Public hearing confirmed for Department of Natural Resources grants

On March 12, the Director of Lansing’s Parks and Recreation, Brett Kaschinske, spoke to the Lansing City Council regarding applying for grants to improve some natural spaces across the Lansing area. These requests have an April 1 deadline. These areas include Hunters Ridge Drive, Willard Avenue, Wise Road, Cambridge to Frances Park Trail, and Rudolph and Dorothy Wilson Park. The department is applying for two different types of grants: acquisition and development. Acquisition grants allows the property owner to receive 100 percent of the appraisal price.

In wake of school shootings elsewhere, Mason schools working to keep everyone safe

What seems like an increase in school violence attacks may not be the case due to the media but that still hasn’t stopped schools in Mason from protecting the students. While Mason has had a few instances where precautionary measures were needed to be taken, the six schools have never had to deal with anything serious like what happened in Florida, said Superintendent of Mason Public Schools Ronald Drzewicki. Parents are always going to show concern for their children, especially at school when there are so many other students. With the schools protected, the staff is talking with the students on what to do in any situation instead of spending more money for protection. Mason Police Officer Jeremiah Budd, the school’s contact officer said, “It would be a long process to redue the security …

Bad road conditions are damaging residents’ vehicles in East Lansing

During what was expected to be a typical day driving for Uber, East Lansing resident Antoine Cato encountered a pothole. Cato could feel something wrong with his car and began to slow down. Once he made it to an auto shop, he grew angry and frustrated upon learning the hefty cost of replacing his tires. “I ended spending over $200 on two front tires … I was angry because these roads have been in need of repair,” said Cato.

Rental housing in East Lansing serving unique market

East Lansing has a unique set of needs to meet when it comes to rental housing. The city provides and regulates rental housing units that accommodate a diverse renter base ranging from local college students to long-term residents. While the level of renter-occupied housing units in adjacent cities like Lansing and Mason falls below 50 percent, rental housing comprises 66.5 percent of the total housing units in East Lansing, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. “When you look at East Lansing and compare it to other cities, even other cities in our region, the proximity to the university really plays a major role in what type of housing can be developed here and what type of housing can be successful here in terms of the underlying economics,” said Thomas Fehrenbach, community and economic development administrator for East Lansing. Fehrenbach said that analyzing the local rental market requires taking into account the circumstances that are specific to East Lansing.

Harsh potholes continue to give residents of Ingham County problems

Austin Faulds was driving through Ingham County recently, where he saw the front tires of two different cars completely fly off. The reason for these motorists misfortune? The result of hitting a pothole. Faulds is a manager and delivery driver at Pita Pit in East Lansing, and is among several Ingham County residents who are tired of dealing with the poor road conditions. Jabreel Naser, an employee of a gas station in Ingham County, has encountered several instances where people have voiced their irritation with the roads.

Ingham County Democratic Party officials meet to set plans for 2018, beyond

LANSING — On March 17, the Ingham County Democratic Party held its spring convention. The purpose of the convention is to elect members and alternates to each of the three convention committees: Rules, Resolutions, and Credentials. The secondary purpose of these conventions is to consider resolutions to be forwarded to the state party for consideration. The members had a lot of things to do. Samantha Rose and Kelly Collison, both Democratic Party members, said they have a good expectation for the Democratic Party.

East Lansing recovers from February’s flooding

East Lansing pushes forward after the flood which occured at the end of February. Due to rainfall and rapid snow melting, residents were advised of potential floods in the area. According to the City of East Lansing’s website, the level of Red Cedar River was expected to rise to 9.5 feet by the end of the week of Feb. 20. Residents were advised to avoid driving through water and to report any flooded streets or areas.

East Lansing’s government-run Farmer’s Market dealing with religious separation issues

The East Lansing Farmer’s Market is a government-run entity that has had issues with religious groups and organizations in the past. “I don’t know if you want to go as far as to say there was a church spiritual function as opposed to a public function. They were representing the church vs/ the general public. What we’ve tried to do in situations of that nature is have honor. I mean, I don’t see it as a church and state issue,” said Tim McCaffrey, the director of the City of East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts.

Flooding affects West Grand River Avenue, other parts of Ingham County

OKEMOS – on February 22, many roads in Ingham County were blocked by flooding. Because of snow and the heavy rain, there was a lot of water on the Grand River Avenue, and parts of that road and other roads were blocked off. The police erected a stop sign before the water, but many people still drove through the flood road. Some vehicles were trapped in the flood, and drivers was unable to continue the vehicle. Harvey Leroy is an police officer of Meridian Township.