City of Kalamazoo

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The City of Kalamazoo has approved a groundbreaking proposal that it hopes will put an end to years of financial struggle.

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Details of a proposed major donation to the City of Kalamazoo are expected to come out on Tuesday.

A pair of philanthropists has offered Kalamazoo $70 million to fix its budget for three years. During that time city staff hope to build an endowment called the Foundation for Excellence to permanently close the gap in Kalamazoo’s finances. It’s up to the city commission to decide whether to take the money.

On Monday the board heard from one supporter – Council of Michigan Foundations CEO Rob Collier, who works with endowed groups around the state.

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If you want to open a medical-marijuana dispensary in the City of Kalamazoo, you’ll have to wait.


The Kalamazoo City Commission says five feet is probably safer than three when it comes to cars passing bikes. It’s considering a proposal that’s meant to protect cyclists by giving them some space as cars move by.

The city traffic engineer had recommended a three-foot passing zone, saying five feet might be hard to accommodate on some streets. But on Tuesday a majority of commissioners agreed that three feet between a bike and a passing car was not enough.

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The City of Kalamazoo wants to see more people at Kik Pool – possibly enjoying the water other ways than swimming. It’s holding a meeting Monday night to ask the public for input on what the pool should offer.

Patrick McVerry is with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. He says while Kik has plenty to offer swimmers, some people might prefer a water slide or a splash pad.

“Incorporation of some different water features may actually bring more people in to use the facility,” he says.