East Lansing is weighing how the COVID-19 aid money can be used

EAST LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – East Lansing City Council to discuss the use of federal COVID-19 funding.

At Tuesday’s meeting, City Manager George Lahanas set out the city’s draft plan to spend the nearly $ 12.2 million allocated to the city.

The proposed plan includes using the funds to create lasting improvements in the community, taking into account the impact of the pandemic, maximizing fund opportunities, and considering other programs and regional partnerships on offer.

Some of the suggested plans are:

  • $ 250,000 in support of downtown businesses
  • $ 380,000 for library improvements
  • $ 1,250,000 to renovate the fire station

The City of East Lansing received half of these funds in May and will receive the other half in May next year. The council must work out a plan for the funds by December 2024. Every penny must be spent by December 2026.

The plan presented by Lahanas can be viewed in full HERE.

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