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If you're still struggling, consider requesting backyard service from Waste Management - drivers will collect your cart from your backyard or other designated location, empty it and return it. Effective April 1, 2016, the 30-day rate for that service is $26.33. Those eligible may apply for the senior citizen/disabled rate of $16.73. Contact our Utility Billing Division for more information, 269-966-3366.
Residents who currently pay for and use backyard service automatically will have the new recycling cart added to that service.
DO NOT include food waste, plastic bags and film, Styrofoam cups and containers, or needles.
Trash cart - 96 gallons$3.25* per month
Yard waste cart - 96 gallons$3.75* per month
This cart rental bill would come directly from Waste Management, separate from your city utility bill. Both are billed semi-annually and a six-month minimum rental is required.
If you want to purchase your own carts, they can be a *maximum* of 32 gallons each. For trash carts, you can place multiple carts at the curb, but each can only be up to 32 gallons in size. For yard waste, it must be properly marked for yard waste only.
*These rates are for new cart rental customers and are subject to increase. The average rental rate for a trash cart is $4.86 and for a yard waste cart is $5.27.
*You must store your trash/recycling/yard waste containers behind the front of your home when they aren't at the curb for pickup.
*Your trash/recycling/yard waste containers can sit at the curb starting at 1 p.m. the day before your designated pickup day, and must be pulled back by 9 a.m. the day after your designated pickup day.
The project limits will be from the intersection of M-66/Capital Avenue NE with Division Street, to Frey Drive. This section of road is considered a state trunkline, and under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Transportation. The City of Battle Creek performs maintenance activities through a contract with the state.
The current road surface is deteriorated and requires additional maintenance, which is costly and time consuming for the City of Battle Creek's Field Services Division to perform. MDOT is scheduled to resurface this section of road next year already, and this is an opportune time to incorporate the four-lane to three-land conversion.
Construction is scheduled to begin in May of 2018, and be completed by August of 2018.
The project will be constructed part-width to maintain traffic flow during construction, with sidewalk detours posted.
A four-lane to three-lane conversion, commonly referred to as a "road diet," will use the existing footprint of the road, and re-purpose the use to include one travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane, and one bike lane in each direction.
This is the proposed cross-section:
The city has a Non-Motorized Master Plan, adopted by the City Commission on March 7, 2006, as a single guide for non-motorized infrastructure planning, funding, design, and construction. Creation of the plan included community and stakeholder involvement, and the Engineering Division has since used the document to aid in the process of managing non-motorized infrastructure updates.
The project along Capital Avenue NE was included as an intermediate project, which was planned within six to 10 years of the plan's adoption. In addition to this, the project offers a number of safety benefits.
There are a number of safety concerns that can be addressed by a four-lane to three-lane conversion:
Cyclists are permitted to ride on public roadways, like Capital Avenue NE, whether or not bike lanes are present. The proposed configuration of the roadway makes this type of use much safer.
MDOT studied the impacts of the four-lane to three-lane conversion for this corridor (see document linked here).
When the current level of service (LOS) at the signalized intersections was compared with that of the proposed changes and 20-year projected growth, only the Emmett Street westbound and eastbound left turns decreased in service -- from a level "C" to a level "D." According to MDOT, this intersection will be improved in 2019 to help mitigate these additional projected delays.
Using this data, the increase in delay for a typical driver traveling the entire project in 2038 will increase by five to six seconds. Delays from local side streets are not expected to increase.
As a comparison, the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) for Capital Avenue SW near Golden Avenue, which has a similar configuration to that proposed for Capital NE, is about 16,000 ADT. The proposed project location on Capital NE currently sees about 14,000 ADT.
Below is a graphic that shows the proposed layout east of the curve at Division Street. As you can see, the bike lanes don't begin until the east sides of Chestnut Street and Elm Street.
To accommodate the new configuration, the on-street parking on Capital Avenue NE southbound from Emmett Street will be eliminated.
This graphic shows the proposed layout:
No. The Michigan Vehicle Code prohibits this type of behavior. Buses will continue to use this route, and drivers who follow buses along this route will see an increased delay.
Currently, buses run every 30 minutes from 5:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. weekdays, and every 30 minutes from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays.
Dharmesh Valsadia, PE
Cost and Scheduling Engineer
Michigan Department of Transportation
Carl Fedders, PE
City Engineer/Assistant Department of Public Works Director
City of Battle Creek
You also can email us at PublicInput@battlecreekmi.gov. Voice a Concern form
The prohibited use of train horns at quiet zones only applies to trains when approaching and entering crossings and does not include train horn use within passenger stations or rail yards. Train horns may be sounded in emergency situations or to comply with other railroad or Federal Railroad Administration rules even within a quiet zone. Quiet zone regulations also do not eliminate the use of locomotive bells at crossings.
Communities wishing to establish quiet zones must work through the appropriate public authority that is responsible for traffic control or law enforcement at the crossings.
By comparison, according to a chart from the FRA, a car driving 40 mph, 50 feet away, would be in the 60- to 70-decibel range and a blender would be in the 70- to 80-decibel range.
Elm Street to McCamly Street, CN line -- 25 freight, 8 Amtrak, 3 Norfolk SouthernMichigan Avenue, CN crossing -- 25 freight, 2 AmtrakKendall Street, CN crossing -- 25 freightKendall Street, Michigan line crossing -- 8 Amtrak, 3 NS
As an example:Taking the total number of trains from Elm to McCamly, 36, multiplied by the number of horn blasts required by the federal Train Horn Rule -- two long, one short, one long (four) -- there are currently 864 horn blasts per day in this section. There are six crossings from Elm to McCamly.
There are a variety of safety measure options entities can use to accomplish this and vary by crossing. In addition to the required two-quadrant gates, lights and bells, improvements could be four-quadrant gates, raised curbs in the median, channelization and wayside horns. Entities also can choose to close a public crossing, removing the requirement for a train to sound its horn on approach.
Plowing priorities are: 1) State trunklines and major streets; 2) Battle Creek Transit bus routes and around schools; 3) residential streets; 4) cul-de-sacs and alleys.
Route, schedule, and fare information is available on the Transit site. Route and Schedules
If you have an appointment scheduled for meter access, the service person will arrive within the two-hour appointment window given to you.
You always are welcome to call the Water Meter or Utility Billing Division if you have questions regarding an appointment.
There is the possibility that the old transmitter was not providing our system with a current read. If that is the case, the city has a process in place for reconciling the account. Should you see a water bill that seems out of line, please call Utility Billing at 269-966-3366 to review the steps to resolve an amount due. This situation is one of the reasons we are installing the new read system.