Category Archives: Press Releases

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.

Site Map

Contact:

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

Harrison Street/Gull Road Roundabout Project Detour in Effect Beginning Wednesday, May 31

The following streets will be closed in the City of Kalamazoo beginning Wednesday, May 31, 2017 through Thursday, July 20, 2017 to facilitate roundabout construction and infrastructure improvements:

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

Harrison Street will remain open to all business but closed to through traffic.

A detour will be posted for the duration of this work. Motorists are advised to plan accordingly when traveling in this area as they may experience delays during peak traffic times.

Detour Map

Enforcement of Grass and Weeds Violations to begin Monday, May 1

Enforcement of the City of Kalamazoo’s Tall Grass and Weeds Ordinance will begin on Monday, May 1.

Section 22-3 of the City of Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances identifies as a public nuisances “noxious weeds or any other weeds or grasses which have attained a height of 12 inches or more,” and that “it is unlawful for any person owning, occupying or in control of any lot or land, public or private, to allow, maintain or permit such nuisance to remain on such lot or land.”

In 2017 the City Commission approved a new fee schedule for violations of tall grass and weed violations to discourage repeat offenses and property owners relying on City staff for lawn care. The fine for the first violation is $127 and increases $50 with each additional violation up to a maximum of $277 for the fourth violation (and any beyond four). Additional fees will be incurred if the City is required to dispatch a mowing contractor to correct the violation on the property owner’s behalf.

Property owners are encouraged to maintain their properties to help keep our City and neighborhoods inviting, avoid costly fines, and help prevent the spread of noxious weeds and invasive plants. Citizens can report grass at or near 12” or noxious weeds by calling the 24-hour hotline at (269) 337-8847.

Lifting of Kaywood, Doncrest, Junedale, Alamo Ave Boil Water Advisory

As of Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., the precautionary boil water advisory issued April 24, 2017 has been lifted by the City of Kalamazoo, in cooperation with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department. Citizens in the affected area can now use City water for consumption as well as all other purposes. Bacteriological sampling within the affected area verified that the water is safe to drink.

The affected area includes all of Kaywood Drive, all of Doncrest Drive, all of Junedale Drive, and the houses on Alamo Avenue only on the north side of the Kaywood Drive/Alamo Avenue intersection.

The understanding and cooperation of affected residents, businesses and institutions is much appreciated.

City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services
269-337-8737

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department
Environmental Health Director
269-373-5337

Kaywood, Doncrest, Junedale, Alamo Boil Water Advisory

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services repaired a water main break near the intersection of Kaywood Drive and Junedale Drive, north of Alamo Avenue in Kalamazoo Township. 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 occurred within the water main during the repair. The affected area includes all of Kaywood Drive, all of Junedale Drive, all of Doncrest Drive, and the houses on Alamo Avenue only on the north side of the Kaywood Drive/Alamo Avenue intersection.

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. The work has been completed and 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.

City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services
269-337- 8737

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department
Environmental Health Director
269-373- 5337

Stadium Drive/W Michigan Ave Boil Water Advisory

The City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services is repairing a water main break just west of the Stadium Drive/West Michigan Avenue and West Lovell Street intersection. 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 Stadium Drive/West Michigan Avenue from Eldred Street to the west, and east to West Lovell Street, as shown on the 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 expected that the work will be completed on February 15 and the advisory will be lifted within 72 hours.

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.

Contact:

City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services
269-337-8737

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department
Environmental Health Director
269-373-5337