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  B.C. City Scene
BY REBECCA FLEURY Battle Creek City Manager
    that 2020 has presented multiple and ongoing challenges, and I want to take a moment to share and recognize these items.
We held a fun, all-virtual Fire Pre- vention Week in October, and I appre- ciate the Battle Creek Fire Department team for bringing that critical fire safety information to our community. They shared videos of what a firefighter looks
In October, the mayor and commis- sion recognized those commissioners who are moving to other endeavors. I also want to thank Susan Baldwin, Kate Flores, John Griffin, and Chris- topher Simmons for their service and wonderful contributions to the City Commission, and to our community. I
October 12 was the first
observed Indigenous Peoples
Day in the City of Battle
Creek. The City Commission unanimously designated this
day, in recognition of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of
the Potawatomi’s presence in
our community for hundreds
of years. The city consulted
with the NHBP to create the resolution in a meaningful
and respectful way, and I en-
courage you to start learning
more about the Tribe at their website, nhbpi.org.
hope you will join me in wel- coming our new commission- ers this month, and moving forward!
While much of our budget process is challenging during the pandemic, I send a huge kudos to our finance team.
We received notice that the city, once again, has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Finan- cial Reporting for our comprehensive
and sounds like in full gear; how to stop, drop, and roll; how to practice fire safety in the kitchen (this year’s theme); and even took the community on a tour of Station 6. The tour was their answer to our typical annual open house, and
it was Station 6’s turn to host. If you missed any of these videos, please check out the city’s YouTube channel
cause we couldn’t welcome you to an in-person City Fair this year, and still wanted to present to you our staff and services. Again, these will be on our YouTube channel. Look for the City 101 playlist. I hope you will check out the videos, and reach out to us with questions and feedback – publicinput@ battlecreekmi.gov.
In light of the “celebrations” theme this month, I would like to offer a roundup of positive news from the City of Battle Creek. I know
annual financial report (the CAFR),
for our fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. You can see this document at our website, battlecreekmi.gov. Navigate to the Finance Department, then Audited Financial Statements.
to view them, youtube.com/cityofbat- tlecreekmichigan. You will find a Fire Prevention Week 2020 playlist that you can enjoy with your family.
How about some positive news!
 This month you will begin seeing “City 101” videos from our different depart- ments and divisions. We created and produced these videos in place of in-person reports for our new commis- sioners, and as an informa- tional way to bring education to you – our neighbors – be-
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