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Battle Creek City Manager Ken ...
Battle Creek City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama also praised residents who helped each other.
"It's amazing, but this community is always like that -- neighbors helping neighbors, people just helping out.
That kind of response was heartwarming ... and reinforced what we see pretty regularly from folks in our community," he said.
said the response from city crews was "almost immediate" after the Sunday afternoon storm and he
lauded the cooperation among various governmental and nonprofit entities in meeting needs.
"In some respects, we were very well prepared," he
"I really think the community's response, from the government and community service perspectives, was pretty doggone good."
As exhausting and challenging as the past three weeks were for city employees, Tsuchiyama
was delighted by the attitudes and work ethic of field workers, many of whom worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
Still many volunteered to work Saturday, the first optional day since May 29 for the crews picking up debris and using heavy equipment.
"It's been impressive and very fulfilling for me to watch all the city folks band together and get through this," he
Looking ahead to the next major storm, the city manager said there are a couple areas where the city can improve.
"You always identify things you wish you'd have done differently, but every disaster that hits creates a little different situation," said Tsuchiyama
noted that, in hindsight, he'd have enlisted the help of the United Way of Greater Battle Creek
as quickly as possible.
With the May 29 storm, United Way
, which often acts as a central contact point for nonprofits, wasn't contacted for assistance in coordinating human services until four or five days after the storm.
also said the city, in future prolonged power outages, should figure out how to get basic information to residents rapidly.
Battle Creek City Manager Ken ...
Battle Creek City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama says the city is pleased the Labor Department found an error in the original calculations, and it was their intent to follow its findings all along.
says the city is not aware of any pending civil suits being brought by firefighters.
Just yesterday, City Manager Ken ...
Just yesterday, City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama announced to his staff, he's resigning.
There is also another position that may soon be vacant.
The Battle Creek Police Department's
Deputy Chief recently turned down the position of interim chief, because he's
looking for jobs elsewhere.
Leaders says after hearing about the closed door meeting the day before Ken Tsuchiyama's
abrupt resignation, he'd like to see some changes within the City Commission
Patrick Garrett, President and CEO of the Battle Creek Health System and Ken Tsuchiyama, Director of the Department of Public Works for the City of Battle Creek will co-chair the United Way of Greater Battle Creek 2004 Community Solutions Campaign.
...Ken TsuchiyamaDirector, Public Works
Both Garrett and Tsuchiyama
have a long history of community involvement.Tsuchiyama serves Character Unlimited as an Advisory board Member, recently joined the North Pointe Woods board, is active with the American Diabetes Association and Lakeview High School Chorale Boosters, and coaches youth floor hockey for BC Parks & Recreation.He has been the government division campaign cabinet chair for United Way of Greater Battle Creek since 2000 and before that volunteered on an allocation committee.
As campaign co-chairs for 2004 Garrett and Tsuchiyama
will be responsible for the fund-raising strategy and coordination of all aspects of the community solutions campaign.
added, "Pat has great vision and thinks broadly.
To further illustrate his point, Tsuchiyama
remarked, "Pat operates daily in the very competitive health care environment.
added, "Figuring out what you want to do is always easier than finding ways to do it!
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - The city manager of Battle Creek is retiring, following in the footsteps of two other top city officials who vacated their positions in the last 10 months.
City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama announced Wednesday he would retire on Feb. 21 after almost 29 years of service with the city.
Tsuchiyama began his career with the city as a traffic engineer, and then transitioned to director of public works before becoming the assistant city manager, and ultimately, city manager.
"I have had a wonderful career with the city
During the Battle Creek City Commission's Feb. 18 meeting, commissioners will vote to authorize a separation agreement between Tsuchiyama and the city, as well as to appoint Community Services Director Susan Bedsole as the interim city manager.