Kalamazoo City Commission


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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Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell says the proposed Foundation for Excellence is similar to the Kalamazoo Promise and other philanthropic ventures in Kalamazoo. He says it’s another example of “thinking big” in the community. 

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The city of Kalamazoo says a community survey shows broad support for its proposed “Foundation for Excellence.”