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Thoughts and Prayers for Wyoming and Responding Officers | 1/30/2015
You have likely heard or seen reports regarding yesterday’s response to a domestic violence call in Wyoming where an individual emerged from a home shooting a Wyoming police officer.  We have learned that the officer is home recovering which is great news to us all!  Thoughts and prayers to all that stand in the line of fire to protect us.  We are there for each other and I am very proud of our Command Staff and Officers that quickly responded to the scene along with many other units who would also do the same for us.  Thank you so much!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Cascade Road and I-96 Interchange Info | 1/28/2015
There will be a public open house to discuss the planned 2015-16 reconstruction of the I-96/Cascade Road interchange in Grand Rapids Township. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Township Officials will be available for questions and comments. This meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. at Heather Hills Retirement Village 1055 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. This project is not in Kentwood but may be of interest to our residents that travel in this area.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



We'll Miss You Commissioner Brinks! | 1/20/2015
We salute long-time City Commissioner Sharon Brinks whom is stepping down from her 18 year post as Commissioner-at-Large to take on a new role with the City as our new Attorney Magistrate. We are appreciative of her past and future service. Congratulations to you, Sharon!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



After School Grant Award from Office Depot Foundation | 1/15/2015
I am very pleased to announce a $1000 gift by Office Depot Foundation in support of the ARCH after school program that we assist Kentwood Public Schools in administering.  The Office Depot Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Office Depot, is making this gift though its “A Day Made Better” program supporting schools and local nonprofit organizations that provide afterschool programs.  Thank You Office Depot Foundation!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Snow Angels Program | 1/14/2015
I am hopeful that you all had a joyous holiday season.  As our seasonal weather and gas prices seem to move in extremes, our community could really use help when we have dramatic snowfalls.   If you want to learn more about rallying with neighbors to be snow angels, please contact Disability Advocates of Kent County at 616.949.1100.
 
In the meantime, please adhere to our parking restrictions which makes it possible for City plows   to clear the streets, allowing access for emergency vehicles and buses. Encourage residents in your neighborhood to be aware of neighbors who may need extra help shoveling!

More info on the Snow Angels Program can be found HERE.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Ron Woods Retiring as Public Works Director After 17 years | 12/17/2014
Ron Woods has dutifully served the City of Kentwood for the last 17 years as our Public Works Director.  Ron oversaw $110 million worth of projects over that time and you don’t have to go far to travel on, see, or taste (water) one of his projects!  Ron’s culture of professionalism and excellence will be felt for many years to come.  Thank you Ron for spending your time with us and sharing your talents!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Early Opening for Christmas Tree Drop Off | 12/17/2014
The Kentwood DPW Transfer Site at 5068 Breton Road will be accepting natural Christmas trees as you wrap-up your holiday festivities between December 21st and February 1st.  The date offering is created for those folks spending their winter season in a warmer climate.  The site is open from 7a-8p seven days a week.  Happy Holidays and we will see some of you in the spring when you come back!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Dedication Ceremony for Former City Commissioner Judie Wylie | 12/11/2014
I am pleased to share that the Kentwood Women’s Club held a tree dedication ceremony in front of the Kentwood Branch Library to honor former City Commissioner, Judie Wylie.   Pictured from left to right are Joan Brown, Carla Kane, Bob Wylie and Diana Kennedy (Club President).  Joan spoke at the ceremony and is a charter member of the group as well as a friend of Judie's.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Long Range Metropolitan Transportation Plan | 12/9/2014
Transportation elements such as roads, sidewalks, bicycling, public transit or rail affects everyone! Make your voice heard! The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council's Draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is available for public comment from Monday, December 8 until Tuesday, December 23, 2014. A copy is available at the  Kentwood Library Branch at 4950 Breton Avenue.  You may also follow the below link.

http://www.gvmc.org/transportation/MTP.shtml

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Challenge Day at East Kentwood | 12/5/2014
I very much enjoyed participating in Challenge Day at East Kentwood Schools.  Challenge Day assists students in empowering their lives. Find out more at www.challengeday.org.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Northeast Park Boardwalk | 11/26/2014
I had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon on a gorgeous new boardwalk in Northeast Park this week.  This project will be enjoyed for years to come.  You really need to get out and walk this one of these days and you will very likely see all sorts of wildlife! Thanks to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Kentwood City Commission, and our staff for putting this project together.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Tour of the County Waste To Energy and Recycling Plants | 11/17/2014
I would like to thank the Kent County Solid Waste Department for taking me on a tour of their fascinating facilities!   So much to learn!  Did you know that all the household waste from the six contiguous cities around and including Grand Rapids is made into electricity?  Each hour, 17 Megawatts are created which is enough to power about 17,000 homes!  The recycling plant takes in a great deal of material and I learned many things and here are two, 1) Shredded paper usually ends up in the garbage because it is too fine of a product so simply cut out identifying info and then recycle).  2)  Plastic bags have little value to recyclers and prefer we not use them at all!  Thanks Kent County!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Be Santa to a Kentwood Senior Citizen! | 11/13/2014
Please see link below to find out how you can be a Santa to a Kentwood Senior Citizen
in need! <CLICK HERE>

  ---  Mayor Kepley



KDL Veterans Assistance Program | 11/12/2014
It goes with emphatically saying that our veterans are treasured individuals enabling freedom. There are many efforts that recognize our veterans and Kent District Library is no exception. Beginning November 1st and running through November 30th all KDL branches/service centers will be collecting items for the GR Home for Veterans.  Items needed include new batteries, new-release DVDs, men's personal care items, and individually wrapped candy bars and chips.  Also, here is a link to an informational brochure for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (CLICK HERE). Please feel free to print and display as well at a place of business that wishes to assist getting the word out.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Clark Retirement Home Grand Opening | 11/7/2014
Joined some nice folks out at Clark Retirement Community for their Grand Opening on October 30.  What a beautiful place they have and I am so glad they offer their services here in Kentwood!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



KPD Hiring Notice | 11/4/2014
The Kentwood Police Department is seeking Police Officers to be a part of our team!  Please see the attached flyer and share with folks you feel may be interested in this unique opportunity!

   Click Here

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Police Department Reaches Out to Community on Halloween | 11/4/2014
Our Kentwood Police Department were out in force this Halloween with “Trunk or Treat” activities at Woodland Mall, Stauffer Avenue, Ridgebrook & Christie, Recreation Department, and other areas.  Fun was had by all and the City is grateful and appreciative of its Officers and Community!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Road Closure Update | 10/30/2014
Many of you are enduring the challenges of our infrastructure construction season.  Here is the status of our repairs:
 
  • 44th Street should be fully open by the end of the week with Eastern Avenue and Roger B. Chaffee being open sooner
  • Breton Avenue & 32nd will likely have lane closures through Monday, with traffic being altered to the other lanes yet this week
  • East Paris will have two sets of lane closures occurring soon (either Friday or Monday)
  • Lane closures should be removed on 52nd Street before the weekend so that all lanes will be open.  There will be short term lane closures at 52nd and Eastern early next week for concrete repairs at the Family Dollar, Speedway and CVS

Our road conditions rate highly which is a good thing but it takes continuous work to maintain these favorable ratings.  We’ll be back to normal soon!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Detective Coval Receives Investigator of the Year Award | 10/29/2014
The group Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (HEAT) presented Kentwood Detective Mike Coval along with Pam Keen from Wyoming with the Investigator of the Year award. They solved two auto theft cases that led homicide detectives to the suspect in a double murder case from 2013.  Thank you both for your hard work!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Boards and Committee Openings | 10/29/2014
The City of Kentwood is always looking for residents interested in participating on boards and committees. Please click the following link find out what is available and how to submit an application. www.ci.kentwood.mi.us/cityhall/committees.asp

   ---  Mayor Kepley
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  • Kentwood Parks Plan Hearing February 9th

    The City of Kentwood Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:15 P.M., at the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE. The draft plan will also be available for review. Copies of the proposed City of Kentwood 5 Year Park Plan 2015-2020 will be available for public view at that time.

    To preview the plan CLICK HERE

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  • City taking applications for open Commission seat

    The City Commission will be taking applications for the open Commissioner at Large seat through February 20th. The Commissioner at Large position represents the entire City. Please review the City Charter for specific requirements if you are unsure if you qualify as an applicant. You may also call 616.698.9610 for more information. Please submit applications to the City Clerk's Office at Kentwood City Hall.

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