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Kalamazoo takes step toward using $70M in private donations

The Kalamazoo City Commission has taken a step toward using roughly $70 million in private donations to help cover city costs. The commission voted 6-1 to approve the memorandum of understanding during a public meeting Monday. The document outlines the agreement between donors and the city as well as each party’s commitment to the Foundation for Excellence. The foundation, introduced …

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City commissioners choose replacement

A lifelong Three Rivers resident has been selected from a field of seven candidates to complete an unexpired term on the Three Rivers City Commission. Pat Dane was the majority’s decision during Tuesday’s meeting to complete the remaining 13 months left on Jared Hoffmaster’s term. Hoffmaster resigned last month in advance of his family’s impending move to Fabius Township. Dane, …

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Several matters before city commission

The purchase of winter salt, cancellation and awarding of a sidewalk contract and a redevelopment agreement at a property at 815 N. Main St. highlight the agenda for this evening’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. Two other matters of new business and nine items under the consent agenda – including the establishment of trick-or-treat hours – also will be discussed …

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Battle Creek approves regulations for panhandling, loitering

Battle Creek city commissioners have approved ordinances aimed at regulating panhandling and loitering. The proposals outlaw remaining “idly” within 25 feet of an intersection and soliciting money from anyone waiting in line or near building entrances. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports commissioners voted Tuesday on the proposals, which take effect in 10 days. Violations would be considered civil infractions and …

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Several items on City Commission agenda

A request for a fireworks-display permit and two public hearings highlight the agenda for tonight’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting. School officials are requesting the fireworks following the Oct. 21 senior night at the Wildcats’ football game. The proposed pyrotechnics would be overseen by Wolverine Fireworks Display of the Bay City area. In addition, public hearings will be staged regarding …

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Ann Arbor banning sale of tobacco to people younger than 21

Ann Arbor is banning the sale of tobacco to people under 21. City Council voted 9-2 on Thursday to give final approval to an ordinance raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18. It’s joining the Tobacco 21 movement, which has been embraced by other communities in the U.S. The Ann Arbor News reports it …

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