Portage city Council

"PORTAGE, MI - At least two Portage parks are slated for improvements this year. The new Eliason Nature Reserve will have its 1½-mile trail paved from Osterhout Avenue to Portage Industrial Drive and Lakeview and Schrier parks will be getting new playgrounds." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and Portage Mayor Peter Strazdas say the cities will continue looking for ways to cooperate, improve service and save money.


"PORTAGE, MI - Portage will spend $2.9 million of its $3.6 million in excess funds, but is still debating whether to use some of that money to set up a budget stabilization fund." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"PORTAGE, MI - Portage City Manager Larry Shaffer has received a raise and a bonus following a performance review by the Portage City Council. The council by a 6-1 vote Tuesday gave Shaffer a 2 percent increase, the same that most city employees received, boosting his pay to $132,600, and also granted a one-time meritorious bonus of $1,000." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"PORTAGE, MI - Portage has a new assessor and a commitment from the administration and council to rebuild that office rather than outsourcing the service. Edward VanderVries was appointed Tuesday as the new city assessor, replacing Jim Bush who retired Oct. 1 after 15 years with Portage." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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