Welcome to another week in East Lansing, as we move forward this holiday season.
If you’re looking for a family-fun activity today, you still have time to get to the Hannah Center for Winter Fest! Check out arts and culture reporter Sarah Spohn’s report on the event, which is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Dec. 9). Stop by the Hannah Community Center at 819 Abbot Road for ice sculpture carvings, food trucks, the Winter Farmers Market and more. The event is free and has activities for people of all ages.
Other stories the ELi team brought readers last week.
In other ELi reporting last week, reporter Mya Gregory highlighted Community Development Block Grants on Monday (Dec. 4). The grants help to fund low-to-moderate income individuals and neighborhoods. Typically, the city receives between $400,000 and $500,000. The deadline for applications is Friday (Dec. 15).
Mya also reported on Monday’s (Dec. 4) Transportation Commission meeting. That meeting saw numerous members of the public speaking out in opposition to a “Road Diet” proposal for Hagadorn Road. A road diet is the process of narrowing or eliminating travel lanes for vehicles to make a roadway safer by reducing speed, providing a center turn lane and adding space dedicated to bicyclists.
Deer management is once again in the spotlight. City Desk Editor Luke Day recapped a presentation given to City Council at its Nov. 28 meeting. While Council did approve deer management, including a cull, for the coming year, a new regional approach was floated that seems to have gained traction with Council members.
Lots of meetings on the calendar this week.
Looking ahead, there is a full slate of meetings this week. Monday (Dec. 11), the Human Rights Commission meets. Tuesday (Dec. 12), there will be a discussion-only City Council meeting and the Board of Review will meet. Wednesday (Dec. 13), there will be gatherings for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Planning Commission. Then on Thursday (Dec. 14), the Community Development Advisory Committee and Historic District Commission will each convene. When city meeting agendas are posted, they can be found here.
There will also be an East Lansing Board of Education meeting Monday (Dec. 11) at 7 p.m. on the lower level of East Lansing High School (ELHS). This will be the Board of Education’s only meeting this month, as schools will take their winter break Dec. 25-Jan. 5. When the agenda is posted, it can be found here.
Here are some other announcements from the City of East Lansing.
For those interested in gaining working knowledge of the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD), consider applying for the 20-week Citizens’ Police Academy. The academy meets every Tuesday Jan. 30-April 23 from 6-8 p.m. You can find more information and apply here.
Community members are invited to visit downtown East Lansing to view the latest rotating art display, which features vibrant images in collaboration with REACH Studio Art Center. REACH is a campus of seven studios located in the REO Town district of Lansing or around town through the REACH Art Truck program. The rotating art display was established by the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in 2021 as an open-air public space. It includes four double-sided exhibit panels, each measuring 4-foot by 6-foot, along the 400 block of Albert Avenue on the north side of the Division Street Parking Garage.
For more news from the City of East Lansing, check out the News Flashes.
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