Category Archives: Press Releases

North Street to Close between Gull Road and Harrison Street

North Street will be closed between Gull Road and Harrison Street beginning Monday, July 31 as construction continues on the Harrison Street/Gull Road Roundabout Project. This closure will be in addition to current closures which include:

  • Ransom Street from Walbridge Street to Harrison Street
  • Harrison Street from Willard Street to North Street
  • Gull Street from Harrison Street to North Street

These road closures will be in effect through the completion of the project, which remains on schedule to be finished in mid-November. Access to businesses will be maintained via Harrison Street from the south and by temporary access to Harrison Street via Willard Street. Signage has been installed to help direct customers during construction.

A posted detour will direct traffic around construction along M-43/Riverview Avenue and north on Pitcher Street to North Street. Motorists are advised to plan accordingly when traveling in this area as they may experience delays during peak traffic times.

2017-07-27-North Street Detour Map

Imagine Kalamazoo Strategic Vision

Kalamazoo has a vision for its future: action

Over 16 months from 2015 to 2017 a diverse group of more than 3,500 community voices joined together to explore opportunities, break down barriers, and chart new directions for themselves, their families, neighborhoods, and city over the coming decade. At open houses, community picnics, art hops, and through online surveys, people from every neighborhood contributed ideas about places, programs, policies, investments, and communal goals and values that were most important to them. Together, a vision was created to enhance quality of life for all, to embrace how diversity strengthens Kalamazoo, and to seek continuous community engagement. As one community, oriented like never before around action, Kalamazooans imagine having more jobs and less poverty, and providing all young people with the jump-start they need in life; they imagine making a more prosperous and equitable city, where anyone would want to live and raise a family; and they imagine creating a more beautiful and livable city that is more innovative and connected. Kalamazoo imagines: Kalamazoo acts.

The Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic_Vision was approved by the City Commission on July 17, 2017.

More information on Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 is available at www.imaginekalamazoo.com.

Sanitary Sewer Overflow 2600 Mount Olivet – Spring Valley Park

July 24, 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan,  – The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services personnel were notified at 10:45 am on July 24, 2017 of a sanitary sewer overflow from a manhole located at 2600 Mount Olivet – Spring Valley Park.

The Department of Public Services staff removed the blockage at 11:45 am on July 24, 2017. The amount of material discharged from the sanitary sewer manhole is estimated to be about 300 gallons.  Normal flow conditions in the sanitary sewer have been restored and the impacted area has been remediated.

As required by law, Water Reclamation Plant personnel notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at the Kalamazoo District Office and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spill.

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Contact:
James Baker, PE
Public Services Director
(269) 337-8768

 

Sanitary Sewer Overflow 442 North Westnedge Avenue

July 24, 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan,  – The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services personnel were notified at 11:45 am on July 24, 2017 of a spill of treated wastewater sludge from a transport vehicle at 442 North Westnedge Avenue.

The Department of Public Services staff finished remediating the impacted area at 3:00 pm on July 24, 2017. The amount of material spilled from the vehicle is estimated to be about 9 cubic feet.  The road surface has been cleaned and normal traffic flow restored.

As required by law, Water Reclamation Plant personnel notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at the Kalamazoo District Office and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spill.

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Contact:
James Baker, PE
Public Services Director
(269) 337-8768

West KL Avenue Water Main Break, Boil Water Advisory

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services has responded to a water main break west of the intersection of Drake Road and West KL Avenue. A precautionary boil water advisory is being issued in cooperation with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department for all water intended for drinking within the affected area due to a temporary pressure loss that will occur within the water main during the repair. The affected area includes the south side of West KL Avenue, west of Drake Road to 11th Street. See attached Figure.

This advisory is precautionary only; there have not been any confirmed tests showing bacteria present in the water main at the location of the break.  Initial sampling results will be available within 24 hours of its collection and the final set within 48 hours. It is anticipated that the advisory will be lifted within 72 hours, pending sample results.

Municipal water customers in the affected area may boil their tap water for 2 minutes prior to use for drinking. No special precautionary measures are necessary for water used for personal hygiene.

Westbound KL Avenue between 11th Street and Drake Road will be closed until further notice due to this water main break. A detour will be posted.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.

7-14-17 Boil Water Advisory Map

Drake Road Railroad Crossing Work

Drake Road near KL Avenue will be closed at the railroad crossing beginning at 7:00 am on Monday June19, 2017 and will remain closed until Friday June 30, 2017.

This closure is necessary for the reconstruction of the railroad crossing by Amtrak crews.

Contact:

Joe Stark
Right of Way Coordinator
269-337-8436

Sanitary Sewer Overflow at N Burdick and Clay St

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services personnel were notified at 6:35 pm on June 11, 2017 of a storm sewer overflow from a manhole located in the 1300 block of North Burdick.

The Department of Public Services staff determined the source of the water was the unauthorized use of hydrants in the area which was under construction for sanitary sewer repairs. The storm sewer on North Burdick was plugged to prevent the accidental release of wastewater during construction. The total volume of the release was estimated to be 140,900 gallons with approximately 110 gallons of the discharge being sewage. Normal flow conditions in the sanitary and the storm sewers were restored at 8:15 pm on June 11, 2017 and the impacted area has been remediated.

As required by law, Water Reclamation Plant personnel notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at the Kalamazoo District Office and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spill.

Contact: James Baker, PE
City of Kalamazoo Director of Public Services
(269) 337-8768

Unauthorized Use of Fire Hydrants

City staff have observed a large increase in the unauthorized private use of City of Kalamazoo fire hydrants.

Some residents are taking it upon themselves to open fire hydrants.  Please note that opening and closing fire hydrants can cause serious injury to the individual performing the unauthorized act, as well as individuals and traffic in the immediate area of the hydrant.  Improper opening and closing of hydrants can also cause underground pipes to break, which disrupts water service to many customers.

Public Services staff are working closely with Department of Public Safety staff to help control the number of fire hydrants that are open.  Your cooperation is not only appreciated but necessary to help stop improper use of hydrants.  Please call (269) 337-8148 to report any open fire hydrants in your area.  We need your help in keeping safe and reliable water flowing throughout the City.

Please note that there is a water park located on Florence near Burrell for all citizens to use and the Kik Pool at Upjohn Park is expected to open later this month. The following fire hydrants will also be open during hot weather today from 1:00 p.m. to dusk by City staff:

  • Back end of Interfaith (building 1038) far NW corner
  • Burrell and Lawrence
  • Krom and Clay
  • Washington and March
  • Sherwood at Roosevelt Apartments
  • Clarence and Jackson
  • Hays Park and March

If you would like to request a fire hydrant be opened during warm weather, please contact the Public Services Department at (269) 337-8148. When possible staff will coordinate with residents so that this can be done safely without harm to people, property, or the water system.

City staff appreciate your help in safeguarding our infrastructure and avoiding unnecessary and costly repairs.

Contacts:
James J. Baker, PE
Public Services Director
269-337-8148

Season Opening of Kik Pool Delayed by Water Pump Repair

The opening of the Kik Pool in Upjohn Park, originally scheduled for Saturday, June 10, has been delayed due to a failed water circulation pump. Repairs are expected to be completed this month, and Parks & Recreation staff tentatively plan to open the pool in late June.

Individuals and families that have purchased season passes will receive a pro-rated refund once a definitive opening date has been established, and any rentals that cannot be honored as a result of this delay will be fully refunded. Swim lessons have also been rescheduled to begin later in June.

Parks & Recreation staff appreciate our community’s patience as they work to resolve this issue and open the Kik Pool as quickly as possible.

Contact:
Patrick McVerry, Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation
mcverryp@kalamazoocity.org
(269) 337-8147

Sanitary Sewer Overflow, 502 Riverview (M-43)

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services personnel were notified at 1:45 pm on June 5, 2017 of a sanitary sewer overflow from a manhole located at 502 Riverview.

The Department of Public Services staff removed the blockage at 1:50 pm on June 5, 2017. The amount of material discharged from the sanitary sewer manhole is estimated to be about 5 gallons. Normal flow conditions in the sanitary sewer have been restored and the impacted area has been remediated.

As required by law, Water Reclamation Plant personnel notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at the Kalamazoo District Office and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spill.

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Contact:

James J. Baker, PE
Public Services Director
269-337-8660