In Michigan, it's illegal to text and drive, but this ordinance also prohibits talking on the phone and "sending, receiving, and reading" any data on a cell phone while behind the wheel. Use of a hands-free device will still be allowed.
Last November, the commission voted to elect Commissioner Mark Behnke as mayor, and Sherry Sofia became the vice mayor in August after Dave Walters resigned from the Commission. They voted Tuesday to allow them to continue to serve.
Battle Creek’s Mayor and Vice Mayor have now been selected, in a split vote by the City Commission Tuesday night.
The City says that after the swearing in of commissioners, Mark Behnke was chosen to serve as mayor with a 5-4 vote, with Dave Walters getting picked as Vice Mayor 6-3.
With the passage Tuesday, September 6, 2016 of proposed ordinances in the city of Battle Creek meant to stem aggressive panhandling, two commissioners - on either side of the issue - discussed the outcome the next morning on WBCK.
Commissioner Kate Flores, who voted against the measures, continues to call for more study on the issue...
Battle Creek city commissioner and former mayor Mark Behnke has served for several years on the commission and is among those candidates seeking another term. His name, among others, will appear on Tuesday's city ballot.
Behnke discussed what he perceived to be successes for the commission in the last year, as well as challenges he sees in 2016...
Two Battle Creek city commissioners tell The Richard Piet Show homelessness must be eradicated in the city, and there is no concerted effort on the part of the city they know of to conceal it.
Commissioner and former mayor Mark Behnke and Commissioner Andy Helmboldt joined Battle Creek Community Development Manager Chris Lussier to discuss various assertions made during Monday's program on WBCK...