local government

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.
6:31 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Kalamazoo Humane Society Looks to Finalize $2-million purchase

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Agreement has been signed to purchase building on Sprinkle Road
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - After years of operating in inadequate facilities, the Kalamazoo Humane Society is close to finalizing a $2 million agreement to purchase an animal care and resource center it hopes to share with the Kalamazoo County Animal Shelter.
9:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kalamazoo County Campaign Finance Reports to be Online as Part of Pilot Program

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Kalamazoo County Clerk Tim Snow says he's working on separate program to allow searches of past campaigns
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo County residents interested in viewing campaign finance records of local elected officials will soon have online accessibility to those reports. Kalamazoo County was recently selected by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to be one of two counties to participate in a pilot program that will offer electronic campaign-finance reporting for local candidates and ballot questions.
9:56 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Calhoun County Officials to Consider Road Funding Options

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County board will meet April 22nd to find solutions on road funding and repair
County officials said every option is on the table as they discuss later this month ways to increase funding for road improvements. "I don't know what I favor," Calhoun County Commissioner Steve Frisbie said Friday, "whether it's county-wide, township-wide (millages) or 'Hang on, let the state flesh this all out.'
8:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Albion Names a New Interim City Manager

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Kipp takes from former interim manager Kevin Markovich who retired last week.
Scott Kipp, the city of Albion's public safety chief, will also serve as interim city manager after city councilmembers appointed him to the position following Dan Bishop's termination. We speak with Kipp to hear how he plans to juggle both jobs and how he plans to steer the city in a more positive direction.

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