Sanitary sewer cleaning and preventative maintenance currently underway

The City of Kalamazoo is currently performing sanitary sewer cleaning and preventative maintenance. During normal business hours you may notice an increase in the presence of City crews and equipment within your neighborhood.

The work to be completed is root cutting and heavy cleaning of the sanitary sewer main. You may hear or see back pressure of air in your commode or drains. This is the result of material in the sewer passing by your housing service at the sewer main, which is connected to the City sewer main. In order to minimize the possibility of discharge from your floor drains, sink drains, and/or commodes during the use of this hydraulically propelled equipment; please close your commode covers when not in use for the duration of this work.

Also, to prevent sewer odor from coming into your home, we suggest pouring a cup or two of water into each basement floor drain and any infrequently used sink or tub drains. Because water evaporates, this should be done regularly.

Due to the potential of some of the sewer manholes being located in the rear yards, it may be necessary for the City to use some properties as an access to these manholes. Restoration, if any, will be the responsibility of the City to complete.

The amount of time taken in each neighborhood varies depending on size, the quantity of pipe within the neighborhood, and the ease of access to those pipes. The entire system is cleaned every 7-9 years, which is a common level of service in the wastewater industry.

This work is being conducted as a preventative maintenance measure and is not intended to address any specific problems with individual sanitary sewer service laterals.

If you have any questions or concerns related to this work or the city’s sanitary sewer system, please call (269) 337-8148.


Enforcement of tall grass & weed nuisance underway

The Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) has started enforcement of the tall grass and weed ordinance.  City ordinance requires all property owners to keep grass maintained below 12 inches and requires the eradication of noxious weeds of any height (such as poison ivy, poison oak, ragweed, etc.).  This includes the public curb lawn area in front of all properties.  In 2013, the City Commission approved a cost recovery fee for each weed notice (currently $77).  The notice gives the property owner 10 days to correct the ordinance violation by mowing the grass and/or eradicating the weeds.  If not mowed by the 10 day deadline, the city will authorize a contractor to abate the violation by mowing the property. The cost of mowing and an additional administrative charge will be billed to the property owner.

All property owners are urged to monitor their own property.  It is much more cost effective for property owners to monitor and maintain their own property, rather than waiting for the city to send a notice and/or send the city’s mowing contractor.  Each time the grass is over 12 inches it is considered a new violation.

Residents can assist CPD by reporting tall grass and weed violations to the 24 hour Weeds & Grass Hotline at (269) 337-8847.

Renovated Woods Lake Park to reopen Thursday, May 26

The City of Kalamazoo’s Department of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the grand reopening of Woods Lake Park, which has been closed to visitors since July to accommodate an improvement project. A grand reopening event will be held on Thursday, May 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Woods Lake Park (2900 Oakland Drive). Light refreshments will be served.

This project has been several years in the making and was included in the department’s five-year plan.  The project includes a new restroom and changing facility, picnic pavilion, playground, observation deck, fishing pier, walking paths, rain garden, and many landscape improvements. Natural plantings have also been added, making it a beautiful location for the surrounding neighbors.  The City of Kalamazoo received a DNR Trust Fund Grant in the amount of $363,000 for the project.

“The Woods Lake Park improvement project has seen its share of obstacles, but the Parks & Recreation Department is very excited about these improvements to the park that will make it a great place for city residents to enjoy for many years to come,” said Sean Fletcher, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Kalamazoo.

Residents can connect with the Parks & Recreation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on upcoming projects, programs, and events.

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