Kalamazoo City Commission

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Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell will keep that job for another two years. He got 6,028 votes to defeat two write-in challengers in Tuesday's election. City commissioners Erin Knott and Jack Urban won new four-year terms. And Eric Cunningham will rejoin the Kalamazoo City Commission, winning his first full term. Cunningham first served after he was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2015 but failed to win the election later that year.

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On November 7, voters in the City of Kalamazoo will elect a mayor and three city commissioners. On Wednesday, October 11, WMUK invited the candidates to speak at a public forum in Western Michigan University's Sangren Hall. The forum moderated by WMUK's Gordon Evans was co-sponsored by WMU's Institute of Government and Politics.


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Kalamazoo’s Foundation for Excellence will hold its first meeting Friday. 

The current design plan for the roundabout at Gull Road and Harrison Street in Kalamazoo.
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Kalamazoo city officials hope a roundabout at Gull Road and Harrison Street will reduce car crashes. City commissioners overwhelmingly approved the design for a roundabout Monday. 

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Also, commissioners have passed a resolution in favor of a phone surcharge to fund consolidated 9-1-1 dispatch.

The Kalamazoo City Commission has decisions to make about how to spend $10 million. The money comes from the $70 million that private donors gave to the city to shore up the budget for three years and fund a steep cut in property taxes. The city plans to use $10 million of the money each year for "aspirational projects for youth development and poverty reduction, investments in capital and human infrastructure, and neighborhood improvement projects" according to the city's website.

Commissioners will meet March 27 at 6pm to talk about generational poverty and how the funds could be used to fight it.

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