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Posted on: January 28, 2020

State of the City Address happening Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Michigan Theatre

Mayor Derek Dobies at the 2018 State of the City Address. Photo by Clay McAndrews

It’s become an annual event for Jackson to reflect on accomplishments of the previous year and look ahead to the future. The City of Jackson is holding the 2020 State of the City Address. The address, which will be delivered by Mayor Derek Dobie...

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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 30, 2020

Learn about local law enforcement by joining Jackson's Citizen Police Academy

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Would you like to learn more about how local law enforcement keeps the community safe? Local authorities are looking for residents to join their Citizen Police Academy! 

On behalf of the Jackson Police Department and the Jackson County Office of t...

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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 22, 2020

Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch announces resignation

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Patrick Burtch is announcing his resignation from the City Manager position. Burtch has been with the City of Jackson for nearly nine years. He was first appointed to be Assistant City Manager in May 2011 before taking on the role of City Manager in 2012....

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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

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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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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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

Loose leaf collection update

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Loose leaf collection will continue in the City of Jackson throughout the winter and into the spring when the weather permits.

To help speed up the process, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be using other collection methods in addition to the leaf...

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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

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.

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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. 

Alexa says...

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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: December 23, 2019

Happy Holidays from the City of Jackson!

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The City of Jackson wishes all of our neighbors a wonderful holiday season. Please enjoy this video of holiday lights all over Jackson and a greeting from the City Council.

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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 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. 

You can...

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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: 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: 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: 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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