Portage city Council

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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.

The ordinance allows Portage residents to keep up to six chickens as long as certain conditions are met.

The Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority hopes to have the regional bus plan ready next year.

Richard Ford's name drawn after council deadlocks on new member. Jim Pearson becomes mayor pro-tem

Decision on vacancy will likely end deadlock over mayor pro-tem