5/16/23: Pollution a priority
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
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Kzoo city leaders say cleaning up air pollution on the Northside is a top priority. Also: Kalamazoo is rejoining a regional economic development org two years after they split up. And there are photos popping up all over Bronson Park.
Northside pollution a top priority for city leaders
Kalamazoo city commissioners last night pledged to do what they can to eliminate air pollution in the city’s Northside neighborhood. That follows the release last week of a state report showing that both noxious odors and harmful health effects are being caused by toxic gas releases from two Northside facilities: a wastewater treatment plant and a factory belonging to Graphics Packaging International. “We have a responsibility in this because we have given tax breaks to Graphics Packaging,” said Vice Mayor Don Cooney.
Plans are currently underway to build a dedicated pipeline to transmit wastewater between the Graphic Packaging plant and the wastewater facility. That could reduce emissions of harmful hydrogen sulfide gases. Graphic Packaging also has plans to install “scrubbers” to clean gases before they’re released. A meeting on Thursday could reveal more information on strategies for eliminating the pollution. Several city commissioners said they plan to attend in order to ask questions of state officials. That meeting will be held at 5:30pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
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Kzoo rejoins SW Michigan First
About two years ago, the city of Kalamazoo cut ties with the regional economic development group Southwest Michigan First. Last night, the city commission decided to rejoin the organization. The action adds the city back to Southwest Michigan First’s Council of 100, a group of businesses, governments, and other organizations that collaborate on economic development goals. The membership costs the city $15,000 per year.
Kalamazoo left the organization in February 2021 to protest the hiring of former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield as its CEO. The hire brought much criticism from the community because of Chatfield’s participation in blocking gay rights legislation. Chatfield subsequently stepped down. In rejoining the organization, the city highlighted Southwest Michigan First’s role in developing an arena in downtown Kalamazoo. [MLive]
Pictures on the sidewalk
Something unusual is happening in Bronson Park. Photographs of Kalamazoo Public Schools students are popping up all over the sidewalks. The installation is a part of the district’s outdoor art show, which officially begins on Friday. It’s also part of a larger, global endeavor called the Inside Out Project. The project encourages local artists to participate in posting black-and-white portraits in public spaces. KPS Art Lead Teacher Mandy Clearwaters told Fox 17 there’s also a deeper meaning in KPS’s action. “Our goal is to show that an artist is not a one size fits all. But artists look and act and feel in many different ways,” she said. Crews are still in the middle of installing the photos. Before the show launches Friday afternoon, there should be more than 900 faces gracing the surface of the park. [Fox 17]
Things To Do In Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Bike Week – Various
Peacock Planting Days – Bronson Park
Festival in the Flats – Celery Flats Park
Conservation Café: A Place Worth Protecting – John E. Fetzer Center
Cross Currents: East/West – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Green Drinks | Bronco Challenge for Sustainable Impact – Southwest Michigan First
Jazz with Barry Ross, Violin, and Terry Lower, Jazz Piano – Martell’s
Open Mic with THE DOC – Old Dog Tavern
Italy vs. The World – Comensoli’s Italian Bistro & Bar
Baklava In History: A Live and Interactive Class – Chef Channon’s Ecclectic Kitchen
Trivia night – Shakespeare’s Pub
Trivia Night – Louie’s Trophy House
Rules & Tools Supporting Struggling Readers – SLD Read
Portage Planting Days – Portage District Library
Advancing Housing Equity in Michigan During and Beyond COVID-19 – Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan
DIY Glassware Painting with Airstream Club International – Kalamazoo County Expo Center
The Personal Librarian – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Bike Rodeo – Kzoo Parks
Family Literacy Days – Kalamazoo Literacy Council
Washington Square Branch Library Spring Celebration – Kalamazoo Public Library, Washington Square
Trivia Night at the Bookstore – this is a bookstore | Bookbug
Board Game Night – Main Street Pub, West Main
3 of a Kind – Hilton Garden Inn
Karaoke – Shakespeare’s Pub
Wednesday Comedy Night – Final Gravity Brewing Co.
Growing Your Business Beyond 6 Figures – Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition
Guardians of Michigan with Lynn Houghton and Jeff Morrison – Kalamazoo Public Library, Central
Rock-N-Roll into Summer! Family Resource Night – Kalamazoo Farmers Market
KalaSalon: YOU Can Build It! Coming Out of the Woodwork with The Dapper Hammer – Green Door Distilling Co.
Stulberg Spring Soiree – Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
An Evening of Sound – KP (Fit)ness
Canuck Club – Final Gravity Brewing Co.
The Kettle Belles – O’Duffy’s Pub
Next To Normal – Kalamazoo College, Balch Playhouse
7:30PM 5/18-20, 2PM 5/21
Punk Rock Vinyl Night – Apoptosis Brewing Co.
Larry McCray wsg Out of Favor Boys – Rugger’s Up and Under
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