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City Manager's Corner

The original category was published from November 20, 2015 9:09 AM to December 3, 2015 4:34 PM

Nov 17

[ARCHIVED] Mayor signs Recycling Month 2021 proclamation

The original item was published from November 17, 2021 10:05 AM to February 10, 2022 10:46 AM

Whereas, recycling inspires an appreciation of the world's natural resources through conservation and protection; and

Whereas, we are interconnected to all other forms of life and the environment on which we all depend and have a renewed commitment to environmental stewardship and to the implementation of sustainability efforts; and

Whereas, the global community now faces extraordinary challenges, such as global health crisis, environmental degradation, climate change, food and water shortages; and

Whereas, it is understood that the citizens of the global community must step forward and take action to create immediate positive environmental change to combat the aforementioned global challenges; and

Whereas, on Nov. 15, 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed we have "an opportunity to reflect on the remarkable strides we have made in the pursuit of sustainability, and to challenge ourselves to do even more. As we rise to meet this challenge, we fulfill a promise to our children that they will inherit a world more beautiful and prosperous than the one we received;" and

Whereas, the City of Battle Creek and its residents are encouraged to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle whenever possible and implement practices designed to preserve and protect our environment for the present and future generations; 

Now, therefore, I, Mark A. Behnke, Mayor of the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2021 as Recycling Month in the greater Battle Creek area and urge all residents, businesses, and institutions to use Recycling Month to implement practices that will promote conservation and protection of our natural resources.

Recycling Month 2021 proclamation

Jul 01

[ARCHIVED] July 4 + Fireworks

The original item was published from July 1, 2021 8:16 AM to July 1, 2021 8:30 AM

Please check out our video about fireworks laws and tips in Battle Creek.

Before we continue, a note about our office and service closures this weekend - 
  • City offices are closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
  • Battle Creek Transit services will not run Saturday, July 3 through Monday, July 5. Regular schedules resume on Tuesday, July 6.
  • Full Blast Recreation Center is closed on Sunday, July 4. Flash Flood Water Park will be open 12-4 p.m. that day (shortened hours, due to a lifeguard shortage). Recreation facilities are open regular hours on Monday, July 5.
Back to fireworks. Our local ordinance changed after the state law changed in 2018, and the information in the video above reflects that.

We know many of you will celebrate this weekend, and enjoy the Field of Flight our at the city's Battle Creek Executive Airport. Please enjoy safely, and check out the two fireworks shows scheduled at the airport.

If you choose to display consumer fireworks in your neighborhood, please be kind to your neighbors, their sleeping children, scared pets, and veterans. These are community members who can feel the negative impact of fireworks.

Follow the days and times allowed for home fireworks, and follow safety precautions - like keeping a water bucket or hose nearby, lighting fireworks away from yourself and others, and taking special care with children. Sparklers can be a lot of fun, but they burn hot.

We know police enforcement is a big issue here. Fireworks complaints are important. The truth is, there may be more urgent calls our officers must respond to, and if they are able to get to the fireworks scene, the show might be over. But, you can take photos or videos, and send them to police via the
 online reporting portal. Police can still pursue the matter after the fact, if you share the information.

Enjoy your celebrations this weekend! Celebrate America! Please do so safely, and let's all take care of our community.

Mar 26

[ARCHIVED] Republic / Waste Management updates

The original item was published from March 26, 2021 3:05 PM to November 1, 2021 6:18 PM

Dear neighbors,

We have a huge transition coming next week – no fooling. On April 1 we switch to Republic Services for our curbside garbage, recycling, and yard waste service. We had a contract with Waste Management for many years. We know this is a big change for all of us!

We have some updates to share, based on questions you have asked. We appreciate those. We hope these answers help you.

Republic Services logo with blue background


  • Some of you have watched neighbors receive new recycling carts, or rental garbage/yard waste carts, and you did not. We found our recycling database was not complete. We missed getting 500 of you into that database. If you signed up before Feb. 26, you can expect your carts by the end of next week. Republic will deliver from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. this Sunday, too. We are sorry for this mistake.

  • If you signed up for Republic carts after Feb. 26, expect those in mid-April. You still have garbage service in the meantime. You can place bags of garbage at the curb. We recommend doing that by 6 a.m. on your service day, so they sit out for less time before pick-up.

  • We hand-delivered door hangers to about 2,000 of you whose pick-up day will change. If you want to double-check, our interactive map is updated with Republic days and routes. See it by clicking here. You can also access it at

  • If you rent carts from Republic, you can expect the bills by mail after April 15. The bill is for the year, April 1 to March 31.

  • Once we reach April 1, call Republic for missed pick-ups and other needs at 888-249-5112. We know when you call this number now, you might receive a frustrating or inaccurate answer. Republic will not have our account active with customer service until April 1. We know this is frustrating, but we are working with it the best we can.

Waste Management

  • We have heard from multiple neighbors that the cart collection vendor has dumped trash from the carts without picking it up. We are checking into this. Thanks for telling us.

  • We know some of you have received new bills that are confusing. Waste Management told us they generated those bills when you paid past-due balances. This is why they reference resuming service. Please contact WM directly to handle these, at 866-797-9018.

Thank you for your continued patience during this transition. Please know we are working hard to answer your questions, and make this move as smooth as possible.

Have a great weekend,

Your city team