local government

8:38 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

More Fire Departments Turning to Full-Time Chiefs

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Many communities are finding that the demands are too great for job of fire chief to be part-time
HARTFORD - Economic and revenue trends are pushing local governments deeper into frugality. However, many Southwest Michigan communities are spending more money for full-time fire chiefs after decades of operating with part-time leadership.
3:43 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

BC Retailers Want Cereal Fest Back Downtown

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City officials moved this year's festival a block away from its previous site because of a recent fire at a restaurant.
Some retail owners dissent over Cereal Fest site Some retail business owners in downtown Battle Creek said they would like to see the Cereal Festival return to the main stretch of Michigan Avenue. A link to this page will be included in your message.
7:18 am
Fri June 6, 2014

City of Kalamazoo Denies Township Claims of Inflated Water and Sewer Rates

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City denies each of 16 counts in answer to lawsuit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI --The city of Kalamazoo has denied claims in a lawsuit filed by 11 Kalamazoo County entities, including seven townships, alleging it intentionally inflated water and sewer rates. In the city's answer to the lawsuit, its attorneys deny each of the 16 counts, including allegations that the city "has manipulated and overstated" rates by charging more than what is "permitted by contract, agreement, settlement agreement, consent judgment and law."
6:32 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Hundreds Weigh in on Battle Creek City Manager Search

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Ken Tsuchiyama retired in February. Susan Bedsole is serving as interim City Manager
Through surveys and public meetings, more than 400 people offered feedback as the city of Battle Creek sought public input during its search for a new city manager. Representatives from the Beacon Community and Project 20/20 said 115 people participated in 14 meetings that were held in May.
6:08 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Battle Creek's Cereal Festival Moves One Block for One Year

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Concerns over condemned building caused move
Battle Creek's Cereal Festival, the city's largest downtown event, will be moved one block over to Van Buren Street this year. Festivals Manager Deborah Owens, the city's vice mayor, said the change is temporary and is to keep festivalgoers away from the former On Deck Sports Bar and Grill, damaged in a fire in late December.