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City of Kalamazoo Seeks Community Input On Federal Stimulus Funding

The City of Kalamazoo is currently accepting feedback from community members to determine what investments should be made with federal stimulus funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). A 30-day public comment period opened June 18, and city residents are encouraged to share their feedback through Sunday, July 18.

Complete the Survey Online in English   Complete the Survey Online in Spanish 

Residents can complete the survey online or return a paper copy to City Hall. Paper surveys are available at offices and community spaces throughout the city:

  • Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 W South St
  • Kalamazoo Community Planning and Economic Development, 245 N Rose St
  • Kzoo Parks Office at Mayors' Riverfront Park, 251 Mills St
  • Kalamazoo Public Library Main Branch, 315 S Rose St
  • Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch, 1000 W Paterson St
  • Kalamazoo Public Library Washington Square Branch, 1244 Portage St
  • Northside Association for Community Development, 612 N Park St
  • Edison Neighborhood Association, 816 Washington Ave
  • Oakwood Neighborhood Association, 3320 Laird Ave
  • Vine Neighborhood Association, 806 S Westnedge Ave
  • Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Office, 162 E Michigan Ave
  • Integrated Services of Kalamazoo, 2030 Portage St
  • Ministry with Community, 500 N Edwards St
  • Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, 448 N Burdick St
  • YWCA Kalamazoo, 353 E Michigan Ave 
  • Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, 405 W Michigan Ave
  • Goodwill, 420 E Alcott St
  • Michigan Works,  1601 S Burdick St

Surveys are available in English and Spanish, and additional translation assistance is available by calling 311 or (269) 337-8000. Residents can also call to request a survey be mailed to their home.

The survey asks residents to prioritize 10 areas of investment based on the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan, City Commission priorities, and the recently completed National Community Survey of City of Kalamazoo residents. Respondents can also share a brief statement about how the City of Kalamazoo can best use the funding to help our community recover from the effects of COVID-19.

“The federal funding that Kalamazoo will receive from the American Rescue Plan act is a huge opportunity,’ explained Jim Ritsema, Kalamazoo’s City Manager. “We are listening to the people in our community and want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard in this process.”

Kalamazoo is expecting to receive $38.9 million of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The funds can be used on a broad range of investments to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, support economic stabilization, replace lost revenue, or address systemic public health and economic challenges that contributed to the pandemic’s disparate impact on communities of color. Funds may also be used for certain infrastructure projects, including water and sewer utilities, and expanding access to broadband internet.

The City Commission and City leadership will use survey results along with the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan, City Commission priorities, and other outreach efforts to identify where help is most needed, and what should be prioritized for ARP funding.

“Our goal is to invest this money in a manner that helps our residents who were most impacted by COVID-19, address needs that were highlighted by the pandemic, and secure a brighter future for everyone in our community. Please let us know what's most important to you and most needed for Kalamazoo.”

KDPS stepping up speed enforcement during regional traffic safety campaign June 19-27

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than a year ago, law enforcement agencies across the nation have reported an alarming rise in speeding, crashes, and related complaints.

To combat this disturbing and dangerous trend, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Region 5 Office are partnering with five other states on a regional traffic safety campaign. As part of the “Great Lakes, High Stakes” campaign, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety along with more than 30 municipal, county and Michigan State Police (MSP), law enforcement agencies will focus on speeding drivers between June 19 and 27, 2021.

Nationally in 2019, 9,478 traffic fatalities involved crashes in which one or more drivers were speeding.

“While the pandemic caused a drop in overall traffic miles driven, nationally, the number of fatal crashes increased — and data shows speeding was a major factor in many of these tragic crashes,” said Chief Vernon Coakley of KDPS. “During the “Great Lakes, High Stakes” campaign, we will be working with our fellow law enforcement agencies across the state to ensure the message gets out to drivers that speeding will not be tolerated on our roadways.”

While Michigan has seen a 22-percent reduction in traffic crashes — 245,432 in 2020 compared to 314,377 in 2019 — there has been an increase in fatalities. Crash data from the MSP Criminal Justice Information Center indicates 1,083 people died from crashes on Michigan roads in 2020, a 10-percent increase over 2019, with 985 deaths reported. In 2020, there were 200 speed-related fatalities on Michigan roadways compared to 185 in 2019, an 8-percent increase.

Also in Michigan, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), in 2020:

■ Out of male drivers involved in all traffic crashes in 2020, 6.4 percent were speeding.

■ 15.2 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding.

■ 11.2 percent of drivers in the 15- to 20-year-old age group involved in crashes (4,650 out of 41,685) were speeding.

■ Out of all drivers who were drinking and crashed, 15.1 percent were speeding.

Recent insurance industry studies show that about 112,000 speeding tickets are issued each day, or about 41 million per year. The average fine for a speeding violation is between $115-$135.

Kzoo Parks Summer Cinema Event Series Starts Friday, June 18

Kzoo Parks will host seven Summer Cinema events this year at different parks and community spaces throughout the city. The Summer Cinema movie series is presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union and offers free outdoor movies on select Fridays throughout the summer:

  • June 18, Spare Parts at El Concilio (930 Lake Street)
  • July 2, The Croods: A New Age at South Westnedge Park (1101 S. Westnedge Avenue)
  • July 30, Wonder Woman 1984, at Spring Valley Park (2600 Mt. Olivet Road) - Drive-In
      • This movie will be held drive-in style on the park’s soccer field. The first two rows will be for attendees sitting in chairs or on blankets and the rest of the rows will be for cars.
  • August 13, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Douglass Community Association (1000 W. Paterson Street)
  • September 10, Tom & Jerry at Crane Park (2001 S. Westnedge Ave)


Two of the movies shown will be determined by popular vote. Community members can make their movie selections for the July 16 Upjohn Park movie through Thursday, July 1 at https://forms.gle/Ehr8c2j3FHJ1LDVB6 and the August 27 Southside Park movie through Thursday,  August 12 at https://forms.gle/7BSbFPCkaPjnX9dG8.

At each event the video screen will be set up with music playing at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are welcome to settle into their spot and spend time in the park before the movie begins. Snacks will also be provided while supplies last. Kalamazoo County Talking is Teaching will also be joining the Summer Cinema events at Upjohn Park on July 16 and Spring Valley Park on July 30 to kick off Family Literacy Walks in those parks with a special event give-away. They will be giving away Literacy Bags to the first 50 families to participate at those events. More information on the Family Literacy Walks is available at https://www.kalamazoogreatstartcollaborative.org/  

Attendees should remain cautious and follow CDC and local health official guidelines to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19. Summer Cinema events are free, and all community members are welcome.

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