South Lansing undergoes rejuvenation at the hands of community members

By Ella Kovacs
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

The south Lansing neighborhood area is undergoing a “rejuvenation” headed by a team of facilitators and representatives, and backed by community members like Elaine Wombolt. She is the official facilitator and founder of the initiative. As stated on the group’s website, “Our goal is to connect neighbors to each other and to resources so we can improve the quality of life in south Lansing for those who live and work here.”

Wombolt also said that this group helps and brainstorms with other Lansing neighborhoods that have similar issues, such as the eastside neighborhood. Some of these issues include a huge, unregulated number of medical marijuana dispensaries, and unregulated donation bins that are easily taken advantage of as garbage furniture dumps. This group started several years ago, with hopes to promote growth of the South Lansing community and stop crime. “In October 2014, a group of citizens came together and decided we needed to do something for south Lansing because it was deteriorating,” said Wombolt. “I was designated as the facilitator of this group.”

Wombolt talked about how this is a growing and expanding group, explaining that there are no dues, no bylaws, and anyone can attend the meetings.

City Council approves new rules regulating collection bins in Lansing

By Alexis Howell
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

 

On Oct. 26, some Lansing residents joined together at the city council meeting to show their support for the Collection Bin Ordinance that was approved that day. Elaine Womboldt, facilitator of Rejuvenating South Lansing, a group that focuses on bringing people of Lansing together to solve problems, was ecstatic when the ordinance was passed. According to a letter Womboldt sent out to members of Rejuvenating South Lansing, she saidd that she was thankful that they attended nine months of bi-monthly meetings and 15 drafts of the ordinance for them to finally get a 7-0 vote for the ordinance. According to the Collection Bin Ordinance given by Chief Deputy City Clerk Brian P. Jackson, the purpose of the Collection Bin Ordinance is “to regulate collection bins in the City of Lansing so that they remain clean, safe and do not create hazards to pedestrians or to vehicular traffic.”