local government

7:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Holland Looks to Curb Problem Rental Properties

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Rental properties are increasing faster than owner-occupied homes. Calls for service for those properties are also up
Different ways to deal with troublesome landlords and rental properties are being tossed around by city of Holland officials.The topic is not new: In 2011, Holland City Council issued a moratorium on rental certificates and construction near Hope College while officials dealt with a proposed 12-bedroom duplex geared at students who would pay per person.
6:33 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Albion City Council Approves Liquor License for Theater

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Friends of Bohm Theater plan to reopen in October
ALBION - After a two-week delay, the Albion City Council has put its support behind a liquor-license request for the Bohm Theatre. "For us, it's making it a viable business and being able to rent the facilities for weddings, corporate functions, for all of those things," Elizabeth Schultheiss, chairwoman of Friends of the Bohm Theatre, said before the council meeting Monday.
6:11 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Says Increase in Violence is National Problem

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Jeff Hadley addressed city commissioners after three shootings over the Independence Day weekend
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalmaazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley decried a string of shootings occurring during weekend that killed one and sent five others to the hospital when speaking before city commissioners Monday, but he made clear he feels the recent uptick in gun violence is a national issue, not just a local one.
3:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

BC Picks New Police Chief

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City officials say Jim Blocker, who had been serving as interim chief, was the "outstanding" choice for the permanent position.
After a 90-day trial run, Jim Blocker was named Thursday as Battle Creek police chief. Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole announced her decision to appoint Blocker to replace Jackie Hampton who retired in January. The appointment is immediate. "I believe Jim best meets the needs of the department, organization and community," Bedsole said in a prepared statement.
5:53 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Battle Creek City Commission Approves Food Trucks Downtown

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Action lifts ban on mobile vending in what had been known as the "central business district"
Food trucks can soon serve meals on Jackson Street after city commissioners brought an end to the months-long debate over whether they should be allowed to operate in downtown Battle Creek. "I think all the concerns may be valid," Mayor Dave Walters said after the commission's regular meeting Tuesday.