Nomination Packets Now Available for November 7 Municipal Election

Nomination packets are now available for citizens wishing to run for the office of Mayor or City Commissioner in the Municipal Election to be held on November 7, 2017.  These packets may be picked up in the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. 

Each candidate must submit a properly completed nominating petition (containing at least 50 valid signatures but no more than 75) and a completed Affidavit of Identity to the Clerk's office.

The Kalamazoo City Charter states that a person seeking the office of Mayor or City Commissioner shall be a resident of, and qualified elector in, the City of Kalamazoo at the time of filing for election or appointment to that office. 

Important dates for potential candidates are as follows:

  • May 26, 2017 - Candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions
  • July 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. – Deadline for nomination petitions and affidavits of identity to be filed with the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office
  • July 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. – Last day for eligible candidates to withdraw their candidacy

In the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election, citizens will elect three Commissioners to four-year terms, and the Mayor to a two-year term. More information on elections and running for office is available at www.kalamazoocity.org/elections.

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The City of Kalamazoo named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Kalamazoo with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award.

With the announcement of 6 communities moving from an Honorable Mention to Bronze, 9 communities receiving a Bronze award on their first application, and 22 renewing BFCs today, Kalamazoo joins a group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming their neighborhoods. There are now 416 communities currently recognized with a BFC award for their efforts to make biking better.

“We applaud these communities for making improvements for people who bike in a ways that build upon their existing strengths and are based upon their particular needs, whether that is infrastructure, education, or encouragement,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director at the League of American Bicyclists.

“We are encouraged by the way that communities are using bicycling as a part of their solution to issues of health, job access, traffic safety, and the environment and using our program to make progress in those issues. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as part of our mission to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.”

The Bronze BFC award recognizes the City of Kalamazoo’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in infrastructure, pro-bicycling policies, and promoting bicycling. The BFC program provides a benchmark for communities to evaluate these conditions and policies, while highlighting areas for improvement. The national scope of the program also promotes competition and comparison between communities - with 416 currently recognized BFC there is always a model for your community to be found.

This year Kalamazoo will see the completion of the downtown segment of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, the completion of a trail segment through Upjohn Park, additional bike racks installed downtown and a road diet with bike lanes added to South Burdick Street, among other new lanes, routes, and improvements. A Complete Streets Policy is being drafted to ensure that all streets are planned, designed, constructed, operated, and maintained to enable a Vision Zero goal and provide accommodations for users of all ages and abilities. In 2016 the Kalamazoo City Commission passed a five-foot bicycle passing ordinance to improve safety for cyclists.

"We're excited to officially be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community for the first time ever," said Rebekah Kik, Director of Community Planning and Development. "We know we're still at the beginning of this process and will continue to create safe and accessible routes for cyclists and all street users throughout the City."

Each community that applies for a BFC award receives a report card which will be available in an award database at http://bikeleague.org/bfa/awards. Explanations of each award level and key data from each report card are available at http://bikeleague.org/content/building-blocks-bicycle-friendly-communities.

This announcement comes during National Bike Month, and right before Kalamazoo Bike Week begins on May 13. Visit www.kalamazoobikeweek.com for a complete list of events in Kalamazoo.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partner Planet Bike. The Bicycle Friendly Community program was created in 1995 and has processed more than 1,200 applications since 2002. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

$ 100,000 Grant from Consumers Energy Foundation Pushes Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign Past Halfway Mark

The Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded a $ 100,000 grant to support the City of Kalamazoo’s rehabilitation of Bronson Park, bringing the Bronson Park 21st Century campaign past the halfway mark of its $ 2.8 million goal. This funding will support the placement of an information kiosk which will greet visitors at one of the corners of the park. 

“We are pleased to give the Kalamazoo community support to help revitalize an important downtown resource in Bronson Park,” said David Mengebier, President of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are impressed by the work that city officials have done to improve the park and look forward to seeing it make Kalamazoo an even more attractive place to live and work.”

With this grant the Consumers Energy Foundation joins a broad group of supporters that includes the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Rotary Club of Kalamazoo, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (the Gun Lake Band), City of Kalamazoo, and many other organizations and community members.

“We really appreciate this support from the Consumers Energy Foundation and all of the supporters throughout this campaign,” said Sean Fletcher, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Kalamazoo. “Bronson Park is such an important space in our downtown and so many of us have a personal connection to it. We’re excited to make this amazing space even better.”

About the Consumers Energy Foundation

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, giving Michigan cities, towns and neighborhoods the extra support needed to build communities that we’re proud to call home. The foundation provides grants and mobilizes volunteers to strengthen local education, social services, the environment, and community, economic and cultural development.

About the Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign

The Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign is a community effort to raise $ 2.8 million to improve Bronson Park. The Campaign is driven by the Bronson Park Master Plan, which was completed in 2016 after an extensive public planning effort. In addition to physical improvements to Bronson Park, the Plan also includes educational components to provide an accurate portrayal of Native American history and cultural experience, which are being created in partnership with the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi.

The City is grateful to the many dozens of community members who volunteer their time and talents to making the Campaign an ongoing success. You can learn more about the Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign or make a donation at www.kalamazoocity.org/bronsonpark

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