local government

9:18 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New Portage City Manager Could be Picked Tuesday Night

Mayor Pete Strazdas plans to make recommendation at City Council meeting
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage could have a new city manager later today after more than 60 people attended a meeting Monday to question the two finalists or the job. Paul Brake, Grand Blanc city manager, and Larry Shaffer, Portage acting city manager since May, faced the written questions ranging from employee relations and economic development to the future of Portage.
6:21 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Proposed Ordinance Would Limit Panhandling in Kalamazoo

Amendment follows complaints from residents and Downtown Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Incorporated
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo leaders are proposing to limit panhandling in public spaces after some people have approached the city with negative experiences in downtown Kalamazoo. An amendment to the city's ordinance on begging, panhandling and solicitation was up for first reading at the Kalamazoo City Commission's regular business meeting Monday.
6:05 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Interviews with Portage City Manager Candidates Monday

Second round of interviews will include two candidates
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - It's a critical week in Portage's search for a new city manager as the public questions the two finalists for the job Monday and then on Tuesday four members of the Portage City Council continue to press for hiring their favored candidate.
7:14 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Allegan County Judge Sues Over Legal Fees in Battle with Chief Judge

Lawsuit will be heard by an Ottawa County Judge
ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI - Allegan County Circuit Judge Kevin Cronin is suing the county over its refusal to pay his attorney fees in a legal spat with his colleague and chief judge, Margaret Zuzich-Bakker. It centers around Cronin's hiring of a legal clerk Bakker had previously fired.
6:11 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Berrien County Seeks Grant for Demolishing Buildings

$14-million was previously used to tear down 242 run down properties
ST. JOSEPH - Berrien County is planning to seek up to $1.7 million in state grant funding to demolish run-down and abandoned buildings in Benton Harbor, among them the former Mercy Center. The state is making grants available to communities that participated in Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2, which wrapped up in 2013.

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