Portage city Council

11:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Portage Council Considers Next Steps in City Manager Search

Maurice Evans, left, listens to a citizen comment at the Portage City Council's Feb. 11, 2014 meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Portage City Council members say they hope to decide soon how they’ll select the city’s next manager. Maurice Evans announced his retirement on Monday after eight years at the post.

At the city council’s meeting yesterday, Mayor Pete Strazdas suggested councilors weigh different approaches with the hope of approving one at their next meeting. He says the first step is for members to decide what “qualities” they’re looking for in Evans’ successor. Considerations include whether to hire a search firm to find candidates and a consultant to assist with decision-making.

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2:49 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Portage to state: don't mess with our chickens!

The ordinance allows Portage residents to keep up to six chickens as long as certain conditions are met.
PORTAGE, MI - Portage officials say proposed changes to the state Right to Farm Act had better not poach on the city's backyard chickens ordinance that has been in place since May 2011.
2:47 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Portage backs transit planning, with reservations

The Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority hopes to have the regional bus plan ready next year.
PORTAGE, MI - Portage supports a plan for regionalized public transportation in Kalamazoo County by 2015, but the city wants no part in assuming the retirement health care costs that would come with a new bus system.
6:22 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Portage City Council picks new member by drawing name from hat

Richard Ford's name drawn after council deadlocks on new member. Jim Pearson becomes mayor pro-tem
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Richard Ford is the newest member of the Portage City Council and will serve the next two years after his name was pulled out of a hat Tuesday night.
8:56 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Portage City Council interviews candidates, expects to fill vacancy Tuesday night

Decision on vacancy will likely end deadlock over mayor pro-tem
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - The Portage City Council will decide tonight who will fill a two-year vacancy after interviewing four candidates Monday evening. The council had expected to interview four people Monday -- Cory Bailes, Richard Ford, James Graham and Betty Lee Ongley - but Bailes immediately announced he was dropping out of consideration.