jim ritsema

12:19 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Kalamazoo City Manager Says Frozen Pipes Could be a Problem Through May

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Jim Ritsema says reports of frozen pipes in the city are much higher than normal
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo city officials say frozen water lines could persist through May as the city deals with an unusual winter wreaking havoc on the water system. Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema held a rare Kalamazoo City Hall press conference Friday morning reiterating the city's warning issued Thursday evening telling customers to run water from one faucet at a pencil-sized stream until further notice.
6:46 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Kalamazoo Retirement Task Force Holds First Meeting

Members of the city's task force on retiree legacy costs listen to a public comment.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A Kalamazoo city task force plans to take on the question of how to handle the city’s unfunded retiree benefits.

The group includes more than a dozen people – retirees and current employees as well as city officials. They held their first meeting at Mount Zion Baptist Church last night, where they agreed on a structure for ten scheduled meetings to come.

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Battle Creek City Manager
9:22 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Battle Creek City Manager Resigns, Questions Remain

Battle Creek City Hall - file photo
Credit WMUK


Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Jennifer Bowman says City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama's resignation did not come as a surprise.

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7:52 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Fee increases part of Kalamazoo budget proposal

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Spending plan would patch $2.9-million deficit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo residents could pay more to rent a park, participate in summer camp and use city water in 2014, according to proposed rate schedules from various city departments. The Kalamazoo City Commission is expected to vote on the city's $143 million budget for 2014 at its 7 p.m.
7:43 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Community leaders weigh search for new Battle Creek Assistant City Manager

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Replacement needed for Jim Ritsema who is City Manager of Kalamazoo
Battle Creek's next assistant city manager - whoever that will be - is in for a ride. "Without a doubt, those are going to be big shoes to fill," at-large Commissioner Mark Behnke said of the person who will replace the departed Jim Ritsema.