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Posted on: May 29, 2020

City of East Lansing’s Local State of Emergency Extended through Friday, June 12

UPDATE (6/2/20): Yesterday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110 to rescind the Safer at Home Order and move Michigan to Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan. The City of East Lansing plans to issue an update early next week regarding City operations. Offices remain closed to the public at this time and East Lansing City Hall’s re-opening to the public is still tentatively planned for Monday, June 15.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — In light of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s most recent extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order to slow the spread of COVID-19, East Lansing Mayor Ruth Beier has extended the City of East Lansing’s local state of emergency through Friday, June 12.

City of East Lansing offices will remain closed to the public during this time and phased re-opening plans for the various facilities are as follows (more details to be announced soon):

  • East Lansing City Hall will remain closed to the public through Friday, June 12, with a tentative re-opening date of Monday, June 15. Beginning June 1, phone hours for East Lansing Treasury will be Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for water billing questions, payments, etc. Community members can call (517) 337-1731, Option 1 to reach Treasury staff. Please visit the City’s website for electronic payment options.

  • The East Lansing Department of Public Works (DPW) will remain closed to the public until further notice; however, phone hours will be maintained throughout the month of June from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Community members can call (517) 337-9459 to reach DPW staff. The DPW recycling drop-off site will remain closed until further notice.

  • The East Lansing Hannah Community Center and East Lansing Prime Time Seniors Program will be closed through at least Sunday, July 12, with a tentative re-opening on Monday, July 13. Additional updates from the East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts are available here.

  • The East Lansing 54B District Court will remain closed for in-person transactions during the local state of emergency. All scheduled matters are proceeding using remote technology. Learn more.  

  • The East Lansing Public Library plans to tentatively begin curbside delivery on Monday, June 22 pending any further extensions of the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order. At this time, ELPL’s tentative re-opening date is Monday, July 13.

During the City’s extended office closures, essential services will continue to be maintained, including police, fire, EMS, trash and recycling collection, water services and wastewater management. Public meetings will continue to either be held electronically as needed or canceled through the end of June. Meeting details and public meeting notices for electronic meetings will continue to be posted as they are finalized at www.cityofeastlansing.com/ElectronicMeetings. Additional reminders and updates from the City of East Lansing are below:

  • All regularly scheduled City events, except for the East Lansing Farmers Market, have been canceled or postponed through at least June 12 and some event cancellations extend beyond that date, including the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and Recycle! East Lansing.

  • A third round of no-fee yard waste collection will be offered on the City’s east side (homes east of Abbot Road) on Monday, June 1 and on the City’s west side (homes west of Abbot Road) on Monday, June 8. Advance requests and City yard waste bags/stickers are not required on no-fee days, but all other yard waste guidelines do apply. Learn more.

  • Free two-hour parking will be offered in all gated facilities in downtown East Lansing throughout the month of June. Learn more.

  • Permits (new and existing) for open burning and recreational fires will continue to be suspended during the local state of emergency. This does not include gas or charcoal grills for cooking.

  • With construction permitted to resume across the state, the issuance of building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits and inspections resumed on Thursday, May 7. Office staff will be limited and can be reached at (517) 319-6871 or (517) 319-6810. Permits and inspections can also be requested online. Rental inspections/re-inspections will resume Monday, June 1. Call (517) 319-6801 with any questions.

  • Water service shutoffs will continue to be temporarily suspended/delayed during the local state of emergency.



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