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.


In some ways the last year has been a troubled one for bicycling in Kalamazoo. In June 2016 an allegedly drugged driver killed five cyclists and seriously injured four others as they rode in Cooper Township. But Kalamazoo has also seen progress for bikes in recent months.

The City of Kalamazoo is building a long-awaited downtown connector for the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, and three local governments have approved safe-passing “five-foot rules” designed to protect cyclists. Kalamazoo Bike Week starts on Saturday.

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This post has been updated.

A Kalamazoo County resolution on a controversial oil pipeline that was withdrawn two weeks ago will get a vote after all. The resolution calls for Enbridge Energy to shut down its line 5 pipe, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac, to avoid the risk of a spill.

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Supporters of a unified 911 dispatch system in Kalamazoo County say consolidation will go on, despite the defeat of a proposal on Tuesday that would have paid for it.

About 62 percent of people who cast ballots in the May 2 election in Kalamazoo said ‘no’ to a monthly $2.30 phone surcharge. The fee would have paid for a countywide, single dispatch system for 10 years.

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Commissioners also heard about plans for a roundabout at Gull Road and Harrison and Ransom Streets, and approved plans for lead service line removal in Kalamazoo Township.

Kalamazoo city leaders say President Trump’s proposed federal budget would force the city to cut or put an end to a number of programs. Congress has shelved the president’s plan for now, but it could come back next year.

Voters in Kalamazoo have two questions before them on the ballot Tuesday. One is a renewal request for School districts in the Kalamazoo area, another would create a fee on phones to pay for consolidated dispatch.