Good-bye, 50/50 rule? Shift in East Lansing alcohol policy expected

A local alcohol policy known as the 50/50 ordinance could be repealed as early as this spring, according to East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows. The 50/50 ordinance is one of several alcohol policies that attempts to balance alcohol business practices in East Lansing. The nearly 35-year-old ordinance requires most local restaurants and bars to cap alcohol revenue at 50 percent of total sales and provide quarterly reports to assure compliance. “I remember when we first discussed it back in the mid ’80s, late ’80s, none of us were happy about it,” said Joe Bell, owner of The Peanut Barrel, a local restaurant and bar on Grand River Avenue. The Peanut Barrel is one of four restaurants currently exempt from the ordinance due to its grandfathered status.

Ingham County animal shelters work to find homes for pets in dead of winter

More and more urban residents face the problem of how to handle their pets. For people who don’t have enough money or friends, they may abandon the pets. The winter in Michigan is extremely cold, and people can’t live long hours outside. Animals can’t hold on for a long time, either. Sydney Moroney is the manager of the Capital Area Humane Society.

Pit bull dog worries overblown, say Ingham County dog experts

Some Ingham County residents are maintaining a favorable view of the type of dogs known as Pit bulls while the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is working to boost the positive image of the dogs. On January 10, 2018 a bill was introduced into the Michigan State Senate that would prohibit local governments from enacting bans on specific breeds of dogs. The bill was not passed and referred to a committee. Despite the bill not passing, county dog experts look favorably on Pit bulls. Pit bull, a name encompassing several breeds of terriers and mixes, is one that carries the certain stigmas including being “inherently vicious” according to Ingham County Animal Control Director John Dinon.

Elevated levels of copper found in water at Ingham County government facilities in Mason

After recent tests, a few Ingham County government facilities have found elevated levels of copper in the water. All of the buildings are located in Mason. The Hilliard Building, Ingham County Courthouse and Ingham County Jail all tested for elevated levels of copper in their water. But in the jail’s case, depending on the test, some were high and some were low, said Mason City Administrator Deborah Stuart. The buildings weren’t forced to test the water, but acted wisely to make sure the quality was up to par.

Mason’s unique location and community-centric feel attracts new residents

The town of Mason, with its unique location and historical town square, attracts new residents for a variety of reasons. As of 2016, Mason’s population was estimated to be 8,395 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The population grew 1.7 percent since the last Census in 2010. Other than its unique location and downtown area, City Administrator Deborah Stuart believes it is the focus on community that brings new residents to Mason. “I think the folks that come to Mason are really looking for that small town feel and a connection to their community,” said Stuart. In the past decade alone, nearly 700 housing units have been added to the housing inventory, according to the city of Mason’s website. “One of things that I think Mason does better than a lot of other communities is that the community is committed to success.

We Will Not Be Ignored

On a morning where members of the MSU community they thought they would be a part of a conversation, they ended up in a crowd outside. Inside the Hannah Administration building, the Board of Trustees were making decisions that didn’t sit well with many. 

For DeWitt Township Clerk Diane Mosier, the people keep her coming back

As Diane Mosier heads into her 29th year as DeWitt Charter Township clerk, she says it’s the people that keep her coming back. “I love the community, I’ve lived here my whole life, I was born here, I never left,” said Mosier. “I love serving the people here, it’s a great community, the staff is fabulous, and it’s never dull, there’s always someway you can help someone.”

She is currently the longest serving elected official in the township. Mosier got started in civil service at the township in 1990 when she was appointed as clerk and then was elected to the position during the same year. She’s held the role ever since.