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Dialog E-Newsletter 11/19/21

Dialog E-Newsletter 11/19/21


** 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.


** City of East Lansing Seeks Citizen Input on Use of American Rescue Plan Act Funds
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The City of East Lansing has been allocated close to $12.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and is currently seeking input from East Lansing citizens on how that funding should be used.

ARPA is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill and, within the act, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund has been established to provide direct funding allocations to states, counties and municipalities for response to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or its negative economic impacts. Per federal guidance, the allocated funds must be used to:
* Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare and certain public health and safety staff
* Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries and the public sector
* Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
* Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
* Invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and to expand access to broadband internet

To date, the City of East Lansing’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has included a variety of support programs and funding assistance, including business support grants, waived business license fees, waived utility fees, housing/rental and utility funding assistance, downtown placemaking efforts, free downtown parking, support to social service agencies and more.

In creating a draft plan of proposed projects/expenditures for the ARPA funding, City of East Lansing staff focused on intentional uses for the funds that would create long-lasting improvements for the community. Staff also considered the impacts from the pandemic, including City revenue losses, and aligned certain proposed projects with the City’s strategic priorities and master plans. Based on the ARPA calculation, the City is projected to have more than $20 million in revenue losses as a direct result of the pandemic over a four-year period, from 2020 to 2023.

East Lansing citizens are encouraged to review the City of East Lansing’s Draft ARPA Plan (PDF) (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/11366/ARPA-Proposed-Projects---Draft-10272021) and share their input on the proposed projects/expenditures at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EastLansingARPA. The survey also provides an opportunity for residents to share their own ideas for how the funding should be used. Written feedback can also be mailed to:

East Lansing City Council
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

The deadline for survey responses and written feedback is Friday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.

“The pandemic has had a significant impact on our community and, while we have navigated it carefully, there have been substantial revenue losses for the City of East Lansing,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. “With the help of citizen feedback, we look forward to working with the East Lansing City Council to finalize a plan for these funds that will help to meet many of our unmet needs while also providing long-term improvements and support for our community.”

All community feedback will be shared with City leadership, including the East Lansing City Council, and will be taken into consideration prior to the City’s ARPA Plan being finalized. The City’s allocated ARPA funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and must be spent by December 31, 2026.


** Fall Bulk Leaf Collection Extended on City of East Lansing's West and East Sides
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Due to the late leaf drop this year, the East Lansing Department of Public Works is extending fall bulk leaf collection, with a fourth week of collection scheduled for both sides of the City of East Lansing. Additional collection weeks are listed below:
* West Side - Week of Nov. 22
* East Side - Week of Nov. 29

The east side includes the east City limits at Park Lake Road to Abbot Road and the west side includes the west City limits at Coolidge and West roads to Abbot Road. Leaves need to be raked to the curb by 7 a.m. on the Mondays of collection weeks to ensure collection. All extensions are weather permitting.

Residents are reminded that leaves should be raked to the curb or edge of the road (above the curb or on the grass when a curb is not present) and not into the roadway. When leaves are raked into the roadway, drainage structures can become clogged and cause roadway flooding.

Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/yardwaste for additional information about the City of East Lansing’s fall bulk leaf collection program.


** Winter Glow, Green Friday to Bring Seasonal Fun to Downtown East Lansing
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The City of East Lansing is excited to announce it will be hosting its popular, annual Winter Glow and Green Friday events in downtown East Lansing this December. Additional details about each event are provided below:

Winter Glow
The Winter Glow event – East Lansing’s free, outdoor winter festival – will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 2-5 p.m. in downtown East Lansing’s Ann Street Plaza (corner of Albert and M.A.C. avenues).

This year’s Winter Glow will include live music, featuring The Dangling Participles; a winter farmers market; a live ice carving demonstration and children’s activities hosted by the East Lansing Public Library. There will also be a photo booth available until 4:30 p.m.

The outdoor winter farmers market will feature many of the popular East Lansing Farmers Market vendors, including MI Drinks, Jenny’s Sweets & Treats, Twisted Craft Cocktails, Droscha Sugarbush, Where the Wild Things Bloom, Grand Traverse Sauce Company, Sapo de Solis, River Tree Coffee Company, Sweet Potato Delights and The Nut Brothers.

Parking will be free in downtown East Lansing’s Charles Street Garage and Division Street Garage on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 2-6 p.m. for the event. Community members can view parking locations at www.cityofeastlansing.com/335/Parking-Locations. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/WinterGlow or call (517) 319-6888 for more information. This year's event is sponsored by the East Lansing Downtown Management Board.

Green Friday (& Saturday too!)
Green Friday (& Saturday too!) – downtown East Lansing’s version of the popular, day-after-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales – will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 (in conjunction with the Winter Glow event). Community members are encouraged to support local businesses, while taking advantage of some great sales/specials. Sales/specials will be posted at www.cityofeastlansing.com/GreenFriday closer to the date of the event.


** Give the Gift of Shopping and Dining Local this Holiday Season
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In addition to the popular, annual Winter Glow and Green Friday events, a Downtown East Lansing eGift Card BOGO program will be offered this holiday season, kicking off on Friday, Nov. 26 (Black Friday).

The Downtown East Lansing eGift Card BOGO program will provide community members with a fun, easy way to give the gift of shopping and dining local this holiday season while taking advantage of a buy one, get one offer. Early purchasers will receive bonus gift cards (while funds last) at specific purchasing levels thanks to a $5,000 allocation from the East Lansing Downtown Management Board and East Lansing Downtown Development Authority. How it will work:
* Buy a $100 eGift Card, get a $40 eGift Card free
* Buy a $50 eGift Card, get a $20 eGift Card free
* Buy a $25 eGift Card, get a $10 eGift Card free

There will be no limit per purchaser and the expiration date for the eGift Cards will be June 30, 2022.

Community members can visit https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/east-lansing (https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fapp.yiftee.com%2Fgift-card%2Feast-lansing&data=04%7C01%7Cmfrey%40cityofeastlansing.com%7Cd547930ead454f1e988b08d9ab95d956%7C42c2237340d243c6b22f2c6f445fa115%7C0%7C0%7C637729482351938823%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=yFKRpyAgTjt38LSwDOwHbojcEcTzySkZWwbJ7y%2FvRWk%3D&reserved=0) to:
* Learn more about the Downtown East Lansing eGift Card program and how it works.
* View a list of participating businesses where the eGift Cards can be used.
* Purchase and send eGift Cards with a personal message view email or text to family, friends, co-workers and/or other recipients.


** City of East Lansing Seeks Citizen Volunteers to Serve on Boards and Commissions
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The City of East Lansing is currently seeking citizen volunteers to serve on several of its advisory boards and commissions. Community members interested in serving their community through active civic engagement are encouraged to apply.

The board and commissions that have current and upcoming vacancies include the following:
* Building Authority
* Commission on the Environment
* Downtown Management Board
* Historic District Commission
* Housing Commission
* Human Rights Commission
* Planning Commission
* Transportation Commission
* University Student Commission
* Zoning Board of Appeals

The majority of the boards and commissions meet monthly and do not require prior experience. Community members are encouraged to apply for a board or commission even if there isn’t a vacancy, as applications are kept on file to fill vacancies when they occur.

Interested community members can apply for a board or commission by submitting an online application at https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/Portal/BoardApplication (https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcityofeastlansing.civicweb.net%2FPortal%2FBoardApplication&data=04%7C01%7Cqalexan%40cityofeastlansing.com%7C57170be9fae449e2d31d08d94176b90b%7C42c2237340d243c6b22f2c6f445fa115%7C0%7C0%7C637612800446986739%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=inrXvU24Kpp3f%2F%2FaiULtGe7ld7n7CSlIEaZcCwRHlaI%3D&reserved=0) . Contact Emily Gordon at (517) 319-6869 or egordon@cityofeastlansing.com (mailto:egordon@cityofeastlansing.com) for more information.


** Holiday Light Recycling at Public Works
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East Lansing residents can recycle their non-functioning and functioning holiday lights by dropping them off in the cart in the entrance of the East Lansing Department of Public Works, 1800 E. State Road, through Dec. 10. Please note that lights cannot be collected through the City's curbside recycling program. Learn more (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/307/Holiday-Light-Recycling) .


** Northern Tail Dog Park Closure Reminder
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Community members are reminded that the City of East Lansing's Northern Tail Dog Park will be closing for the winter season on Monday, Nov. 29. The park is scheduled to re-open on April 4, 2022, weather permitting. Learn more (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1577) .


** Sewer Infrastructure Webinar Now Online
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The City of East Lansing hosted a Sewer Instrastructure Webinar for residents on Thursday, Nov. 18, featuring a comprehensive presentation by Department of Public Works Acting Director Nicole McPherson on the City's sewer infrastructure. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here (https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/xgfaxu6nqVcY0tHSt6IeH0wuzJKHMvRpPdS7SpSgCstwevkzVigeZb6D4xbSybVA.A7fMXGDwtfD-NXoO) .


** City of East Lansing Offices to be Closed for Thanksgiving
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City of East Lansing offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 in observance of Thanksgiving. Additionally, there will be no refuse and recycling collection on Thursday, Nov. 25. Thursday's and Friday's refuse and recycling will be collected on Friday, Nov. 26. Learn more (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1586) .


** Emerging Leaders Program Application Deadline is Dec. 6
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Applications for the 2022 East Lansing Emerging Leaders Program will be accepted through December 6, 2021. East Lansing residents interested in learning more about local government and civic engagement are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Learn more (https://cityofeastlansing.com/emergingleaders) .

The City of East Lansing currently has the following employment openings:
* Budget and Accounting Analyst
* Engineering Technician II
* Garage Mechanic - Public Works and Environmental Services
* Head of Technology Services - East Lansing Public Library
* Journeyman Electrician - Water Resource Recovery Facility
* Maintenance Specialist - Water Resource Recovery Facility
* Operator for the Drinking Water Treatment Plant
* Police Officer
* Public Service Employee - Public Works and Environmental Services
* Public Service Supervisor - Public Works and Environmental Services
* Senior Project Engineer - Public Works and Environmental Services
* STEAM Education Specialist
* Before and After School Child Care Aide
* Customer Service Associate - East Lansing Hannah Community Center
* Marketing/Communications Specialist - East Lansing Public Library
* Parking Ambassadors
* Placemaking & Marketing Internship - Planning, Building & Development
* Police Cadet
* School Age Site Leader
* Adult School Crossing Guard
* Girls' 7th and 8th Grade Basketball Coach - MacDonald Middle School
* Lifeguards - East Lansing Hannah Community Center
* Recreation Basketball Officials (2nd-6th Grade)
* Soccer Complex Field Monitor

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

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