Smart Water Meter Pilot Study in Oakwood, Winchell and Westnedge Hill

The City of Kalamazoo is currently looking for 100 volunteers located in the Winchell, Oakwood and Westnedge Hill neighborhoods to participate in a pilot study of new smart water meters. Smart water meters offer a number of advantages to both customers and staff such as:

    • Customer use patterns and volumes can be identified and explained, improving customer service
    • Trends and changes in demand can be predicted allowing for more efficient asset management
    • Customer leaks can be quickly detected 
    • Residents and business will have access to more detailed information to help manage their consumption
    • Staff time previously spent reading meters can be dedicated to lead service replacements as well as water main repairs, service leaks, and other routine maintenance on our distribution system 

This study is only open to residential dwellings in the Winchell, Oakwood and Westnedge Hill neighborhoods at this time (due to their proximity to the Edgemoor Elevated Water Tank which hosts the equipment to receive the data).

Participants will have a smart meter installed on their property at no cost to them. The City will schedule an appointment for properties that have a water meter located in their basement (installation is expected to take 30-45 minutes). For properties without a basement (that have a water meter located in a meter pit at the edge of the property), participants simply need to grant permission to replace the meter. We are ideally looking for 50 basement meters and 50 outside meters.


If you are interested in participating, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have additional questions please contact Assistant City Engineer Steve Skalski at: (269) 337-8454

Chief Karianne Thomas and Five New Public Safety Officers to be Sworn In At December 18 City Commission Meeting

The December 18 City Commission meeting will start with an Oath of Office Ceremony for five new Public Safety Officers and Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas. Chief Thomas will introduce the five new Officers to take their oaths and then be ceremonially sworn-in herself.

Public Safety Officers Allison Baker, Eric Epps, Max Koch, Mike O’Strander and Davion Phillips were hired by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in May 2017. They attended the fire and medical first responder academies and graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College earlier this month. They will begin serving our community in January 2018.

Chief Thomas was appointed to lead the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety following the departure of Chief Jeff Hadley in November. She is a 23-year veteran of the department, previously holding the rank of Deputy Chief.

The City Commission meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 241 West South Street. A reception will be held in the atrium of City Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. and continuing after the conclusion of the meeting. Refreshments will be provided. 

Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Award Nominations Accepted through January 2, 2018

The City of Kalamazoo is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Awards.  As part of the citywide MLK Day of Service, awards will be given to students between the ages of 12-19 from the Kalamazoo area in honor of Dr. Lewis Walker, a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo.

The winners will have demonstrated achievements in racial justice, community service, volunteerism, and leadership.  They will receive a community service award, a $200 monetary award, and a one year membership to the NAACP.

A total of four students will be recognized for their efforts. Three additional awards are presented by each of the program’s sponsors, Life EMS, Schupan & Sons, and Fifth Third Bank.

The winners will be recognized during the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2018 in the City Commission Chambers located at 241 W. South Street at 7:00 p.m.  Nominations are due by Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Nominations can be submitted online at Paper applications are also available from the City Manager’s Office at City Hall. If you need assistance, please contact (269) 337-8047. More information is available at


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