Free Public Wi-Fi Comes to Bronson Park

 

Starting July 14, visitors to Bronson Park will be able to take advantage of free public Wi-Fi. This new amenity will go live during Lunchtime Live! and remain available to everyone within the park moving forward.

Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell will announce the new service today at noon from the Rotary Stage.

“Access to the services and information available on the internet is increasingly becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity in our lives, whether we’re applying for a job, paying our bills, or studying for class,” said Mayor Hopewell. “We are excited to start offering Wi-Fi in Bronson Park, but this is only the first step in the work ahead to ensure that every resident of our city has access to these resources.”

Beyond providing access for park visitors, connectivity will enhance events that take place in the park.

“Public Wi-Fi in the park will be absolutely fabulous when we have our concerts on Thursdays and Saturdays,” noted Beth McCann, Deputy Director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. “The audience can connect to social media, share pictures and video, and invite their friends on the spot.”

She continued, “Wi-Fi would also be fabulous for commerce. Whenever there is an art show, fair or festival and someone needs to run a credit card, having Wi-Fi would help facilitate that transaction.”

“Due to its central location, frequent events, and proximity to City Hall, Bronson Park was a logical place to pilot public Wi-Fi,” explained Tim Clark the City of Kalamazoo’s Chief Information Officer, “but we are planning to offer this service at other locations as part of a broader effort to connect our community and invest in 21st century infrastructure.” 

Wi-Fi was among the amenities requested during the Bronson Park Master Planning Process that took place in 2015. A capital campaign is currently underway to raise funds to make the more extensive improvements outlined in the plan.

Residents are encouraged to attend Lunchtime Live! to enjoy lunch in Bronson Park and take of advantage of this new free service today, and during all future visits to the park.

 

Draft Strategic Vision Presented to City Commission, Available for Public Comment

City staff are currently seeking comments on the City-wide Strategic Vision for the City of Kalamazoo, which was presented to the City Commission on June 19. 

The Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 process has speaking with community members over the past 16 months to determine the future direction of Kalamazoo. The process has reached every neighborhood through meetings, events, and other channels throughout the multi-phase process. 

We encourage you to download the document or visit City Hall, or our Community Planning & Development to review the document. Comments can be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in writing to Kalamazoo City Hall, 241 West South Street, Kalamazoo MI 49007, or by phone by calling (269) 337-8026.

The comment period will close on July 7. The final document will be presented to the City Commission on July 17, 2017 for final adoption.

pdf Strategic Vision Draft, June 19, 2017 (1.85 MB)

pdf Strategic Vision Presentation, June 19, 2017 (2.96 MB)

Kalamazoo Continues Replacement of Lead Water Services

On June 5, the Kalamazoo City Commission unanimously approved $1,656,509 to accelerate the replacement of lead water services within the City of Kalamazoo Public Water Supply System. Of the total funding, $500,000 was appropriated from Foundation for Excellence funds and will be used to accelerate replacement of services within the City.

The City of Kalamazoo and its contractors are currently in the process of replacing lead water services with plans to replace approximately 400 in 2017. This level of replacements represents a roughly four times more than previous years.

More than half of the lead services planned for replacement are located in Kalamazoo Township and will be removed by contractors in conjunction with Kalamazoo County Road Commission street construction projects.

Streets planned for lead service removals within Kalamazoo Township include Bronx Avenue, Dartmouth Avenue, Dayton Avenue, Sunnyside Drive, Texel Drive, Waverly Drive, Gertrude Street, Charles Avenue, Andora Avenue, Ann Street, Berkley Street, Carleton Avenue, Egleston Avenue, Grove Street, Lamont Avenue, Sonora Street, Stewart Drive, Westwood Drive, and Willis Avenue.

Contractors will also be performing replacements within the City of Kalamazoo on Locust Street, Bryant Street, Lane Street, Lane Alley, Cameron Street, Francis Court, Hazel Avenue, Midvale Terrace, Oakland Drive, Parkwood Avenue, Portage Street, and Vine Street.

City of Kalamazoo staff will also replace lead water services along West Main Street, Church Street, and others areas based on the results of water quality sampling.  As construction season progresses, additional streets may be added based on the availability of resources.

Customers that will see their services replaced this year will receive notification in advance of this work either in person or via a door hanger, and be provided the opportunity coordinate the timing of the work in accordance with their schedule. If no response is received from the customer, the replacement will still occur, which requires water service to be temporarily shut off. A typical replacement requires water service to be disconnected for approximately six hours. Customers are strongly encouraged to respond to these notices and coordinate replacements to avoid unnecessary disruption of water service. 

The City of Kalamazoo’s public water supply system provides 17 million gallons of clean and safe water on an average day to approximately 123,000 customers within 10 jurisdictions. The City has had measures in place since 1956 to reduce water corrosiveness to components containing lead and copper, however staff continue to make progress towards the goal of replacing all lead services in the system. A proactive capital improvement program has been in place for over twenty years for this purpose.

The City of Kalamazoo greatly appreciates the patience and cooperation of affected customers throughout the process of replacing lead water services.  

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