local government

6:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

County Approves $5-Million Bonding Plan For Community Mental Health Facility

Facility will be located in Kalamazoo Valley Community College's new health-focused campus
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo County should have a new community mental health facility by the end of 2015 after $5 million bonding plan to fund the building was approved by county commissioners Tuesday night. Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will use the funds to construct an 18,000 square-foot facility that would house psychiatric, pharmacy, access, information, referral and adult emergency mental health services.
7:49 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Audit Shows Benton Harbor Budget in the Black

Surplus allowed city to pay off deficit from beginning of fiscal year
BENTON HARBOR - The city of Benton Harbor officially has no deficit and is on the road to recovery. That was the message given Monday by Stephen Blann, an auditor with Rehmann Robson in Grand Rapids, on the city's audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
6:23 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Benton Harbor Activist Gets 10 Year Prison Sentence for Forgery

Edward Pinkney was found guilty in November of changing signature dates on a petition to recall Benton Harbor James Hightower
ST. JOSEPH - Benton Harbor activist Edward Pinkney will spend up to 10 years in prison for forgery. He was sentenced Monday to five concurrent terms of 2 1/2 to 10 years for changing signature dates on recall petitions.
6:17 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Boutique Hotel Could Come to Downtown Albion

City Council approved a brownfield plan for the project
There may soon be a new option for an overnight stay in Albion. The $9.2 million project - a three-story, 67,000-square-foot facility with 72 rooms, a restaurant and a ballroom - has been proposed for a 1.25-acres site at the Porter Square area.
6:13 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Kalamazoo to Issue $90-Million in Bonds to Cover Retiree Health Care

City currently pays $6.6-million in retiree health care from the general fund
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo City Commission approved issuing $90 million in bonds Monday to help pay the city's $188 million unfunded retiree health care liability. Commissioners approved issuing the bonds in a 5 to 0 vote. Commissioner Bob Cinabro abstained, citing his position as a city retiree.