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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LAST 7 DAYS: November 24, 2021

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Lansing Township approves assessment
Lansing Township approves assessment
Lansing Township approves assessment

Homeowners will be stuck with higher tax bills next month — and for the next three years — under a special assessment designed to boost funding for police and fire services that township trustees approved. The assessment adds $4.57 million to winter tax bills over three years.

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Sparrow union members authorize strike

The Professional Employee Council at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing — which represents about 2,200 employees — announced that 96% of the staff who participated in a recent unionwide vote have authorized its negotiating team to call a strike “if necessary,” according to a release. A strike could be called “at any time,” officials said. A 10-day notice would be provided to administrators and hospital staff before a walkout.

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Schor reverses himself on mask mandate

After facing criticism last week for relaxing the universal mask mandate at Lansing City Hall, Mayor Andy Schor has decided to reinstate an order that requires all city employees and visitors — regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status — to wear a mask while inside the building.

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Recall petition refiled against Betz

Another recall petition targeting Lansing City Councilman Brandon Betz was filed with the Ingham County Election Commission — this time by local attorney Liz Abdnour — after commissioners voted to reject the last version of a similar proposal. A clarity hearing designed for the Commission to review the petition language has been set for 3 p.m. Monday (Dec. 6).

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Whitmer: Time for the third jab

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is encouraging all residents ages 18 and up who have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago to schedule booster shots this week. She also called on parents to get children vaccinated as caseloads continue to surge across Michigan, this week making the state one of the worst coronavirus hotspots in the nation. The state also reported its first major influenza outbreak this year at the University of Michigan.

Audit: Billions overpaid in unemployment

A federal audit found that the state Unemployment Insurance Agency overpaid about $3.9 billion in unemployment benefits to nearly 350,000 people who were later found ineligible — money that likely will not be recouped because the improper payments were the UIA’s fault, MIRS reports.

Shuffleboard Club to open next summer

After facing delays tied to the pandemic, developers plan to open the Lansing Shuffleboard and Social Club by next summer at the former Lansing City Market building on the Grand River, reports the Lansing State Journal. The project — which promises not to be “your grandad’s shuffleboard” — is accepting applications for eight restaurants that are set to move into the space, along with two bars, shuffleboard courts and plenty of room to socialize.

New sculpture in Meridian Township

A new contemporary art sculpture titled “SOW” was dedicated at the farmers market in Meridian Township. The permanent installation from artist Dane Porter was inspired by nature, growth and fresh produce and was funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, which has invested $270,000 since 2012 on 36 art projects in Greater Lansing.

East Lansing needs help spending 

East Lansing residents have been invited to share input on how the city should blow through about $12.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds by Dec. 31, 2026. Visit surveymonkey.com/r/EastLansingARPA to fill out the city’s survey by Dec. 10. The city also needs volunteers to serve on several advisory boards and commissions — which will also likely play a role in dictating how that cash is spent. Visit cityofeastlansing.com for more details.

Cops probe student death at MSU

The East Lansing Police Department is awaiting the results of an autopsy to shed more light on what led to the death of an unnamed student who was found “unresponsive and not breathing” early Saturday morning on the 400 block of Stoddard Avenue. Three other people were also found “passed out” at the scene. Cops said too much alcohol could have played a role.

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