City of Kalamazoo

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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."


Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell will keep that job for another two years. He got 6,028 votes to defeat two write-in challengers in Tuesday's election. City commissioners Erin Knott and Jack Urban won new four-year terms. And Eric Cunningham will rejoin the Kalamazoo City Commission, winning his first full term. Cunningham first served after he was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2015 but failed to win the election later that year.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

Kalamazoo will get its first female public safety chief later this month.

City officials say current Chief Jeff Hadley is leaving to become head of the Chatham County Police Department in Georgia. He'll be replaced by Karianne Thomas, who's now deputy chief of Kalamazoo's Public Safety Department.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Supporters of consolidated dispatch in Kalamazoo appear to have solved their funding problem, making it possible to launch a unified service after years of discussion and a false start or two.

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