local government

8:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Consolidated Dispatch Committee Could Bring Phone Surcharge Proposal to County Board in September

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If approved, increase won't go into effect until next year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Just a day after the Portage City Council reaffirmed the city's commitment to join a proposed consolidated dispatch system in Kalamazoo County, the steering committee composed of representatives from the five dispatch entities involved in discussions reached a consensus on a number of points.
6:56 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Battle Creek Commissioners Raise Questions About Police Spending

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City manager's office has proposed a $43.5-million budget
Battle Creek city commissioners hammered city administration Tuesday, asking why the police department spent nearly $3 million more than had been budgeted over the past four years. The concerns were expressed as the administration presented its most recent budget proposal. "If you don't recognize what happened in the past," Commissioner Jeff Domenico said, "it's going to happen in the future.
9:13 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Two Battle Creek Police Officers Out After Investigation

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Attorney for Jim Saylor and Maria Alonso says firings are a violation of constitutional rights
Two police department employees have been fired after a nearly two-month investigation, Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole confirmed Tuesday. Deputy Police Chief Jim Saylor and Inspector Maria Alonso's terminations Tuesday are effective immediately after the two were placed on paid administrative leave March 5.
6:08 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Battle Creek to Consider $43-Million Budget

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Includes increase in police and fire retirement property tax levy
City commissioners will be briefed on a proposed $43.5 million spending plan for next fiscal year during today's first workshop on Battle Creek's budget. The budget for next fiscal year calls for $43,493,491 to cover the bulk of spending through June 2015 and marks the second year in a row that the city has not been forced to make major cuts.
1:28 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Comstock Township Supervisor Files Appeal Against Recall Petition

Lead in text: 
Ann Nieuwenhuis says petition contains language that is not factual
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - Comstock Township Supervisor Ann Nieuwenhuis filed an appeal Thursday against a petition to recall her approved by the Kalamazoo County Election Commission last week. The commission -- comprised of county Clerk Tim Snow, Circuit Court Judge Stephen Gorsalitz, and county Treasurer Mary Balkema -- approved a petition to recall Nieuwenhuis on April 14.

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