local government

7:46 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission to Consider Changes to Panhandling Ordinance Monday

Panhandling ordinance was first approved in 2006
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo City Commission will consider an ordinance amendment Monday evening that would limit panhandling in public spaces. A first reading for the amendment to the city's ordinance on begging, panhandling and solicitation was held at the City Commission's business meeting on Oct. 20.
7:31 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Kalamazoo County Judge's Last Day is Friday

Spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder says replacement could be appointed before the end of the year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
"I really feel blessed to have this chance and, like anything else, you'd like it to go forever but nothing will," Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge J. Richardson Johnson said recently as he sat inside his office at the county courthouse. "I just can't imagine anything else I would have rather done."
6:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Consolidated 911 Dispatch Agreement Signed

Next step is to appoint members to board that will oversee dispatch authority
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Three years ago, Robert Beam was sitting at home when he received a phone call from Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani asking him to join him and the then city managers of Portage and Kalamazoo for lunch.
6:21 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Saugatuck Won't Appeal Ruling Striking Down Part of Sign Ordinance

Allegan County Judge struck down part of ordinance that limits the number of temporary signs residents can have on their property
The Saugatuck City Council has reversed itself and decided this week not to appeal a court ruling that struck down parts of the city's sign ordinance as unconstitutional.The cost and possible future appeals linked to the case persuaded the city to drop further legal actions, according to City Manager Kirk Harrier."
6:36 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission Considers Debt Reduction Plans

City Manager says long term solution required to address legacy costs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo city administrators showed the Kalamazoo City Commission two options Monday evening to close a projected $2.7 million budget deficit in the city's General Fund for 2015. In a work session, City Manager Jim Ritsema unveiled two options for tackling the deficit.