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11/2/2020: City Manager Provides Update to City Commission

The City Manager provided an update to the City Commission at its meeting on November 2, 2020. The update included steps taken from the City Manager's June Action Plan, as well as an update on the work related to First Amendment Assemblies completed by the City Commission Subcommittee. You can watch the update and review the update documents below: 

pdf Action Plan Status Update, November 2, 2020 (280 KB)

pdf City Manager's Action Plan, November 2, 2020 Update Slides (293 KB)

pdf Sub Committee Report re Communications, November 2, 2020 Update Slides (72 KB)

 

Kalamazoo Leaders Discuss Plan for Accurate, Safe, Secure Election

For information on voting on or before November 3, click here.

Leaders from the City of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo County shared their plans Wednesday for election security and ensuring every vote cast is counted on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“As we count down these final days to the election, we want to take a moment to emphasize that every vote cast in Kalamazoo matters and every vote cast will be counted,” said Mayor David Anderson.

“Due to the coronavirus and health concerns, more people have been voting absentee than ever before,” said Kalamazoo City Clerk Scott Borling. “While we have an extra 10 hours to begin processing ballots this year, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, that doesn’t mean election results in Michigan will be ready when the polls close. We expect it will take longer to count the votes and verify a winner in this year’s election — and that’s okay.”

“At KDPS, our top priority is keeping our residents, visitors and businesses safe, and that includes keeping people safe while they are doing their civic duty and exercising their right to vote on Nov. 3,” said Vernon Coakley, chief of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. “While we won’t be visible at polling places, we will be ready to respond to problems if they’re reported. Voter interference or intimidation at polling places will not be tolerated in the City of Kalamazoo.”

“As the leaders of this community, we are all committed to ensuring this election is safe, secure and accurate,” said Vice-Mayor Patrese Griffin. “We encourage you to exercise your right to vote.”

“We want voters to cast their ballot with confidence this election,” said Timothy Snow, Kalamazoo County clerk and register of deeds. “Polling places will be thoroughly cleaned prior to Election Day and voting booths will be wiped down in between voters. Voters will be strongly encouraged to wear masks while voting, hand sanitizer will be widely available, and floors will be marked to promote social distancing.”

Off-Street Parking Requirements Lifted Through March 2021

Businesses may continue to use off-street parking areas for outdoor sales, dining, and gatherings through March 31, 2021 under an ordinance approved by the Kalamazoo City Commission. The ordinance extends the period during which minimum off-street parking requirements are lifted, which was set to expire on November 1.

Off-street parking requirements were first lifted in July as an emergency measure to offer flexibility to Kalamazoo businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Without these requirements, businesses can instead use the space for dining, outdoor sales, and gathering space in order to increase their capacity while following public health guidelines and social distancing.

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