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Dialog E-Newsletter 10/22/21

Dialog E-Newsletter 10/22/21


** 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.


** East Lansing City Clerk's Office Extended Hours and Election Day Reminders
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As the November 2, 2021 General Election approaches, East Lansing voters are reminded that extended hours and Election Day hours will be offered at the East Lansing City Clerk’s main office, 410 Abbot Road, and satellite office, 241 Brody Service Road.

Extended hours and Election Day hours at both locations will be:
* Tuesday, Oct. 26; 5-8 p.m.
* Wednesday, Oct. 27; 5-8 p.m.
* Sunday, Oct. 31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Tuesday, Nov. 2 (Election Day); 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (while polls are open)

Additionally, East Lansing voters are reminded of the regular hours at both locations. Regular hours at the East Lansing City Clerk’s main office are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and regular hours at the East Lansing City Clerk’s satellite office are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

At both office locations, East Lansing voters can register to vote, apply for and vote their absentee voter (AV) ballot and/or turn in their voted AV ballot. Voted AV 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

All voted AV ballots must be returned to the East Lansing City Clerk’s office locations or a drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

East Lansing’s polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day and same-day voter registration will be offered at both of the East Lansing City Clerk’s office locations. 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. Precinct 11 voters are reminded that they will move back to their original voting location at the Burcham Hills Retirement Community, 2700 Burcham Drive, for this election.

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.


** Great Pumpkin Walk to Take Place Sunday, Oct. 24 in Downtown East Lansing
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The 2021 Great Pumpkin Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1-4 p.m. in downtown East Lansing. Families can bring their costumed children to the downtown to trick-or-treat with participating businesses (there is no starting pointing for the event).

There will also be live entertainment in Ann Street Plaza, pumpkin painting kits and superheroes and princesses handing out candy and available for photo ops throughout the downtown thanks to volunteers from MSU Royal Encounters! The live entertainment in Ann Street Plaza will include:
* A family-friendly Comedy Magic Show featuring Cameron Zvara: Comedy Magician & Entertainer from 1-1:45 p.m.
* Live music featuring Pretty Jane & the Magazines from 2:30-4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and parking will be free in the downtown on the day of the event. The event is also rain or shine.

View the event poster (PDF) (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/11284/Great-Pumpkin-Walk-2021-PosterMap-PDF) for additional information, including an activity schedule and map. For additional information about Halloween events and activities in East Lansing, including details about the Safe Halloween event taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 27, click here (https://cityofeastlansing.com/440/Halloween-Events) .

While participating in Halloween events and trick-or-treating in East Lansing, community members should follow guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/) , Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS) (https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus) and the Ingham County Health Department (https://hd.ingham.org/DepartmentalDirectory/CommunicableDisease/Coronavirus(COVID19).aspx) regarding crowd sizes, masking and social distancing. Ingham County is currently an area with a high level of COVID-19 transmission (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view) and, as such, the CDC advises that community members should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. Costume masks are not a substitute for cloth masks and costume masks should not be worn over or under cloth masks if it makes it difficult to
breathe. View additional Halloween safety tips that were recently released by MDHHS (https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339--570845--,00.html) .


** Trick-or-Treating in East Lansing on Halloween Night
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This Halloween, trick-or-treating hours in the City of East Lansing’s residential neighborhoods will be from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, those who choose to participate in Halloween activities and/or trick-or-treating are strongly encouraged to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/) , Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus) and the Ingham County Health Department (https://hd.ingham.org/DepartmentalDirectory/CommunicableDisease/Coronavirus(COVID19).aspx) regarding crowd sizes, masking and social distancing.

Ingham County is currently an area with a high level of COVID-19 transmission (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view) and, as such, the CDC advises that community members should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. Costume masks are not a substitute for cloth masks and costume masks should not be worn over or under cloth masks as it could make it difficult to breathe.

In addition to masking and social distancing, those participating in trick-or-treating should also consider using hand sanitizer when out and washing their hands for at least 20 seconds when they arrive home, especially prior to enjoying treats.

Residents who choose to distribute candy may also want to consider wearing masks and distributing treats outdoors. Distributing treats on a disinfected table is also an option for minimizing contact with trick-or-treaters. Residents who do not feel comfortable distributing candy during East Lansing’s designated trick-or-treat hours should keep their porch lights off.

Community members are also reminded of these traditional trick-or-treating safety tips adapted from various sources:
* Plan costumes that are bright and/or reflective and consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes or treat bags for greater visibility.

* Make sure costumes are the right size to prevent trips and falls.

* Make sure all costumes, wigs and accessories are flame-resistant.

* Make sure children under the age of 12 are supervised by adults when trick-or-treating.

* Walk on sidewalks and paths when at all possible and look both ways before crossing streets.

* Remind children not to enter a stranger’s house or car.

* Have children bring treats home for adult inspection before they are eaten.

* Motorists are advised to exercise caution and travel at low speeds while driving during trick-or-treating hours.

For questions or concerns regarding trick-or-treating, please contact the East Lansing Police Department at (517) 351-4220, option 1. In an emergency, call 911.


** City of East Lansing Issues Electric Scooter Reminders
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With community safety and accessibility in mind, the City of East Lansing is issuing some reminders regarding the use of electric scooters in the community. Scooter users are reminded of the following:
* There is a speed limit of 10 miles per hour when riding scooters on sidewalks in East Lansing and no more than one person can ride a scooter at a time.
* It is illegal to operate scooters while intoxicated.
* All traffic laws, including street signs/signals, must be followed. Use caution at crosswalks.
* When passing pedestrians, riders should slow down and use audible signals.
* For rider safety, wear a helmet.
* Scooters must be parked upright with at least five feet of unobstructed sidewalk for pedestrians and must not interfere with access to the following: vehicle/bike lanes, crosswalks, sidewalk ramps, bus stops, accessible parking/loading zones, fire hydrants, benches, parking spaces/pay stations, access to and from any buildings, bicycle racks, streets, alleys, driveways and within City parking garages and surface lots.

Community members can report safety concerns, make complaints and/or ask questions by contacting the following companies licensed to operate in East Lansing:
* Spin – 888-262-5189
* Bird – 866-205-2442

If reported issues are not resolved in a timely manner, community members can also contact the East Lansing Police Department at (517) 351-4220, Option 1.


** City of East Lansing Offering No-Fee Curbside Yard Waste and Bulk Leaf Collection
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The City of East Lansing's no-fee curbside yard waste and bulk leaf collection programs have kicked off for the fall 2021 season.

No-fee curbside yard waste collection is being offered on alternating Mondays on the east and west sides of the City. 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. Collection dates (remaining dates in bold) for the east side are Oct. 11 and Oct. 25. Collection dates for the west side are Oct. 18 and Nov. 1. Advanced requests and City bags/stickers are not required on no-fee days, but all other yard waste guidelines do apply (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/yardwaste) . Items should be placed at the curb by no later than 7:30 a.m. on collection days to ensure collection. Please note that there will be no regular yard waste collection on the City's west side when no-fee yard waste collection is taking place on the east side, and vice versa. Yard waste includes leaves, plant materials, grass clippings and brush/limbs.

Fall bulk leaf collection is also being offered on alternating Mondays on the east and west sides of the City this fall. Collection dates (remaining dates in bold) for the west side are Oct. 11, Oct. 25 and Nov. 8. Collection dates for the east side are Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 15. On these days, residents can rake loose yard waste (excluding brush/limbs) to the curb for free collection. Leaves must be raked to the curb by 7:30 a.m. on collection days to ensure collection. Residents are asked to refrain from raking leaves into the street.

For additional yard waste collection information, including details about regular yard waste collection, visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/yardwaste.


** Office Hours with East Lansing Mayor Jessy Gregg
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Community members are reminded that East Lansing Mayor Jessy Gregg will be hosting office hours this Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m.-noon at the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road. Community members are welcome to stop by for an informal conversation with the mayor.


** Crystal Awards Nominations for 2022
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It's never too early to nominate someone for a 2022 Crystal Award! The Crystal Awards, hosted annually by the East Lansing City Council, honor individuals, businesses, professionals, nonprofits and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing.
Submit your nominations today (https://cityofeastlansing.com/138/Crystal-Awards) .


** East Lansing Farmers Market's 2021 Season Wrapping Up
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There are only a couple market days left in the East Lansing Farmers Market's 2021 season! Community members are encouraged to stock up on all of their favorite market goodies during the remaining Sundays in October. The final two market days of 2021 will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.
The City of East Lansing currently has the following employment openings:
* Budget and Accounting Analyst
* Design Engineer
* Garage Mechanic - Public Works and Environmental Services
* Head of Technology Services - East Lansing Public Library
* Income Tax Compliance Officer
* 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
* Before and After School Child Care Aide
* Customer Service Associate - East Lansing Hannah Community Center
* Parking & Code Enforcement (PACE) Officer
* Parking Ambassadors
* Police Cadet
* School Age Site Leader
* Adult School Crossing Guard
* Lifeguards - East Lansing Hannah Community Center
* Soccer Complex Field Monitor

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

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