News Flash

Posted on: April 19, 2018

Electronics, Styrofoam collection set for Aug. 25

March 2018 bill insert

Recently, our neighbors received a water bill insert full of the city’s upcoming environmental event and recycling collection dates – but we made a mistake.

The late-summer electronics and Styrofoam collection is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. o...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

City holds annual online rain barrel sale

rain barrel crop

The City of Battle Creek is, once again, holding an online rain barrel sale, to encourage residents to collect and save valuable water in our community.


According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40 ...

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Posted on: March 23, 2018

Yard waste collection starts March 26 for 2018

yard waste

At least on the calendar, spring has returned to Battle Creek, and curbside yard waste pickup along with it – this service begins again the week of March 26.

Yard waste pickup will continue through Nov. 30 this year. City neighbors may place yard...

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News Flash

Posted on: April 19, 2018

Upcoming training opportunities to encourage engagement, leadership

Numbered streets neighborhood

The city is offering multiple opportunities for neighbors to learn leadership, and engage in the community, as part of the Police Department’s ongoing Byrne Grant activities.

The purpose of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is to...

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General News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Fire Chief Dave Schmaltz resigns

Fire Department patch

Fire Chief Dave Schmaltz has resigned from his position with the City of Battle Creek.

City Manager Rebecca Fleury accepted Schmaltz’s resignation Thursday. Chief Schmaltz’s last day is being coordinated with the city manager, and a transition plan is bein...

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General News
Posted on: March 28, 2018

Updated urban ag ordinance draft now available for comment

backyard chickens

An updated draft of an urban agriculture ordinance – focusing on allowing residential hens – is on the table and available for public review.

The original draft of this ordinance was presented to the City Commission last spring, after a...

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Direct link to draft urban ag ordinance General News
Posted on: March 22, 2018

Committee seeks public comment on city charter issues

Blue Ribbon Committee 2018

The 18-person committee tasked with considering potential changes to the city charter wants to hear from the community.

The committee, established and appointed by the City Commission, will consider potential changes to the selection of mayor and vice mayo...

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Blue Ribbon City Charter Survey General News
Posted on: March 21, 2018

Battle Creek named a 2018 finalist for All-America City Award

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The National Civic League is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 All-America City Award – including Battle Creek.

These finalists represent the diversity of American communities, from the largest cities to the smallest towns, across the country. F...

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Battle Creek All-America City application General News
Posted on: March 13, 2018

Mattress bags again available; automated recycling truck in the city

Mattress and truck news

In solid waste news, the city again has plastic bags available for wrapping mattresses, and Waste Management now has an automated truck picking up recycling in the city.

Mattress bags

Waste Management has supplied the city with large plastic bags, so that t...

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General News
Posted on: March 6, 2018

City certified as Redevelopment Ready Community


For establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment, and further build on municipality assets, the City of Battle Creek has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced M...

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General News
Posted on: March 1, 2018

Weekly time open to talk business development with city staff

Business Briefings

As part of the city’s efforts to contribute to a business-friendly community, staff are hosting free business development meetings with anyone who has an idea to explore.

City neighbors, new or established business owners, developers, and investo...

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General News
Posted on: February 8, 2018

City taking medical marihuana facility apps starting Feb. 20

marihuana ProvisionCenter map

Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the City of Battle Creek will begin accepting applications for medical marihuana facility permits.

The City Commission on Tuesday approved the new ordinances and fees to allow the five facility types – growing, proce...

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City medical marihuana information General News

News Flash

Posted on: April 13, 2018

Community invited to Flash Flood Water Park opening weekend

Flash Flood water park

Neighbors, visitors also asked for input on indoor play feature.

There’s still snow in the forecast in Michigan, but we’re thinking ahead to summer with the announcement of Flash Flood Water Park’s opening on Memorial Day weekend – and we’re looking for your feedback on...

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Indoor pool area survey Parks & Recreation
Posted on: March 26, 2018

New Recreation registration software goes live next week

Kidventure Summer Camp

All families must create a new account; change won't affect current registrations.

Neighbors registering for softball, soccer, and other city Recreation programs will see a new, better program for doing so, starting next week.

The Michigan-based, ReCPro software will make registration easier – the community will see a much diff...

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Battle Creek Recreation Parks & Recreation

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Transit service scenarios, survey, now online

Transit scenario pic

Possible bus route changes part of five-year master plan process.

Possible service scenarios for Battle Creek Transit now are available for review on the city’s website.

As part of the city’s master plan process for Transit, consultant Foursquare ITP presented two scenarios at public meetings in March...

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