Greetings My name is Stephen Kepley and I am the Mayor of The City of Kentwood. I am proud to say that Kentwood is a dynamic community of 49,184 unique individuals who are well educated and equipped for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs. We are poised to assist and work with any enterprise that wishes to begin and grow the American Dream.
Your City Commission and staff are budgeting for the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year. Early indications show a balanced budget with very modest expense increases. The City still finds itself in sound financial conditions as it has for many years. This administration has implemented a “no status quo” policy by not assuming the need to replace staff or processes without first re-examining the services rendered for the Kentwood community. This policy allows the opportunity to streamline processes, cross-train staff, and seek other efficiencies in order to reach an appropriate level of service at a cost savings to the City. Have a safe Spring Break if you are traveling. I will be visiting a few colleges with my daughter as I hear some of you will be visiting schools with your children. Enjoy this time!
--- Mayor Kepley
The City Commission and staff have been working on modifications to the City’s Liquor License ordinance. Several of the modifications would make it possible for smaller restaurants with a minimum of 100 seat capacity to acquire a liquor license. Other changes would allow a grocery store to sell alcohol by the glass to complement prepared food from their deli. The City has also created a special land use administrative provision to review future requests before a liquor license would be approved. The revisions are designed to stay current with market trends and to be competitive with other municipalities while supporting our family friendly environment.
--- Mayor Kepley