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Japanese Knotweed 

Have you heard about “Japanese knotweed”? Regionally it is also known as “Michigan Bamboo” or even just “bamboo”. Several concerned residents have brought this fast growing plant to The City’s attention and we’ve put up this informational page to help spread awareness.

Left:  Bamboo                             Right:  Knotweed

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What is Japanese knotweed?

Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species of concrete-busting plant that can cause damage to both city infrastructure and natural environments. It is very easy to spread and grows above and under ground at an exponential rate. Control is extremely difficult and expensive once the plant is established, so early detection and prevention of spread are the best weapons at this time. Cities all over the world, especially in the United Kingdom, are starting to become aware of this threat and take action. In 2005 the State of Michigan declared it “illegal to possess or cause to grow” (see below for more on legal designation)

Description

  • Bamboo-like stems can be up to 10ft high
    • Look like red asparagus when starting out
    • Grow 2-3 inches a day
  • Shovel shaped leaves with flat top edge
  • Older stands can be so thick they’re hard to see through                                                   
  • Deeply-penetrating rhizomes (creeping underground stems) and “crowns” [Picture of crown]
    • Underground, these can be up to 65ft in all directions, and up to 10 ft down
  • Lacey white flowers in Aug-September- not to be confused with pokeweed

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Left:  Pokeweed                               Right:  Knotweed

Problems

 

There are four main reasons why Japanese Knotweed is a problem in Kalamazoo and elsewhere:

  • It can cause structural damage to buildings and paved structures
  • It spreads easily via rhizomes and cut stems or crowns
  • It out-competes native flora, harms biological diversity
  • It is difficult and expensive to control or eradicate.

Examples of negative effects:

  • Damage to roads, sidewalks, parking lots, and building foundations [picture of damage]
  • Blocks access and obstructs visibility on roads, alleys, drives, and foot paths
  • Damage to archaeological sites
  • Dried cane debris pose fire and flooding hazards
  • Damage to flood defenses
  • Increases erosion when the bare ground is exposed in the winter.
  • Compromises the stability of river banks
  • Impacts breeding and feeding areas for fish and wildlife
  • Restriction of access to riverbanks for anglers, bank inspection and amenity use.
  • Displacing of native flora and fauna
  • Shades out and poisons other plants
  • Obstruction of light to windows and gardens
  • Accumulation of litter in well established stands
  • Expensive to treat (chemical treatment hand injected or sprayed multiple times a year, 5-8 years, and includes re-landscaping)
  • Reduction in land property values in some areas

How it spreads

Pure Japanese Knotweed seeds are sterile. This plant is a female that makes copies of itself by “vegetative reproduction,” meaning pieces of plant or rhizome break off and begin to grow where they come to rest. This plant material can be transported to a new location by:

  • water, if the parent plant is close to a river or stream
  • moving soil which contains them
  • dumping/leaving cut or pulled stems on the ground
  • illegal dumping has caused many infestations around Kalamazoo

If Giant Knotweed is growing near Japanese Knotweed, they can hybridize creating Bohemian Knotweed [picture] which comes with all the same problems as its parents, but with the added problem of having fertile seed. Giant Knotweed should be dealt with first in these cases, if possible.

Favorite Locations

Japanese knotweed is an opportunistic plant that will grow almost anywhere a piece of stem or root falls on soil. It prefers the following places because of open access to sunlight and/or disturbed soil:

  • waste ground
  • along watercourses
  • areas of previous dumping

Individual plants can cover several square yards of land, joined up below ground by an extensive rhizome network

What You Can Do

1.  Your Property

If you have identified and positively confirmed Japanese Knotweed on your property, keep an eye on it. Do not ignore it. Don’t try to cut it down, dig it out, or poison it without consulting an expert. These actions stimulate growth, making the problem worse. If you must cut the canes for access, bag all material and dispose of in regular trash. DO NOT compost or send to Green Waste.

It is not illegal to have Japanese Knotweed on your land, and you do not need to notify anyone about Japanese Knotweed on your land. You are not obliged to remove or treat Japanese Knotweed, but you must not:

    • allow Japanese Knotweed to spread onto adjacent land - the owner of that land could take legal action against you
    • plant or encourage the spread of Japanese Knotweed outside of your property. This can include moving contaminated soil from one place to another or incorrectly handling and transporting contaminated material and plant cuttings

If you would like to submit pictures for review, or schedule a visit from our Tall Grass and Weeds Inspector to identify please email cokpublicservices@kalamazoocity.org

2.  Other people’s property

If you think someone has Japanese Knotweed on their property, make friendly contact with them to see if they are aware of it. Direct them to this webpage and the resources listed. Please be understanding in that this plant is extremely hard to control and takes years of effort to achieve. A property owner may be taking steps to control it already without much visual success. Ultimately this is going to be a problem solved as a community, and may require several neighbors pooling resources and agreeing together to treat an infestation, as Japanese Knotweed doesn’t understand fencelines.

3.  City Land

If you believe Japanese Knotweed is growing on City property, please report it http://www.kalamazoocity.org/report-a . We are working with experts from several state and local organizations to develop treatment plans for our properties. Treatments are site specific and shouldn’t be replicated without an expert opinion.

4.  Other entities land (i.e. Rail, Consumer Energy)

If you believe that Japanese Knotweed is growing on land owned, managed and maintained by another entity (this includes railway tracks and property both used and disused) then you can it report directly to that specific property owner.

What The City of Kalamazoo is doing:

  • Public education and outreach with the goal of reducing the spread of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive plants.
  • Mapping locations of Japanese Knotweed on public property using the app for the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) at http://www.misin.msu.edu/report/. This information will be used to help experts determine the extent of the infestations and help with prioritizing treatment sites.
  • Collaborating with other local and regional governments, as well as environmental organizations, to develop effective and coordinated control programs in our region. Control is difficult and slow as it can take several treatments and inspections over multiple years to ensure the roots are killed.

Legal stuff

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/pdf/lii_usc_TI_07_CH_104.pdf

“Japanese knotweed is legally prohibited in Michigan. It is illegal to possess or introduce this species without a permit from the Michigan Department of Agriculture, and Rural Development except to have it identified or in conjunction with control efforts.” – Michigan Department of Natural Resources Japanese knotweed Best Control Practices Worksheet http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/knotweed_BCP_372280_7.pdf 

Foraging

As further research is being done on Japanese Knotweed, positive uses are being discovered. Articles online are beginning to feature recipes with the encouragement, “Eat the Invaders”. You should be cautious about eating ANYTHING wild- make sure you know 100% what you are collecting.. DO NOT INTENTIONALLY PLANT THIS PLANT. It is a VERY bad idea- and ILLEGAL- to plant Japanese Knotweed somewhere it isn’t already growing Even when planted in a pot, escape has happened. Also, this plant can sense when it’s being fed upon, and cutting it stimulates growth, causing it to increase in size. “Eating the Invaders” in this case could make the problem worse.

Free Trash Drop-off Days for City Residents, Spring 2017 (annual drop-off option)

**Please note the correct time listed for Saturday, April 15th below. There is a mistake in the time reflected in the current issue of the View from the Curb.  We apologize for the error! 

For those who want to get their indoor spring cleaning done and those larger unwanted items out of the house without waiting for the next bulk trash pick up day, there are two free drop-off days for City residents:

--Dates: Friday, April 14th 8:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday, April 15th 8:00am to 12:00pm. 
--Location: Republic Waste Services, 3432 Gembrit Circle (off E Cork)
--Acceptable items: Same items accepted as those listed in the bulk trash program
--Be prepared to prove you are a City resident: bring your Driver's License.

Disposal Alternatives: Recycling Appliances, Office Items, Electronics and Other Miscellaneous Items

APPLIANCES: (Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Stoves, Water Heaters, Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers) Collected the same day as your quarterly bulk trash. Please clean the appliance, be sure it is empty of all materials and removal all doors. If you want your appliance removed on a different day than your scheduled bulk trash collection day, Charlie’s Appliance Removal (375-0899) will pick up your appliance for a fee. The contract will collect and recycle any Freon.

BATTERIES: Any battery is potentially hazardous but most can be recycled at the Household Hazardous Waste Center (HHW). 

CLOTHES & HOUSEWARES: Take to the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

CONCRETE: Consumers Concrete (Fee) (342-5983).

CONSTRUCTION WASTE: Student Haulers (Fee) (345-4285).

ELECTRONICS: The State of Michigan requires certain electronics retailers to offer free recycling programs.  Please see the following links for electronics recycling information and drop-off options:

Best Buy | Emerald eCycling LLC | Household Hazardous Waste Center | Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse.


FLUORESCENT BULBS AND TUBES: Household Hazardous Waste Center.

INKJET PRINTER CARTRIDGES: Goodwill stores, the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, or the HHW Center.

METAL SCRAP: Kalamazoo Metal Recyclers has a 24-hour drop box. Schupan and Ace Iron & Metal.

MOTOR OIL (Used): Do not mix oil with antifreeze or gas. Used oil can be taken to AutoZone, Pep Boys, Uncle Ed’s Oil Shoppe and the HHW Center. If oil does get mixed, it can be taken to the HHW Center.

PACKING PEANUTS: Mail Room, Pak Mail and UPS Store collects packing peanuts for reuse.

PLASTIC BAGS: Wal-Mart and Meijer

PROPANE TANKS: (Fee) Amerigas, (343-5253) at 1600 King Highway accepts large grill size. The HHW Center accepts smaller, one-pound propane cylinders.

TIRES: (Fee) Discount Tire, Firestone and Kzoo Tire Co.

TRASH REMOVAL: (Fee) See “Garbage, Rubbish and Trash Removal” in the Yellow Pages.

 

FARMERS ALLEY PROJECT

 

The next Farmers Alley meeting will be on Monday, August 8, 2016 @ Cityscape – 4 pm. 

Farmer’s Alley!

Click link for cool drone video!

Consumers Energy is on schedule for the Farmers Alley Project!  The final vault (2 of 2) was set as of 5/19/16.  There is still one manhole which needs to be set.

 

Electric Conduit Installations

  • June 6 – 27 (approximately)
  • For the east side of Farmer Alley Buildings
  • West sidewalk will be closed
  • Pedestrian traffic directed to east side, then channeled to west side at 210 Farmers Alley.
  • Consumers will be posting notices in Farmers Alley for residents and business with building access.
  • Some businesses have been notified they will be on non-metered generators during three week installation.

Next meeting June 2nd 3:00 pm at City Scape

 

Any additional questions for consumers may be directed to:

Eric Logan, Substation Maintenance Supervisor

Electric Network Services

Kalamazoo Service Center

269-350-0411 (Cell)

Eric.Logan@CMSenergy.com

Preliminary Engineering Plans:  pdf  Farmers Alley pdf  Farmers Alley 2

Estimated Schedule (subject to change)

2 April 2016

Consumers Energy will be preparing the area for construction. Temporary traffic control will be in place to detour traffic around work zones.

6 April 2016

Farmers Alley will be closed to traffic and underground construction will begin on Consumers Energy Conduits. Sidewalks will remain open to all businesses.

July 2016

City of Kalamazoo will begin underground utility work.

September 2016

Roadway, Sidewalk, and Lighting work will begin. Some access to business will be limited as we pour concrete. Notice will be given indicated scheduled closures.

15 November 2016

Project will be complete and open to traffic.

Commercial Shared Street

The City of Kalamazoo will be converting Farmers Alley into a Commercial Shared Street. More information for Commercial Shared Streets can be found at the National Association of City Transportation Officials Urban Street Design Guide at this website http://nacto.org/usdg/streets/commercial-shared-street/.

Comments/Feedback

Please feel free to contact us and let us know what areas of concerns need to be addressed or thoughts on the design plans.

Click here to contact City Engineer Matt Johnson.

Click here to receive updates by email.

 

PARKING

Farmers Alley is currently closed to traffic. On Street 90 minute parking will have to use available spaces elsewhere.

If you park in a lot off of Farmers Alley please contact your lot manager to receive a parking pass to the ramp.

Parking Lot owners should contact Central City Parking at 269-342-6383 or email at parking@centralcityparking.com to receive a parking pass for one on the ramps in the area. 

 

Snow Removal and Plowing

Plowing of Streets within the City of Kalamazoo

Public Services personnel plow streets in sequence of majors, locals, dead ends, alleys and cul-de-sacs. City of Kalamazoo staff make every effort to have major streets cleared within 24 hours, and local streets, dead-ends, alleys and cul-de-sacs within 48 hours of the end of the snowfall event. During periods of heavier snowfall, priority is given to major streets, with locals and other streets being plowed as crews are able.  If your street has not been plowed and it is past the time frame for your street, you can report it by calling 269-337-8731.

Please note: the City will not take reports of misses before the 24/48 hour timeframe.

City of Kalamazoo’s first priority is to have public streets cleared of snow so motoring traffic can safely travel on City streets. Vehicles parked on City streets impact snow removal activities.  Please be attentive to parking restrictions in place for your area as violators will be towed at the owner’s expense.  As a reminder, City Ordinance 36-170 restricts parking on City streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., unless otherwise posted.

During plowing activities driveways that have already been shoveled may become filled back in with snow. Please see thisicon diagram on shoveling your drive in a fashion that will help property owners avoid substantial additional work once plows have gone through.

Residents are also encouraged to assist neighbors and relatives who may have difficulty removing snow in front of their properties due to age or infirmity.

 Please note: private streets are not plowed by the City of Kalamazoo.  Most streets in the townships situated within Kalamazoo County are plowed by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission.  Highways and ramps are plowed by MDOT.

Snow Covered Sidewalks

An important element in providing safe passage of pedestrians during snow events is in the hands of City of Kalamazoo residents themselves, namely, the removal of snow and ice from public sidewalks. There is an ordinance regarding snow removal that identifies the responsibilities of citizens in removing snow from sidewalks.  However, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks should simply be looked upon as a combination of courtesy and caring toward all those who need to use sidewalks. 

Residents are also encouraged to assist neighbors and relatives who may have difficulty removing snow in front of their properties due to age or infirmity.

The City reminds property owners or occupants that:

1.  All snow and ice which has accumulated on the adjacent public sidewalk should be removed in a timely fashion. Immediately after the accumulation of ice on such a sidewalk it is recommended that it be treated with sand, salt or other substance to prevent it from being slippery. 
2.  Please exercise caution and care when shoveling, especially during extreme cold.

If any citizen has a concern regarding the lack of sidewalk snow removal more than 48 hours after the end of an accumulation greater than one inch, Public Services is ready to help. Citizens may call (269) 337-8215 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to report locations which may be of concern.

Snow Covered Hydrants

When possible, please help out your neighbors, Water System crews and Fire Service personnel by keeping a 2-foot path cleared around the hydrant, and clearing snow from off the hydrant itself so that it is easily visible from the street.

 Storm Covered Inlets/Storm Sewer Drains

To avoid area flooding as the winter snow and ice melts, please clear storm inlets/storm sewer drains.  City personnel will make every effort to clear these areas as well, but cannot always keep up with the weather changes.  Again, any help you can give helps us all in keeping our City clear of hazards and functioning optimally.

 

 

Proposed Projects 2018, 2019, 2020

Major Street Projects

The City of Kalamazoo has a 6-year plan for Major Street Projects.  Projects are proposed and are subject to change based on funding availability.

2016 to 2021 Proposed Projects

Local Street Projects

Local streets projects are set for 2016 and can be found here.  Future year local streets will be evaluated once weather permits.

Federal Funding

The City of Kalamazoo has applied for federal funding for fiscal year 2018, 2019 and 2020 through the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study.  Please visit their website here for updated ranking of projects.

The projects will be submitted to the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) for funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration's Surface Transportation Program, National Highway Performance Program, and Transportation Alternative Program. Federal Funds are distributed to the City of Kalamazoo and other governmental organizations in the Greater Kalamazoo Area through KATS.

If you have any questions please contact:

James Hoekstra or James Baker at 269-337-8601

 

 

 

 

Potter's Field Project, Riverside Cemetery

From time to time, the cemetery has benefited from the offer of an aspiring Eagle Scout to organize and complete a project which we would otherwise not be able to do.  The previous project saw a large section of our veterans' headstones cleaned, the flag pole and base refurbished, and an on-sight listing created showing all visible veterans' graves at Riverside Cemetery including any marked information and cemetery section.

In late 2012, the cemetery office was approached again to see if we had any suggestions for an Eagle Scout project.  As new cemetery staff, it had recently come to our attention that, over the years, Potter's Field had been neglected and sorely mistreated.  Our request went out: "Clean up Potter's Field as much as possible, then put a rope fence around it so people are aware it is a burial ground and can treat it as such."  Though the task can be wrapped up in one sentence, we don't mind telling you it took: multiple weekends, large dumpsters filled more than once, a post hole digger, wheel barrows, lots of bottled water, oodles of bug spray, plenty of volunteers, a few volunteer-group lunches, careful leadership approval, very supportive parents, and a young man willing to accept and organize this huge task!  Work commenced in the Spring of 2013 with the final touches wrapped up by early Fall.  --The photos you see here are from the Potter's Field project.

A huge THANK YOU! goes out to our Eagle Scouts, and to all the volunteers who worked with them to benefit the cemetery, and as such, their community!

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potter4  filled a couple of these

 
potter7  posts going in to support a rope fence

 
potter8                     wise old resident doing inspection

 
potter6                     the final touches

potter5THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!!!

 

Mountain Home and Riverside Cemeteries both date back into the mid-1800's.  Considering the age of each cemetery, they both represent quite a range of local history.  Many buried within Kalamazoo's first cemetery, now known as South Westnedge Park or Pioneer Cemetery, were later transferred to either Mountain Home or Riverside.  With students of history in mind, we have gathered a list of some of Kalamazoo's fathers and mothers.  Some were heroes, some were not.  Many made an economic impact, others influenced culture.  Some broke barriers of race and gender.  While every life has a story, we simply cannot bring them all to you.  Instead, we offer the stories we have found, with high hopes that the history of Kalamazoo will become richer and fuller as the evidence of their lives and families -their humanity- is seen at the cemetery.

Again, it is our privilege to welcome you to take a walk through history as you walk through our cemeteries.  Please find the location within the cemetery listed after the link. -- If you wish to draw a connection from the individual to the current happenings of their time, A Chronological History of Kalamazoo may be of interest to you as well.

Above all, please visit safely.  An article on document  Cemetery Safety  is here to help you anticipate some areas of possible concern.

 

Gilmore brothers (James & John), Mountain Home, Section 6, Lot 33.

Charles B. Hays, Mountain Home, Section 7, Lot 5.

Frank Henderson and Henderson Castle, Mountain Home, Section F, Lot 219.

Blanche Hull: Civic and Cultural Leader, Mountain Home, Section 1, Lot 10.

John Milham, Mountain Home, Section J, Lot 453.

Epaphroditus Ransom, Mountain Home, Section E, Lot 166.

Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, Mountain Home, Section E, Lot 176.

U.S. Senator Francis Stockbridge, Mountain Home, Section 1, Lot 8.

Charles E. Stuart, U.S. Representative and U. S. Senator, Mountain Home, Section B, Lot 48.

(See also Hon. Charles E. Stuart House)

Albert M. Todd, Mountain Home, Section 5, Lot 1.

William Upjohn, Mountain Home, Section 6, Lot 57.

Edwin and Cynthia Van Deusen, Mountain Home, Section 4, Lot 13.

See "Museography, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Fall 2004" for information on

p. A10---Sylvester Axtell: Mountain Home, Section H, Lot 256.

p. A10---Justus Burdick: Mountain Home, Section G, Lot 240.

p. A12---George and Emma Humphrey: Mountain Home, Section 7, Lot 11.

p. A14---Mary E. Pengelly: Mountain Home, Section K, Lot 494.

 

Jacob Kindleberger, Riverside, Section BB, Lot 54. ---See also, Obituary of Jacob Kindleberger.

Phillips Brothers: Musicians of Distinction ,

---Gilmore Phillips: Riverside, Section FF, Lot 66. ---Joseph Phillips: Riverside, Section X, Lot 63. ---Joshua Phillips: Riverside, Section II, Lot 6.

Leonard Slater, Riverside, Section G, Lot 107

Joseph B. Westnedge, Riverside, Section E, Lot 55.

Albert White: African American Builder Broke Racial Barriers, Riverside, Section S, Lot 103.

 

 

Residential Services (including seasonal services)

The City of Kalamazoo has several services available to its residents, inclusive of:

Weekly Recycling

Quarterly Bulk Trash Removal

Monthly Brush Removal (May-October)

Hydrant Flushing

Fall Leaf Pick Up

April Spring Clean Up (yard waste)/Curbside Collection

Spring Cleaning/Free Trash Drop-off Days

Tree Management (with Yard Waste info)

Holiday Tree Disposal

**You can report a missed recycling, bulk, brush or leaf pick up by clicking here

**For additional information on any of these services you may click on the service title or call 269-337-8215.

 

 

Fleet Services Division

Fleet Services is responsible for all City fleet services including fuel procurement and management and procurement, sale, maintenance, and repair of the City's vehicles including Public Safety, specialized equipment including fire vehicles along with the repairs, renovations, preventive maintenance.

Field Services

Field Services is the combination of field-oriented maintenance and operational divisions from across the organization. They are responsible for signs, street maintenance including potholes, paving and snow removal, forestry, hydrant flushing, fall leaves management, all water, wastewater, and storm water distribution and collection.

By consolidating these operational activities into one service unit, significant coordination, cross-training opportunities and improved efficiencies are developing. These changes are facilitated by the new job progressions and the thorough examination and subsequent redesign of work processes.

Free Firewood, Woodchips & Compost

Firewood, woodchips and compost materials will be available to City residents, free of charge, throughout the spring and summer season, while supplies last.

All materials are located on the east side of the drive, outside the gate to the City's leaf composting facility at 2045 East Michigan.  The facility is just southeast of Schippers Lane and is the first driveway east of the House of Recovery.

Mountain Home Cemetery  

Ann Eliza wife of JP Clapham

Nestled in between West Main and Forbes Streets is Mountain Home Cemetery, located at 1402 W Main St.  Across the street you can see Henderson Castle.  But if you visit, you won't need to go that far to find beauty and character in abundance.  Just take a look at the gently rolling landscape around you and the variety of stones and monuments, large and small.  If you look at a Kalamazoo City street map and compare the names to those you see at Mountain Home, you'll find the cemetery not only rich in character, but also very rich in Kalamazoo history.  Or maybe you'll want to stop and honor those since passed who have served in the armed forces, usually designated by a small marker and new flag every spring.  Started in 1849, the City of Kalamazoo assumed control in 1940.  We welcome you to visit our cemetery to reflect, to contemplate, to learn, and to enjoy the peace and beauty Mountain Home Cemetery has to offer.   

Note for families/researchers/genealogists: Please note the Section number/letter and Lot number of the individual or family you are trying to find, then use the respective Section Map below to help pinpoint the location before arriving at the cemetery.  While the Section numbers are posted on the grounds, as well as labeled on the Cemetery Map, the lot numbers are usually not obvious anymore.

pdf  MOUNTAIN HOME CEMETERY MAP     


Mountain Home Section Maps (shows orientation of lots within each section)

icon MH Section 1 icon MH Section A
icon MH Section 2 icon MH Section B
icon MH Section 3 icon MH Section C
icon MH Section 4 icon MH Section D
icon MH Section 5 icon MH Section E
icon MH Section 6 icon MH Section F
icon MH Section 7 icon MH Section G
icon MH Section 8 icon MH Section H
icon MH Section 9 icon MH Section I
icon MH Section 11 icon MH Section J
icon MH Section 12 icon MH Section K
icon MH Section 14 icon MH Section L
icon MH Section 15

 

 

 

 

 

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Riverside Cemetery

The larger of the two City cemeteries, Riverside Cemetery is located at 1015 Gull Rd, with Civil War Vets area 05 21 2013 004two entrances along Gull Road and one on Riverview Drive.  Started around 1862, Riverside Cemetery has always been municipally owned.  One will find a variety of settings here at Riverside --well-shaded, open, rolling and flat-- as do the deer and the squirrels.  In the backmost section you'll see into Spring Valley Park with a view of Spring Valley Lake.  If you wait to see the sun rounding its way to the west you'll notice how it radiantly lights up the west-most landscape.  There is a view to enjoy at almost every angle.  Or maybe you'll want to stop and honor those since passed who have served in the armed forces, usually designated by a small marker and new flag every spring.  We welcome you to visit our cemetery to reflect, to contemplate, to learn, and to enjoy the peace and beauty Riverside Cemetery has to offer.  So you don't get lost while doing so, please print off the Riverside Cemetery Map below or take a map from the mailbox behind the old office building up front.


Note for families/researchers/genealogists: Please note the Section number/letter and Lot number of the individual or family you are trying to find, then use the respective Section Map below to help pinpoint the location before arriving at the cemetery.  While the Section numbers are posted on the grounds, as well as labeled on the Cemetery Map, the lot numbers are usually not obvious anymore.

  pdf  RIVERSIDE CEMETERY MAP

Riverside Cemetery Section Maps (shows lot orientation within each section)
icon Section 1
icon Section 16 icon Section A
icon Section GG  Section NN icon Section U
icon Section 2 icon Section 17 icon Section AA icon Section H icon Section O icon Section UU
icon Section 3 icon Section 18 icon Section B icon Section HH icon Section OO icon Section V
icon Section 4 icon Section 20 icon Section BB icon Section I icon Section P icon Section VV
icon Section 5 icon Section 22 icon Section C icon Section II icon Section PP icon Section W
icon Section 6 icon Section 23 icon Section CR1 icon Section J icon Section Q icon Section X
icon Section 7 icon Section 24 icon Section D icon Section K icon Section QQ icon Section Y
icon Section 8 icon Section 25 icon Section DD icon Section KK icon Section R icon Section Z
icon Section 10 icon Section 26
icon Section E icon Section L  icon Section RR  icon Section ZZ
icon Section 11 icon Section 27 icon Section EE icon Section LL icon Section S  
icon Section 12 icon Section 28 icon Section F icon Section M icon Section SS  
icon Section 14 icon Section 29 icon Section FF icon Section MM icon Section T  
icon Section 15 icon Section 30 icon Section G icon Section N icon Section TT  

Cemeteries & Genealogy
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Welcome to Mountain Home and Riverside Cemeteries.  It is our hope that you enjoy the peace and beauty of our landscape as you take a moment for remembrance and reflection, or come to learn of those who have gone before us.  In order to assist in this endeavor, links to information and maps are available for your use below.

If you are interested in seeing which locations are available for purchase in either cemetery, please call the Cemetery Office at 269-337-8227, located at 415 Stockbridge Avenue.  Office hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday.  (Closed most federal holidays.) Thank you!

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Cemetery Maps

Please access these webpages for Riverside maps or Mountain Home maps

Genealogy

The City can provide current and historical burial information.  This can also be viewed online using the Riverside Database or the Mountain Home Database. Older records may not include birth or death dates, funeral home, or place of death. Death certificates are only available from the Kalamazoo County Clerk's office.  For more information please call the Cemetery Office at the number listed above.

Researchers may also find the information at KalamazooGenealogy.org helpful.

| pdf  Cemetery Brochure  | document Cemetery Rates 2015/2016 (25 KB)  | icon Cemetery Safety | Local History at the Cemetery | Potter's Field Project | Rules, Regulations & Ordinances for City CemeteriesVeterans Memorial Restoration |

Riverside Cemetery Winter 2012

 

Potholes

Potholes are defects caused by water entering the street sub-base through surface cracks. The water freezes in early winter, causing it to expand. Each time the water freezes and then thaws, the street is damaged and potholes are born!  To report a pothole please call 269-337-8731.

(If you are inquiring about claims due to damages sustained as a result of the pothole, please be advised that under Michigan governmental immunity law, there is no City liability for damage due to potholes in most cases.)

 

Construction and Engineering Services

The Engineering Department strives to provide superior, quality engineering services to the public, Public Services Department, and other City Departments in an effective, efficient, and timely manner. Within the Public Services Department, engineering services are provided to the following areas:

  • Water & Wastewater Operations and Maintenance
  • Water & Wastewater
  • Capital General Fund/CIP Special Projects
  • Major & Local Street Capital
  • Public Works/Right-of-Way Administration

The Engineering Division also reviews and analyzes infrastructure concepts/plans/designs for areas outside the City that impact the City of Kalamazoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Leaf Collection Street List 2016

Please select the letter that your street begins with:

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Fall Leaf Collection Program 2016

 


Update, 03-16-2017
: Please stay tuned for further information if you know the 2nd leaf pick up did not happen in your area.  For all other areas, you may take advantage of the April Spring Clean Up to get rid of residual leaves from the Fall.  Again, we thank you for your patience!

   icon2016 Fall Leaf Map                       2016 Fall Leaf Dates-by-Street List

 

Reminder: Information on this page applies only to those addresses/residents within the City of Kalamazoo municipal boundary.  Please check your township website or local office if you are located in any of the surrounding townships.

Fall Leaf Pick-Up begins on Monday, October 31, 2016. 

This service is based on weather demands as the crews who remove leaves also plow snow.

Leaves need to be out by 7 a.m. on the Monday for your designated area. Reports of misses will not be taken until the crews have made a complete sweep through each section. This best utilizes crew’s time and efforts, and ensures the most productivity.

Residents should avoid placing leaves near mail boxes, utility poles and landscaped areas.

Residents must separate leaves from brush (branches or twigs).

Anything other than leaves or bags weighing more than 50 lbs. will NOT be taken.

There will be no pick-ups on Friday, November 11; Thursday, November 24; and Friday, November 25.

There are two scheduled pick-up dates for each area. However, depending on the weather, the second pick-up may not take place. Residents whose leaves are not taken need to store them until April 2017 (when the Spring Clean-up takes place) or take them to a private, fee-based drop-off site.

To view the pick up dates for your street please refer to the Fall Leaf Collection Street List

Permits & Applications, Public Services

Below is a list of City Water Service applications and Right of Way Permit applications and information. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and print these forms.

Application for New Water Connection Service

Purpose/Uses of Application: New City Water Service for dwellings previously using well water, new construction, etc.
Application Fee or Deposit: An advance deposit of $350.00 is required for all new service connections. If the water is to be left on, an additional refundable customer security deposit may be required.
Pick-Up Location: icon Inside the City - New Water Service Application, icon Outside the City - New Water Service Application or at the Kalamazoo Water Department/Treasury Department located at 241 W South St.
Be Sure to Bring: Valid Driver's License or MI State I.D. Card. Note: If the dwelling resides outside of the City of Kalamazoo city limits, a permit is required from your city or township.
Any Questions? (269) 337-8149

Application for Water Service

Purpose/Uses of Application: New Water Service for dwellings already hooked up to City water.
Application Fee or Deposit:

A refundable customer security deposit may be required. The minimum amount is $60.

Pick-Up Location: icon   pdf Transfer of Water Service Application (141 KB)  or at the Kalamazoo Water Department/Treasury Department located at 241 W South St.
Be Sure to Bring: Valid Driver's License or MI State I.D. Card.
Any Questions? (269) 337-8149

Sidewalk Repair Permits

Purpose/Uses of Permit: Replacement or construction of City's public sidewalk and allowing for inspection and ensuring the City is protected from liability issues.
Permit Fee: $100.00 plus any applicable expenses*
Pick-Up Location: iconROW Permit Application or Public Services Department - Engineering Division located at 415 Stockbridge Ave.
Be Sure to Bring: Bond Insurance Certificate, Sketch, and Permit Fee
Any Questions? (269) 337-8601

Curb & Gutter Permits

Purpose/Uses of Permit: Replacement or construction of curb and gutter within the right-of-way, allow for inspection and ensuring the City is protected from liability issues.
Permit Fee: $100.00 plus any applicable expenses*
Pick-Up Location: iconROW Permit Application or Public Services Department - Engineering Division located at 415 Stockbridge Ave.
Be Sure to Bring: Bond Insurance Certificate, Sketch, and Permit Fee
Any Questions? (269) 337-8601

Storm Sewer Connections

Purpose/Uses of Permit: Replacement or construction of City's storm sewer connection and allow for inspection and ensuring the City is protected from liability issues.
Permit Fee: $150.00 plus any applicable expenses*
Pick-Up Location: iconROW Permit Application or Public Services Department - Engineering Division located at 415 Stockbridge Ave.
Be Sure to Bring: Bond Insurance Certificate, Sketch, and Permit Fee
Any Questions? (269) 337-8601

Residential & Commercial Driveway Permits

Purpose/Uses of Permit: Replacement or new construction of a residential and/or commercial driveway approach or driveway within the right-of-way, and allow inspection and ensuring the City is protected from liability issues. (For construction/reconstruction of the driveway outside of the right-of-way, a permit from Code Administration will be required.)
Permit Fee: Residential/Commercial - $100.00 plus any applicable expenses*
Pick-Up Location: iconROW Permit Application or Public Services Department - Engineering Division located at 415 Stockbridge Ave.
Be Sure to Bring: Bond Insurance Certificate, Sketch, and Permit Fee
Any Questions? (269) 337-8601

Temporary Encroachments

Purpose/Uses of Permit: To allow temporary access or encroachment on City property.
Permit Fee: $150.00 plus any applicable expenses*
Pick-Up Location: iconROW Permit Application or Public Services Department - Engineering Division located at 415 Stockbridge Ave.
Be Sure to Bring: Plan or Sketch Required, Permit Fee
Any Questions? (269) 337-8601

Utility Permits

Purpose/Uses of Permit: Installation of new utilities and repair of existing utilities.
Permit Fee (Non-Telecommunications): $150.00 plus any applicable expenses*
Pick-Up Location: iconROW Permit Application or Public Services Department - Engineering Division located at 415 Stockbridge Ave.
Be Sure to Bring: Plan or Sketch Required, Permit Fee
Any Questions? (269) 337-8601

Other Permits

Purpose/Uses of Permit: For any activities within the right-of-way not mentioned above.
Permit Fee: $100.00 plus any applicable expenses*
Pick-Up Location: iconROW Permit Application or Public Services Department - Engineering Division located at 415 Stockbridge Ave.
Be Sure to Bring: Plan or Sketch Required, Permit Fee
Any Questions? (269) 337-8601

Late Fees and Expenses*

Late Fee: $100.00 --Applied when failure to obtain the necessary permits prior to the start of work, and is in addition to standard permit fees.
*Expenses: All permittees may be charged a "Plus Expenses Fee" when outside consultants are required, or when the City of Kalamazoo personnel time and labor goes above and beyond what is customary for inspection, including follow-up for activities and sites lacking permits.  A list of hourly charges for personnel and equipment normally used by the City will be available upon request.  Such charges are subject to change without notice and reflect necessary and actual costs for services.
   

Public Services FAQs

Streets/Sidewalks

Who do I contact if a streetlight is out?
If you notice a streetlight is out, please call Consumers Energy at (800) 477-5050.

Who do I contact if a traffic signal needs to be timed differently?
If a traffic light seems out of sync, please call the Engineering Division at (269) 337-8601 and ask for the Traffic Engineer.  Or click here to report a timing issue!

Do I need a permit to pave my driveway over the sidewalk?
Yes, if you plan to repave your driveway and wish to go over the top of an existing sidewalk you must obtain a permit first. To find out how to obtain a Residential & Commercial Driveway Permit form, visit our Permit & Applications page. You may also contact the Engineering Division at (269) 337-8601 and ask for the Senior Construction Engineer for more information.

Where can I get a map of non-motorized transportation routes?
You may purchase or view a map showing Southwest Michigan motorized, motorized-with-bike-lane and non-motorized routes at MDOT Road and Trail Bicycling maps.  You may also find the City's  pdf  Section 6 Non Motorized Transportation Plan (9.01 MB)  of interest.

Where can I find out about street closures?
You may find out about current street projects and detours through our proposed proposed project page. You may also contact the Engineering Division at (269) 337-8601 to obtain further details about a project.

When can I find out how long a road will be under construction?
You may find out about current street projects and detours through our On Going Construction Projects page. You may also contact the Engineering Division at (269) 337-8601 to obtain further details about a project.

Who do I talk to if my neighbors and I would like to change the parking time regulations on our street?
Please contact the Engineering Division at 337-8601 and ask for the Traffic Engineer to discuss parking restrictions and regulations.  Click here for additional information!

Water/Sewer

How do I report a water main break?
If you think you've noticed a water main, break please contact the Public Services Department at (269) 337-8729. After hour emergency line is (269) 337-8148.

How much does it cost to get hooked up to the City's water and sewer service if I have a well and septic system now?
First, to see if this service is available in your area, please contact the Engineering Division at (269) 337-8601 and ask for a Water and/or Sewer Engineer. Click here for Rate Information  pdf Rates Schedule

How do I know if water and sewer is available at a given address?
To see if this service is available in your area please contact the Engineering Division at (269) 337-8601 and ask for the Utilities Records Supervisor.

Who do I contact if I think my water bill is wrong?
If you have a question regarding your water & sewer bill, please call our Customer Service Representatives at (269) 337-8149.

How do I get Water Service transferred to my name?
If you need service put in your name and you have had service with Kalamazoo before, please contact the our Customer Service Representatives office at (269) 337-8149. If you have not had service before, you will need to come in to the office and fill out an application and place a security deposit.

Where do I go to pay my water bill?
The Billing Office is located at 241 W South St as part of the Treasurer's Office. (City Hall)

What are the water department's hours?
Office hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

My water bill seems to increase each month, why?
If your water bill seems higher and higher each month please call our office at (269) 337-8149 to schedule a free service call. You may have a plumbing leak. We will send a service person out to investigate, however, we cannot fix any problems.

Is there a deposit for water service?
There is a deposit for new water service. The minimum amount of this deposit is $60. Your deposit is held for a minimum of 3 years. At the end of this time period, if you have paid you water bill on time each month with limited number of reminders or final notices, the deposit will be applied to your account.

What if I move while you still have my water bill deposit money?
If you move before 3 years is up, your deposit will transfer to your new residence. If you move outside the Kalamazoo area, your deposit will be applied to your final bill. If there is a remainder left over, a check will be mailed to you.

Can I pay my Water Bill Online?
Yes, you can pay your water bill online.  (Please be aware that there will be an additional fee charged for this service by Official Payments Corp.)

Can I pay my Water Bill with a Credit Card?
Yes, you can pay your Water Bill with a Credit Card in three different ways including: calling (269) 337-8149, mailing your credit card number in the space provided on your bill, or paying online.

What do I do if my water is dirty and has an odor?
If your water is dirty and/or has an odor, please call Water Quality at (269) 337-8756.

What do I do if my meter is leaking or I have low water pressure?
If your meter is leaking or your water pressure is low please call our office at (269) 337-8149 and request a service person be dispatched to your home to determine the problem.

Who do I contact if I want my water tested for Lead & Copper?
The City of Kalamazoo offers free Lead and Copper testing kits. For more information please call (269) 337-8550.

Is my house in a flood plain?
To find out if your house is in a flood plain, please contact the Engineering Division at (269) 337-8601 and ask for the Senior Construction Engineer.

 

Bulk Trash Information                                                

The City of Kalamazoo offers a curbside collection of bulk trash.  (For information on the Annual Spring Drop-Off Days for City residents, please click here.)

The   pdf View from the Curb (5.74 MB)  is a bi-annual publication providing important information of services provided to City of Kalamazoo residents including weekly curbside trash and recycling information and maps; recyclable lists; bulk trash and brush information and schedules; and seasonal leaf pick up and flushing schedules.  Please note: the bulk trash pick up schedule has changed from monthly to quarterly as of September 1, 2016.

To see when your bulk trash pick up is, please see the Bulk-by-Street List or the  pdf Bulk Trash Map .  (If you live on a private street, as indicated on the Bulk-by-Street List, please call the office at 269-337-8215 for further details.)  --If your pick up day falls on any of the holidays listed, the pick up for that day, and each weekday after the holiday within the same week, will be delayed one day (with any holiday-delayed Friday pick up being collected the following Saturday): Independence Day, Labor Day, Christmas Day.

Place items intended for collection at or near the curb lawn no earlier than 6:00 a.m. on the day before the scheduled pick up, and no later than 7:00 a.m. the day of the scheduled pick up.  Please note: All items not picked up, for any reason, must be removed from the curb lawn within two days following the completion of the regularly scheduled pick up for the area.  If items are placed at the curb lawn too soon, or left out on the curb lawn on days other than those allowed for bulk trash collection, the City may take immediate enforcement action, without notice, and bill the associated costs to the property owner.

To report a missed bulk trash collection, please call 269-337-8215 within two business days of the scheduled collection.  A clause in the bulk trash contract requires the contractor to collect all reported misses of eligible materials within 48 hours of notice by the City.  Again, trash that has been allowed to remain on the curb lawn for more than two days after the scheduled collection (and not reported as missed) is considered to be a public nuisance and could be subject to corrective action.

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Acceptable Items:

Up to 7.5 cubic yards of bulk trash material (household junk and debris) will be accepted from each residential property each quarter.  Small quantities of carpet will be collected only if cut to sections no larger than 4' x 4' and rolled.

Unacceptable Items:

More than 7.5 cubic yards of household junk and debris; regular household trash, food, small items that could be put in household trash carts, human waste, yard waste, dead animals, tires, large auto parts, rocks, sand, glass, concrete, remodeling/renovation materials, infested items posing a risk to workers (see paragraph below), nor any materials placed in opaque/non-transparent plastic bags.  --Due to potential health risks, items placed in opaque/non-transparent plastic bags will not be accepted.  Smaller bulk items must be placed in open boxes or clear plastic bags.

Getting Rid of Bed Bug Infested Items:

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The City has recently seen an increase in bed bug infested items placed at the curbs.  One way bed bugs are likely being transferred from place to place is through infested furniture and discarded objects.  When a bed bug infestation is discovered often the first step people take is to discard belongings.  For disposal through the City bulk trash program, before infested items are set out, they must be securely wrapped (encased) in clear plastic and LABELED as “INFESTED WITH BED BUGS.” We also require the item(s) be made obviously broken or defaced to protect workers, and prevent others from unknowingly collecting and reusing them.  (e.g. slash mattresses and plush furniture, break box spring frames, and label items with the words “bed bugs”.)  The City will NOT take items infested with bed bugs that have not been defaced and securely wrapped in clear plastic.    --Please see the Michigan Manual for the Prevention and Control of Bed Bugs for other helpful information on the topic of Bed Bugs.  Again, for safety of the workers, any plastic wrapping should be clear in color (not white nor any other color.)

Help Keep Our City Clean: Avoid Code Enforcement Action

Quarterly bulk trash, garbage containers, recycling bins, recycling materials, or brush left or placed on the curb lawn outside of the designated time for collection could result in you being charged for the cost of its removal. Garbage containers (Herby Curby containers or recycling bins) may be placed at the curb "no earlier than 8:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled collection, and these containers must be removed from the curbside (or street side if there is no curb) not later than 11:00 p.m. of the collection day." (Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances, 15A-2(a)).

Solid Waste (quarterly trash or seasonal brush) deposited for public collection "shall not be deposited earlier than 7:00 a.m. of the day preceding the day of regularly scheduled monthly collection for the district in which such solid waste is deposited." (Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances, 31-21). Any solid waste, "which is not, for any reason, collected by the city or its authorized contractor on the day on which collection is actually performed in the district in which the solid waste is deposited, shall be removed from public view within two(2) days following completion of the regularly scheduled monthly collection for that district." (Section 31-22).

Violations of the above types can result in immediate corrective action being taken by the City without prior notice, with the expense for the corrective action being billed to the property owner of record. (Section 22-4(f)). To report curb lawn violations, you may call Inspection Services at 337-8221. Questions or concerns regarding the City's bulk trash and recycling programs should be directed to 337-8215.

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Residential Recycling Program

The  pdf View from the Curb (5.74 MB)  is a bi-annual publication providing important information of services provided to City of Kalamazoo residents including weekly curbside trash and recycling information and maps; recyclable lists; bulk trash (changed from monthly to quarterly) and brush information and schedules; and seasonal leaf pick up and flushing schedules. Recycling information may also be found below.

To see when your recycling pick up is, please view either the Recycling-by-Street List or the  pdf Weekly Recycling Map . (If you live on a private street, as indicated on the Recycling-by-Street List, please call the office at 269-337-8215 for further details.)  ----If your pick up day falls on any of the holidays listed, the pick up for that day, and each weekday after the holiday within the same week, will be delayed one day (with any holiday-delayed Friday pick up being collected the following Saturday): Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day. (For recycling holiday goods, please see our  pdf Holiday Recycling Tips (506 KB) .)

Please note: all items may go into the same bin with papers separated to one side or in a paper bag.

Recyclables should be out at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day, but set them out no sooner than one day prior to collection.  Remove your recycling bin from the curblawn no later than 11:00 p.m. of the day of your collection.  If you do not have a recycling bin, please call the City of Kalamazoo at 269-337-8215 and we'll arrange for our contractor to deliver one to your home.


 

Place paper items together (do not mix in loose with other recyclables):

  • Magazines, paperbacks, catalogs and phone books (no hardcover books).
  • Home, school and office paper (includes all colored paper, file folders and blueprints).  Crayon marks are okay, but please remove all metal or plastic binders.
  • Junk mail and envelopes.
  • Newspapers, cereal and tissue-type boxes.  
  • Flatten and stuff the above mentioned paper recyclables inside a paper bag to keep them from being scattered in the wind.  Do not use plastic bags.
  • Corrugated cardboard.  Flatten, fold or cut into pieces no larger than 2' x 2'.  Place cardboard items in the bottom or next to the recycling bin.

Other commingled items:

  • Aseptic containers (gable top containers such as milk cartons and juice boxes).
  • Glass bottles and jars (remove all lids).
  • Tin/aluminum cans, foil and other kitchen metals, empty aerosol cans.
  • Plastic bottles and tubs with the symbols #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7.  Remove all caps.  AcceptableAndNonRecyclable
  • Please note: Rinse out all plastic bottles, milk cartons, cans, juice boxes and glass containers to avoid unpleasant odors and help assure the marketability of the recyclables.

Do NOT include any of the following:

  • Plastic bags of any kind (no matter what symbol is on the bag).
  • Packing foam or Styrofoam (polystyrene) materials.
  • Bottles or containers that have held a toxic material such as motor oil.
  • Heat resistant glass such as canning jars, any glassware approved for the oven, hot foods or hot liquids.
  • Tissues or paper disposables, such as hand towels, paper plates, paper cups or any freezer food boxes.

Help Keep Our City Clean: Avoid Code Enforcement Action

Bulk trash, garbage containers, recycling bins, recycling materials, or brush left or placed on the curb lawn outside of the designated time for collection could result in you being charged for the cost of its removal. Garbage containers (Herby Curby containers or recycling bins) may be placed at the curb "no earlier than 8:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled collection, and these containers must be removed from the curbside (or street side if there is no curb) not later than 11:00 p.m. of the collection day." (Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances, 15A-2(a))

Solid Waste (quarterly trash or seasonal brush) deposited for public collection "shall not be deposited earlier than 7:00 a.m. of the day preceding the day of regularly scheduled monthly collection for the district in which such solid waste is deposited." (Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances, 31-21). Any solid waste, "which is not, for any reason, collected by the city or its authorized contractor on the day on which collection is actually performed in the district in which the solid waste is deposited, shall be removed from public view within two(2) days following completion of the regularly scheduled monthly collection for that district." (Section 31-22).

Violations of the above types can result in immediate corrective action being taken by the City without prior notice, with the expense for the corrective action being billed to the property owner of record. (Section 22-4(f)). To report curblawn violations, you may call Inspection Services at 337-8221. Questions or concerns regarding the City's bulk trash and recycling programs should be directed to 337-8215.

Recycling Appliances, Office Items, Electronics, and Other Miscellaneous Items

Before you throw them in the trash, check out our list of disposal alternatives.

Drop Off Recycling Site

The drop off recycling center, formerly located at 616 Gull Road, relocated to an existing drop off facility at 3432 Gembrit Cir. owned by Republic Waste Services. Republic Waste Services Recycling Center is open to all area residents and businesses from Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Republic Waste Services' free recycling drop off center offers area households and businesses an opportunity to recycle newspapers, mail, magazines, catalogs, cereal box-type cartons, telephone books, metal cans, plastic bottles and jugs with narrow necks, colorless glass, brown glass, green glass and scrap metal.

The Republic Waste Services Recycling Center does not accept motor oil or Styrofoam-like cups, trays, egg cartons, packing forms, and other polystyrene. However, UPS Store, Mail Etc, Mail Room, and Pak Mail accept clean, loose-fill packing peanuts for reuse.

Residents of Apartments, Condos, and Mobile Homes Can Recycle Too

Kalamazoo offers a free multi-unit recycling program for the managers, owners and occupants of residential properties with 5 or more units.  Funded by the Solid Waste Millage the recycling program offers a variety of container sizes and pick up schedules based on need.  Please note that property owners are responsible for communicating to their tenants that recycling carts should not be contaminated with household trash.  Continued contamination could result in charges to the property owner or termination of the service.  If you are not currently participating in the City’s recycling program, you can find out how easy it is to begin by calling 337-8215.

Two-Stream Pick Up

The curbside trucks collect recyclables in two separate compartments -- one for clean papers and the other for a bottles and cans. The two-stream system allows the driver to quickly pack in 30% more materials per load. Full trucks "tip" their separate loads for automated and manual processing in the relative comfort of an indoor sorting facility. To speed collection, please keep papers separate from bottles and cans by stuffing papers in paper bags (no plastic bags).

Recycling at Work

Paper is generally the most common "waste" material generated by a business. That's why most area businesses already recycle boxes and office papers. Give each work station a collection basket or box. Place larger containers near copiers, printers and fax machines. Use a staff meeting and posters to show everyone how to participate.

Fortunately, paper recycling is easy and can cut your waste disposal costs thanks to free drop-off recycling sites for paper and economically priced pick up services. Spending a nickel on paper recycling services can save a quarter by having costly trash dumpsters downsized or emptied less frequently.

When You Shop

Buying products that are made from recycled materials is easy, considering the materials that you help collect at home and work are used again to manufacture every glass jar, every metal can, most cereal boxes, and most plastic shampoo and detergent bottles, and even a few high-quality and economically priced paper products. By collecting recyclables and then buying products made from your recyclables, you can make a real difference in conserving energy, reducing pollution, and supporting jobs.

 

City Brush Pick Up/April Spring Clean Up

Special April Spring Clean Up

The City of Kalamazoo will be offering a Spring clean up in April on the same day as your quarterly bulk trash pick-up. (See links below for the Bulk Trash Schedule or Map.)

YES: As part of this special pick-up, residents will be permitted to place residual leaves from the fall, yard waste, brush (cut or broken branches), twigs and other trimmings no longer than four feet in length and two inches in diameter in biodegradable bags, open cardboard boxes or bundled with binder twine.

NO: Loose piles of limbs, branches, brush and trimmings will not be collected! No grass clippings, dirt, soil, rocks, stones, bricks, concrete or construction or demolition debris of any type will be collected and may be subject to immediate corrective action and will result in a fine.

Please note, regular brush program restrictions (noted below) will resume in May.

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Crews will collect brush (cut or broken branches) each month from May through October on the same day of the month as your bulk trash pick up.  Please see the Bulk Trash Schedule and pdf  Bulk Trash Map  to find your pick up day.  Use the guidelines below when putting brush out for collection:

  • Brush must be either bundled with twine (no metal), placed in open boxes or placed in biodegradable brown paper waste bags.
    Brush in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Brush must be no larger than 4 feet long or 2 inches in diameter.
  • Keep brush separate from bulk trash items.
  • Brush mixed with grass clippings, leaves, or any other yard waste will NOT be accepted.  For suggestions on how to manage other yard waste, please see below.

PLEASE NOTE THAT LEAVES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS PART OF THE MONTHLY BRUSH PROGRAM

For questions about brush collection or to report a missed pick up, please call 337-8215.

Help Keep Our City Clean: Avoid Code Enforcement Action

Bulk trash, garbage containers, recycling bins, recycling materials, or brush left or placed on the curb lawn outside of the designated time for collection could result in you being charged for the cost of its removal. Garbage containers (Herby Curby containers or recycling bins) may be placed at the curb "no earlier than 8:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled collection, and these containers must be removed from the curbside (or street side if there is no curb) not later than 11:00 p.m. of the collection day." (Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances, 15A-2(a))

Solid Waste (quarterly trash or seasonal brush) deposited for public collection "shall not be deposited earlier than 7:00 a.m. of the day preceding the day of regularly scheduled monthly collection for the district in which such solid waste is deposited." (Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances, 31-21). Any solid waste, "which is not, for any reason, collected by the city or its authorized contractor on the day on which collection is actually performed in the district in which the solid waste is deposited, shall be removed from public view within two(2) days following completion of the regularly scheduled monthly collection for that district." (Section 31-22).

Violations of the above types can result in immediate corrective action being taken by the City without prior notice, with the expense for the corrective action being billed to the property owner of record. (Section 22-4(f)). To report curb lawn violations, you may call Inspection Services at 337-8221. Questions or concerns regarding the City's monthly trash and recycling programs should be directed to 337-8215.

Private Drop Off Sites

The following sites accept yard waste for a fee:

Miller Road Transfer Station, 2606 Miller Road, ph. 388-3346

Kalamazoo Landscape Supplies, 5111 S. 9th Street, ph. 375-8000

Mulder's Landscape Supplies, 3333 Ravine Road, ph. 345-6900

Private Pick up Services

Lawn care services (listed in Yellow Pages) and your waste hauling company offer pick up services from April 1-November 30 for a fee:

Best Way Disposal, 388-3300

Republic Waste Services, 1-877-268-3867

Waste Management, 382-1081

Mulching

Mulching is a useful way to use bagged grass clippings. Spreading a one-inch layer of grass clippings, wood chips or other materials over exposed soil, deters weed growth, feeds nutrients to the soil, and retains even soil moisture.

Composting

iconList of Michigan DEQ registered composting facilities

Landscaping

pdf  Guide to Natural Landscaping (841.87 kB)

Natural landscaping can create beautiful and environmentally friendly yards. Natural Landscaping offers many potential environmental benefits, including reduced use of water, herbicides, fertilizers and energy (no need to use a lawn mower). 

Just Say Mow

Use your lawn mower to mulch grass clippings and leaves left from last fall. As golf courses have known for years, mulching grass clippings and leaves back into the lawn does not harm the quality of your turf.

 

Annual Holiday Tree Drop Off

Residents can drop off their real holiday trees at the Bank Street Market parking lot located at 1204 Bank Street. Real holiday trees are biodegradable, easily recyclable, and may be dropped off at any time through January 31st. Please be sure to remove all ornaments and other decorations.

Weeds & Tall Grass

Nuisance Ordinance Enforcement:

Weeds and tall grasses that have attained a height of twelve (12) inches or more from neglect are considered to be public nuisances. Section 22-3(a) of the City of Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances prohibits any person owning occupying or in control of any lot or land from allowing, maintaining or permitting such a nuisance.

A violation notice will be mailed to the address of the person shown as being the owner by reference to recent tax records. If the nuisance is not corrected within ten (10) days of the date the notice is mailed, city staff is authorized and empowered to arrange and pay for the necessary corrections and bill the expense thereof to the owner or person in control of the property.

Only one (1) notice will be sent per property per calendar year. Additional violations will result in the city taking immediate corrective action and again billing the expense to the property owner. So please maintain your property and avoid costly code enforcement action.

Tree & Brush/Leaf Management

Brush and Leaves 

The City of Kalamazoo offers an April spring clean up for most yard waste, monthly brush collection service from May through October, and a scheduled fall leaf collection. Residents are also able to pick up free wood chips and compost from our East Michigan Avenue site.

At this time, the City of Kalamazoo does not offer any yard waste removal services other than those listed above. If you desire removal of grass clippings, etc., you must contract with a private vendor.

| Fall Leaf PickupHoliday Tree Drop Off | 

Tree Management

The Public Services Forestry Division is responsible for most problems associated with City trees (a tree located in the City's right of way, City Park or City owned property). The City's right of way area is normally the grassy area between a sidewalk and the street or, on the streets that have a boulevard, in the middle of the street. Examples of work include:

  • broken or hanging limbs,
  • limbs that have fallen from City trees,
  • City trees that need trimming for clearance over the streets or sidewalks,
  • City trees that are dead or dying,
  • planting new trees in the right of way.

Concerns/Questions should be referred to the Public Services at 337-8731.

Bulk Trash Schedule

The Quarterly Bulk Trash will be picked up in the months of March, June, September and December.  Please select your street, or portion of street, to find the corresponding day of your pick up.

Please select the letter that your street begins with:

A B C D E F G H I J K L
M N O P R S T U V W Z 0-9

 

 

STREETBLOCKDATE
ABERDEEN DR. 2000 - 2399 3rd FRIDAY
ABERDEEN DR. 2400 - 2699 4th FRIDAY
ACADEMY 200 - 500 1st TUESDAY
ACADEMY 600 - 799 3rd MONDAY
ACADEMY 800 - 1799 2nd MONDAY
ACORN LANE   3rd FRIDAY
ADA ST.   4th MONDAY
ADAMS ST.   1st FRIDAY
ADELAIDE ST.   2nd THURSDAY
ALAMO ST. 1200 - 1700 4th MONDAY
ALBANY ST.   3rd THURSDAY
ALBERT ST.   3rd TUESDAY
ALCOTT PLACE   2nd THURSDAY
E. ALCOTT ST. 100 - 600 2nd THURSDAY
E. ALCOTT ST. 700 - 1900 4th WEDNESDAY
W. ALCOTT ST.   2nd THURSDAY
ALCOTT (Portage-Race) WEDNESDAY
ALEXANDER ST   3rd TUESDAY
ALLEN BLVD.   4th MONDAY
ALLENDALE ST.   2nd WEDNESDAY
ALPINE ST.   2nd TUESDAY
ALTA VISTA AVE.   1st THURSDAY
ALVAN   2nd WEDNESDAY
AMHERST AVE. 2100 - 2699 1st FRIDAY
AMHERST AVE. 2700 - 3100 2nd FRIDAY
AMPERSEE AVE.   4th TUESDAY
ANGLING RD.   1st FRIDAY
APPLE BLUFF   1st MONDAY
APPLELANE AVE.   4th FRIDAY
APPLELANE CIRCLE   4th FRIDAY
ARBOR ST.   2nd MONDAY
ARBORETUM PARKWAY   1st MONDAY
ARGYLE   4th FRIDAY
ASH ST. 3000 - 3199 2nd THURSDAY
ASH ST. 3200 - 3999 3rd THURSDAY
ASHTON AVE.   2nd TUESDAY
AUDUBON AVE.   3rd FRIDAY
AUSTIN ST.   3rd MONDAY
AXTELL ST.   3rd MONDAY

The New Quarterly Bulk Trash Program will be effective September 1, 2016.  Bulk Trash will be picked up in the months of March, June, September and December. Please select your street & | address to find the corresponding day and month of your pick up!

Regular Weekly Curbside Recycling Collection Schedule

Effective January 1, 2009

pdf  Weekly Recycling Map

Please select the letter that your street begins with:

A B C D E F G H I J K L
M N O P R S T U V W Z 0-9

 

STREETBLOCKDATE
ACADEMY 600 - 1600 MONDAY
ACORN LANE   FRIDAY
ADA ST.   MONDAY
ADAMS ST.   FRIDAY
ADELAIDE ST.   THURSDAY
ALAMO ST. 1200 - 1700 MONDAY
ALBANY ST.   THURSDAY
ALBERT ST.   TUESDAY
ALCOTT PLACE   THURSDAY
E. ALCOTT ST. 100 - 600 THURSDAY
E. ALCOTT ST. 700 - 1900 WEDNESDAY
W. ALCOTT ST.   THURSDAY
ALCOTT (Portage-Race) WEDNESDAY
ALEXANDER ST   TUESDAY
ALLEN BLVD.   MONDAY
ALLENDALE ST.   WEDNESDAY
ALPINE ST.   TUESDAY
ALTA VISTA AVE.   THURSDAY
ALVAN   WEDNESDAY
AMHERST AVE.   FRIDAY
AMPERSEE AVE.   TUESDAY
ANGLING RD.   FRIDAY
APPLE BLUFF   MONDAY
APPLELANE AVE.   FRIDAY
APPLELANE CIRCLE   FRIDAY
ARBOR ST.   MONDAY
ARBORETUM PARKWAY   MONDAY
ARGYLE   FRIDAY
ASH ST.   THURSDAY
ASHTON AVE.   TUESDAY
AUDUBON AVE.   FRIDAY
AUSTIN ST.   MONDAY
AXTELL ST.   MONDAY