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Posted on: December 3, 2020

Jackson firefighters train to keep rescue skills sharp

Fire training in Dec. 2020

When they're not putting out fires or responding to emergency calls, firefighters spend lots of time training to keep their skills sharp. 

City of Jackson and Summit Township firefighters trained together in early Dec. to make sure they&a...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 13, 2020

UPDATE: Leaf collection underway in Jackson

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The City of Jackson Department of Public Works (DPW) started the Fall 2020 Loose Leaf Collection Program on Monday, Nov. 2. The DPW is planning two rounds of leaf collection in every section of the City from Monday, Nov. 2 through Thursday, Dec. 10. &...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Jackson City Council Nov. 24, 2020 meeting

11-24-20 City Council meeting

Here are highlights of what happened at the Nov. 24, 2020 virtual meeting of the Jackson City Council: 

-The City of Jackson is getting its first marijuana business. The City Council approved a marijuana license for Attitude Wellness at 1512 N. We...

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City News Stories
Posted on: November 23, 2020

1 million pounds of food distributed in community COVID-19 response

United Way food distribution

JOINT NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF JACKSON AND THE UNITED WAY OF JACKSON COUNTY: 

Despite the lingering pandemic, an army of local community volunteers, government leaders, businesses, nonprofits and others have distributed an estimated 1,032,300...

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City News Stories
Posted on: November 23, 2020

New roundabout opens at MLK Drive and Morrell Street

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Traffic is moving again through the intersection of MLK Drive and Morrell Street following the completion of a massive construction project! 

There's now a new roundabout at the intersection, which includes increased pedestrian access and...

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City News Stories
Posted on: November 13, 2020

See inside the new Dept. of Public Works Operations Center

Interior of new DPW operations center

Department of Public Works (DPW) crews have a new place to launch from when they go out to maintain Jackson's streets and infrastructure! 

The new DPW Operations Center was completed earlier this fall on Water Street. 

This video ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Jackson City Council Meeting Nov. 10, 2020

11-10-20 City Council meeting

Here are highlights from the Nov. 10, 2020 virtual meeting of the Jackson City Council: 

 

-Two street construction projects are taking a step forward following City Council approval. The council voted to advance special assessments for th...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 30, 2020

New historical marker honors Jackson's anti-slavery history

Anti-slavery historical marker in Bucky Harris Park

Jackson’s anti-slavery history is being honored with a new State of Michigan Historical Marker. The marker, titled “Abolitionists in Jackson”, was unveiled during an outdoor event Friday morning in Bucky Harris Park.

Bucky Ha...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 28, 2020

Jackson City Council officially creates MLK Corridor Improvement Authority

MLK Drive in Jackson

A Jackson neighborhood is set to see big improvements in the coming years. At its Oct. 27 meeting, the Jackson City Council voted unanimously to officially create the MLK Corridor Improvement Authority. 

The main goal of the corridor improvement a...

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City News Stories
Posted on: November 4, 2020

Two City Charter amendments approved by Jackson voters in Nov. election

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Two changes are being made to the Jackson City Charter after voters overwhelmingly approved two amendments in the Nov. 3 General Election. Here are breakdowns of the two Charter amendments and what they mean for Jackson. 

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Jackson City Council Oct. 27, 2020 Meeting

Jackson City Council 10-27-20 meeting

The Jackson City Council returned to a virtual format for it Oct. 27 meeting. Here are highlights of what happened at the meeting: 

 

-The City Council voted unanimously to officially create the MLK Corridor Improvement Authority. The auth...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Human Relations Commission releases election civility statement

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The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission (HRC) is calling on the Jackson community to show civility during the Nov. 3 General Election. A statement on election civility was confirmed at the commission’s meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21. This ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Completion of MLK Center renovation project celebrated with ribbon cutting event

MLK Center ribbon cutting

The Jackson community celebrated the completion of a $1.9 million renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center with an outdoor ribbon cutting Friday morning. The ribbon cutting event, which was attended by local officials and community membe...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 21, 2020

City of Jackson receives award for financial reporting

City Hall Oct. 2020

The City of Jackson is getting international recognition for its transparency in financial reporting. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 20, 2020

New program helps police department identify missing people with communication difficulties

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Realizing a loved one is missing and unable to communicate can be a scary experience for families. A new program launched by the Jackson Police Department will give caregivers peace of mind that their loved one can be quickly identified and safely brought...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 14, 2020

City receives State grant to provide lighting on MLK Equality Trail

Bikers and runners on the MMLK Equality Trail

Local walkers, runners and bikers are about to be illuminated by new lighting coming to the City of Jackson’s main pedestrian trail. At their Tuesday, Oct. 13 meeting, the Jackson City Council accepted a grant from the Michigan Department of Nat...

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 11, 2020

How to vote using an absentee ballot in the City of Jackson

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The City of Jackson has seen a large increase in residents voting by absentee ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Voters who applied for an absentee ballot in the August Primary Election and indicated they’d like to receive an absentee ballot fo...

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City News Stories
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Jackson City Council Meeting Oct. 13, 2020

City Council meeting in MLK Center pavilion.

The Jackson City Council had an unusual venue for its Tuesday, Oct. 13 meeting. The meeting was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center pavilion.  Due to the ending of Executive Orders on virtual meetings and COVID-19 concerns, the me...

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 30, 2020

City expands assistance for residents with unpaid water bills

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With 1,702 residential water customers behind on paying water bills, the City of Jackson is expanding a program that helps residents with unpaid water bills. The Jackson City Council recently voted to allocate an additional $121,000 in federal COVID-19 re...

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Learn about proposed plans for new Loomis Park playground

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A virtual meeting was held Tuesday, Sept. 29 to discuss proposed improvements to the Loomis Park playground. This page has a recording of the meeting livestream that contains information about the playground design.  

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Local high school students may now apply to serve on the first-ever Jackson Youth Council

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High school students who would like to make a difference in their local government are invited to serve on the newly-created Jackson Youth Council. The City of Jackson is now taking applications for positions on the Youth Council. 

The 10 member c...

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Be counted! Respond to the U.S. Census

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The City of Jackson is reminding residents to be counted in the 2020 Census. 

If you haven’t completed the Census yet, you should know the deadline is Saturday, Oct. 31. Thankfully, this is something you and your family can do from the s...

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Improvements planned for Loomis Park & Boos Community Center

Proposed new playground at Loomis Park

A popular park and busy community center in an east side neighborhood are about to see big improvements from the City of Jackson. 

Loomis Park is the largest public park on Jackson’s east side. At their Sept. 8 meeting, the Jackson City ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Fall Hydrant Flushing Program begins Sept. 21

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The City of Jackson Department of Public Works (DPW) is conducting its Fall Hydrant Flushing Program starting Monday, Sept. 21. The flushing activity starts in the southwest section of the City and is set to conclude on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the northeast se...

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 9, 2020

City Council creates Racial Equity Commission, Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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A new commission and City department has been created to focus on racial equity efforts in the City of Jackson. At their Tuesday, Sept. 9 meeting, the Jackson City Council voted to create the Racial Equity Commission and the Department of Diversity, Equit...

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City News Stories
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Jackson City Council Sept. 8, 2020 Meeting

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Here are highlights from the Sept. 8, 2020 meeting of the Jackson City Council:

  • The City Council unanimously approved the creation of a Racial Equity Commission and a Department of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. The new commission and department will hel...
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City News Stories
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Fall 2020 Newsletter now available!

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The Fall 2020 edition of the City of Jackson Newsletter is now available to view! 

You can see a digital copy of the newsletter on the City website

Here’s what’s featured in this edition: 

  • A guide for...
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City News Stories
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Protect waterways: How to be storm drain savvy

Storm drain

You don’t have to live on waterfront property to have direct access to Michigan’s rivers and lakes. The water that runs off your property into the street storm drain flows straight into the local water system.  That’...

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City News Stories
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Neighborhood street resurfacing project continues this fall

Pavement on Durand St.

Three neighborhood streets on Jackson’s west side with crumbling pavement and outdated sidewalks are getting big overhauls this fall as an ongoing street improvement project continues. Thompson, Durand and Higby streets between Carlton Boulevard...

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City News Stories
Posted on: August 20, 2020

City proposes using more federal funds to help residents with unpaid water bills

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With job layoffs and various financial strains, the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many Jackson residents. The City of Jackson believes these tough times are causing residents to fall behind on water bills. Last month, the Utility Billing Divisi...

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City News Stories
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Smoking ban in Jackson parks and cemeteries begins

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Jackson’s parks and cemeteries have gone smoke free.  An addition to the City’s Clean Air Ordinance, which prohibits the use of tobacco products in public parks and cemeteries, went into effect on Friday, Aug. 14.

The ordinanc...

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City News Stories
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Jonathan Greene is Jackson's new City Manager

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Jonathan Greene has been a familiar face around Jackson for the last 11 years as he’s worked his way through City government.  His latest job has him working on the top floor of Jackson City Hall as the new City Manager. 

Greene...

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City News Stories
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Jackson City Council Aug. 11 Meeting

8-11-20 meeting

Here are highlights from the Aug. 11 virtual meeting of the Jackson City Council: 

The City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Jonathan Greene to the City Manager position. He had been serving as the Interim City Manager since Feb. Gr...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Learn about the proposed MLK Corridor Improvement Authority

A block of buildings on MLK Drive in Jackson

A Jackson neighborhood could see big improvements in the coming years. The Jackson City Council will soon consider officially establishing the MLK Corridor Improvement Authority for Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Prospect Street in Jackson’s s...

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City News Stories
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Bucky Harris Park recognized by National Park Service for Underground Railroad History

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A public park in Downtown Jackson is being recognized for its connections to the Underground Railroad. Bucky Harris Park was recently added to the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. It’s a program...

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City News Stories
Posted on: August 3, 2020

In-person Administrative Hearings Bureau meetings resume in Aug.

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The City of Jackson’s Administrative Hearings Bureau (AHB) is resuming in-person meetings for the month of August. These will be the first in-person public meetings the City is allowing since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March.

The AHB is a C...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Summer 2020 City of Jackson Newsletter now available!

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Learn the latest news from the City of Jackson! 

Our City newsletter is mailed out to every home and business in the City once every season. 

This summer 2020 issue focuses on how the City and community continues to respond to the COVID-19...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 29, 2020

Human Relations Commission looking for new members

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The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission (HRC) is looking for new members. 

The commission is currently looking to fill two vacancies.  They are for a commissioner and ex-officio commissioner position. Those interested in applying c...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Reminder: Do not place election signs on City property or along streets

Where to not place election signs

With the 2020 elections quickly approaching, you’ve probably seen a lot of election signs around Jackson. 

The City has noticed that many of them are inappropriately placed on City property and the "right of way" area, which is...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 27, 2020

New website launched for City property sales

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Jackson residents have a new way to locate and buy City-owned property. The City of Jackson has launched a new section of its website for City property sales. By visiting cityofjackson.org/citypropertysales,  residents can see which properties ar...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 22, 2020

Help available for Jackson residents behind on water bills

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With job layoffs and various economic strains, the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many Jackson residents. The City of Jackson believes these tough times could be causing residents to fall behind on water bills. The City wants residents to know t...
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City News Stories
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Back to School Blast and Harold White Sr. Awards Breakfast canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

HRC events canceled

Two longtime annual events are canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission (HRC) recently made the difficult decision to cancel its two remaining events for the year, the Back to School Blas...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Human Relations Commission releases anti-racism statement

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The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission is releasing an anti-racism statement. The statement was confirmed at the commission’s meeting on Wednesday, July 15. This is the full statement: 

“We, the members of the City of J...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 20, 2020

City stresses the importance of special event approval process

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The City of Jackson is reminding residents and event organizers of the importance of following special event procedures. When a public event is held in a City park, recreation facility or street, it’s essential to go through the approval process...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Jackson City Council Meeting July 14, 2020

July 14 City Council Meeting

The Jackson City Council had a busy virtual on Tuesday, July 14. Here are some highlights of what was decided: 
  • The council unanimously approved a motion to engage the Jackson Public Arts Commission with a redesign of the official City Seal. Some ...
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City News Stories
Posted on: July 13, 2020

City crews work to clean up after storm downs trees and branches

A downed tree blocks Maple Ave. in Jackson

Downed trees and branches are a common sight around Jackson after last week’s storm. 

City crews from the Dept. of Public Works and the Parks and Recreation Dept. are working to clean up the aftermath. 

We estimate it could take ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 10, 2020

Jackson community leaders want you to "be counted" in the 2020 Census!

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Jackson community leaders are joining forces for a special video message to encourage residents to complete the 2020 Census and “be counted”. The video message, which was recorded over the online Zoom platform and produced by the City ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Response fund distributes 170k pounds of food, 132k basic need items with help from City of Jackson

Workers at the Boos Center

Jackson continues to come together to meet community needs during the COVID-19 crisis. One partnership that is making an impact is the collaboration of the City of Jackson and the United Way of Jackson County.  

This time of the year, the Boos Com...

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City News Stories
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Jackson City Hall reopens to the public following COVID-19 closure

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After a COVID-19 closure that’s lasted nearly four months, Jackson City Hall officially reopened to the public on Wednesday, July 8. 

Reopening City Hall comes with the following safety measures to protect public health: 

  • Anyone ...
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City News Stories
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Greenwood Avenue and traffic circle now open to traffic!

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The year-long construction project to repave Greenwood Avenue from Mason to Morrell and build a traffic circle around Austin Blair Park is finally complete! 

The scope of the project and weather delays caused this $2.3 million project to fall seve...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 30, 2020

2019 Water Quality Report being mailed to homes

2019 Water Quality Report next to a mailbox.

The 2019 Water Quality Report is now appearing in mailboxes all over the City of Jackson. 

The annual report, which is mandated by the State of Michigan, informs residents of how water is sourced, treated and tested by the City of Jackson Water De...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 29, 2020

Learn about the City's fireworks laws ahead of Independence Day

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As Jackson residents plan summer holiday celebrations, they will want to be aware of the City’s Fireworks ordinance.

The Jackson City Council changed the City of Jackson’s Fireworks Ordinance in April 2019 to reflect the new state laws....

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 29, 2020

Reduce the cost of blight violation fines by working with the City

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Residents who are facing fines for blight violations have an opportunity to avoid some fees if they work with the City. 

At its June 16 meeting, the Jackson City Council passed a resolution that allows residents to reduce the amount they owe in fi...

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City News Stories
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Deadline extended for property owners to register housing rentals

Housing

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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City News Stories
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Outdoor exercise classes planned by Parks and Recreation Dept.

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The City of Jackson is in the process of slowly reopening City facilities and restarting recreation programs following COVID-19 shutdowns. Two exercise classes are scheduled to begin in the next two weeks in the open air of Jackson’s public park...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Black Lives Matter mural painted in Downtown Jackson

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The Jackson community came together on Friday, June 19 in Downtown Jackson to make an important statement about our city: Black Lives Matter. The City of Jackson worked with residents to paint a mural on the road surface of W. Washington Avenue that says ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Jackson celebrates Juneteenth 2020 with special video tribute

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Every June, thousands of Jackson residents pack Horace Blackman Park in Downtown Jackson to celebrate Juneteenth. This year’s public Juneteenth event, which was organized by Jackson College, had to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Wanting t...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Racism declared a public health crisis in Jackson

E. High Street mural

At their virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 16, the Jackson City Council unanimously approved a resolution that declares racism a public health crisis, and lays out ways to dismantle systematic racism in Jackson.

The resolution, titled Declaration of Racism ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Jackson City Council June 16, 2020 meeting

Jackson City Counil 6-16-20 meeting

Here are some highlights from the Jackson City Council’s virtual meeting on June 16.

  • The council adopted a resolution that declares racism a public health crisis. The resolution recognizes the impacts of institutional racism on the health and wel...
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City News Stories
Posted on: June 15, 2020

MLK Drive construction project begins Monday, June 15

MLK Project area

A $2.4 million construction project that will reconstruct a major road and build a new roundabout at a busy intersection starts Monday, June 15 in Jackson. The work is happening on S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between E. Mason and E. Morrell streets. C...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 12, 2020

City of Jackson residents may now apply for COVID-19 relief through Community Action Agency

COVID-19 relief for Jackson residents

With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the community, the City of Jackson and Community Action Agency (CAA) are joining forces to keep Jackson residents in their homes with access to water. Residents can now apply for assistance through CAA to ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Jackson Police Dept. reopening lobby to residents on Monday, June 15

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT:                                     ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 3, 2020

REVISED: Parks and Recreation reopening plan

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UPDATED: The City of Jackson is announcing plans to reopen park facilities and restart recreation programs! This decision comes after a new Executive Order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that ends the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order and moves Michigan into Stage 4...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 8, 2020

City of Jackson celebrates LGBTQ pride month

Pride flag in Downtown Jackson

The City of Jackson is recognizing LGBTQ pride month with a Mayoral Proclamation, video, and flying of the pride flag in Horace Blackman Park.

On Monday, June 8, Mayor Derek Dobies signed a Mayoral Proclamation that designates June 2020 as LGBTQ Pride Mont...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 5, 2020

W. Franklin St. reconstruction project starts Monday, June 8

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The first major road construction project of the summer 2020 season starts in Jackson on Monday, June 8 with a full-scale reconstruction of W. Franklin Street between S. Brown Street and S. West Avenue. The $1.9 million project will fully reconstruct the ...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 4, 2020

City's MLK Community Center getting new weight room thanks to donation from Alro Steel

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When the City of Jackson’s newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center reopens later this year, residents can enjoy new exercise equipment donated by Alro Steel, a local metal distribution company. The refurbished exercise area, name...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City reacts to lifting of Stay Home order with partial City Hall reopening & business help

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Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new Executive Order, which moves Michigan into Stage 4 of the MI Safe Start reopening plan and ends the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, the City of Jackson is making plans to restart operations in Jackson City Hall ...
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City News Stories
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City changes blight enforcement to give residents more time to respond to violations

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The City of Jackson has modified its Code of Ordinances so residents can avoid fees if they quickly respond to blight violations. The Jackson City Council approved a resolution on May 26 that alters sections of the Code of Ordinances that prohibits the tr...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Jackson has most energy-efficient buildings for a small city in the nation

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TAKEN FROM CONSUMERS ENERGY PRESS RELEASE: 

JACKSON, Mich., June 3, 2020 – Consumers Energy’s hometown of Jackson is now Michigan’s clean energy capital, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has...

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City News Stories
Posted on: June 1, 2020

City of Jackson statement on planned protests in Jackson

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The City of Jackson and Jackson Police Department are aware of peaceful protests planned for the afternoon of Monday, June 1 in Downtown Jackson near the Jackson County Courthouse and at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and High Street. Ci...

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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
Posted on: May 27, 2020

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

Jackson City Council Meeting 5-27-20

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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City News Stories
Posted on: May 27, 2020

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

Green space of the new Workers Memorial Park

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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Jackson City Council May 12, 2020 Meeting

Screenshot of the May 12, 2020 virtual City Council meeting

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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City News Stories
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. 

The Ci...

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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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).

Play structures, s...

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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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City News Stories
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Hand washing and sanitizing stations placed all over Jackson

Hand sanitizing station in the lobby of Jackson City Hall

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. 

A list of...

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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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Jackson City Council Feb. 25, 2020 meeting

Jackson City Council 2-25-20 meeting

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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Jackson City Council Jan. 28, 2020 meeting

Jackson City Council Meeting 1-28-20

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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City News Stories
Posted on: January 17, 2020

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

City salt truck on a snowy road in Jackson

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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City News Stories
Posted on: January 16, 2020

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

Mayor Derek Dobies

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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
Posted on: January 14, 2020

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

Larry and Stephanie Pryor cut the ribbon at a ribbon cutting ceremony in the fall

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.

T...

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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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. 

Alexa says...

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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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City News Stories
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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