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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Street & lane closures in Downtown Jackson start June 1 for railroad bridge replacement project

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A long-waited construction project to replace two aging railroad bridges in Downtown Jackson will begin on Monday, June 1. In order to replace the railroad bridges that go over N. Jackson and N. Mechanic streets, Consumers Energy must first upgrade electr...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Deadline extended for property owners to register housing rentals

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The City of Jackson is extending the deadline for property owners to register their housing rentals. At their meeting on Tuesday, May 26, the Jackson City Council approved an extension of the Non-Owner Occupied Residential Property (NOORP) deadline from J...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Jackson City Council appoints new member to fill vacant Fifth Ward City Council seat

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The Jackson City Council has selected a new council representative for the City’s Fifth Ward. At a special meeting on Wednesday, May 27, the council voted four to two to appoint Karen Bunnell to the vacant seat. Bunnell will fill out the rest of...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

City creates new public park on S. MLK Drive named "Workers Memorial Park"

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A new public park has been created in the City of Jackson. At their Tuesday, May 26 meeting, the Jackson City Council voted to create a new park in a neighborhood south of Downtown Jackson. 

The new park, which is located on S. Martin Luther King ...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Jackson City Council May 26, 2020 Meeting

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The Jackson City Council held a virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 

Here are some highlights of what was approved: 

  • The 2020-2021 City Budget was approved by the City Council. With losses from tax revenue expected over the next year...
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Posted on: May 22, 2020

All recreation programs cancelled and Nixon Park pool closed for summer 2020 season

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The City of Jackson is announcing the cancellation of all recreation programs and closure of its Nixon Park recreation facility for the summer 2020 season. This difficult decision was made because of COVID-19 public health concerns and budgetary restricti...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Memorial Day message from Mayor Derek Dobies

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While we are recognizing Memorial Day differently this year, the message is still the same. Thank you to the brave men and women who have died serving our country. Mayor Derek Dobies honors Memorial Day with this video message, and shares a way residents ...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

City proposes using federal funds to prevent foreclosures, evictions and water shutoffs

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With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the Jackson community, City of Jackson leaders are taking steps to help residents stay safe in their homes. City leaders are announcing a proposal that calls for using $385,000 in federal funds to administ...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Louis Glick Highway closing to traffic on Monday, May 18

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A major road through Downtown Jackson will close for construction starting Monday, May 18. Louis Glick Highway is closing to both directions of traffic so a sewer service can be installed for the new Comerica Bank building that’s under construct...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Public Hearing planned for directing federal funds to COVID-19 response

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The City of Jackson continues to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A public hearing is planned for Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. during the Jackson City Council meeting. The hearing is needed for a proposed substantial amendment to the 2019-...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

Special COVID-19 newsletter available online

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A special COVID-19 edition of the City of Jackson newsletter has been produced to inform residents of the City’s response to COVID-19. Due to mailing delays with the U.S. Postal Service, the newsletter’s delivery to residents has been ...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Jackson City Council May 12, 2020 Meeting

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The Jackson City Council held its fifth virtual meeting of the COVID-19 pandemic on May 12, 2020. Here are some highlights of what was decided. 

  • A special tax assessment proposal for property owners on W. Franklin Street to replace the water main ...
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Posted on: May 12, 2020

View the proposed 2020-21 City Budget

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The proposed City of Jackson 2020-21 City Budget is posted online and ready to view. 

It’s posted in the Finance Department section of the City website. 

A PDF version of the proposed budget is also ready to view. 

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Jackson County law enforcement agencies record video memorial to honor fallen officers

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Jackson County law enforcement comes together every May for a memorial service that honors local officers who have died in the line of duty. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s public memorial planned for Wednesday, May 6 was cance...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

COVID-19 response efforts making impact in Jackson

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to affect the community, Jackson is rising to the challenge and stepping up to help those in need. This important work of responding to basic needs is taking place through the leadership of the Jackson COVID-...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Virtual board and commission meetings continue

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In-person meetings of the City of Jackson’s boards and commission have been suspended for nearly two months. 

Some boards and commissions are starting to continue their work by conducting virtual meetings online. 

Three virtual m...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Mayor's 2020 Book of the Year Announcement

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The City of Jackson and Jackson District Library are joining forces for the annual Mayor’s Book of the Year. For his 2020 book, Mayor Derek Dobies has selected “What the Eyes Don’t See” by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Wi...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Jackson City Council April 28, 2020 meeting

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The Jackson City Council held their fourth virtual meeting of the COVID-19 pandemic on April 28, 2020. 

Here are highlights from the meeting: 

-The council approved Hearings of Necessity for five infrastructure improvement projects. The sp...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Ella Sharp Park Golf Course reopening Monday, April 27

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Due to changes made to the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order, the City of Jackson has decided to re-open the Ella Sharp Park Golf Course to golfers on Monday, April 27.

No golf carts will be available to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so go...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

COVID-19 testing site opening at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

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The Center for Family Health is partnering with the City of Jackson to open its second COVID-19 testing site at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Monday, April 27.

CFH opened its first testing site two weeks ago at 505 N. Jackson Street as part of a sta...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Jackson 2020 Census "Be Counted" Digital Town Hall

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Watch a recording of the Jackson 2020 Census "Be Counted" Digital Town Hall. 

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

View plans for improving parks and trails in Jackson

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The Region 2 Planning Commission has been working with the City of Jackson, Jackson County, and community stakeholders to develop the Jackson City + County Non-Motorized plan. 

The plan is the result of a year’s work and reflects the inp...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

April 22 is Administrative Professionals Day in the City of Jackson

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Administrative professionals help their organizations function smoothly. 

Mayor Derek Dobies has signed a proclamation declaring April 22, 2020 as Administrative Professionals Day in the City of Jackson to honor Sharon Hasen, who’s retir...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Mayors of Jackson & Lansing join forces for "Stay Home, Stay Safe" PSA

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacts lives across mid-Michigan, two mayors are teaming up for a united message to keep people safe. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies have recorded a joint public service announcement (PSA) t...

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Posted on: April 19, 2020

Jackson area public safety honors hospital workers with first responder parade

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Hospitals across the country have been ground zero in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19). In Jackson, that fight is taking place at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, where frontline workers are there around the clock to care for those battling COVID-19....

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Spring Hydrant Flushing Program taking place April 13 to April 28

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The City of Jackson Department of Public Works (DPW) is continuing its annual Spring Hydrant Flushing Program. The flushing activity will start on Monday, April 13 in the southwest section of the city, and is set to conclude on Tuesday, April 28 in the no...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Jackson City Council April 14, 2020 meeting

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The Jackson City Council held its third virtual meeting during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are a few highlights from their meeting on Tuesday, April 14.

-The council formally accepted the resignation of Fifth Ward Councilmember Kelsey Heck. The City Charter ...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Jackson Law Enforcement Memorial event canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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An annual event that honors police officers from Jackson County killed in the line of duty has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The Jackson Police Department’s Law Enforcement Memorial was set to take place at Horace Blackman Park in down...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

City leaders react to extension of "Stay Home" order, urge residents to follow order

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The City of Jackson is reacting to the extension of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Executive Order on Thursday, April 9. Gov. Whitmer announced the order will continue until Thursday, April 30. Over the next t...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Rental housing inspections suspended in City of Jackson

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Rental housing inspections in the City of Jackson have been suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

On Friday, April 3, the City of Jackson Neighborhood and Economic Operations Department announced this change to their operations.  

Due to t...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

City of Jackson receiving $700,000 from federal government for COVID-19 response

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The City of Jackson’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic just got a big boost from the federal government. $756,020 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) is on its way to help fund Jackson’s emergency response.

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Jackson unites to meet community needs during COVID-19 pandemic

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The Jackson community is coming together to respond to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).   Following the Local State of Emergency declaration from Mayor Derek Dobies on March 17, a section of Jackson County’s emergency response was...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

View the 2019 City of Jackson Annual Report

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The 2019 City of Jackson Annual Report has been accepted and placed on file by the Jackson City Council. 

The Annual Report documents the functions and accomplishments of City government over the previous year. 

The 2019 Annual Report is a...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Be Counted in the 2020 U.S. Census!

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The City if Jackson is inviting its residents to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the important work of the 2020 U.S. Census continues. Thankfully, this is something you and your family can do from the safety of your hom...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Jackson City Council March 31, 2020 Meeting

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The Jackson City Council held their second digital meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, March 31. Mayor Derek Dobies was the only official in the Council Chambers. Other officials and councilmembers joined by phone or video. Here are a few ite...
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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Regularly scheduled City Council meetings continue amid COVID-19 emergency

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The Jackson City Council is continuing its regular meeting schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic using an altered format. 

The next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.  Only the Mayor and a small number of employ...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

City of Jackson and Summit Township firefighters join forces to fight Coronavirus

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Local firefighters are now fighting a different common enemy: Coronavirus. On March 25, the Summit/Jackson Professional Firefighters Union entered into a special operating agreement with the City of Jackson to respond to the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-1...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

City responds to Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order

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The City of Jackson continues to respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impacts on the community. Following Gov. Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order on Monday, March 23, City leaders have been taking leadership and making decisions...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

City Council votes to extend Local State of Emergency

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The Jackson City Council held a special meeting on Monday, March 23. Mayor Derek Dobies was the only councilmember physically in the Council Chambers. He presided over the meeting, which occurred with all other councilmembers and officials joining by phon...
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Posted on: March 23, 2020

All playgrounds closed in City of Jackson due to combat spread of Coronavirus

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The City of Jackson’s Parks and Recreation Department is closing all of its 16 playgrounds in the City of Jackson until further notice. This decision was made Monday, March 23 to help limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

City of Jackson launches Coronavirus section of City website

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With a flurry of information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) going around the community, it’s important for City government to connect residents to accurate information. On March 19, the City of Jackson launched a special Coronavirus section of cit...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Hand washing and sanitizing stations placed all over Jackson

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The City of Jackson has placed 10 hand washing and hand sanitizing stations in various locations across the community. This effort is to stop the spread of coronavirus and provide hand washing opportunities to everyone in the community. 

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Mayor Derek Dobies declares Local State of Emergency due to coronavirus

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Mayor Derek Dobies has declared a Local State of Emergency in the City of Jackson due to threats to public health caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Under this state of emergency, the City will make choices to protect the health of all residents...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

City Council meeting cancelled, City Hall & Police Dept. closed to public due to coronavirus crisis

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CITY HALL CLOSURE 

The City of Jackson is announcing further steps to stop the potential spread of coronavirus in the Jackson area. The following steps have been decided by City leaders:

  • The Jackson City Council meeting planned for Tuesday, March 1...
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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City of Jackson taking action to stop spread of coronavirus

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The City of Jackson is responding to the serious threat of COVID-19 coronavirus and how it could impact the community. City leaders have been coming together to plan emergency response plans and precautionary measures. To stop the spread of the illness, C...

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

Loose leaf collection update

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UPDATE: 

Crews from the Department of Public Works have completed leaf collection in Sections 1 through 10. Another full scale leaf collection in the City of Jackson is planned for spring 2020. No official start date has been selected. The City wi...

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Posted on: February 28, 2020

Watch the 2020 State of the City Address

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The 2020 State of the City Address was held Feb. 26, 2020 at the Michigan Theatre of Jackson. A full recording of the event is available to watch if you missed the event. 

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Posted on: February 25, 2020

MLK Center closing for construction Saturday, Feb. 29

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A long-awaited project that will invest nearly two million dollars into a Jackson neighborhood is about to get started. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will close to the public on Saturday, Feb. 29 so staff can prepare the facility for a full ...

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Posted on: February 25, 2020

Jackson City Council Feb. 25, 2020 meeting

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Here are some highlights from the Feb. 25, 2020 meeting of the Jackson City Council:

-The council voted unanimously to appoint Jonathan Greene as the Interim City Manager. He was previously made Acting City Manager by outgoing manager Patrick Burtch. The c...

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Posted on: February 12, 2020

What you should know about lead service line replacements in Jackson

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The City of Jackson has put together a presentation with the latest information about the efforts to replace lead service lines in Jackson.  Please go through the slides on this page to learn the latest information available. This slideshow is al...

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Posted on: February 7, 2020

New sculptures installed in Ella Sharp Park roundabout

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A family of giant steel sandhill cranes have found a new home in the Ella Sharp Park roundabout. The sculptures, which are a work of local artist Rusty Rochefort, were installed in the center of the roundabout the morning of Friday, Feb. 7.

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Jackson City Council Feb. 11, 2020 meeting

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Here are some highlights from the Feb. 11, 2020 meeting of the Jackson City Council:

-Increased water rates to pay for lead service line replacements dominated the meeting. A presentation was given during the meeting by the City Manager about the latest co...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

City of Jackson refutes claims made by corporate group about water rates

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The City of Jackson takes issue with claims about proposed water rate increases that are being propagated by a group of corporations lead by Consumers Energy. It’s a group that was recently formed after Consumers filed a lawsuit against the City...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

City of Jackson warns of email scam

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The City of Jackson is warning residents and contractors about an email scam. A contractor that works with the City recently reported an email they received from someone claiming to be from the “City of Jackson Business License Management Divisi...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

City of Jackson celebrating Black History Month by recognizing important places

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February is Black History Month! The City of Jackson is recognizing this annual celebration by sharing the history of places important to the African American experience in Jackson.

In 2019, the City honored the month by sharing stories of local African Am...

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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Jackson City Council Jan. 28, 2020 meeting

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Renovations for the MLK Center, a new medical marijuana business, and water rates. Here are some highlights from the Jackson City Council meeting on Jan. 28, 2020:    
-A construction contract was awarded for a $1.9 million renov...
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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Preparing for wicked winter weather: How to help DPW crews keep roads safe this winter season

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When harsh snow and ice strike, crews from the City of Jackson Department of Public Works (DPW) are out in salt and plow trucks helping to make sure streets are safe to use. 

Bob Stolarz is a DPW worker who’s been battling winter weather...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

Message from the Mayor: Residents needed to make an impact on City boards and commissions

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Happy New Year to everyone in the City of Jackson! 

With 2020 here, many of us are making plans for the year ahead and looking for ways to make an impact in the community. 

Now that a new city council is seated, I look forward to working w...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

New Softball League Coordinator comes to City

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Welcome to the City of Jackson! 

James Wagner is the Parks & Recreation Department’s new Softball League Coordinator.

He’s been playing softball in the community for the past 30 years. 

James says he’s loo...

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Posted on: January 15, 2020

Making houses into homes: Jackson non-profit helps those in need with free furniture and home goods

Patrica Gougeon stands on her front porch with stacks of home goods behind her.

Stacks of dishes, appliances, home decor, and towels have taken over the front of Patricia Gougeon’s house on Jackson’s east side. 

All of these items are ready to go at a moment’s notice for anyone in need. ...

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Posted on: January 14, 2020

From food cart to new restaurant: Pryor's BBQ House opens on City's south side

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After working out of a food cart for the last 30 years, Larry Pryor says he’s excited to have more elbow room in his new restaurant.

“This feels really good to have a legitimate kitchen and to move around freely,” Pryor said.

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Posted on: January 14, 2020

Jackson City Council Jan. 14, 2020 meeting

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Here are some highlights from the Jackson City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14:

-The council unanimously approved a resolution that supports proposed state legislation that creates a process for expunging misdemeanors and select felonies from criminal...

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Posted on: January 13, 2020

Winter 2020 City of Jackson Newsletter now available!

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The Winter 2020 edition of the City of Jackson Newsletter is now available! 

For our new edition, the City is bringing residents a wide range of stories, including the latest on a new restaurant on Jackson’s south side and a non-profit m...

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

New fire pit warming up Downtown Jackson

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A new fire pit is warming up visitors and creating a cozy atmosphere in Downtown Jackson. The City of Jackson recently completed its installation of fire pit in Bucky Harris Park, which is located in the heart of downtown at the corner of W. Michigan Aven...

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

New Senior Citizen Activity & Aquatics Coordinator comes to City

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Alexa Markham is now on the job as the Parks and Recreation Department's new Senior Citizen Activity Coordinator and Nixon Pool Supervisor. 

She comes to the City of Jackson from the Jackson YMCA where she was Aquatic Director. 

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Posted on: December 19, 2019

Jackson firefighters donate winter coats to local kids in need

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Firefighters from the City of Jackson and Summit Township went on a special call to Frost/Cascades Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 19 to deliver a warm surprise. Just in time for freezing cold temperatures, the firefighters gave out winter coats to 11...

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Posted on: December 17, 2019

Jackson City Council Dec. 17, 2019 Meeting

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Here’s what happened at the Jackson City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019.

This was the last council meeting of 2019, and it was a short one, lasting around 30 minutes.

A topic of discussion was a proposal to change the special asse...

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Posted on: November 27, 2019

New City Attorney hired for City of Jackson

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There will soon be a new City Attorney on the job at Jackson City Hall. At their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Jackson City Council approved a contract for Matthew Hagerty to serve as the new City Attorney. Hagerty was the council’s top choic...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

City of Jackson welcomes new Executive Director of Jackson Downtown Development Authority

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The City of Jackson is welcoming a new leader to Downtown Jackson! Cory Mays recently came on board as the Executive Director of the Jackson Downtown Development Authority.

Mays, a long-time Jackson resident, comes to the DDA after working in education and...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

City of Jackson launches redesigned website and new resident communication system!

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The City of Jackson is unveiling its redesigned website and new resident communication system! The redesign brings a fresh and modern look to the City’s website, cityofjackson.org. The City, which hasn’t undergone a large-scale website...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Neighborhood watch group working to improve Jackson community

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It started in 2008 with six neighbors with a drive to make a difference in their community. 

“We just wanted to have our neighborhood safer and build better relationships with the police department,” said Carie Meadows, founder of the B2 Watchers ...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Investing in Jackson: Where's the money going?

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The skyline of Downtown Jackson is undergoing massive changes as several new developments and building renovations take shape. 

While some worry this means all of the City’s resources are going to the downtown area, new data from the City of Jacks...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Group turning vacant Jackson lots into gardens for youth programs

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They were once just empty lots on the city’s south side where houses used to stand.

While some may have seen urban emptiness, Diane Washington saw opportunity.

“We’ve had so many people stop by and tell us that it really looks nice and they appreciate us be...

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

City of Jackson receives financial reporting award

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The City of Jackson has received the Government Finance Officers Association award for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Reporting or CAFR, for fiscal year ending in 2018.  The GFOA represents federal, state/provincial and local finance official...

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