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downtown train crossings

Plan to help us get around blocked railroad crossings

The City of Kalamazoo plans to install flashing lights and detour signs to help motorists escape gridlock when a freight train blocks car traffic downtown, according  to a city manager working on the project.

The city's solution to the problem is to install several signs that will begin flashing when a train is passing through the downtown crossings. About 35 static detour signs will show drivers how to get around the train, according to a plan provided by Department of Public Works Assistant City Engineer Anthony Ladd. 

Sign installation is expected to begin this year with the system being operational by spring.  The system ties into the same equipment that is used to engage the crossing signals now.

The project is being funded by the Foundation For Excellence.. 

(Information from Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Why a neighborhood association?

Neighborhood Safety

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We are working  to develop a better Neighborhood Safety Program. 

It needs YOU!

Please contact us to get you in the loop.

wnakzoo@aol.com


We would also like to know if you have any experience with Ring Doorbells?

wnakzoo@aol.com


Our Purpose & Mission

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The  Purpose of the Association is to: enhance public safety, encourage sustainable commercial growth, preserve property values, and establish a cooperative relationship with elected officials for all residents of the Westwood community.

 Mission: The mission of the Westwood Neighborhood Association is to further the common and general welfare of the Westwood neighborhood through empowerment of its residents. 

WNA By-Law Change

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 At the October 16th meeting, following a public hearing, two changes to the by-laws were approved.

The first one removed the limit of one year terms the President may serve. 

The second changed the term of officers from one year terms to two year terms.

Another proposal was presented saying that a Board Member needs to notify the Board if they intend to join, volunteer, run for position of any board, committee or any office in the Township, City or County.

It was suggested that having Westwood represented in any matter could be beneficial, just the Board needs to be aware and determine if there is a conflict. 

If you have a comment about this, please e-mail. 

wnakzoo@aol.com


your association wants to hear from you!

Tell Us Your Special Skills

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Westwood is a great place to live, work and worship. We are a great community with neighbors who care about each other.

The neighborhood association would like to know what skills and interests each of you have so that we can connect you with events and no - obligation service opportunities as they come along.

Please fill out the following form to let us know more about you!  

(Click Here)


Do You See Needs?

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Not all the residents of Westwood are 100% self-sufficient. Some have un-met needs - maybe as simple as a ride to a doctor appointment of to pick-up groceries or prescriptions. There are agencies to help or maybe a neighbor might want to assist? 

Look around your neighborhood.

Help Knowing The Rules

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Some neighbors are not aware that burning leaves, trash or garbage is against the law in Westwood. The city and township have similar ordinances against open burning and trash barrel burning.

Do you still have neighbors breaking the law? If you can furnish some information, we can see that they receive notice of the ordinance, without involving the governing agencies - unless it continues. 

Tell Your Neighbors

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 Tell your neighbors about Westwood Neighborhood Association! They might be interested in the neighborhood, too!   

Imagine Kalamazoo 2025

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Kalamazoo has a project in which we are participating, called: IMAGINE KALAMAZOO 2025. 

We want to have YOU think about and communicate to us what you would like Westwood to look like in 2025! 

We welcome your comments at any time and plan some public events where people can express their insight. It's all about what you want to see!

Call or e-mail today! wnakzoo@aol.com

Report Defective Street Lights

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You can easily report defective or not working street lights. We have a link to the reporting site where you can report the exact location:

(Click Here)

updates

Weather-Alert Radio

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Kalamazoo Township has elected not to spend over $250,000 to repair/upgrade the weather emergency sirens in the neighborhoods - which many people say they couldn't hear with their house windows closed.

As an alternate, there are many weather-alert services available for your smart phone PLUS the Township is offering these Weather Alert Radios for $25.(Their cost)


The Midland WR120 weather alert radio is a special radio which provides weather alerts and gives advanced warning. It uses S.A.M.E. digital technology which enables the user to get an excellent reception. It has 7 channels which help you to get the weather reports quickly. Not only can you receive local weather reports, but reports for neighboring counties. The NOAA weather radio enables you to program up to 25 counties with ease. 


The WR120 is trilingual and can store up to 10 weather alerts and hazards at a time. The user can also get 3 selectable warning systems and comes along with AC power adapter, and in case of blackouts you can use three AA batteries (not-included) for emergency power backup. Apart from giving out weather alerts the weather alert radio can also be used as an alarm clock and displays date and time on its screen. 


WR120 Features: Weather Alert Radio, Public-Alert Certified Monitor -Receives 7 NOAA Channels, SAME Localized Reception, 25-County Memory System, 90dB Siren, Voice Alert & Flashing LED Warning Systems, Built-In Clock w/ Alarm & Snooze, Trilingual -English, Spanish & French, Continuous Backlighting Option -Keeps The LCD On Color Coded Alert Indicators and Public Alert Certified. 

Available at the Township Offices 1720 Riverview Drive.


Contact Us

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Better yet, see us in person!

We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Westwood Fire Station 1310 Nichols Road 7:00 PM

You can Help Support Our Work & Mission

If you would like to donate to help us achieve our purpose and follow our mission, you may do that here. The funds go directly into the Westwood Neighborhood Association account. 

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