What's Happening in East Lansing

The week's calendar is full and includes the Monday ELPS Board meeting where they will be interviewing six candidates to fill the open trustee position.

What's Happening in East Lansing
New East Lansing City Manager Robert Belleman attended his first City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. (Dylan Lees for ELi)

Residents are setting up Halloween decorations and picking out pumpkins as we march into the second week of October.

This past week, there were notable developments in city government and East Lansing schools.

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Reporter Mya Gregory brought a report on the Friday (Sept. 29) East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) Board of Education meeting. The special meeting was called to discuss a process to replace trustee Monica Fink, who resigned after moving outside the district limits. The meeting also heard from several community members who were upset by the actions of physical education teacher Dennis Petrowitz, who was recently suspended for the second time in four months.

The East Lansing Board of Education will meet meet Monday (Oct. 9) and the agenda includes interviewing Robert I. Cukier, Rebecca Dean, Scott D. Farver, Michael R. Feldpausch, Tiffany Matthews and J. Estrella Torrez for the open board trustee position. The candidates' letters of interest are included on the agenda. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the lower level of East Lansing High School (ELHS).

In the city, Reporter Dustin DuFort Petty recapped the Tuesday (Oct. 3) City Council meeting, which discussed the potential redevelopment of the parking lot at 530 Albert Ave. The meeting heard from numerous concerned residents, but concluded without a vote on the project. The matter is expected to be back to Council for the Oct. 17 meeting.

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Gregory also wrote a story about the Saturday (Sept. 30) East Lansing Independent Police Oversight Committee (ELIPOC) use of force workshop. The workshop was an opportunity for community members to gather and give their thoughts on East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) use of force policies.

Also this week, Arts and Culture Reporter Sarah Spohn covered the “Resistance Training: Arts, Sports, and Civil Rights” exhibit at the Broad Art Museum on Michigan State University’s campus. The exhibit showcases the intersection between sports and civil rights advancements.

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In public health news, City Desk Editor Luke Day sent questions to the Ingham County Health Department about the latest developments regarding Covid-19. Read about the latest recommendations regarding Covid-19 vaccinations, where we stand locally with the virus and more here.

Lots of meetings on the calendar next week.

Next week is set up to be another busy one in the city. On Monday (Oct. 9), the Human Rights Commission will meet. Tuesday (Oct. 10), City Council will have a discussion-only meeting. Wednesday (Oct. 11) will see the Library Board of Trustees and Planning Commission both hold meetings. Thursday (Oct. 12) the Historic District Commission will meet. When meeting agendas are posted, they can be found here.

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Highlights of the live news updates in ELi Now this week include a link to the video from the Sept. 14 City Council candidates forum, enrollment numbers at Michigan State University (MSU) are record breaking this fall and 54B District Court will be closed Monday (Oct. 9) in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.

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