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  B.C. City Scene
BY REBECCA FLEURY Battle Creek City Manager
     Related to that, please remember that, while we provided your first recycling cart from Republic at no cost (light-blue lid), you must pay a rental fee each year to get Republic trash cart (black lid) and/or yard waste cart (brown lid).
We have a draft updated plan out for public review, and there is still
time to submit your comments about it. Paper copies are available at Full Blast Recreation Center, 35 Hamblin; the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, 10 N. Division St.; and Willard Library, 7 W. Van Buren St. You can find it online at in the City Spotlights section, or at
Our skilled map creators in GIS within the city’s IT Department – that’s Geographic Information Systems – have developed a great, one-stop map that will give you a lot of important infor- mation about where you live in the city.
Those fees are $39 per year for the first cart, and $30 per year for each ad- ditional cart. The bill for cart rental will come to you separately from Republic – not the city – and they bill on a yearly cycle of April 1 to March 31, with your first bill prorated.
Find it easily in the City Spotlights section of the homepage at battlecreek- Or visit GIS under Departments from the Your Government tab. You’ll click the BC Boundary Map, the first one in the list of online maps we have available to you.
To rent carts from Republic, or if you have any questions, please call them locally at (269) 216-8008.
There’s a lot of information in there about the community, the parks and recreation locations and opportunities in the community, and much more. To skip right to the goals and strategies for recreation in Battle Creek, check out Section five, which starts on page 69 in the document. At the end of the document, you can see the community survey results, and comments from neighbors who attended Neighborhood Planning Council meetings where Rec- reation staff talked about the plan and process.
Type your address into the search
bar at the top of the map, and you will get back property information, your city commissioner, Neighborhood Planning Council, voting precinct, garbage day and recycling rotation, and more. Along with that information, there are links to more information about all of those items.
The city’s Recreation Department continues work on their new master plan, an updated guide for providing great recreation services to our com- munity from 2024 to 2028. We appre- ciate your participation in the process so far, and thank those neighbors who completed the survey about recreation facilities and services.
We hope this is a helpful map for you to check on these important boundaries that identify your location in the city!
I want to re- minder everyone about curbside yard waste pickup inside city limits, which continues through Dec. 8
on your regular garbage day.
You can share feedback on the plan draft to Recreation Director Duska Brumm at dabrumm@battlecreekmi. gov,, by phone at (269) 966-3545, or written/ in person to Full Blast. Please share your feedback by Nov. 26.
Happy autumn, city neighbors!
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