local government

6:06 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Community Development Discussions Continue in Battle Creek

Survey shows top priorities are jobs, talent and culture of vitality
Nestled in a Western Michigan University airplane hangar community advocates continued conversations about how to "take off" with Battle Creek's Community Economic Development Plan. More than 120 people from varying sectors of the community participated in a community economic development meeting Wednesday morning. A second meeting was held Wednesday evening.
6:18 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Battle Creek City Commission Picks New Mayor After 14 Rounds of Voting

Deb Owens new mayor, Lynn Ward Gray vice mayor
It took 14 rounds of voting, six recesses and more than four hours for Battle Creek city commissioners to elect Deb Owens as mayor. Commissioners voted 6-2 to vote Owens - a decision that was only reached after Commissioner Dave Walters, who was the other nominee, switched his vote and Commissioner Mike Sherzer followed suit.
6:13 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani Resigns

Deputy Administrator John Faul has assumed Battani's duties for now
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani tendered his resignation Oct. 28, less than a week after he received positive marks for his job performance from the Board of Commissioners. The resignation was unanimously approved without discussion by the eight county commissioners who attended Wednesday night's regular meeting.
6:38 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Battle Creek to Elect Mayor and Vice Mayor Wednesday

Mayor and vice mayor are elected annually by commission. It's unusual to change mayors midterm
Dave Walters wants another term as Battle Creek mayor, but he's got competition: Vice Mayor Deb Owens. The City Commission will elect a mayor and a vice mayor Wednesday, and it could be a long night: Commissioner Susan Baldwin is not expected to attend the meeting because of personal reasons, making for a potential tie among the remaining eight commissioners.
6:14 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission Approves Changes to Panhandling Ordinance

Changes broaden existing panhandling ordinance which was approved in 2006
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Members of the Kalamazoo City Commission approved an ordinance tweak Monday that addresses panhandling in Kalamazoo's public spaces. City commissioners approved the amendment in a 6-1 vote, with Commissioner Jack Urban dissenting.