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 Kalamazoo County Board appears to be pleased with the work of its top appointed official, Tracie Moored. On Thursday commissioners voted 11-0 to grant Moored a three-year contract. That replaces the one-year agreement they made with her last year.

The board agreed to hire Moored, the former county finance director, last fall after a number of false starts while trying to fill the office.

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“Watch out!” someone called as a work boot landed with a thud on the banks of the creek that runs by Kalamazoo’s Interfaith Homes.

“Timberlands,” a volunteer notes, examining the waterlogged footwear.

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The sun did shine Wednesday as the Kalamazoo Nature Center unveiled a new set of solar panels. The Kalamazoo nonprofit is now set to meet about a third of its energy needs with a renewable resource.

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Commissioners also heard from supporters of a "senior millage" for the November ballot and from an anti-gun-violence group concerned with a remark the Vice-Chair made last month.

Kalamazoo County is poised to decide whether to pursue a program that would make residents eligible for a county-wide ID. Supporters say many people can’t get ahold of the paperwork they need for a state ID, and sometimes that means they cannot access services like banking or health care.

The Kalamazoo Board is set to vote July 5 on whether to craft a local ID plan, which supporters hope would launch in January.