City of Kalamazoo

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Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell gave his final "State of the City" address Thursday, June 13. After 12 years as mayor, Hopewell isn't running for re-election this fall. Inside the still unfinished Exchange building downtown, Hopewell said the city is committed to "shared prosperity."

Sykes-Nehring Says Goodbye To Kalamazoo City Commission

May 21, 2019
A woman in a dark blazer and red shirt sits in front of a microphone at a dais, looking to the right with her hand on her chin.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Former Kalamazoo City Commissioner Shannon Sykes-Nehring attended her last Commission meeting as a member of the board last night. She resigned because she no longer lives in the city, but Sykes-Nehring says she’ll remain active in the community.

A man stands at a lectern with microphones on it, in front of a blue and white City of Kalamazoo backdrop.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Michigan’s environmental agency is taking issue with the City of Kalamazoo’s drinking water treatment. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has issued a violation for the city related to corrosion control.

It says Kalamazoo used too little phosphate, which coats the pipes and prevents lead and copper leaching, on some occasions last year. At other times the city used too much phosphate to treat the water.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The fight over immigration goes so deep in the United States, you’ll even find it in the Kalamazoo city budget. Like many local governments, Kalamazoo gets federal dollars for some of its programs, such as the Bridging initiative to reduce juvenile crime. The Trump administration has tried to withhold some grants from cities - including Kalamazoo - that refuse to help enforce Trump’s immigration policy. But those cities are pushing back, with some success.

Zoe Jackson / WMUK

A conflict between preservationists and churches came to a head in Kalamazoo recently. The likely demolition of two historic churches led to a proposal to protect them by making them part of historic districts. But earlier this month, City Commissioners took the unusual step of stopping the historic districts before they were even asked to vote on them.