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Violent Crime:3
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Property Crime:78
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Total population of residents2,906
White resident population recorded2,787
Black or African American resident population recorded16
American Indian and Alaska native resident population recorded8
Asian resident population recorded17
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander resident population recorded0
Hispanic or Latino of any race resident population recorded93
Resident population of some other race recorded17
Resident population of two or more races recorded61
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Portage council OKs rezoning that clears way for new retail center in front of Lowe's
The city of Portage has approved rezoning and conceptual plans for a new retail center in front of Lowe's developed by Roger Hinman. PORTAGE, MI — A multi-million-dollar commercial development in front of Lowe’s has the green light from Portage and is expected to begin construction soon.Portage city limits signs show the city's 50th anniversary motto: A Natural Place to Move.  Earth Fare, an organic foods store, is taking that slogan to heart when it comes to a new retail center at Kilgore Road and South Westnedge Avenue later this year.Tom Haroldson/Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette Rezoning and a conceptual plan for the project at Kilgore Road and South Westnedge Avenue were approved by the Portage City Council Tuesday for developer Roger Hinman, who built Lowe’s 13 years ago.First up for the new commercial retail center will be Earth Fare, an organic food store that is making Portage its first Michigan location. A site plan for the store has already been approved by the Portage Planning Commission and construction will begin this spring, officials said.Andy Wenzel, representing the Hinman Company, which is building the commercial center, said the company is excited about continuing development of that area which began with the Lowe’s project in 2001.“We’re creating 70 to 80 jobs and $3 million in development,” Wenzel told the council, referring to the Earth Fare organic store. “It’s a gateway project and the gateway to the city.”Future projects could include a retail store, bank and coffee house or drive-through restaurant. The market will dictate when those other buildings are built, Wenzel said.The council approved rezoning properties at 531 W, Kilgore, 605 W, Kilgore, 5024 S. Westnedge Ave. and 5036 S. Westnedge to commercial planned development. Not part of the project is the Speedway gas station at the corner of Kilgore and Westnedge and the Riviera Maya restaurant.The driveway at the restaurant, though, has proven to be a concern for some Planning Commission and City Council members. Left turns will be allowed at that driveway from Westnedge, which some feel could pose potential safety problems on that heavily traveled area near the intersection of Kilgore and Westnedge.Vicki Georgeau, Portage community development director, said the city staff will keep a close watch on that driveway and if congestion or safety issues are found changes could be made. Changes could include anything from signal modifications at Kilgore-Westnedge to extending the medium divider on Westnedge.The new retail center will also be accessible from the existing Lowe’s driveways, a new right-in, right-out drive off Kilgore and from the nearby Marketplace Drive off Westnedge.Councilwoman Patricia Randall asked if there was any consideration given to the new development’s impact on St. Monica school and church across the street and the nearby Hackett Catholic Central High School. Both foot and vehicular traffic from those two schools could conflict with traffic for the new development, she said.Georgeau and Wenzel said that they did consider that, with the development director indicating the peak traffic from the schools would be different hours than the retail center. Wenzel added that the company talked with both schools and they did not have issues with the new development.“I have kids going there (to the school) and I don’t want to see a traffic problem, either,” Wenzel said.He added that Hinman will be constructing a sidewalk along Kilgore to connect with sidewalks already in that area. The retail center will also have internal sidewalks and will be accessible for both people walking or riding bikes or driving.The project was approved subject to three conditions that included modifications involving building setbacks, minimum lot area and minimum parking spaces; continued monitoring of the Riviera Maya driveway on Westnedge; and the city of Kalamazoo’s OK of the Kilgore driveway, which Kalamazoo has already approved. Kalamazoo has jurisdiction over Kilgore Road while Portage controls Westnedge that is within the Portage city limits. Tom Haroldson covers Portage, Vicksburg and Schoolcraft for MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. Contact him at
Happening April 16 2014 - Source:

With no plea deal yet, former Vicksburg principal Greg Tibbetts still set to go on trial April 15
A settlement conference Friday failed to result in a resolution in the case of Greg Tibbetts, which means the former Vicksburg Middle School principal is set to go on trial April 15 on sex abuse and embezzlement charges. KALAMAZOO, MI -- A settlement conference Friday failed to result in a resolution in the case of Greg Tibbetts, which means the former Vicksburg Middle School principal is set to go on trial April 15 on sex abuse and embezzlement charges. Greg Tibbetts There will be another meeting April 14 between Tibbetts' attorney and the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office for a final attempt to reach a plea agreement, said Carrie Klein, Kalamazoo County chief assistant prosecutor. 'If there's a plea, it will be then,' she said. Tibbetts' attorney is using a defense of criminal insanity in the case. Tibbetts was arrested in fall 2012 on 13 counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegations involving a former student. He also is facing a felony charge of embezzling of $1,000 to $20,000 from the school district. The case involves an alleged relationship between Tibbetts, 43, and a teenage boy who is a former Vicksburg Middle School student.A police investigation found evidence that Tibbetts supplied alcohol and expensive gifts to the boy as part of a two-year relationship that turned sexual in nature, according to an eight-page report by a Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office investigator.The investigation report suggests the two had not yet embarked on a physical relationship, but Tibbetts was using a school-owned iPad and cellphone to exchange sexually explicit messages and images.Tibbetts resigned from his Vicksburg job in November 2012.
Happening March 31 2014 - Source:

Vicksburg motorcyclist hospitalized after running into back of pick-up truck
Police said the driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. BRADY TOWNSHIP, MI -- A 59-year-old Vicksburg man was hospitalized in stable condition after his motorcycle crashed into a pick-up truck Monday morning, police said.Kalamazoo Gazette FIle photoThe motorcyclist was northbound on Sprinkle Road near Red Brick Road around 8:20 a.m. when he struck the rear of a northbound Ford Ranger, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.“A Ranger pick-up truck driven by a 67-year-old male (from Vicksburg) signaled and slowed to turn into a driveway,” the release said. “A motorcycle driven by a 59-year-old male was following the turning vehicle and was unable to stop in time and struck the rear of the pick-up truck.”Police said the driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet and alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Pride Care ambulance and the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority.
Happening March 31 2014 - Source:

Developer of proposed Portage gas station withdraws project; will instead build retail strip center
The developer of a proposed gas station at the former Centre Street Market has withdrawn the project. PORTAGE, MI – The developer of a proposed gas station at the former Centre Street Market on East Centre Avenue has withdrawn the project after a swarm of opposition from area residents and concerns from city staff.The former Centre Street Market on East Centre Avenue is the proposed site of a new gas station, convenience store and small restaurant. In the background is the next-door Otis Montessori Academy.File photo Don Ziemke, of Great Lakes Convenience, who had proposed a five-pump gas station and convenience store at 710 and 732 E. Centre Ave., sent a letter to the Portage Department of Community Development indicating “I have decided to withdraw the pending request for a special exception use permit to operate a convenience store and gas station…” at the site.Instead, Ziemke said, “I have decided to develop the property with an 8,000 square foot retail strip center which will include a restaurant and a drive-through component.”He said he has started the planning stages for the new project’s site plans and will be filing the request with the city. That project will need the Portage Planning Commission site plan approval, though it will not require a special use permit because it is zoned for business.Ziemke did not provide details of his new project, and could not be reached for a comment.His request for a gas station and convenience store – a small restaurant with drive-through was pulled from the proposal weeks ago -- was set for a continued public hearing at the 7 p.m. Thursday Planning Commission meeting. That hearing had been adjourned three times at his request after city staff and residents raised concerns about a gas station at that 2.2-acre site. The concerns centered on safety, increased traffic and overall negative neighborhood impact issues including noise.The property is also next door to the Otis Montessori Academy child care and preschool, which also concerns residents and the school officials.Jamie Crankshaw, representing Otis Montessori, said that the school had tried to remain neutral on the gas station proposal, but like others was concerned about traffic and safety as if affected the children. She praised Ziemke for working with the school and said he had contacted them to let them know he was changing his plans, though he did not specify exactly what he was planning.“We’re glad Don is still going to be our neighbor and that he is choosing a different project for the property,” Crankshaw said Friday.Ziemke in his letter to the city March 11 thanked the Planning Commission “for its consideration of my (gas station) project” and asked the city staff to let the commission know at its Thursday meeting that he was withdrawing it.A community development department report said city staff had numerous problems with the gas station, including that it “is not consistent with the Future Land Use Map or specific Land Use/Development and Housing goals and objectives contained in the Comprehensive Plan…is also not consistent with the General Standards of Review for Special Land Uses… in regards to promotion of the public health, safety and welfare; compatibility with adjacent land uses; traffic generation and associated adverse impacts to adjacent properties and safety on East Centre Avenue. “The report further said that “It appears that various aspects of the gasoline station development will generate additional adverse external effects including noise that are likely to extend beyond the property line, which is not consistent with specific standards for a gas station Special Land Use.”Some Planning Commission members at the March 6 meeting also indicated they would not likely approve a special use permit for the gas station. “I can’t believe there is anything that would be presented to us that would qualify for a special land use permit for the sale of gas,” said commission member Allan Reiff. Tom Haroldson covers Portage, Vicksburg and Schoolcraft for MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. Contact him at  
Happening March 15 2014 - Source:

Vicksburg area garden group gets assurances they can use village land this year
The South County Community Network based in Vicksburg will be able to use village land for its two community gardens this year. VICKSBURG, MI – If winter ever ends and spring returns, members of the South County Community Network will be able to get their hands dirty again this year.The Heritage Garden at the Vicksburg Historic Village is one of two grown by the South County Community Network.Tom Haroldson/Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette Fearing the loss of two of their community gardens that produce a cornucopia of fresh vegetables and flowers, the South County gardeners learned Monday that their plots can thicken this growing season.Nancy Wolf, a member of the South County Community Network and co-manager of the Vicksburg Farmers Market, told the Vicksburg Village Council that there are rumors both the Leja House garden on VW Avenue and the Heritage Garden at the Vicksburg Historic Village might be lost to the 20-member group.“We have some concerns about the sale of properties and whether we can continue at the two locations,” Wolf said. “We would like some kind of confirmation from the council to go ahead and plant this year and that the property will be available to us this year.”The group got that confirmation. Ken Schippers, acting Vicksburg village manager, said there are no plans to sell the Leja House and that despite the construction of the new pavilion at the Historic Village nothing has changed with the garden there.“We have no plans of selling out the (Leja) house underneath you this year, but we do have concerns about the safety of the barn there and the people inside,” Schippers said, referring to the old barn at the Leja House that is in disrepair. “You’re good for another year.”The South County Community Network, in its third year, has successful grown produce in the two community gardens. The food for the most part is sold at the farmers market or donated to South County Community Services for those in need.Some proceeds from sales, Wolf said, have also been used to put in irrigation systems at both gardens.“We have quite a bit invested in these gardens,” Wolf said. “We just want some assurances we can go ahead and use them”In other action Monday, the Vicksburg Village Council learned that the low bidder for the V Avenue sewer main and lift station improvements was Balkema Excavating at just over $172,000 total. The council did not approve the bid but indicated it would in the coming weeks. No work can be done until the ground thaws. Some area residents have complained about sewer backups in that area, a problem the village crews have been able to fix by routing out a massive root ball. The sewer line, though, remains too small to serve hundreds of homes on the village’s north side.The council also gave permission for the South County Crop Walk April 27; the Bubs 73 Foundation benefit motorcycle run May 10; the 27th annual Vicksburg Hearty Hustle May 10; the Victorian Garden Club to use the new pavilion March 24; and the combined Taste of Vicksburg and Art Hop June 28.In addition, the council adopted a new audio postings policy in which the public will be notified in advance if public meetings are audio taped. The policy does not yet determine what will happen with the audio tapes, but Village Clerk Tracy Locey said she will be the person responsible for the postings, reviewing the tapes and determining if they will be posted on the village Web site or used for some other purpose. Tom Haroldson covers Portage, Vicksburg and Schoolcraft for MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. Contact him at
Happening March 04 2014 - Source:

Vicksburg water customers urged to keep water taps flowing despite drop in lines freezing
Vicksburg water customers are urged to keep taps flowing even though frozen water lines cases have dropped. VICKSBURG, MI – Vicksburg Acting Village Manager Ken Schippers has been knocking on wood a lot lately. Thanks to the cooperation of the village residents and some luck, the steady stream of frozen water pipes has stopped – for now.Vicksburg officials urge water customers to keep taps flowing to prevent water lines from freezing up.File photo Like the communities of Kalamazoo and Portage, Schippers and Vicksburg officials have been asking water customers to run a small stream of water to prevent their pipes from freezing. The overly harsh and brutal winter this year has caused hundreds of frozen water lines in the area, which creates costly and difficult work to thaw them out.Schippers, who also doubles as the village director of the Department of Public Works, said Monday “We have not had any lines freeze up for a week, and we appreciate that. We ask that our water customers keep running their water.”The village hasn’t been without weather related problems, though. One water meter froze up and on Park Street DPW crews had a particularly nasty job when a sewer line froze solid and had to be thawed and unclogged.“That was no fun,” Schippers said.For now, he said, the water lines appear to be running for its hundreds of customers, “knock on wood.” He encouraged customers to keep the small truckle of water flowing.He and members of the Vicksburg Village Council have said the village likely will consider some type of discount or compensation on water bills for customers forced to keep their taps flowing. Details on that are pending. Tom Haroldson covers Portage, Vicksburg and Schoolcraft for MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. Contact him at
Happening March 04 2014 - Source:

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