Kalamazoo City Commission

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

It’s not on the agenda yet, but the Kalamazoo City Commission seems willing to explore a proposal that’s intended to help people with criminal records find jobs.

Members of the grassroots group Michigan United told the board on Monday that Kalamazoo can do something to help so-called ex-offenders find employment to support themselves and their families.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo’s 2016 budget tops the agenda at tonight’s city commission meeting. Despite a general-fund gap of more than two million dollars, the city says it has managed to avoid patching the hole with service cuts. But the city does plan to raise the tax that pays for bulk trash and recycling, and reduce bulk trash pickup.

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

In a Kalamazoo city poll more than 300 residents said they would prefer single-stream recycling. But at last night’s meeting, city staff recommended that the city keep its dual-stream system. 

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The Kalamazoo City Commission is likely to consider soon whether to increase the property tax that pays for bulk trash and recycling service.  And a new rate could come with changes in how trash and recycling are collected.

Public Services Department Administrative Support Manager Wendy Burlingham says single-stream recycling instead of dual-stream is one possibility. So is quarterly rather than monthly bulk trash pickup. Burlingham says while less frequent bulk trash service would help the city’s budget, that’s not the only advantage.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo’s six city commissioners and Mayor Bobby Hopewell have received a 1.03 percent increase in their yearly salaries. The raise, which takes effect later this month, is intended to serve as a cost-of-living adjustment.