Kalamazoo County

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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A Kalamazoo County commissioner has withdrawn a resolution against a controversial oil pipeline.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.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

If you’re a veteran and you need to apply for federal benefits, in theory you can fill out the paperwork by yourself. In reality, it might not be so simple.

“Filing a benefit, it’s like trying to do your taxes,” says Mike Hoss, Kalamazoo County’s Veteran Service Coordinator.


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Kalamazoo County has postponed a decision on whether to pursue a countywide ID program. That’s so the task force that’s been studying the idea has time to do more research on how the program would work.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The commission also heard an update from the local ID task force. The ID project is likely to face an important vote at the board's next meeting.

Kalamazoo County has taken a step toward building a new courthouse, and toward selling its main court building downtown. On Tuesday commissioners said the county can start work on a land swap with MW Acquisitions, which is part of PlazaCorp.

The county would trade its Michigan Avenue Courthouse for property on Kalamazoo Avenue, between Park and Cooley Streets. 

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