II
* Finance Assistant - Treasury Department
* Journeyman Electrician - Water Resource Recovery Facility
* Maintenance Specialist - Water Resource Recovery Facility
* Maintenance Specialist/Instrumentalist - Water Resource Recovery Facility
* Police Inspector
* Police Officer
* Police Social Worker
* Public Service Employee - Public Works
* Water Resource Recovery Facility Process Control Specialist
* Before and After School Child Care Aide
* Customer Service Associate - East Lansing Hannah Community Center
* Fitness Instructor - Parks, Recreation & Arts
* Jail Service Officer
* P.A.C.E. Officer
* Parking Ambassadors
* Police Cadet
* School Age Site Leader
* Teen Services Specialist - East Lansing Public Library
* Youth Services Librarian - East Lansing Public Library
* 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Head Cross Country Coach, MacDonald Middle School
* Adult School Crossing Guard
* Girls' 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Head Coach, MacDonald Middle School
* Judicial Law Clerk - 54B District Court
* Soccer Complex Field Monitor
* Temporary Summer Positions - Public Works

View the job descriptions and apply at www.cityofeastlansing.com/jobs (https://cityofeastlansing.com/jobs.aspx) .

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