Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bronson Park this Friday, November 25

Kalamazoo's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is only a few weeks away! Join us from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 25 as we celebrate the season and light up Bronson Park! Have a cup of hot chocolate while the children enjoy creating their own arts and crafts, visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice carving, and a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Hot chocolate donations will be accepted with proceeds benefiting the YWCA Kalamazoo's Domestic Violence Shelter. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. After the event, hop on the Holly Jolly Trolley and take a trip to one of your favorite downtown spots!


5:00 - 6:00 Kids Craft Tent sponsored by Kalamazoo Valley Museum
5:00 - 6:00 Reindeer from GG Reindeer Farm
5:00 - 6:00 Ice Carving Display by Ice Brigade
5:20 - 6:00 Children's Music by Small Sounds
** 6:00 Tree Lighting Ceremony begins **
6:20 - 7:00 Live holiday music from Kaitlin Rose
6:20 - 7:15 Kids Craft Tent sponsored by Kalamazoo Valley Museum
6:20 - 7:15 Ice Carving Display by Ice Brigade
6:20 - 7:30 Reindeer from GG Reindeer Farm

Miss Greater Kalamazoo Shelby Lentz will also be appearing throughout the event (Miss Greater Kalamazoo Scholarship Program)

Food trucks:
Coffee Rescue
Kalamazoo Doodles
Lazy Man BBQ
Windy City K-9 Unit
Organic Gypsy
Gorilla Gourmet

Artwork by Joshua Plaunt

KDPS Records Division Closed through January 2017

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Records Division will be closed to the public, effective today through January 2017. We are in the process of hiring new Records Division employees.

The following alternatives will be available to assist with the requests we routinely handle:

To pay a parking ticket issued by the City of Kalamazoo/Public Safety, do so by phone at 1-888-995-5110, online at, or in person at 241 W. South St (Kalamazoo City Hall).
Copies of accident reports are available for purchase online at

To request a copy of a police report or to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, call 269-337-8185, fax to 269-337-8922, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gun registrations, including Licenses to Purchase (LTP) and Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) will be handled at the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. Info can be found at (Note: The Kalamazoo Public Safety contact info will not be in effect during this closed period)

Fingerprinting for employment and expunction processes – The $12 payment must be made at 241 W. South St (Kalamazoo City Hall). Receipt showing proof of payment will need to be shown to a Public Safety Officer at 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy to get fingerprinting done.

Criminal History Checks - the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) allows the search of public criminal history record information maintained by the Michigan State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center. All felonies and serious misdemeanors that are punishable by over 93 days are required to be reported to the state repository by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts in all 83 Michigan counties. Information on obtaining these background checks is available at

Sex Offender Registration payments must be made at 241 W. South (Kalamazoo City Hall). Receipt showing proof of payment will need to be shown to a Public Safety Officer when registering at 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Latest Lead and Copper Sampling Reveals Reduction in Lead Levels

Analysis of water sampling conducted in 2016 to monitor lead and copper levels has concluded 90th percentile levels to be 4 parts per billion (ppb) for lead and 896 ppb for copper – significantly lower than the 13 ppb lead and 1200 ppb copper levels reported in the previous round of sampling in 2014.

It is important to note that these levels represent the 90th percentile of all samples collected, meaning that 90% of the samples were at or below 4 ppb for lead and 896 ppb for copper. The EPA requires action when the 90% percentile level is at or above 1300 ppb for copper or 15 ppb for lead.
148 homes were sampled in 2016 (up from 59 in 2014) which resulted in a better overall representation of the water system. In addition, all samples collected were taken by a water certified City employee instead of relying on homeowners, resulting in more consistent sampling.
The City’s pro-active Lead and Copper Program not only includes water quality monitoring, but also a corrosion control program to minimize the likelihood that lead can leach into the water supply, a lead water service replacement program, and a public education program.

The 2016 lead and copper monitoring event was the City’s ninth since the enactment of the Lead and Copper Rule in 1992. The City of Kalamazoo’s Public Water System continues to fully comply with the federal and state Safe Drinking Water Act Lead and Copper Rule.
These analytical results and others regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act will be included in the next annual Water Quality Report (Consumer’s Confidence Report) in July 2017. Free water testing is available to customers of the water system. If you would like to have your water test, please call (269) 337-8550.

More information about the City of Kalamazoo's efforts to protect water resources and improve water quality can be found at

City of Kalamazoo

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