Kalamazoo County

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

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A Kalamazoo County resolution on a controversial oil pipeline that was withdrawn two weeks ago will get a vote after all.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.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Supporters of a unified 911 dispatch system in Kalamazoo County say consolidation will go on, despite the defeat of a proposal on Tuesday that would have paid for it.

About 62 percent of people who cast ballots in the May 2 election in Kalamazoo said ‘no’ to a monthly $2.30 phone surcharge. The fee would have paid for a countywide, single dispatch system for 10 years.

Voters in Kalamazoo have two questions before them on the ballot Tuesday. One is a renewal request for School districts in the Kalamazoo area, another would create a fee on phones to pay for consolidated dispatch.


Mike Groll / Associated Press

The debate over a May 2 ballot proposition in Kalamazoo County has intensified in recent weeks. An increased monthly charge on phones would let the county consolidate five different 911 services, and pay for new technology. Proponents say it’s an overdue improvement of local emergency service. But a union that represents local dispatchers disagrees.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A Kalamazoo County commissioner has withdrawn a resolution against a controversial oil pipeline. The resolution called for the shutdown of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

Democratic board member Mike Quinn pulled the resolution on Tuesday when it appeared that it would not pass a vote. Only four members of the board expressed clear support for the resolution at the commission’s Committee of the Whole meeting.


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