Grace Period Allows Kalamazoo Property Owners to Clean Up Debris through April 15

With the arrival of spring, often times we find a season's worth of litter underneath the melted snow. Residential and commercial property owners in the City are reminded of their responsibilities to keep properties trash free throughout the year. Chapter 15A of the City of Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances (the Trash Ordinance) states, "“…All garbage must be stored in a watertight container that is constructed of metal, plastic or other durable material impervious to rodents, has a tight-fitting lid or cover, and is capable of being serviced without creating unsanitary conditions..."

A grace period for violations of the Trash Ordinance is in effect through Sunday, April 15. Thereafter, properties that are in violation of the ordinance will be issued a written citation allowing 10 days to clean up the property and a $77 fine. If the property is not cleaned up within 10 days, a crew will be dispatched to clean up the property on behalf of the property owner, who will then be billed for the recovery of enforcement costs. 

Property owners are encouraged to take advantage of the grace period to avoid fines or enforcement action, and to take a proactive approach to keep our city clean and inviting for everyone who lives, works and visits in Kalamazoo.

Spring/Summer 2018 View from the Curb now available!

The Spring/Summer 2018 View from the Curb is now available online! Find out important information about programs for City of Kalamazoo residents such as April Spring Clean Up, Brush Collection, Single Stream Recycling, Hydrant Flushing, and more! The most recent View from the Curb is always available at www.kalamazoocity.org/vfc.

The View from the Curb is published once for the Spring/Summer seasons and once for the Fall/Winter seasons each year. It is mailed to Kalamazoo residents and copies are available at City of Kalamazoo offices. 

Statement from Mayor Hopewell and Comm. Cooney regarding Fountain of the Pioneers

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell and City Commissioner Don Cooney have released the following statement regarding the recent decision by the Kalamazoo City Commission to remove the Fountain of the Pioneers from Bronson Park:


The Fountain of the Pioneers has been the center point of Bronson Park for nearly 80 years. It is the basis of fond memories, a painful reminder, an artistic achievement, a place to cool off, or a lesson in history, depending on who you ask. It has been a source of controversy for its entire existence, long before this City Commission and City Administration, and it would likely continue to be long after.

Early in the morning of March 6 the Kalamazoo City Commission made the difficult decision to remove the Fountain of the Pioneers from Bronson Park. We made this decision immediately following five hours of public comment at one of the longest City Commission meetings in memory, but this was just the latest installment of a discussion that has been going on for decades. We voted knowing that no matter what the outcome, many would be angry, disappointed or frustrated. Like many public issues, there was no simple or easy solution.

This vote was not to erase history, destroy art or deprive our community of a beloved feature of Bronson Park. It is important to remember and learn from our past, and there are places all over the world where we can reflect on the darker moments of human history. That is why we didn’t vote to destroy the fountain, but to preserve the artistic elements for display elsewhere. This vote recognizes that there is a place for this type of reflection, but one of our most public areas is not that place.

This vote also recognizes the past and outlook on this issue. After nearly 80 years, the controversy remains. With the originally planned investment of more than $1 million into the restoration of the Fountain of the Pioneers, do we want to be investing this amount of resources into this fountain? What does this say about our values as a community? What are we telling the many voices from our city that say this is inappropriate, hurtful and unwelcoming? The fountain may ultimately be removed anyway- it is the third fountain in Bronson Park. While this decision to remove the fountain is not without its own cost, it is expected to be approximately $200,000 and we are pursuing outside resources to offset these costs.

This vote will not immediately resolve all of the racial issues that we face in our City and our region, but it is a recognition that symbols matter. It is a step towards healing. It is consistent with the recently completed Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and other efforts to promote racial equity such as the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation and Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo initiatives.  It is also consistent with our City Charter, which is enacted in part to “…to conserve and utilize public values for public benefit and to promote our common welfare…”

The City Commission is elected to represent all of Kalamazoo, a diverse city with diverse viewpoints. With 75,000 perspectives, we are not all going to agree on every decision. We made a difficult choice, but it was the best choice for our City as a whole.

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