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Department Head Earth Day Clean Up | 4/24/2015
City Department Heads and I got out over lunch time and picked up over 20 full garbage bags of trash along city streets. Thanks to Jets Pizza for their contribution for our hungry trash haulers!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Thank You GVSU Marketing Class! | 4/23/2015
Thank you to Professor Cowart’s GVSU Marketing Classes for helping us survey and report how our residents like to do business with us!  The survey is still up on our website front page in red.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



New Engine 52 | 4/17/2015
Engine No. 52 has arrived!  Still needs graphics and equipment but its getting ready to serve!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Kentwoodpalooza June 17th at Kentwood Library | 4/17/2015
KDL is looking for local teen bands to perform at Kentwoodpalooza on Wednesday, June 17, at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.  Check out this link for more info http://www.kdl.org/teens/go/Kentwoodpalooza_application 

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Buck Creek Watershed To Be Studied | 4/10/2015
Buck Creek drains 51 square miles of mostly urban land (including parts of Kentwood) and has been impacted by a variety of pollutants.  A project is underway to measure the impact of E. coli and other water chemistry pollution in Buck Creek and to determine if it is meeting its designated use as a cold water fishery.  Baseline data will drive a decision-making committee for the long-term protection and improvement of the creek.  Thanks to the West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited for submitting a grant and managing this important work!

  --  Mayor Kepley



Mayor Kepley State of the City Address | 4/10/2015
Thanks to WKTV and Rotary Club of Kentwood to help makes this event happen! Please follow this link to see a recording of the speech, CLICK HERE.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Facts about Kentwood Public School Bond | 3/31/2015
I felt it was important that you had information about the upcoming Kentwood Public School Bond Vote in May.  Please find the attachment issued by the Kentwood Public School Board.

CLICK HERE

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Summary Facts Regarding Statewide Ballot Vote May 5th | 3/24/2015
The Citizens Research Council does an excellent job of posting factual information about important issues that affect all of us.  Please remember to vote on May 5th by contributing your beliefs to this important issue.   Here is the latest finding regarding the proposal:   CLICK HERE

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Interview With Comcast Newsmakers | 3/23/2015
Comcast was interested in interviewing me for their ‘Newsmakers’ Show so I took time out to participate last week.  I enclosed the link here if you are interested in viewing the 5 minute or so clip: Click Here.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Mayor Kepley Gives State of the City Speech at Kentwood Rotary | 3/19/2015
I had the distinct honor to give my State of the City speech at the Kentwood Rotary Club this afternoon. Rotary does such wonderful things in our community!  It was also a treat and inspirational to see East Kentwood Students of the Month.   A link to video of the speech is forthcoming from WKTV so that you can become aware of what we will be doing this year as a City.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



How Do You Do Your City Business? | 3/16/2015
We are interested in getting to know how our residents do business with the City. Please take the time to fill out a short survey at  http://goo.gl/DMtb3n.  Celebration Cinema has graciously donated a movie viewing party for 10 for one random survey submittal.   We look forward to your input!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Kentwood FIRST Robotics Competition | 3/9/2015

I was excited to be a part of the first Kentwood FIRST Robotics competition!  It was an excellent event with over 2500 people attending the two days of competitive play.  I was very happy to share my suitcase size 1984 computer from my Engineering days at Virginia Tech to bewildered students!  I challenged them to consider what will they develop in their lives.  I am so proud of Kentwood Public Schools and all who participated in this dynamic event.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



City Commission Recommends Steve Redmond for Commission-at-Large Seat | 3/4/2015
The Kentwood City Commission recommended Steve Redmond of 5949 Wind Brook Ave SE to serve the remainder of the Commissioner-at-Large term expiring this November. Ed Kape, Jr. of 2576 Mapleview and Ronald Woods of 5396 Discovery SE were also interviewed.  The City Commission will formally appoint Mr. Redmond in its regular March 17th City Commission Meeting.  Congratulations to Steve and thanks to all candidates for their interest!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Commissioner at Large Finalists Named | 2/24/2015
The Kentwood City Commission named three finalists who emerged from twenty first round applicants to fulfill the remainder of the Commissioner-at Large term expiring this November. Ed Kape Jr. of 2576 Mapleview, Steve Redmond of 5949 Wind Brook, and Ronald Woods of 5396 Discovery will be interviewed in a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 3rd.  We want to thank all those that have applied and wish the best of luck to those going forward!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



National Chin Day Celebrated in Kentwood | 2/24/2015
I had the pleasure of participating in Chin National Day last weekend at East Kentwood’s Freshman Campus. Chin National Day is to remember that back in 1948 the Burmese threw out their feudal system and adopted democracy, separating themselves from Great Britain. Burmese have been suffering persecution since a civil war broke out in 1962. A lot of them have found their home in America, some of them right here in West Michigan becoming one of our largest refugee groups.  Very nice to participate in this event!

NEWS BRIEF

  ---  Mayor Kepley



FIRST Robotics Team at East Kentwood | 2/17/2015
Very excited salute GE Aviation as the main sponsor of the FIRST robotics activities in Kentwood and Wyoming. These activities are the FIRST Lego League, middle school First Tech Challenge (FTC), and high school First Robotics.  The new challenge was issued on the first Saturday in January and teams have just six weeks to design and build a robot to meet that challenge.  This quick 3 minute video, narrated by Morgan Freeman, will give you a great overview of FIRST:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1QyM9WTF18 As an Engineer myself, I am very excited to be a part of this event!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Learning Leadership through Volunteering and Competing at EKHS | 2/17/2015
Please see the below article about help we received in sprucing City Fire Station #1. Thank you to Ms. Trombley’s Class for their assistance and it was so interesting to see the pay it forward concept brought together with an innovative entrepreneurial program!

CLICK HERE

  ---  Mayor Kepley



A Day Made Better Program | 2/16/2015
On Wednesday, February 18th, a group of associates from the OfficeMax store in Kentwood will visit A.R.C.H. After School Program’s afterschool program location at Endeavor Elementary, present a $1,000 donation along with school supplies, children’s books, sack packs with school supplies and other essential items for the organization’s teachers and students.  Thank you OfficeMax!
 
NEWS RELEASE

  ---  Mayor Kepley



GVSU Marketing Students Working with City of Kentwood! | 2/12/2015
GVSU Marketing students are working with us to create and design a questionnaire that will be sent to our residents in the spring. The online survey will include questions on various topics, including city operations and planning, and use of social media! Click HERE to learn more.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Trader Joe's Is Coming to Kentwood | 2/11/2015
On behalf of Kentwood and the MANY residents wanting your business to serve our area, thank you Trader Joe’s for choosing Kentwood to serve your West Michigan customers!  We are excited for your success and the products you will offer to the region.  As some of you know, I put out  a Top 5 List of highly desired businesses I would like to see come to Kentwood. Two down, three to go!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Dog Licenses Are Available at City Hall | 2/10/2015
The City of Kentwood now offers Dog License purchases and renewals.  A current rabies vaccination and certificate are required by law in order to purchase a dog license.  You may obtain your license at the Treasurer’s Office Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.  Thanks to our Treasurer, Laurie Sheldon for bringing this back!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Snow Plows Hard at Work | 2/2/2015
As many of you deal with the remnants of snowfall that left up to 8” of fresh snow on our City in about 12 hours, I want to let you know that your City employees are working very hard to clean up the results of this snowfall.  It is our goal to plow every street within 24 hours after 4 inches of new snow.  This is a challenging goal having over 200 cul-de-sacs in neighborhoods which makes snowplowing very time consuming.  However, we know they are desirable part of the neighborhood to live.  We push on.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Taking City Commissioner Applications! | 2/2/2015
The City of Kentwood is currently accepting applications for Commissioner at Large. This position represents the entire City of Kentwood. This office has oversight over City finances, services, safety and ordinances and meets in the evenings twice monthly. A qualified applicant must: be a resident of the City, be a registered voter, not be in default to the City, and sign an affidavit free of a felony conviction on present criminal record.
 
Interested residents should contact the City Clerk at 616.554.0730 for an application and further details.  Completed applications must be returned in person by 5 p.m. February 20th, 2015 to the Clerks’ office at City Hall, 4900 Breton Ave.  EOE.

For the application CLICK HERE



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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  • Dog Licenses Available

    The City of Kentwood Treasurer’s Office now offers Dog License purchases and renewals Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required by law in order to purchase a dog license.

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    Did you know the Kentwood Economic Development Corporation has a revolving loan fund to help you grow your business? Contact Lisa Golder in our Community Development Office at 616.554.0709 for more information. See attached guidelines for further details

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