Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

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The Downtown Development Authority, which sets parking policy for downtown Kalamazoo, has worked on a parking plan for months. But on Tuesday, members disagreed about key details.

Some questioned plans to reduce free 90-minute parking on the Kalamazoo Mall. Member Carl Brown asked whether it’s wise to set parking policy five years into the future, and said he thinks the plan skimps on details beyond the early years.

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Kalamazoo County spent more than a year looking for an administrator after Peter Battani left in October 2014.  After two searches, the Board of Commissioners voted to hire Terrence Neuzil, who was previously an elected supervisor in Johnson County, Iowa. Neuzil, now on the job just over a month, spoke with WMUK’s WestSouthwest about how he’ll approach the county’s top executive role.

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Though the budget the City of Kalamazoo approved Tuesday avoids major cuts to services, it does increase the tax that pays for bulk trash and recycling while cutting the number of bulk trash pickups. And city staff and commissioners say Kalamazoo faces a widening “structural deficit” in its general fund going forward.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo’s 2016 budget tops the agenda at tonight’s city commission meeting. Despite a general-fund gap of more than two million dollars, the city says it has managed to avoid patching the hole with service cuts. But the city does plan to raise the tax that pays for bulk trash and recycling, and reduce bulk trash pickup.

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Laurie from Kalamazoo asked WMUK’s “Why’s That?” question this month. It’s one you might have asked yourself, perhaps while you pour chemicals into your sink basin, or chisel at the inside of your showerhead. Why is Kalamazoo’s water full of minerals? In other words, why is the water so hard?