City of Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo is among communities participating in the second annual National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 16th. The city has recognized the day with a proclamation, says Lanna Lewis of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, who is a guest today on WMUK's WestSouthwest (listen now, below). 

The day has local roots. Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation started it last year to focus the country's attention on combating structural racism as it launched its new Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation long-term initiative in 14 cities, including Kalamazoo.

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The City of Kalamazoo says its 2018 budget reflects continued improvement in its finances, brought about in part by a public-private partnership.

Commissioners approved an approximately $177 million appropriation on Tuesday. That includes money for more than two dozen new jobs, including several in public safety and public services.

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The city of Kalamazoo's Public Services Department has issued a Frozen Water Service Advisory. The city is advising all of its customers to run at a "pencil sized" stream until further notice. 

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The city also discussed the future of its one-way streets.

City of Kalamazoo water customers might see their rates go up next year. Under a proposal from city staff, a typical in-city household would see its monthly bill rise by $2.75 a month. Water users outside the city, who pay more overall, would see a more modest increase of $1.60 a month.

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What’s it like to ride downtown Kalamazoo’s San Francisco-style Holly Jolly Trolley

It has long been on Kalamazoo grandfather Kelly Casey's bucket list. “I wanted to do this for years, but I was working or having to get up early. So I didn’t have the opportunity."