Kalamazoo County

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The Kalamazoo County Board appears to be pleased with the work of its top appointed official, Tracie Moored. On Thursday commissioners voted 11-0 to grant Moored a three-year contract. That replaces the one-year agreement they made with her last year.

The board agreed to hire Moored, the former county finance director, last fall after a number of false starts while trying to fill the office.

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Commissioners also heard from supporters of a "senior millage" for the November ballot and from an anti-gun-violence group concerned with a remark the Vice-Chair made last month.

Kalamazoo County is poised to decide whether to pursue a program that would make residents eligible for a county-wide ID. Supporters say many people can’t get ahold of the paperwork they need for a state ID, and sometimes that means they cannot access services like banking or health care.

The Kalamazoo Board is set to vote July 5 on whether to craft a local ID plan, which supporters hope would launch in January.

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Kalamazoo County could begin work on a new animal shelter as soon as next year if a new proposal goes forward. On Tuesday commissioners heard from a group within the county that’s been studying the needs of the Animal Services department. That group recommends building a new facility on county land on Lamont Street next to the current shelter on Lake Street, at a cost of about $5 million.

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A resolution against a controversial oil pipeline that drew crowds to Kalamazoo County board meetings has passed. The commission voted 7 to 3 on Tuesday to call for the shutdown of Enbridge Energy Line 5, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

Supporters of the resolution packed several recent county board meetings. Many of them said an oil spill in the Straits would devastate the Great Lakes and Michigan’s economy.

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This post has been updated.

A Kalamazoo County resolution on a controversial oil pipeline that was withdrawn two weeks ago will get a vote after all. The resolution calls for Enbridge Energy to shut down its line 5 pipe, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac, to avoid the risk of a spill.

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