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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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$70M for foundation to help Kalamazoo fix budget, cut taxes

Kalamazoo is getting $70 million from philanthropists and others to be used to create a foundation to help solve the city’s budget problems and cut property taxes. The Kalamazoo City Commission decided Thursday to move forward with the idea of creating the Foundation for Excellence. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports city leaders secured donations from Kalamazoo philanthropists William Johnston and William …

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Commission considers renaming park

A community park was suggested to be named in honor of a former member of the Three Rivers City Commission. During last week’s city commission meeting, commissioner Diane Clay suggested a park on Broadway Street near Fourth Street be named in honor of Elbert Foster, who passed away last month following a 10-year battle against sickle cell anemia. Foster was …

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City millage up for renewal in November

A matter regarding streets and sidewalks in Three Rivers will appear before the city’s voters in November. Mayor Tom Lowry and city commission members Tuesday agreed to seek renewal of 3.7 mills. The millage has allowed the city to maintain and improve city streets and sidewalks since it was first approved 15 years ago. If approved, the November request would …

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