Posted on: September 13, 2016

Fall cleanup next week; other disposal reminders

construction waste

The city’s annual fall cleanup will take place next week – Monday, Sept. 19 to Friday, Sept. 23 – for City of Battle Creek residents only.

This cleanup period allows residents to place at the curb, on their regular trash/recycling pickup day, up to 10 ...Learn More

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

City receives environmental 'silver medal' from state

Michigan Green Communities silver medal

The City of Battle Creek is one of just four communities to receive a silver medal in this year’s Michigan Green Communities Challenge.

The program recognizes clean energy and environmental leadership across Michigan and allows communities to establish...Learn More

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Yearlong photo contest captures river's beauty

Clean Water Partners calendar page

Get your cameras ready and head out to the Kalamazoo River Watershed!

Tomorrow begins the yearlong Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners photo contest to showcase the seasonal beauty of the Kalamazoo River and St. Joseph River and their tributaries wi...Learn More

Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners...
Posted on: December 7, 2015

Free 2016 watershed conservation calendar available this week

2016 water conservation calendar

Hot off the presses, the free 2016 wall calendar featuring Kalamazoo River Watershed images from local photographers will be available to the public by this Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The calendar is created by the Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners, with ...Learn More

Additional Info...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Fundraisers set for Shop with a Cop program

Shop with a Cop

Bring your appetite to three upcoming fundraising meal events to help area law enforcement officials give local children a great Christmas season.

This is the fifth year for the Calhoun County Shop with a Cop program. Township, city, county and state ...Learn More

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Child Safety of America Partnership Termination


The Battle Creek Police Department is no longer partnering with Child Safety of America. We realized that we have a very supportive community and we would like to reach out to you directly.

Additional Info...
Posted on: May 26, 2016

BCPD, Lakeview High School release bike safety videos

Bike to Work group 2016

The Battle Creek Police Department and Lakeview High School have collaborated on a series of six short videos about bicycle safety.

As we enter the summer season, the BCPD hopes everyone will take a look at these and be mindful while on your bikes and ...Learn More

Posted on: November 6, 2015

BCPD debuts police/taxi cruiser

Police cruiser and taxi

The Battle Creek Police Department is asking people to "choose your ride," with a new, promotional police cruiser with a customer paint job that encourages people not to drink and drive.

The front half of the car is painted like a normal Batt...Learn More

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Text-to-911 available in Calhoun County

Calhoun Consolidated Dispatch logo

Very exciting news from Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch --

Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority announces it is live with Text-to-911. Text-to-911 service allows individuals to send a text message to 911 from their mobile devices if they...Learn More

Posted on: September 22, 2016

Quiet zone work begins at railroad crossings

McCamly Street railroad crossing medians

Detours will be in place at various railroad crossings throughout the fall as new safety measurements are added and the city’s quiet zone nears completion.

Starting on Monday, Sept. 26, Main Street between Yuba Street and Dickman Road will be closed as...Learn More

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Landlords invited to bed bug discussion

Bed bug cartoon

Owners of rental housing are invited to attend the next in a series of dinner and discussion events on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 400 Capital Ave. NE.

The panel discussion will focus on b...Learn More

Posted on: September 15, 2016

City awards funding to Habitat to rehab vacant home

City and Habitat for Humanity representatives

The City of Battle Creek recently certified the Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity as a Community Development Housing Organization, qualifying Habitat to receive federal HOME funds to rehabilitate vacant homes – 438 W. Jackson St., most recently.

B...Learn More

Posted on: September 9, 2016

City now offers online job applications

New job opportunities on website

The City of Battle Creek is excited to announce that candidates for city jobs now can apply online!

CivicHR, a Human Resources software package, is now integrated right into our website, Navigate to the same place – under the I W...Learn More

Posted on: September 1, 2016

City, nearby municipalities reach waste water agreement

waste water treatment plant aerators

The city and nearby municipalities have reached a tentative agreement about their continued partnership in the waste water treatment system operated by the City of Battle Creek.

“We have all worked hard together and have come to a tentative agreement t...Learn More

Posted on: July 20, 2016

Temporary signs not allowed in public rights-of-way

Temporary sign example

Particularly with the August and November elections just around the corner, the city wants to remind everyone that temporary signs are not allowed in public rights-of-way.

Temporary signs are exactly that – signs that are placed temporarily, such as ca...Learn More

Posted on: July 18, 2016

City offers reminder on public comment rules

City Commission 2015-2017

City administrators would like to offer a reminder of the local ordinance regarding general public comment to the City Commission.

In the Administrative Code, Chapter 212 discusses the City Commission, including rules of commission procedure.

Speake...Learn More

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Urban agriculture survey yields 400 responses

Fremont Street garden

Input from the more than 400 urban agriculture survey responses is now available for review and will be used to create a more specific agenda for the next public meeting on this issue.

Planning staff are looking to potentially expand the types of agric...Learn More

Planning Division: Urban Agriculture information
Posted on: July 5, 2016

Activities begin on city-owned Metcalf Lake property

Metcalf Lake city-owned property

Forest management has begun as part of the overall management of a 160-acre property on Metcalf Lake in Barry County.

The parcel of land, donated to the city by David Bailey in 1999, sits at North Avenue and Baseline Road, at the Barry/Calhoun County l...Learn More

Posted on: June 27, 2016

Utility e-billing notifications now available

Utility Billing web page

For those who want a little less paper in their mailboxes, the City of Battle Creek now offers e-billing for our utility bills.

For customers’ convenience, they can sign up to receive an email notification each month when their city utility bill – wate...Learn More

Sign up for e-billing notifications...
Posted on: June 22, 2016

Tree project at former Wilson School planted, growing

Spring Street site of former Wilson School

The tree farm project at the former Wilson School site on Spring Street – which was announced in March as part of a $1 million national investment toward the revitalization of urban land – has been planted.

The project intends to turn the property into...Learn More

Posted on: June 22, 2016

City Commission approves upcoming budget

City of Battle Creek logo

The City Commission adopted the 2016-2017 millage rates, general fund and special funds budgets during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The city millage will be 15.419, an overall increase of 0.683. That includes 8.740 mills for general city operations...Learn More

Posted on: June 20, 2016

City establishes relationship with China, South Korea

City of Battle Creek logo

After months of meetings and recent travels between the city and developers and education specialists in China and South Korea, positive relationships and economic development considerations may lead to hundreds of Asian students furthering their educatio...Learn More

Posted on: May 20, 2016

City Manager Fleury receives ICMA credential

Rebecca Fleury

City Manager Rebecca Fleury is now an ICMA Credentialed Manager, meeting one of her Professionalism goals for 2015-2016.

She is now one of more than 1,300 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Crede...Learn More

Posted on: April 19, 2016

City debuts new mobile app

Android app screenshot

The city is excited to offer a free mobile app to Apple and Android device users, offering connections to our residents and visitors through our meeting agendas, alerts, news and much, much more!

The app accompanies the city’s newly-designed and more c...Learn More

Posted on: April 1, 2016

City receives visual budget representation

Priority based budgeting quartile map

The City of Battle Creek now has a visual representation of its 2015-2016 budget in the form of a Resource Alignment Diagnostic Tool created with the help of the Denver-based Center for Priority Based Budgeting.

The city began the transition about a ye...Learn More

Priority Based Budgeting...
Posted on: March 30, 2016

Precincts 2 and 3 move to area church

Election voting box

In an effort to maintain student safety, two more city polling locations are moving from a Lakeview school to an area church.

Precincts 2 and 3, previously at Territorial School (15 Arbor St.) now will be located at Battle Creek First Assembly, 800 S. ...Learn More

Election information...
Posted on: March 11, 2016

City employees to participate in customer service training

Walt Disney quote

City of Battle Creek employees will be learning to try and make customers' dreams come true and develop values like mutual trust and respect through Disney Way training.

The customer-centric training is set to begin this August, and all city employees...Learn More

Posted on: February 10, 2016

Emergency needs resource card now available

Crisis resources card image

A business-card-sized list of community resources is now available at various locations in Battle Creek. The city and Battle Creek and Calhoun County Homeless Coalition encourage residents to hand them out to those who might need help with shelter, food a...Learn More

Posted on: February 9, 2016

Several polling locations relocated

Elections voting box

In an effort to lessen congestion, address parking issues and save money, the city has moved several polling locations from Lakeview schools to area churches.

• Precincts 6 and 9, previously at Riverside Elementary, will move to Chapel Hill United Meth...Learn More

Elections - City of Battle Creek
Posted on: January 27, 2016

City second in Michigan to implement priority based budgeting

Center for Priority Based Budgeting logo

The City of the Battle Creek is the second Michigan community to take on an entirely new way of budgeting, with the help of a Denver-based firm dedicated to helping local governments address their fiscal health and long-term wellness.

Through priority ...Learn More

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

City to offer same-day trade permits

City of Battle Creek logo

Residents installing new water heaters or updating their plumbing can expect to receive their city trade permits the same day.

With a few exceptions, the Inspections Division began this week issuing the following permits the same day applications are ...Learn More

Posted on: November 24, 2015

YAB announces 2015-2016 officers

Youth Advisory Board officers

The city’s Youth Advisory Board has chosen its officers for 2015-2016.

Officers are:
• Daniel Yates, president• Michelle Wills, vice president
• Cleashae Crowder, secretary

The YAB is comprised of local young people, ages 14 to 20, and is empowe...Learn More

Posted on: November 21, 2015

Update: Bank robbery suspects, involved officers named

Battle Creek Police Department badge

UPDATE Nov. 23 --
The Battle Creek Police Department is releasing the names of the three suspects in Saturday's bank robbery, pursuit and shooting incident.

Officers responded to the incident at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Following a bank robbery in t...Learn More

Posted on: November 20, 2015

Income tax refund donation option now available

BC-1040 amended with donation option

The City Commission on Tuesday approved updating the city's local income tax form to add an option for city taxpayers to donate to charity or city projects.

Donation of income tax refunds is an option in 12 of the 22 Michigan city's with income taxes....Learn More

Posted on: November 16, 2015

City creates online, interactive project map

Public Works construction project map

The city has created a new online, interactive map that displays current and upcoming projects from our Department of Public Works.

These could include road closures for water, sewer or road resurfacing work; water shutoffs, parks closures for mainten...Learn More

Posted on: November 6, 2015

City debuts new citizen-centric website

City website screenshot

The city is excited to announce the debut of our newly-redesigned, citizen-centric website, still at

The new site will become active today, and could take up to two days to be visible on all computers and devices.

Our new site...Learn More

Posted on: November 6, 2015

City seeks public input for Master Plan update

Downtown Battle Creek

The City of Battle Creek has begun the process of updating the Master Plan, which will serve as the city’s official guide for land use, growth and development over the next 10 to 20 years.

The city’s last Master Plan was completed in 1997.

This will...Learn More

Posted on: November 6, 2015

City debuts online utility bill payment

city logo

The city is excited to announce that customers can now pay their utility bills online with credit and debit cards.

Customers can view their water/sewer/garbage bills and their payment history, as well as pay their current bills on our website.

Navig...Learn More

Posted on: November 3, 2015

City seeks police, fire facility input

Battle Creek Police Department

The city’s Fire and Police departments are visiting Neighborhood Planning Councils and have scheduled station tours and community conversations to collect public input on the future of their facilities.

Early this year, consultants performed a study of...Learn More

Posted on: November 6, 2015

City airport chosen to host 2016 fly-in

WK Kellogg Airport tower

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the largest aviation association in the world, has chosen the city’s W.K. Kellogg Airport as one of its four 2016 fly-in locations.

The organization began hosting fly-ins in 2014, with more than 27,000 people...Learn More

Posted on: November 3, 2015

New after-school program at Full Blast

Parks and Rec after school program

Kids in grades 1 to 12 can join us for a variety of after-school activities!

Young people in grades 1 to 12 are invited to try the Parks & Recreation Department’s new after-school program.

H-A-K 35 (Healthy Active Kids) started this week and will continue operating from 3 to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at Full Blast, 3...Learn More

Posted on: September 26, 2016

MDOT railroad work starts today on East Michigan

Road work ahead sign

A detour will be in place – starting today – for approximately five weeks while the railroad crossing on East Michigan Avenue, near Porter Street, is reconstructed.

The Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Rail is directing the work, by Rail...Learn More

Posted on: September 23, 2016

East Avenue milling/paving rescheduled to start Saturday

Road work ahead sign

Milling and paving is scheduled on a section of East Avenue, starting tomorrow - Saturday, Sept. 24.

Work taking place from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paving should be complete by Friday, Oct. 7, weather permitting.

The street will remain open d...Learn More

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Streets set for pulverizing, resurfacing, starting Monday

Road work sign

Pulverizing and paving is scheduled on sections of several streets in the city, starting on Monday, Sept. 26.

The streets will be pulverized starting Monday, which removes the asphalt all the way to the gravel, with work taking place from approximately...Learn More

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Concrete work starts Tuesday on Elm Street

Road work sign

Crews will begin removing curbs and drive approaches on Elm Street – from Van Buren Street to M-66 – on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Work taking place from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. New concrete pouring is set to begin on Monday, Sept. 19 and be completed b...Learn More

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Restoration work to begin on Kalamazoo River

Kalamazoo River

Enbridge Energy, under the direction of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will do additional restoration work on areas of the Kalamazoo River within the city.

A staging area will be set up at Jackson Street and Stringham Road, with equi...Learn More

Posted on: August 25, 2016

Linear Park path closed near Bailey for bee problem

Map of Linear Park path closed section

Due to a bee infestation on the Linear Park path, a section of it has been closed until further notice.

The path is now closed from the point it enters the wooded area off of Wagner Drive, to the clearing as the path enters Bailey Park, near ANYbodies ...Learn More

Posted on: June 10, 2016

Territorial Road resurfacing work starts Monday

Territorial Road work map

Starting Monday, traffic using Territorial Road between 20th Street and Capital Avenue SW may face delays.

Territorial from Arbor Street to 20th is scheduled for full roadway reconstruction, including curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement, plus storm s...Learn More

Posted on: June 3, 2016

McCamly Street traffic signal work to close lanes Monday

Signal work on McCamly Street

Two traffic signal mast arm projects will occasionally close traffic lanes downtown starting on Monday, June 6.

• At the Jackson and McCamly streets intersection, Ranck Electric will begin the process of replacing the signal mast arms, closing lanes at...Learn More

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Chip, fog seal program to start

City Public Works building

Starting tomorrow – Friday, June 3 – the city’s contractor will begin this year’s chip sealing program on the roads listed below.

With the noted exceptions, these roads will be fog sealed at a later date.

The chip seal treatment is the application ...Learn More

Posted on: June 1, 2016

City releases 2015 Water Quality Report

Battle Creek water tower

The city’s annual water quality report – using data collected in 2015 – is now available for viewing.

The report is available at or on the city’s website, On our website, navigat...Learn More

Current/previous Water Quality Reports...
Posted on: May 16, 2016

Water main project begins on numbered streets

Map of water main project

Work began today in preparation of a project to replace the water mains on North 24th, 27th and 28th streets this summer.

This replacement project is taking place to address problems in this area with frozen services lines and breaks during cold winter...Learn More

Posted on: April 12, 2016

Possible lane closures at McCamly St and Michigan Ave

Michigan and McCamly signal work map

Lanes may close to traffic occasionally at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and McCamly Street to accommodate traffic signal work tomorrow – Wednesday, April 13.

Starting at 9 a.m., weather permitting, Severance Electric will begin work to replace ...Learn More

Posted on: March 21, 2016

Yard waste collection starts next week

Yard waste brush at Brice Pit

At least on the calendar, spring is here again, and yard waste pickup begins on Monday, March 28 – time to clean up the branches downed by recent high winds.

Yard waste pickup will last this year until Dec. 2. Residents may place yard waste items at th...Learn More

Posted on: March 9, 2016

City on schedule with meter read device installation

Battle Creek water tower

The city’s Water Division has replaced about 40 percent of water meter data transmitting devices with new Neptune R900 transmitting devices, as part of the ongoing effort to improve customer service and staff efficiency.

Crews are halfway through a tw...Learn More

FAQs and other information...
Posted on: February 17, 2016

Street maintenance programs approved for 2016

Paving on North Avenue

The city's 2016 pavement programs for city streets and sidewalks have been planned for and were approved on Tuesday by the City Commission.

The scheduled and approved programs are for chip sealing and crack filling, as well as road resurfacing and side...Learn More

Posted on: December 9, 2015

City wins awards for two Public Works projects

Lynwood Drive culvert over Minges Brook

The City of Battle Creek has received two Project of the Year Awards – for Festival Market Square and the Lynwood Drive culverts – from the American Public Works Association Southwest Michigan Branch.

*The Festival Market Square redesign project receiv...Learn More

Posted on: December 7, 2015

Free 2016 watershed conservation calendar available this week

2016 water conservation calendar

Hot off the presses, the free 2016 wall calendar featuring Kalamazoo River Watershed images from local photographers will be available to the public by this Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The calendar is created by the Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners, with ...Learn More

Additional Info...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Changes to Main-Post bus route start Monday

Main-Post bus route detour

Customer and driver safety prompt a detour, change in stops.

In Battle Creek Transit’s ongoing efforts to ensure customer, driver and equipment safety, a detour will begin Monday, April 11 on the Main-Post bus route.

Due to challenging pavement conditions, the bus no longer will stop in the Main Street Market pa...Learn More

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