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East Lansing City Council Meeting Recap 6/7/22

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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)

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** Highlights from the June 7 Meeting
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The East Lansing City Council met yesterday at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center for its Tuesday, June 7 regular meeting.

During communications from Councilmembers, Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg and Councilmember Lisa Babcock acknowledged two individuals who recently passed away.

First, Councilmember Babcock acknowledged the passing of John Revitte. Revitte was an active member of the East Lansing community and had a career at Michigan State University in its Labor Education Program in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

"To Mr. Revitte and his family, I offer condolences on behalf of Council," said Councilmember Babcock.

Mayor Pro Tem Gregg then acknowledged the passing of Albert Cafagna, who co-founded the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in 1996 with his wife, Beth. He was also a long-time supporter of the arts in East Lansing and served on the East Lansing Arts Commission.

"If you have the chance to go out and enjoy the jazz festival, just cast some kind thoughts towards his family," said Mayor Pro Tem Gregg.

During the mayor's report, Mayor Ron Bacon took time to recognize the resolution acknowledging Pride Month (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/78957/Approve%20a%20resolution%20acknowledging%20Pride%20Month%20.pdf?handle=FCE49C960F96456B96DDB1AA8706278C) , which was placed on the consent agenda for Council's approval.

"We stand with all residents of our community and represent an open community and a welcoming community at all times," said Mayor Bacon.

Additionally, Mayor Bacon recognized the resolution on the consent agenda acknowledging Juneteenth. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/78963/Approve%20a%20resolution%20acknowledging%20Juneteenth%20i.pdf?handle=83C280A170E8450E81D1CD706684F0C6) "I want to continue to acknowledge the freedoms and independences that we all enjoy today, and that not all people were able to enjoy and indulge in those freedoms at the same time (referring to the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Texas more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect)," said Mayor Bacon.

Mayor Bacon then requested that East Lansing Parks, Recreation and Arts Director Cathy DeShambo provide an overview of upcoming community events. The community events DeShambo mentioned included the following:
* The 2022 Crystal Awards (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1697)
* Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest Exhibition at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC) (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1699)
* Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1696)
* Summer Concert Series (https://cityofeastlansing.com/455/Summer-Concert-Series)
* Play in the Park children's entertainment series (https://cityofeastlansing.com/450/Play-in-the-Park)
* Family Fun Day at the ELHCC (https://us17.campaign-archive.com/?u=d99498ce3806962a5ede26662&id=82ffc080af&fbclid=IwAR0TbJr4crKct8vxLs4V_qPlz7zjuxZ9mbhyonZp2RwQVvfqnX7BDHKL_Zw)

DeShambo also noted that ELPRA offers a Youth Scholarship Program to financially assist East Lansing youth wishing to participate in ELPRA's camps and activities. Community members interested in applying can download the application at www.cityofeastlansing.com/scholarships (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/11778/Youth-Scholarship-Form-PDF) .



** Public Hearing
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Council held a public hearing to consider a site plan and Special Use Permit (SUP) application to establish a fraternity at the existing building located at 404 E. Michigan Ave.

East Lansing Planning and Zoning Administrator Peter Menser explained that the building has 12 bedrooms and occupancy for 12 persons. The building also has two gathering spaces, including a living room on the first floor and a 500-square-foot area on the bottom level. Menser noted that the maximum occupancy for the lower level gathering space is 34 people and a placard has been installed denoting the maximum occupancy.

Menser went on to explain that the East Lansing Planning Commission voted to recommend Council approve the proposal, subject to four conditions, which are outlined in the Commission's referral letter attached in the agenda item report. Additionally, he reported that this is the last of the remaining SUP applications to establish a fraternity or sorority and the City doesn't have any additional fraternity and sorority SUP requests in the pipeline.

Following the public hearing, Council unanimously approved a site plan and SUP application to establish a fraternity at the existing building located at 404 E. Michigan Ave. View the agenda item report for the site plan and SUP application to establish a fraternity at 404 E. Michigan Ave. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/79532/Consideration%20of%20a%20Site%20Plan%20and%20Special%20Use%20Pe.pdf?handle=A899DF48929B46D9B75985385933416A)


** Consideration of a Contract with AccuMed for the East Lansing Fire Department
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During the business agenda, Council considered a billing and collection services contract with AccuMed for a period of 10 years for the East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD).

East Lansing Fire Chief Dawn Carson explained that she recently decided to research alternate billing companies to partner with and, from that research, had identified AccuMed as a company that she desired to move forward with under a new contract. Chief Carson went on to explain that AccuMed is a vetted organization, used by other agencies in the metro area, and that the agencies that she spoke with were happy with their services.

Following discussion, Council unanimously approved the billing and collection services contract with AccuMed for ELFD. View the agenda item report for the billing and collection services contract with AccuMed. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/78309/Consideration%20of%20a%20billing%20and%20collection%20servi.pdf?handle=480549A4D9F341C7A3150A1D181E0403)


** Consideration of a Liability Insurance Contract
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Council considered a Liability Insurance Package presented by Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. for the period of July 1, 2022- July 1, 2023.

Interim Finance Director Audrey Kincade explained that, this year, the City completed a Request for Proposals for general liability insurance brokerage firms and received bids from Arthur J. Gallagher (Gallagher) and Acrisure - Lyman & Sheets. The City elected to continue working with Gallagher, based on price and the City's working history with the firm.

Gallagher then began working on securing quotes from various insurance companies, ensuring that the City is receiving the most competitive bids on the market. Gallagher worked with approximately 25 insurance carriers before presenting staff with two competitive options and, after reviewing the options, staff recommend moving forward with Liberty Mutual Insurance Corporation (Liberty Mutual).

Kincade provided staff's reasoning for its recommendation, explaining that they believe Liberty Mutual had appropriate coverage as well as some out-of-pocket cost savings for the City.

Following discussion, Council unanimously approved a Liability Insurance Package presented by Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. View the agenda item report for the Liability Insurance Package presented by Arthur J. Gallagher Rick Management Services, Inc. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/79479/Consideration%20of%20the%20Liability%20Insurance%20Packag.pdf?handle=42A5F8830E134688A153A6C1BC59697A)


** Other Items
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* Council approved a resolution acknowledging Pride Month in the City of East Lansing. View the agenda item report for the resolution acknowledging Pride Month in the City of East Lansing. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/78957/Approve%20a%20resolution%20acknowledging%20Pride%20Month%20.pdf?handle=FCE49C960F96456B96DDB1AA8706278C)
* Council approved a resolution acknowledging Juneteenth in the City of East Lansing. View the agenda item report for the resolution acknowledging Juneteenth in the City of East Lansing. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/78963/Approve%20a%20resolution%20acknowledging%20Juneteenth%20i.pdf?handle=83C280A170E8450E81D1CD706684F0C6)
* Council approved the 2023-2028 Capital Improvements Program Plan. View the agenda item report for the 2023-2028 Capital Improvements Program Plan. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/78990/Approve%20the%202023-2028%20Capital%20Improvements%20Prog.pdf?handle=00FF4B74B5194B2893191F4EBB8A210D)
* Council set a public hearing for the City Council meeting on June 21, 2022 to consider a site plan and Special Use Permit (SUP) application to renovate the building and open a restaurant serving alcoholic beverages at 321 E. Grand River Ave. View the agenda item report setting a public hearing to consider a site plan and SUP application for 321 E. Grand River Ave. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/document/79232/Set%20a%20public%20hearing%20for%20June%2021,%202022%20to%20consi.pdf?handle=926E36C59D6644ED9BF74780BA96B386)

To learn more about all items discussed during the meeting, view the Agenda Packet. (https://cityofeastlansing.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=741)
Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 14
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. 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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