local government

6:16 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Kalamazoo County Administrator Says $3 Surcharge for 911 Dispatch 'is Dead'

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Peter Battani says recommendation was "Cadillac Plan at a Cadillac Price"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- When cost estimates to consolidate Kalamazoo County's 911 dispatch centers came out last fall, one number became an immediate hang-up. A $3 monthly surcharge on phones and all other electronic devices capable of contacting 911 proposed by a consultant "ain't happening," Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani said recently.
1:17 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Kalamazoo Still Urging Residents to Run Water to Avoid Freezing Lines

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Portage has lifted advisory to run water
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo water customers are being asked to continue to run their water until April 20 to avoid frozen pipes, despite the city of Portage's announcement that water customers there can stop running water.
6:13 am
Thu April 10, 2014

No Decision on Senior Citizen Millage for Van Buren County

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Questions whether millage should be at county or township level
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI -- There was little discussion and no decision Wednesday on whether the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners should ask for a countywide millage. Commissioners met Wednesday morning in the Van Buren County main circuit courtroom and listened to the pros and cons of a millage that would pay for services to senior citizens.
6:21 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Battle Creek Considering Food Trucks Again

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Decades old regulations prohibit food trucks in downtown area
Battle Creek officials will again discuss proposed downtown ordinance changes related to food trucks after putting the discussion on hold for nearly five months. A public roundtable meeting on revisions of the city's vending, downtown business district and special events ordinances will be held Wednesday, April 23.
6:47 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Saugatuck and Douglas Left Out of State Grant for Consolidation Study

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Officials disappointed not to receive money for study although both cities rejected merger
Saugatuck and Douglas did not receive any money from a state program designed to offset the costs of consolidations."All along, they said this money is here to do these things," said Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier, but the state decided not to help fund the $10,000 study by the Citizens Research Council that said the cities could save about $500,000 if they consolidated.Residents in both cities turned down a proposal in November to merge.