City of Kalamazoo

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Nearly 80 years after its dedication in Bronson Park, the City of Kalamazoo plans to remove the sculpture and reflecting pools known as the Fountain of the Pioneers.

The fountain is a historic work created by noted sculptor Alfonso Iannelli. But its depiction of a white settler in a position of power over a Native American has led many people to condemn it as racist and as an embodiment of white supremacy.

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With winter far from over, the City of Kalamazoo has had dozens of water main breaks already this year, according to Public Services Director James Baker. As of Jan. 22 the city had had 28 main breaks. They range in severity from small leaks to a rupture that heaved up part of Paterson Street.

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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