local government

7:25 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Kalamazoo County Administrator Gets Positive Evaluation From Board

Peter Battani called it "a very good year"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
A year after Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani said he was disappointed about receiving an overall 74.2 out of 100 on his evaluation from the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioner during a contract year, Battani's ratings improved significantly under a new system that asked the board to rate him on a scale of 1 to 3 in a number of categories.
6:19 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Battle Creek Gets Grant to Assist Police in Communication, Connecting to Community

City will receive $83,000 in first round of grant
Battle Creek is one of 11 cities nationwide and the only city in Michigan to receive a first round of grant funding to reduce crime and improve public safety in a program that could lead to another $1 million in assistance.
6:16 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Commissioners Seek Answers About Changes at Battle Creek Unlimited

One Battle Creek commissioner says economic development agency is in a "state of flux"
City commissioners are expected to soon hold a workshop with Battle Creek Unlimited as the economic development organization undergoes strategic planning after the exit of its CEO. "There might be a separation right now that we need to work on together," Mayor Dave Walters said at a workshop before the commission's regular meeting Tuesday.
9:18 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New Portage City Manager Could be Picked Tuesday Night

Mayor Pete Strazdas plans to make recommendation at City Council meeting
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage could have a new city manager later today after more than 60 people attended a meeting Monday to question the two finalists or the job. Paul Brake, Grand Blanc city manager, and Larry Shaffer, Portage acting city manager since May, faced the written questions ranging from employee relations and economic development to the future of Portage.
6:21 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Proposed Ordinance Would Limit Panhandling in Kalamazoo

Amendment follows complaints from residents and Downtown Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Incorporated
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo leaders are proposing to limit panhandling in public spaces after some people have approached the city with negative experiences in downtown Kalamazoo. An amendment to the city's ordinance on begging, panhandling and solicitation was up for first reading at the Kalamazoo City Commission's regular business meeting Monday.

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