Grace Period Allows Kalamazoo Property Owners to Clean up Winter Debris through Sunday, April 14

With the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, the melting snow sometimes reveals a season’s worth of debris or litter. Each spring, the City provides a grace period to provide property owners with time to clean up their properties before receiving a citation.

A grace period for violations of the Trash Ordinance (Chapter 15A of the City of Kalamazoo’s Code of Ordinances) will be in effect through Sunday, April 14. Starting on Monday, April 15, the City of Kalamazoo will begin citing properties that are in violation of the ordinance.

Owners of both residential and commercial property within the City of Kalamazoo are required to keep properties trash-free throughout the year. The Trash Ordinance states, “…All garbage must be stored in a watertight container that is constructed of metal, plastic or other durable material impervious to rodents, has a tight-fitting lid or cover, and is capable of being serviced without creating unsanitary conditions. …”

Violators of this ordinance will receive a written citation allowing 10 days for clean-up and a $77 fine. If clean up does not occur within 10 days, a crew will be dispatched to clean up the property on behalf of the owner. The property owner will then be billed for the cost of this effort.

The City of Kalamazoo encourages everyone to take advantage of the grace period to avoid fines and other frustrations, and to take a proactive approach to keeping our community clean and inviting for the people who live, learn, work, play and visit in our City.

2019 Spring/Summer View from the Curb Now Available


The Spring/Summer 2019 View from the Curb is now available online! Find out important information about programs for City of Kalamazoo residents such as Leaf Collection, Brush Collection, Hydrant Flushing, Recycling, and more! The most recent View from the Curb is always available at

The View from the Curb is published once for the Spring/Summer seasons and once for the Fall/Winter seasons each year. It is mailed to Kalamazoo residents and copies are available at City of Kalamazoo offices. 


Kalamazoo Youth Invited to Apply for MyCITY Summer Employment Program

Youth within the City of Kalamazoo are invited to apply for MyCITY (Career Introduction and Training for Youth) summer youth employment program, which offers youth age 14-21 summer employment opportunities, career introduction, and skills training.

The program is divided into three pathways for different age groups. Career 101 offers 14 and 15-year-olds job readiness training in addition to summer work to prepare them for future success. For 16-21-year-olds, Career 2.0 explores career options and provides more on-the-job training. CareerNOW, the pathway for 18-21-year-olds, offers free training to help participants become certified professionals in fields such as welding, automotive repair, early childhood education, culinary arts, and certified nursing aid. All pathways provide summer work and paid wages.

"MyCITY is all about developing young people’s career pathways,” said Eric Stewart, Director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, which administers the program. “For some it’s an introduction to the world of work. For others it’s a genuine entry point to their lifelong career. Youth Opportunities Unlimited is incredibly proud of MyCITY and extremely grateful to the City of Kalamazoo and the Foundation for Excellence for investing so profoundly in young people’s future.”

Applications are accepted online at through April 9. CareerNOW pathway applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all training opportunities have been filled. Applicants must live within the City of Kalamazoo. Computers are available at YOU located at 422 E South Street Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 – 5 p.m. through April 3. Computers are also available in the Human Resources Office at City Hall, located at 241 W South Street.

Since 2017, the MyCITY Summer Youth Employment Program has received funding from the Foundation for Excellence, which resulted in nearly tripling the size of the program. Since 2015, more than $800,000 in wages have been paid to the more than 1,000 youth who have participated.

“We are thrilled by the continued success of MyCITY and proud to offer the support of the Foundation for Excellence,” said Kalamazoo Mayor and Foundation for Excellence President Bobby J. Hopewell. “Investing in our youth is absolutely the most important investment that we can make. MyCITY teaches youth job skills and the value of hard work, provides an opportunity to earn money over the summer, and most importantly, shows our young people what is possible for their future.”

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