I am a reporter with the Spartan Newsroom covering public affairs in Grand Ledge. I am a junior at Michigan State University studying journalism and Arabic. I am also a reporter at The State News covering the city of East Lansing.
The quality of drinking water for the City of Grand Ledge is an inconvenience, not a health risk, Public Service Director Larry LaHaie said. Many residents believe they are paying too much to be inconvenienced. The city has a multistep water treatment process that removes iron and adds fluoride, LaHaie said. “The treatment process, we pump it from wells and then it goes through an iron removal process, where actually it’s aerated and the dissolved iron in the water then bonds with the oxygen so that it can be filtered through, it’s like a sand filter almost,” he said. https://soundcloud.com/user-185485168/larry-lahaie-1
“After that it is chlorinated for disinfection and we add phosphate for corrosion control,” he said.
According to the National Turkey Foundation, approximately 46 million turkeys were consumed across the United States in 2015. Like those turkeys, Michigan State University students are preparing to scatter across the country this Thursday to end up stuffed. Taylor Rhelle, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, is going home to Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin for Thanksgiving. She said seeing family is her favorite holiday tradition since she lives out-of-state and doesn’t get to travel home often. Rhelle said she’s looking forward to eating her grandmother’s crescent rolls, which are “definitely better” than Pillsbury.
The Grand Ledge City Council unanimously voted on Oct. 23 to paint a new logo on the water tower at 318 E. Saginaw Highway when it’s refurbished. The water tower was the only new business at the council meeting. During public comment, Joseph Dickson, executive director of Over the Ledge Theatre Co., spoke to recap the company’s sixth season and thank its donors for their support. “We’re finishing up actually our sixth summer season at the playhouse,” Dickson said.
With more than 100 students involved, the show promises to be great, director Tracy Clark said. “Those kids are super talented and the community provides great support,” Clark said. The cast began practice in August and has been working four or five days a week, Clark said. “It was really extremely nervous at first, and then they went away, but I’m sure they’ll be back for opening night,” junior Cam Palmer said. Palmer is one of two actors playing Captain Hook.
There is only one write-in candidate for Precinct 2 on Grand Ledge City Council. Michael Doty is the only person who filed for the position, City Clerk Gregory Newman said. Doty serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission, according to the City of Grand Ledge website. All it takes is one person to write Doty’s name on the ballot for him to be elected, Newman said. However, people walking in to vote have to know about Doty beforehand, because city employees cannot say anything about write-in candidates.
The City of Grand Ledge is one step closer to getting rid of its 53-year-old charter and implementing a new one. Many of the sections are old and out of date, Charter Commission Chairman Robert Doty said. The proposed commission updates those things. “It definitely needed changes after 50 some years,” Charter Commission Member Lyle Clark said. “We wanted to get the procedures straight as far as policy and things like that.”
A new initiative, called Little Free Pantries, which aims to help food insecure people, will be discussed by the Grand Ledge Planning Commission Thursday, Oct. 5 . Grand Ledge resident Kimberlee Klatt said the pantries are small wooden boxes where nonperishable food is left for people to take what they need, whenever they need it. The first step in bringing Little Free Pantries to Grand Ledge is discussing possible zoning ordinance changes at the 7 p.m. meeting. “We thought this would be great,” Grand Ledge resident Kimberlee Klatt said.