Leaf Collection begins October 30

The City of Kalamazoo's annual leaf collection program will begin on October 30 and run through December 8. During this time each household will have two pickups, one towards the beginning and one towards the end of the program. During this time, residents can place LEAVES ONLY in piles or in paper bags out on the curb for collection.

Residents can place any volume of leaves, sticks smaller than 3” diameter, grass clippings or other organic debris as part of this program.  We ask that residents push the organic material to the curb lawn where it will be picked up by City crews.  

Please avoid placing leaves near mailboxes, utility poles, landscaped areas, or over or directly adjacent to storm sewer drains. If you notice a blocked drain, please take a moment to clear any obstructions. This helps ensure the stormwater system operates efficiently and avoides unnecessary maintenance. 

Please keep bags weighing 50 lbs or less and do not use plastic bags,

Leaves must be placed out by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of the week designated for your area. You can find a collection map and schedule here.  Please do not report missed collections until the crews have made a complete sweep through your section. This best utilizes crew’s time and efforts, and ensures the most productivity.

This program is dependent on the weather, and the schedule may vary depending on snow, when leaves fall, and other considerations. Snow and freezing weather can make it difficult or impossible to collect leaves and this can cause program delays. Depending on these factors, the second pickup may not occur for some or all areas. Should this happen, residents can store leaves until April when they can be collected during the April Spring Clean Up. Leaves can also be taken to private drop off sites.

City Invites Applicants for Foundation for Excellence Board of Directors

 Applications are now being accepted for membership on the Foundation for Excellence (FFE) Board of Directors.  Community members that would like to apply are encouraged to complete the application form here. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., November 1, 2017. The form is very brief and should take about ten minutes to complete.

Paper applications are also available at the Kalamazoo Public Library branch locations and in the City Manager’s Office on the second floor at City Hall. If you need assistance accessing a computer to complete the online form, one is available at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation located at 402 E. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.  Please call (269) 381-4416 in advance to schedule an appointment.

Application questions include contact information, employment sector, skills and experience, and demographic information. “It is our intention to foster a respectful board culture where every member contributes their unique voice and skills to the work ahead,” said City Manager Jim Ritsema.

The Foundation for Excellence is a unique innovation by the City of Kalamazoo and private donors to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the city. The Foundation will provide $70.3 million to stabilize the city’s budget, lower its property tax rate, and for $10 million of aspirational community projects per year through 2019. During this period, a fundraising effort will be launched to create a fully endowed foundation that can sustain this funding in perpetuity.

Board responsibilities are addressed through policies, and in the bylaws and articles of incorporation (available at http://www.kalamazoocity.org/ffedocs) to ensure the integrity of the Foundation for the good of the public and its financial contributors. Members will govern the Board’s operations and make recommendations to the City Commission in order to provide funding each year for aspirational projects and Shared Prosperity initiatives that realize the community vision established in the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan. “Staff will be working very hard to ensure that board members do their homework on the Imagine Kalamazoo Strategic Vision in order to understand the Foundation’s specific alignment,” added Assistant City Manager Laura Lam. 

Being the FFE’s inaugural Board, members will be especially involved with the creation of policies, procedures and schedules, and coordinating with staff on project planning and selection, budgeting, and presentations. “This first board needs to be passionate about creating a lasting culture and institution,” said Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell.

The fifteen-member Board will have specific requirements of residency and affiliation. Two seats will be automatically filled by the City Manager and Mayor. The City Commission will nominate and appoint two additional City Commissioners to the Board at a public meeting. One seat will be filled by the Commission from any at-large resident of Kalamazoo. Three seats will be filled by representatives from any three of the City’s officially recognized neighborhoods. Finally, one seat will be filled by professionals from each of the following sectors: housing, healthcare, faith-based organizations, education, business/banking, arts community, and affinity organizations. Any combination of nine of the 15 seats must be filled by City residents.

It is the hope of City and FFE leadership to have an inaugural Board of Directors in place in time for orientation at the end of January, 2018. The new Board’s next meeting will convene at the end of January, 2018 and be open to the public.

The City Commission is expected to approve the final slate of nominations at its December 18, 2017 meeting.


Safe Halloween returns to Bronson Park on October 28

The City of Kalamazoo’s Parks and Recreation Department will host its 2017 Safe Halloween event Saturday, October 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo (200 South Rose Street).

This year’s event promises to be a great time for all, with activities such as pumpkin derby racing, a Rock on Ice pumpkin carving demonstration, face painting, pumpkin decorating, an inflatable bounce house, pumpkin bowling, sack races, individual and family costume contests, and much more! Attendees can also enjoy complementary donut holes and cider while supplies last, along with plenty of candy to fill Halloween bags.

Safe Halloween is a free event and although the activities are geared towards families with children, all community members are welcome.

“This is a great event that allows families to celebrate Halloween together and enjoy fall activities right in the heart of downtown,” said Sean Fletcher, Director of the City of Kalamazoo’s Parks & Recreation Department. “There will be something for everyone and more than enough candy to go around.”

For more information including costume contest rules and activity information, please visit the Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation website at http://kzooparks.org or call (269) 337-8191.

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