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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Updates on loose leaf collection locations

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UPDATE FOR THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2019 

Loose leaf collection will take place in Section 1 on Thursday, Dec. 5. Department of Public Works crews will be using vacuum equipment to collect loose leaves on S. Bowen Street. Once work is complete on S. Bowe...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Vote on names for new leaf vacuum equipment in online poll!

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They’re out on the streets of Jackson all day, doing the tough work of collecting countless leaves. But not to worry, these super vacuums will soon get recognized for their efforts by receiving names bestowed upon them by thankful Jackson residents! Votin...

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Posted on: December 2, 2019

Mayor, City Councilmembers take oaths of office for new terms

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Oaths of office took place at Tuesday night's Jackson City Council meeting for the Mayor and three Councilmembers. 

Mayor Derek Dobies has officially begun his second term as Mayor, which will be a two year term. Second Ward Councilmember Freddie ...

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Posted on: December 3, 2019

Review the proposed Parks and Recreation Master Plan and submit comments

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Public parks and recreation programs are important parts of making Jackson an enjoyable and attractive place to live. That’s why the City of Jackson Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking community involvement in its new 2020 Parks and Recre...

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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 27, 2019

City warns residents of home warranty scam targeting residents

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The City of Jackson is warning residents to be aware of an active home warranty scam. We’ve recently learned of residents receiving notices in the mail advising them that their property’s home warranty secured by the City of Jackson may be expiring or may...

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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Jackson City Council Nov. 26, 2019 Meeting

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A new City Attorney, outgoing Councilmembers, gun violence, and salt for roads. Watch this video to see all the action from tonight's meeting of the Jackson City Council. 

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Jackson firefighters collecting donations for Toys for Tots

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Firefighters from the Jackson Fire Department are making sure local children have a happy holiday season. 

They are taking part in a toy collection for the Toys for Tots organization. 

New and unwrapped toys will be accepted now through De...

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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: November 13, 2019

Parks and Recreation Commission holding first Master Plan meeting

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Public parks and recreation programs are important parts of making Jackson an enjoyable and attractive place to live. That’s why the City of Jackson Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking community involvement in its new 2020 Parks and Recre...

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Posted on: November 13, 2019

Jackson City Council Nov. 12, 2019 Meeting

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Here’s what happened at the Jackson City Council meeting on Nov. 12, 2019.  

Property transfers were a common theme at the meeting.

A purchase agreement was approved for property north of downtown Jackson for Jackson Community Ambulance t...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Jackson City Council Oct. 29, 2019 Meeting

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Here’s what happened at the Jackson City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019.

It was a quick meeting with a short agenda, lasting under 30 minutes.

The most notable action item on the agenda was awarding a rehabilitation contract.

It rec...

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

I-94 construction project bringing new gateway and roundabouts to Jackson

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After nearly a year of construction, we're getting a close look at the what the new and improved Cooper Street/I-94 interchange will look like once it's complete. A construction engineer from the Michigan Department of Transportation gives us an update on...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

City Council approves changes to leaf pickup program

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The annual tradition of bagging fall leaves in the City of Jackson is now an activity of the past. Following approval from the Jackson City Council, residents will now be able to rake loose leaves to the curb for collection by the City’s Departm...

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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 15, 2019

Jackson City Council Oct. 15, 2019 meeting

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Solutions to curb gun violence, marijuana establishments in the city, and Halloween hours. 

Watch this video to see what was decided at the Oct. 15 meeting of the Jackson City Council. 

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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Fall edition of City Newsletter now available!

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The Fall 2019 edition of the City of Jackson Newsletter is now available! 

The newsletter keeps residents up to date about what's happening in City government and all over the community.

It is mailed to residents all over the City. 

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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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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Downtown alley renamed for woman who found freedom in Jackson on Underground Railroad

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A revitalized alley in Downtown Jackson has been named for a woman who came to Jackson seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad. At their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, the Jackson City Council approved the renaming of Victory Lane on W. Michigan A...

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Posted on: September 3, 2019

Jackson City Council Sept. 3, 2019 meeting

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The road repair millages, pay increases for city staff, and a new name for a revitalized alley in Downtown Jackson, Watch this video to see what was decided at the Sept. 3 meeting of the Jackson City Council.

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Fourth Street construction project complete

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Fourth Street at the intersection of Horton and Stonewall roads is now open to traffic.

This area was closed for several months for a massive construction project. The intersection was realigned to provide better traffic flow and to provide more pedestrian...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Two aging railroad bridges in Downtown Jackson to be replaced using federal funds

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Federal funds will be used in the coming years to replace two aging railroad bridges in Downtown Jackson.

It was announced last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation had granted more than $23 million to the Michigan Department of Transportation t...

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Posted on: August 27, 2019

Street construction projects wrapping up in Jackson

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More fresh pavement has come to Jackson! 

Five street construction projects are all wrapping up at the same time. 

From neighborhood streets to busy intersections, watch this video to see which projects are coming to a close. 

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Street resurfacing continues on Jackson's west side

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Streets continue to be improved in the City of Jackson. 

The City of Jackson continues to make progress in resurfacing four neighborhood streets on the city's west side. 

Grinnell, Thompson, Higby and Durand streets have all seen major att...

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Jackson Fire Department using new rescue stabilization tools

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Firefighters at the Jackson Fire Department are working with the latest stabilization tools when they go to rescues at a vehicle crash or fire scene. Two sets of the tools, called Rescue 42s, were recently acquired by the fire department and put into serv...

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Posted on: August 7, 2019

City of Jackson employees undergo active shooter training

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Jackson City Hall closed for several hours Wednesday afternoon so City of Jackson employees could attend active shooter training at City Hall. Dozens of employees received training from the Jackson Police Department about what they should do to stay safe ...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

New pavement and roundabout complete on Fourth St.

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Fourth Street is now back open to traffic following a large construction project! The street was resurfaced from Audubon Blvd. to Ella Sharp Park, and the roundabout at West Ave. was reconfigured. It was taken from two lanes to just one lane to make it ea...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Groundbreaking planned for new apartment development in Downtown Jackson

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The skyline of Downtown Jackson is about to undergo another dramatic change with the addition of the Albert Kahn Apartments to the downtown area. A groundbreaking for the new low-to-moderate income housing development is planned for Monday, Aug. 5 at 12:3...

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Posted on: July 29, 2019

Mt. Evergreen Cemetery recognized by National Park Service for contributions to Underground Railroad

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A historic cemetery in Jackson is being recognized by the National Park Service for its contributions to the Underground Railroad. Buried in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery are seven people who played important parts in the Underground Railroad in Jackson County. ...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Jackson Fire Department using CPR machines to save lives

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Firefighters from the Jackson Fire Department are now using the latest life-saving technology when they go out on rescues. The department recently acquired two new machines called “LUCAS 3”. The product from Stryker is affixed to patie...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Massive construction project starting July 15 in neighborhood south of Downtown Jackson

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A neighborhood south of Downtown Jackson is about to receive a big overhaul, as the City of Jackson prepares to start a massive road construction project on Monday, July 15 that will last until mid-November. The work focuses on the area surrounding Austin...

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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Construction underway on four city streets

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A busy construction season in Jackson continues this week, with crews starting work on four city streets. One of the road construction projects impacts a major thoroughfare in Downtown Jackson, while the three other projects are happening on neighborhood ...

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Posted on: July 3, 2019

Happy 190th Birthday to Jackson!

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July 3, 2019 marks Jackson's 190th year! Watch this video to learn about our community's humble origins back in 1829. 

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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Summer Newsletter going out to Jackson residents

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The City of Jackson Summer Newsletter is being mailed out to residents. Click on this link to learn the latest news from the City.

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

City of Jackson starts employment program for local youth

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When you’re out and about in Jackson this summer, you’re likely to see a group of young people working hard to clean up the city. Micah Cretsinger, a recent graduate of Jackson High School, is one of them. “This is actually m...

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

Jackson City Council June 25, 2019 Meeting

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Community events, funding for construction projects, and an unusually short meeting! Watch this video to see what was decided at tonight’s Jackson City Council meeting.

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Jackson City Council June 11, 2019 meeting

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Stopping gun violence, supporting LGBTQ rights, and a new traffic circle. Watch this video to see what was decided at the June 11, 2019 Jackson City Council meeting.

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Gun Violence Awareness Day in Jackson

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Mayor Derek Dobies has signed a Mayoral Proclamation that declares June 7, 2019 as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Jackson. In this video Mayor Dobies talks about what the City of Jackson is doing to stop gun violence in the community. 

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

New rules for fireworks use in City of Jackson

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As Jackson residents plan summer holiday celebrations, they will want to be aware of new rules about fireworks. In December, 2018, Gov. Rick Snyder signed new rules for using fireworks in Michigan. The Jackson City Council changed the City of Jackson&...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Jackson City Council Meeting May 14, 2019

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Watch this video to see what was decided at the May 14, 2019 meeting of the Jackson City Council. 

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

City of Jackson 2018 Annual Report ready to view

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The City of Jackson 2018 Annual Report has been accepted and placed on file by the Jackson City Council. 

The annual report highlights the accomplishments and innovations of City leaders and departments over the past year. 

The report can ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

City of Jackson wins tap water taste test award

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The City of Jackson is raising a glass to a special award that honors the tastiness of our drinking water. At its annual Spring Regional Meeting in Livonia on April 9, the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association awarded the City of Jackso...

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Spring newsletter going out to Jackson residents

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The Spring 2019 newsletter is being mailed out to City of Jackson residents. Residents can now look forward to getting the latest news from the City of Jackson once a season. 

The spring issue contains information about new features at parks, road...

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Posted on: March 28, 2019

"Evicted" named Mayor's 2019 Book of the Year

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Mayor Derek Dobies has selected the Pulitzer Prize winning book "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond as the 2019 Mayor's Book of the Year.  

Watch this video learn more about this year's selection. 

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Posted on: March 19, 2019

Home makeover: Family's house rehabbed by the City of Jackson

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The Bentley family has lived in a two story house on Merriman Street in Jackson for 12 years. While it is a familiar setting, they’re now seeing it with new eyes following a big makeover. “It’s like a whole new house,&rdq...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Jackson City Council unanimously approves resolution to rename Francis Street for Martin Luther King

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At Thursday night’s special City Council meeting, the Jackson City Council unanimously approved a resolution to rename Francis Street, from Cooper Street to South Street, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The street will soon be known as Martin Luther Ki...

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Posted on: February 15, 2019

Jackson City Council passes new ordinance to help displaced renters

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The Jackson City Council has enacted a pioneering ordinance to help renters in the City of Jackson who have been forced from their homes because of dangerous living conditions.

At their Feb. 12 meeting, council members gave final approval to the Relocation...

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