5/15/23: One system for police

Monday, May 15, 2023

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A single computer system to unify all police departments – that’s what Kalamazoo County is working toward. It just needs to get everybody on board. Also: A Kalamazoo city board this week will decide on a plan that could reduce toxic gases from a Northside factory.

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One system for Kzoo County police

A single computer system to unify all police departments in Kalamazoo County – that’s what Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller is looking for. “My goal is that we have one record system that everybody shares in, that has the ability to ultimately draw data that everybody in this county would end up being participant in,” he said. He’s already gotten a $1.4 million commitment from the county commission. Now he just needs local departments to contribute.

The entire project is expected to cost about $2.6 million. A funding formula is still being worked on, but Fuller said the large agencies, such as Kalamazoo and Portage, would help subsidize the smaller, outlying agencies. “What we’re looking for is one system that’s going to ultimately serve all agencies equally,” he said. “And I say ‘all agencies,’ I’m talking about the agencies that are in the outlying areas as well that are often overlooked when we talk about things like this.”

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Toxic gas reduction system up for approval

Kalamazoo city officials this week will get to decide if a Graphic Packaging International plan to reduce toxic gas emissions is sufficient. The Northside factory has been a source of bad smells for decades, but a state report released last week confirmed what many neighbors believed to be true: the gas emissions are harmful to the health of residents. In April, GPI submitted a site plan to the city detailing how it intends to reduce those gas emissions. The city’s site plan committee will vote on the plan during its next meeting on Wednesday.

The company’s site plan calls for the addition of various equipment to reduce and control emissions of toxic hydrogen sulfide from the factory’s waste. That includes a wet scrubber system that removes solids and liquids from gas streams. Once approved, the equipment would be installed before the end of the year. [MLive]

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Peacock Planting Days – Bronson Park
9AM 5/15-16

Annual Meeting and Bird Walk – Audubon Society of Kalamazoo
6:00PM 5/15

Shut Up & Write! – this is a bookstore | Bookbug
6:00PM 5/15

Finding Meaning in Life’s Difficulties – Public Media Network
6:30PM 5/15

Festival in the Flats – Celery Flats Park
10:30AM 5/16

Conservation Café: A Place Worth Protecting – John E. Fetzer Center
12:00PM 5/16

Cross Currents: East/West – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
12:00PM 5/16

Green Drinks | Bronco Challenge for Sustainable Impact – Southwest Michigan First
5:00PM 5/16

Jazz with Barry Ross, Violin, and Terry Lower, Jazz Piano – Martell’s
5:30PM 5/16

Open Mic with THE DOC – Old Dog Tavern
6:00PM 5/16

Italy vs. The World – Comensoli’s Italian Bistro & Bar
6:00PM 5/16

Baklava In History: A Live and Interactive Class – Chef Channon’s Ecclectic Kitchen
6:30PM 5/16

Trivia night – Shakespeare’s Pub
7:00PM 5/16

Trivia Night – Louie’s Trophy House
7:00PM 5/16

Rules & Tools Supporting Struggling Readers – SLD Read
9:00AM 5/17

Portage Planting Days – Portage District Library
9AM 5/17-19

Advancing Housing Equity in Michigan During and Beyond COVID-19 – Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan
9:30AM 5/17

DIY Glassware Painting with Airstream Club International – Kalamazoo County Expo Center
2:00PM 5/17

The Personal Librarian – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
2:00PM 5/17

Bike Rodeo – Kzoo Parks
5:00PM 5/17

Family Literacy Days – Kalamazoo Literacy Council
5:00PM 5/17

Washington Square Branch Library Spring Celebration – Kalamazoo Public Library, Washington Square
5:30PM 5/17

Trivia Night at the Bookstore – this is a bookstore | Bookbug
6:00PM 5/17

Board Game Night – Main Street Pub, West Main
6:00PM 5/17

3 of a Kind – Hilton Garden Inn
7:00PM 5/17

Karaoke – Shakespeare’s Pub
8:30PM 5/17

Wednesday Comedy Night – Final Gravity Brewing Co.
8:30PM 5/17

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