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  B.C. City Scene
BY REBECCA FLEURY Battle Creek City Manager
     First, to help address an increase in posi-
Second, at the beginning of February, we temporarily closed our 80-year-old Fire Station 4, on 20th Street. We have moved those crews to Stations 1 (East Michigan) and 6 (Capital SW), and have medical response coverage of the Station 4 area by Stations 2 (Washing- ton Avenue) and 6.
tive COVID-19 cases on our own team, we have as many teammates as possible working remotely, or rotating into the building offices, until March 1. Our buildings are open, and our team is ready to serve you!
ceive this way, and you told us – emer- gency alerts, city news, and COVID-19 updates. To get this information texted to you:
However, I ask for your patience with any service delays these precau- tionary measures cause. We are doing everything we can to keep our team healthy, so we can continue providing our daily city services.
• Text BCALERTS to 844-673-7474 – severe weather, full-city boil water advisories or crime emergencies
There are a couple main differ- ences that you will see. Our Code Compliance, Inspections, and Plan- ning customer service is all online and by phone right now. You can start at (269) 966-3311, or the list of ways to get your business done is in the news section on our home page, at battlecreekmi.gov.
• Text BCCOVID19 to 844-673-7474 – countywide pandemic response updates, new local pandemic info
The other is that the Police Depart- ment building will be closed to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays during this time, and we will not offer finger- printing services again until March 1.
Third, we have a new commu- nication tool, especially helpful for neighbors who use their phones to get
For more information on what you read here, or with any questions or concerns, you can always reach the city team at (269) 966-3311 or by email at publicinput@battlecreekmi.gov. Visit us online at battlecreekmi.gov.
I have a lot to share
information, and do not have home computers. It’s called Textedly, and it allows you to opt into receiving city information by SMS/text.
from the city this month, so let’s jump right in!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our poll about this tool last fall. We asked which information you would like to re-
City News and Station 4
Station 4’s flat roofs have taken sig- nificant damage over the years from rain and snow, causing water leaking into the building, standing water, and mois- ture in the building. This has reached a critical point, and we need to repair or rebuild, for our crews’ safety.
• Text BCNEWS to 844-673-7474 – building closures, events, elections, general city service info
We don’t know yet when the station will reopen. We have engineers and architects assessing the building, and they will give us options to renovate and rebuild this station. We are confi- dent that our Fire team can manage this change, and provide the top service our community is used to.
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