Mayor Hopewell declares June 2 Gun Violence Awareness Day in Kalamazoo

Mayor Hopewell today joined the Wear Orange campaign by declaring June 2 to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the City of Kalamazoo to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to declare that we as a country must do more to reduce gun violence. The proclamation encourages all citizens to support their local communities’ efforts to prevent the tragic effects of gun violence and to honor and value human lives.

“We have experienced firsthand the devastating effects that gun violence can have both on individual lives and an entire community,” said Bobby J. Hopewell, Mayor of the City of Kalamazoo. “We must take a comprehensive approach to this issue and together find a solution that addresses the root causes of these violent acts, while continuing to support victims and survivors, and remembering those we have lost.”

“Mayors across the U.S. fight to keep their communities safe every day – so it’s no surprise they’re stepping up once again for National Gun Violence Awareness Day,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety and board member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “We’re grateful to all the mayors who’ve declared they’ll #WearOrange on June 2nd, and we look forward to even more Americans sharing the message of gun safety and responsibility along with us.”

More than 100 mayors in 30 states will join the more than 300 influencers, corporations, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country that will be participating in the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2. Additionally, there will be more than 150 Orange meet-ups that are set to take place in communities nationwide. All events are searchable via an online map and easy to track on June 2 by following the #WearOrange hashtag/

Full details on Wear Orange 2016 available here.


In 2013, a small group of teens at a South Side Chicago high school asked their classmates to honor the life of their murdered friend Hadiya Pendleton by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others and a color that reflects the value of human life.  They inspired the Wear Orange campaign (, a coalition of more than 200 non-profits, cultural influencers and elected officials working to reduce gun violence in America. Spearheaded by Everytown for Gun Safety, the campaign asks Americans who believe we can do more to save lives from gun violence to do one simple thing on June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Wear Orange. Those who wear orange pledge to honor the lives of Americans stolen by gun violence, to help keep firearms out of dangerous hands and to protect our children from gun violence.  Wear Orange has already reached more than 220 million people worldwide and is fast becoming the symbol of the gun violence prevention movement.

2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Submission Announcement

Kalamazoo Public Safety and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office will be submitting a joint application for the 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The local solicitation in the amount of $78,332 will be used in support of law enforcement training for local law enforcement personnel, equipment for the Kalamazoo County Jail and police equipment.  The goal of these programs and initiatives is to improve and enhance the criminal justice system in the City of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo County.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives.

The City of Kalamazoo and County of Kalamazoo invite the public to comment on the 2016 JAG application. A copy of the application is available for review at Kalamazoo Public Safety, located at 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy, Suite A, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  This draft document will be available through June 26, 2016.  For further information, please call (269) 337-8123.  Comments concerning the JAG application may be addressed to:

Ryan Tibbets
Assistant Chief – Fire Administration/Finance
Kalamazoo Public Safety
150 E. Crosstown Pkwy, Suite A
Kalamazoo, MI  49001

pdf Kalamazoo JAG Abstract (22 KB)

pdf JAG Program Narrative (10 KB)

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.


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