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.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County has approved a plan that would move its health department to Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood. County commissioners voted on Tuesday to buy three acres on East Alcott Street. The county intends to build a new facility on that land for Health and Community Services.

Currently the department rents space in Nazareth. Deputy County Administrator John Faul says that building is less than ideal for employees and for patients.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A parking plan for downtown Kalamazoo is on hold for at least a little while. On Monday the city’s Downtown Development Authority said the proposed five-year plan needs more work before the Authority can vote on it.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Kalamazoo County Commission has taken a decisive step toward hiring a new county administrator. Board members voted 7 to 4 on Thursday to offer the job to Terrence Neuzil, the elected supervisor of Johnson County, Iowa.

Pete Strazdas / WMU Facilities

If you’ve followed the path of Arcadia Creek, you know it disappears for a while near Western Michigan University’s campus. You might have also noticed that Waldo Stadium is near the point where the creek moves underground. Listener Carl Doubleday wondered: does the creek run under Waldo Stadium?

Andy Robins / WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo can and should improve the way that people travel through it. That’s the message of the Complete Streets Coalition, a grassroots group that’s recently been holding rallies around the city.

In particular, members say the city’s one-way streets confuse people and push traffic into neighborhoods. WestSouthwest spoke with Complete Streets members Jim Ferner and Laura Livingstone-McNelis about what the group hopes to see change.