Category Archives: Press Releases

Enforcement of Grass and Weeds Violations to begin Monday, May 1

Enforcement of the City of Kalamazoo’s Tall Grass and Weeds Ordinance will begin on Monday, May 1.

Section 22-3 of the City of Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances identifies as a public nuisances “noxious weeds or any other weeds or grasses which have attained a height of 12 inches or more,” and that “it is unlawful for any person owning, occupying or in control of any lot or land, public or private, to allow, maintain or permit such nuisance to remain on such lot or land.”

In 2017 the City Commission approved a new fee schedule for violations of tall grass and weed violations to discourage repeat offenses and property owners relying on City staff for lawn care. The fine for the first violation is $127 and increases $50 with each additional violation up to a maximum of $277 for the fourth violation (and any beyond four). Additional fees will be incurred if the City is required to dispatch a mowing contractor to correct the violation on the property owner’s behalf.

Property owners are encouraged to maintain their properties to help keep our City and neighborhoods inviting, avoid costly fines, and help prevent the spread of noxious weeds and invasive plants. Citizens can report grass at or near 12” or noxious weeds by calling the 24-hour hotline at (269) 337-8847.

Lifting of Kaywood, Doncrest, Junedale, Alamo Ave Boil Water Advisory

As of Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., the precautionary boil water advisory issued April 24, 2017 has been lifted by the City of Kalamazoo, in cooperation with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department. Citizens in the affected area can now use City water for consumption as well as all other purposes. Bacteriological sampling within the affected area verified that the water is safe to drink.

The affected area includes all of Kaywood Drive, all of Doncrest Drive, all of Junedale Drive, and the houses on Alamo Avenue only on the north side of the Kaywood Drive/Alamo Avenue intersection.

The understanding and cooperation of affected residents, businesses and institutions is much appreciated.

City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services
269-337-8737

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department
Environmental Health Director
269-373-5337

Kaywood, Doncrest, Junedale, Alamo Boil Water Advisory

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services repaired a water main break near the intersection of Kaywood Drive and Junedale Drive, north of Alamo Avenue in Kalamazoo Township. A precautionary boil water advisory is being issued in cooperation with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department for all water intended for drinking within the affected area due to a temporary pressure loss that occurred within the water main during the repair. The affected area includes all of Kaywood Drive, all of Junedale Drive, all of Doncrest Drive, and the houses on Alamo Avenue only on the north side of the Kaywood Drive/Alamo Avenue intersection.

This advisory is precautionary only; there have not been any confirmed tests showing bacteria present in the water main at the location of the break. Initial sampling results will be available within 24 hours of its collection and the final set within 48 hours. The work has been completed and the advisory will be lifted within 72 hours, pending sample results.

Municipal water customers in the affected area may boil their tap water for 2 minutes prior to use for drinking. No special precautionary measures are necessary for water used for personal hygiene.

City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services
269-337- 8737

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department
Environmental Health Director
269-373- 5337

Stadium Drive/W Michigan Ave Boil Water Advisory

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services is repairing a water main break just west of the Stadium Drive/West Michigan Avenue and West Lovell Street intersection. A precautionary boil water advisory is being issued in cooperation with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department for all water intended for drinking within the affected area due to a temporary pressure loss that will occur within the water main during the repair. The affected area includes Stadium Drive/West Michigan Avenue from Eldred Street to the west, and east to West Lovell Street, as shown on the attached figure.

This advisory is precautionary only; there have not been any confirmed tests showing bacteria present in the water main at the location of the break.  Initial sampling results will be available within 24 hours of its collection and the final set within 48 hours. It is expected that the work will be completed on February 15 and the advisory will be lifted within 72 hours.

Municipal water customers in the affected area may boil their tap water for 2 minutes prior to use for drinking. No special precautionary measures are necessary for water used for personal hygiene.

Contact:

City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services
269-337-8737

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department
Environmental Health Director
269-373-5337

Sanitary Sewer Overflow E of 2024 Sunnyside Dr

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services personnel were notified at 12:14 pm on April 8, 2017 of a sanitary sewer overflow from a manhole located east of 2024 Sunnyside Drive.

The Department of Public Services staff removed the blockage at 2:00 pm on April 8, 2017. The amount of material discharged from the sanitary sewer manhole is estimated to be about 848 gallons.  Normal flow conditions in the sanitary sewer have been restored and the impacted area has been remediated.

As required by law, Water Reclamation Plant personnel notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at the Kalamazoo District Office and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spill.

East of 2024 Sunnyside Drive SSO 4-8-17 Site Map

Contact:
James Baker
City of Kalamazoo Director of Public Services
269-337-8768

1010 Fenwick Place Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services personnel were notified at 3:00 pm on April 8, 2017 of a sanitary sewer overflow from a manhole located at 1010 Fenwick Place.

The Department of Public Services staff removed the blockage at 4:00 pm on April 8, 2017. The amount of material discharged from the sanitary sewer manhole is estimated to be about 60 gallons.  Normal flow conditions in the sanitary sewer have been restored and the impacted area has been remediated.

As required by law, Water Reclamation Plant personnel notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at the Kalamazoo District Office and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spill.

1010 Fenwick Place SSO 4-8-17 Site Map

Contact:

James Baker
City of Kalamazoo Director of Public Services
(269) 337-8768

Rotary Club of Kalamazoo Pledges $50,000 Gift to Bronson Park Campaign

The coalition of supporters of the Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign continues to grow with the recent announcement of a multi-year $50,000 gift from the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo. The Club has pledged their gift in equal installments over four years to fund the design and construction of a shade structure for performances in Bronson Park.

In 1999 the Rotary Club funded the $750,000 stage bearing its name, and maintains an endowment for its upkeep and maintenance. The temporary shade structure is meant to enhance the experience of park users during performances on or near the Rotary Stage. It will be disassembled and stored when performances are not taking place.

“Supporting the Bronson Park campaign fits perfectly with the Kalamazoo Rotary’s 101-year history of community-driven, ‘service above self’ focus on the economic and social vitality of downtown Kalamazoo,” said Kalamazoo Rotary President Bryan Zocher. “Our club members are proud to partner with the City and Kalamazoo County to build, maintain and enhance the Bronson Park Rotary stage for the enjoyment and artistic appreciation of citizens, neighbors and tourists.”

The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo is inviting the public to attend their April 10 meeting. Sean Fletcher, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Kalamazoo and David S. Brose, Anthropologist and member of the Campaign Leadership Team will present:  “Bronson Park: Little Known History, Fountain Controversy and Technology Sneak Peek”.  The April 10 meeting is at the downtown Kalamazoo Cityscape Events Center from Noon-1:30pm. Cost is $14 for lunch.

The Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign is a community effort to raise $2.8 million to improve Bronson Park. The Campaign is driven by the Bronson Park Master Plan, which was completed in 2016 after an extensive public planning effort. In addition to physical improvements to Bronson Park, the Plan also includes educational components to provide an accurate portrayal of Native American history and cultural experience, which are being created in partnership with the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi.

The City is grateful to the many dozens of community members who volunteer their time and talents to making the Campaign an ongoing success. You can learn more about the Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign or make a donation at www.kalamazoocity.org/bronsonpark.