Information and Statement from Mayor Hopewell Regarding Mosquito Spraying in Kalamazoo

UPDATE: September 29: 

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is confirming that there will be no aerial treatment spraying of insecticide this evening, September 29, 2019, in Kalamazoo County. County residents may see a plane flying over their properties due to neighboring counties being treated this evening.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department that the number of resident opt-out notifications received by MDHHS comprises a large enough geographic distribution in which aerial spraying would no longer be an effective
measure to reduce adult mosquito populations in the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage. Therefore, aerial spraying will not be performed in the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage as part of the regional and state response to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) outbreak.

Aerial spraying may proceed in other parts of Kalamazoo County based on the distribution of known human and animal cases and where the resident opt-out frequency does not reduce effectiveness of the spraying.

MDHHS will update Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department, along with other county health departments, daily with the aerial treatment schedule for the evening. Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department will continue to communicate to residents that schedule.

FULL MEDIA RELEASE: pdf Update on Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Aerial Spraying Activity in Kalamazoo County (188 KB)

SPANISH:  pdf 09.29.19 EEE Update Spanish (129 KB)


September 27: 

 

The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department has authorized the spraying of pesticide for the treatment of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This spraying is slated to begin at approximately 8 pm Sunday evening.  Information that has been provided by the State of Michigan and Kalamazoo County is provided below. 

For more info regarding these plans and their potential effects on health and safety, please contact MDHHS at (517) 373-4740 and the Kalamazoo County Health Department at (269) 373-5200.


Statement from Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell:

Today the City of Kalamazoo learned that the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department has authorized the spraying of pesticide from airplanes for the treatment of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This spraying is slated to begin at approximately 8 pm Sunday evening.

The recent cases of mosquito-borne EEE in Michigan are a cause for concern, and I and city staff have encouraged city residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent EEE as recommended by the State of Michigan and the Kalamazoo County Health & Human Services Department.

However, the spraying of pesticides by airplane over the entire city raises too many unanswered questions and concerns for me to support this action at this time. I support efforts to eliminate mosquito-borne illnesses, but in a densely populate areas such as the city of Kalamazoo a more targeted approach is appropriate.

While County and State officials have stated the pesticide is safe, thoughtful consideration of where treatment is applied will help to protect the public while also protecting natural areas and sensitive utility infrastructure.

City of Kalamazoo staff will take necessary steps to ensure drinking water infrastructure is protected while spraying is underway. We are also continuing to work with officials with the State of Michigan and Kalamazoo County to exempt as many natural areas as possible.

I have asked the City Manager to assist the State of Michigan and Kalamazoo County in communications efforts so that Kalamazoo residents can be as informed as possible.

In Kalamazoo we are committed to protecting both the health and safety of our citizens as well as protecting the natural environment. I encourage the State and County to expand their public education campaign for the prevention of EEE and consider a more targeted approach to spraying in urban areas (such as truck-mounted sprayers targeting mosquito breeding grounds), one informed by the input and consent of the community officials.

You can find more information about EEE and the proposed spraying at www.kalamazoocity.org/eee or at www.michigan.gov/eee.

Supporting the journey, 


 

Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell


Links & Documents:

State of Michigan FAQ

pdf State of Michigan FAQ (Espanol) (128 KB)

www.michigan.gov/eee 

https://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/

pdf State of Michigan - EEE Spraying Map (870 KB)

pdf MERUS 3.0 Information (141 KB)

pdf Merus3.0 Safety Data Sheet (140 KB)

pdf NPIC Pyrethrins Fact Sheet (1.59 MB)

City of Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University seek public input for sustainability strategy

 

The City of Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University’s Office for Sustainability invite the public to celebrate sustainability and plan to make Kalamazoo a more sustainable community at a series of events on Thursday, September 26.

Starting at noon, the WMU Office for Sustainability will host a campus event to discuss sustainability with students, faculty, and any other members of the community. This open house-style meeting will conclude at 3 p.m., followed by a community bike ride from campus to the Farmers’ Market starting at 4:30 p.m. From 5:30 to 7:30, a second event will be held at the Farmers’ Market, offering another chance to discuss sustainability and share input into the sustainability strategy.

At each event, residents can contribute to the sustainability strategy through a public survey and help identify important natural areas in the City. At the second event held at the Farmers’ Market, there will also be information on the City’s recycling program, home energy savings, composting, local food, and educational opportunities to learn about local climate action. Participants will enjoy a free tamale station, yard games, and prize giveaways. All ages are welcome to attend.

Sustainability was highlighted by residents as a priority during Imagine Kalamazoo 2025, with Environmental Responsibility as one of ten goal areas. The sustainability strategy will incorporate aspects of waste management, natural features protection, climate action, resiliency, and other environmentally responsible strategies to protect Kalamazoo now and for future generations.

More information about the event is available at facebook.com/events/2267167070280271/. To stay up to date on sustainability planning for the City visit ImagineKalamazoo.com/projects/sustainability

 

"Grave Issues Squad" to Clean Headstones in Mountain Home Cemetery

Due to weather, the gravestone cleaning scheduled for Saturday September 28 was postponed to Saturday October 5 – 10 am to 3pm. Volunteers can sign up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Kalamazoo Historic Preservation is continuing a project to preserve the rich history within Kalamazoo’s cemeteries. The “Grave Issues Squad”, a subcommittee of the commission, seeks to assess, clean, and repair headstones in Mountain Home Cemetery.

The Squad is looking for volunteers to help clean headstones on Saturday, September 28 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Squad will provide all equipment and materials, along with instructions and snacks.

The Sextons Lodge will be open for the work day and all the participants are welcome to take a short tour.

Mountain Home cemetery, located on West Main Street, contains the graves of many of the best-known figures from Kalamazoo’s history – from Gilmores and Upjohns to Curtenius and Allen.

The Grave Issues Squad takes a two-part approach to improving the condition of cemeteries. With help from volunteers, they first inventory, photograph and assess the condition of each stone. Then, based on the findings of the assessments, they plan cleaning and repairs.

During Historic Preservation Month in May 2018, the group assessed Section 15 of the cemetery, located on the north end near Forbes Street. This year, while a cloud-based, smartphone enabled inventory program is created to finish the inventory, the Grave issues Squad is planning a round of headstone cleaning in Section J – near West Main Street between the two driveways.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Grave Issues Squad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please call Sharon Ferraro, City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator at 269-337-8804 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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