Residents in the Post Addition neighborhood are invited to a Fire Department facilities conversation for general discussion on the citywide project and to address concerns about the potential relocating of Station 3.
The conversation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 21 at the Doris Hale Child Development Center at Community Action, 110 Green St.
The city will host the conversation, with City Manager Rebecca Fleury and Fire Chief David Schmaltz attending. Community partners Beacon Community and Project 20/20 will help facilitate the conversation.
The Fire Department is considering three different options for consolidating and relocating some of the seven current fire stations in a way that makes operations more efficient and maintains or improves the goal of a four-minute response time across the city.
A variety of public meetings have taken place across the entire city since last fall to collect public input on the future of both the city’s fire and police facilities. Feedback gained from this and previous conversations will be used by fire, police and other city officials to help inform decisions related to the future of these facilities.
City staff hope to present facility options to the City Commission in May.
Information related to this process is available at the city’s website, www.battlecreekmi.gov. Navigate to the Fire Department page under the Your Government tab. There you can see the fire station study and take virtual tours of most of the stations with Chief Schmaltz.
Other ways to participate in this process:
• Email your comments to PublicInput@battlecreekmi.gov
• Call the City Manager’s Office with your comments at 269-966-3378