EXTERNAL LINK PAGE:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/climate/



Business for Breakfast Meeting In Kentwood | 5/19/2015
We were so happy to host Michigan WORKS!, John Buchan from Autocam, and Kevin Stotts with Talent 2025. We converged to inform our local businesses about the National Career Readiness Certificate Program. Parents need to know their children have been taking this test alongside the ACT for years. Thanks to Kentwood EDC and Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Retrofitting Suburbia | 5/19/2015
I had the opportunity to meet and listen to author Ellen Dunham Jones discussing how to retrofit suburbia.  We love our City but we must understand how we can improve!

  ---  Mayor Kepley





 



X-Rite In The News! | 5/13/2015
Congrats to X-Rite on their new customer training center!

Click here to see the story...

  ---  Mayor Kepley

 



Recent Fire Department Promotions | 5/13/2015
Congratulations to Lieutenant Matt Hollinrake, Captain Michael Hipp, and Fire Fighter Adam Tanis on their recent promotions.  We are proud of your accomplishments!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Pride Day a Success! | 5/4/2015
Pride Day was held this past Saturday and I would like to thank Deb Stakenas EKHS Latin Class, Commissioners Artz and Redmond, along with other volunteers for helping making the day a success!

  ---  Mayor Kepley






 



Division Avenue Construction Starts Soon! | 5/1/2015
Division Avenue between 54th and 60th Avenues will reduced to one lane in each direction from early May to mid-July.  We are looking forward to our new street to share with Wyoming  when completed!

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Fire Captain Harkes Is Retiring | 5/1/2015
After 24 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF KENTWOOD, AND 38 YEARS  IN THE FIRE SERVICE, Captain Jim Harkes is retiring from the Kentwood  Fire Department.  Thanks for your service!

  ---  Mayor Kepley

 



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



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



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

  ---  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



Grow Your Business with a Loan from the Kentwood EDC! | 2/13/2015
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...

Guidelines



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



Tax and Dog License Information | 1/30/2014
In news from the Treasurer's Office, The City of Kentwood no longer sells dog licenses.  Please contact Kent County Animal Control at 616.632.7300.  Winter taxes are due on February 14th.  Credit card payments are accepted online at www.ci.kentwood.mi.us.
 



Information Regarding a Power Outage | 12/10/2013
Please follow the below link or call Consumers Energy at 1.800.477.5050 to be fully informed on an outage you may be experiencing.  You should find these tools very helpful in your planning!   



Election Results | 11/7/2013
Kentwood experienced a great deal of change this past Tuesday evening.  Stephen Kepley will be sworn in as your new Mayor next Monday evening at our City Commission Meeting.  I am proud of the decorum and class both Mayoral candidates had during the race and respected their effort very much.  I want to acknowledge Laurie Sheldon as our new Treasurer, Jerry DeMaagd as our new 1st Ward Commissioner, and Erwin Haas as our new 2nd Ward Commissioner. Jan Hollinrake is our outgoing Treasurer and has served our City admirably for many years with quality service.  I appreciate the leadership that Maurice Groce has brought to Kentwood and thank him for his service.  A new chapter will begin Monday evening for your City.  I personally appreciate the voter turnout of 14% but I know we can do better next time!   

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Please Vote November 5th! | 11/4/2013
November 5th is the day we will decide who will be our next Mayor for the City of Kentwood.  This day will set a course for how this City is lead over the next four years.  You play a vital role in the process and your vote matters.  We have approximately 33,000 registered voters.  I challenge us as a City to have at least a 20% turnout.  I know we can do it!  Please follow this link if you are not sure which precinct you should vote. 
 
  ---  Mayor Clanton



Fall Is Upon Us | 10/22/2013
As the days get shorter there are a couple of things we should remember this fall. It gets dark a lot earlier and we should think safety. Maybe keeping our lights on a little longer, Our children are going to school in the dark and some coming home in the dark…. Important days to keep in mind. Halloween is Oct 31st, we will have lots of kids out between 6-8 pm. Let’s keep a good eye out for them. Also Daylight savings is Nov. 3rd remember (fall back one hour). And just as a reminder our leaf dump is now open for residents of Kentwood seven days a week.  Check out our website ‘Top Stories” for details!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Fire Prevention | 10/11/2013
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) theme for this year is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. Annually the Kentwood Fire Department visits the schools that in our City to teach fire prevention methods to the kids in grades K-3. This year from October 3-October 25th the KFD will have conducted 22 fire prevention education classes in 16 locations throughout the City educating 3,677 children. We have also started a smoke alarm program where we install smoke alarms for those in need.  We also spent time with Sears and Home Depot last weekend promoting fire safety with local business. Our fire stations visit with school groups and we have added a website link for those wanting a school tour to click and make a request online.   Check out our new fire department website that has interactive pages for children to work on fire safety.  Be safe and enjoy this gorgeous weather!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



ARCH LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL EVENT October 17th | 10/8/2013
On October 17, more than a million people in thousands of communities nationwide and at military installations overseas will come together to celebrate the 14th annual Lights On Afterschool, the only nationwide rally for afterschool.  The events give youth a chance to showcase the skills they learn and talents they develop at their afterschool programs, and to send the message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. The City of Kentwood and Kentwood Public Schools are getting ready for their event as well.   For more info on ARCH click HERE

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Trail Fest Was A Success! | 9/27/2013
We had a great day celebrating the great parks and trails in Kentwood last Saturday.  Six parks hosted various activities such as our annual Flea Market, face painting, cider & donuts, family scavenger hunt, live band and magician. Over 50 families made it to each park destination! The community had a great time painting barrels and murals to help decorate our parks. We are hoping to make this an annual event.

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Check out Business Resources at the Library! | 9/12/2013
I have to pass this along because regardless of your business, our library can get you access to very high powered demographic info, business data, and business startup information such as business plan templates to fast forward your quest to turning a profit in your business or just working smarter.  Visit kdl.org under reference resources or consult with a library associate for assistance.

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Lots of Construction! | 9/9/2013
You cannot drive around this City without seeing something under construction, or newly seeded and complete.  These are good things for us and we are in the unique position of being able install non-motorized trails, new water/sewer lines, pavement, and sidewalks.  We will soon cut the ribbon on the new East/West Trail that connects Kalamazoo to Breton.  Over $6 million worth of water and sewer lines will be installed in the next year and a half via a low interest bond through the State of Michigan.  Progress surrounds us yet we are strong stewards of your tax dollar.  We will always balance progress with restraint.  It has served us well.  So enjoy these finished trails and use them for a healthier you and a healthier Kentwood!

  ---  Mayor Clanton




Back To School, Watch For Children | 9/4/2013
A new school year brings a new beginning and transition for young people as they progress with their rapid development and simply continue to grow up too quickly!  We need to watch out for our children, and not just when they cross the street or when the bus is blinking with red lights.  Life creates many paths that offer many decisions on how one may travel.  If you are blessed to have a child or children in your life, this community appreciates the time and care you provide these young people.  Have a successful school year and do great things!  
 
  ---  Mayor Clanton



Metro Cruise | 8/22/2013
I would like to give you folks interested in Metro Cruise an update on how construction will impact the event. On 28th Street from Breton Road to I-96, all lanes will be open on 28th Street (M-11) this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night for the Metro Cruise. Contractors will remove traffic control devices, including barrels, to ensure the roadway is in tiptop shape. A right lane closure will be in place until 4 p.m. Thursday on eastbound 28th Street between Patterson Avenue and I-96. The closure will resume this Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then removed again for the weekend festivities. The work is weather dependent. Please plan accordingly and have a fun Metro Cruise! Listen/watch for me on the radio/tv Friday morning if you are awake around 6:30 a.m.!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



The Old Library Will Have a New Purpose! | 8/21/2013
Our old library at 4700 Kalamazoo has been sold and will be resurrected by Kent County. At risk members of our area will get critical public health services which includes dental. I want thank Kent County, our City Commission, and all the folks that helped make this happen. There were many hurdles to jump over yet the project will survive. We look forward to this building that sits on land generously donated by Cora Bowen Stauffer be beneficial to the greater good once again!

- Mayor Clanton



Library Happenings | 8/19/2013
I wanted to take time out to tell you about some of the exciting things going on at the Library! Volunteers will be providing assistance to people who need help filling out the online MI Bridges assistance application on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9:30 -11:30 am beginning September 17. The Library is hosting an informational workshop on estate planning led by Davenport University staff on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 pm. Attendees will be able to sign up to get a free Will prepared for them. The library is presenting three early childhood learning workshops that qualify for professional development hours. On Mondays beginning September 23rd at 6 pm, Getting Ready to Write. October 21, Talking to Kids about Race. November 18, Feeding Wars, Stop the Struggles. Space is limited. All workshops require pre-registration so contact the library soon!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Important Dates Coming Up! | 8/14/2013
As I look at my calendar, I see some important dates coming up! August 14th, our last concert of the year already with the JetBeats. They play rockabilly early 60’s music you will enjoy!  August 20th is the last date for summer taxes and August 23rd and 24th is the Metro Cruise!  All this wraps up with back to school September 3rd.  It looks like we finally have some summer like weather coming later this week. Enjoy it while you can!
 
Mayor Clanton



Voting is Important to Our Future | 8/9/2013
As you may know, the City of Kentwood conducted its primary to determine who will advance to the Nov. 5th General Election.  Our voter turnout was not high, at approximately 13%.  Folks, your participation is critical to determine how our elected officials interface with you and govern with your interests at heart.  Please
get to know the candidates in the coming months and engage in this important process.  We have over 30,000 registered voters and we want to see you come out this November and show us what you think.  Thank you in advance for your consideration!  Don’t forget to check out our new play structure at Pinewood Park!

--- Mayor Clanton



Vote Tomorrow, National Night Out and Playground Dedication | 8/5/2013
Tuesday, August 6th is a big day in Kentwood!  We will be choosing candidates to move forward to the general election in November, getting out into our neighborhoods for National Night Out, and also dedicating our new play structure at Pinewood Park. Thanks to all that helped re-establish the play structure.  Hope to see you out there or at a neighborhood gathering!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Playground Is On Its Way! | 7/25/2013
I am so excited to share that the playground is set to begin being constructed this week and will be dedicated on August 6th.  It is tremendous to see the community rally around such a great cause.  Rebuilding a destroyed playground warms all our hearts and brings joy to many.  Keep an eye out for this project in the news and get yourself out in your neighborhood for National Night Out that same date.  We are our best advocates for the quality of our neighborhoods. 
 

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Consolidation and Collaboration Reports and Survey | 7/19/2013
Your City Commissioners and I had an opportunity to listen to the report presentations by the consultant that performed the three city joint police and fire services study by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  We were very fortunate to have the Grand Rapids Community, Frey, and Rich and Helen DeVos Foundations contribute to this important work.  In these times of constrained resources and escalating costs, we feel we need to thoughtfully review how we conduct the business of police and fire services especially when we are not immediately faced with the need to reduce service levels. It is my hope that we better understand as a community and as City Commission how the dollars we budget for these services translate to the best possible outcome of safety, efficiency, and sustainability.  As you review the Quick Links on this front page, please click the Joint Police and Fire Survey icon and share your thoughts after reviewing the reports and its recommendations.  We want to hear from you!   Our education of these issues can only assist us in helping being good leaders in policy for our highly regarding departments.  Thank you Chiefs and your teams for your exemplary work that was recognized and cited in the reports. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we get emotional at the thought of changing how we do the business of public safety and it is important that we learn and take our time with these ideas and review their impact.

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Three-City Police and Fire Study | 7/15/2013
As you may have read, the cities of Wyoming, Grand Rapids, and Kentwood have been in the process of participating in an analysis of police and fire services for the last two years.  Phase I of the study dealt with individual recommendations for each of the community’s services. Phase II of the study reviews how the three cities may be able to jointly provide police services as well as fire services.  There are also alternative recommendations that allow for coordinated service delivery for specific services within police and fire.  The process outlines that joint works groups with will report to a steering committee which will then present to the three-city commissions jointly at the end of the year regarding the feasibility of implementing recommendations.  I want to let you know that I, and your City Commissioners take the responsibility of providing quality and affordable police and fire services seriously.  When we came to you in 2010 for a millage request, it was our intent to innovate various methods of sustaining these services into the future.  We will be soliciting your comments on the Phase II Report on a special page on our website.  Please watch for this link on the front page in the coming days. 

Thank you!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



City Fourth of July Activities | 7/3/2013
I would like to wish everyone a safe holiday weekend and remind you folks of some festivities that we have going on the day and evening of the 4th.  The “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast will take place at the Kentwood Activities Center (355 48th Street) from 7:00-10:00 am.  Cost is $5 and kids under 5 eat FREE!  The AUTOCAM 5k race will begin at Kelloggwoods Park on 54th Street.  The race will begin at 9:00 am. Registration will take place in front of the Avis storefront at 54th & Division. This year the Parade will begin at the corner of 52nd & Eastern and travel south on Eastern Ave to 60th Street then east to Tres Amigos.  The parade begins at 9:30 am and will end approximately at noon.  The Carnival & Fireworks will take place at CRESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL (2674 44th St Se).  Events will start at 6:00 pm and conclude with Fireworks at Dusk.  This year we will have a variety of games and rides for the whole family to enjoy. Concessions and Food Vendors will be onsite until 10:00 pm.  For more information on all events, contact 656.5272.

  ---  Mayor Clanton



New Firework Rules | 6/26/2013
I am pleased to announce that the Kentwood City Commission has acted by authority from the State to amend our Fireworks Ordinance.  We now prohibit the usage of consumer fireworks from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. on permitted days of the year to utilize these fireworks (the day before, day of, and day after a national holiday).  For more information on this issue, please look to your right at our Top Stories section. Thank you and please be safe this holiday season. 

  ---  Mayor Clanton

 



Special Meeting to Amend Fireworks Ordinance | 6/20/2013
The State has spoken and we are responding.  We will be convening a special meeting of the City Commission on June 25th at 5:30 p.m. to consider prohibiting the usage of fireworks from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the permitted days being the day before, the day of, and the day after a national holiday.  If approved, this new rule would become effective June 30th.  Be safe if you utilize fireworks and enjoy this summer!

  ---Mayor Clanton



Fireworks Moved to Patterson Field This Year | 6/10/2013
I want to give you folks plenty of notice that our fireworks presentation will be moving to Patterson Field behind Crestwood Middle School on 44th Street this upcoming July 4th. We had previously displayed fireworks there in the past up until their remodeling project which led the move to City Hall.  All festivities you are accustomed to here at City Hall will now be at Crestwood Middle School.  We thank Kentwood Public Schools for their partnership!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Thanks Meadow Brook Elementary! | 5/22/2013
Thanks to Meadow Brook Elementary for their hospitality in hosting our City Commission Meeting this week.  It was great to engage our northeast citizens as well as get to know Principal Shaw and and his staff.  Such great things happening at Meadow Brook Elementary!  

  ---  Mayor Clanton
 



May 21st City Commission Meeting | 5/17/2013
The Kentwood City Commission will hold its May 21st 7p meeting at Meadow Brook Elementary at 1450 Forest Hills SE. We are excited to “take our show on the road” and engage our northerly residents! 

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Local Honoree | 5/10/2013
I am pleased to see that one of our most highly regarded individuals in our business community has been recognized for his and his company’s work.  The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) honor John C. Kennedy, president and CEO of Autocam Corp as a recipient of the 2013 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Tier Manufacturer category.  “Kennedy has transformed the area with his philanthropy, hard work and commitment,” according to an MMA news release announcing the award.  Congratulations to John and Autocam!

   ---  Mayor Clanton
 



Pride Day Thanks | 5/7/2013
Thanks to all the volunteers and staff that made our annual Kentwood Pride Day a success.  Many residents were able to dispose of unwanted household items, recycle electronic components, and donate to the Salvation Army.  Special thanks to the Kentwood Senior VIPS’, Commissioners’ Sharon Brinks, Maurice Groce, Laurie Sheldon, and Michael Brown.  Deborah Stakenas EKHS Latin Class,  Stephen Kepley, Rich Houtteman, and Ron Woods also pitched in with a great effort by Kentwood DPW.  Thanks for keeping Kentwood beautiful!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Pride Day Saturday | 5/1/2013
A reminder to you all that Kentwood Pride Day is this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  If you are a City resident and have valid ID, you may dispose of unwanted household items at our Public Works Facility at 5068 Breton. Kent County will be on hand from 9a – 1p if you wish to dispose of household hazardous waste.  Electronic recycling and the Salvation Army will also be on site.  No tires or yard waste please.  Please thank volunteers greeting you at the gate!   Let’s keep Kentwood beautiful!   
 
  ---  Mayor Clanton



For Those In Need... | 4/18/2013
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at our Recreation Center at 355 48th Street SE.  The shelter will provide cots and basic needs in partnership with the Salvation Army to assist folks that cannot be in their homes due to results of weather.  If you need shelter and have medical equipment that is needed, please bring with you, if possible.  Thanks to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army for the humanitarian effort they provide!
 
  ---  Mayor Clanton



Use Caution Today | 4/17/2013
Folks, as you know, we are inundated with rain and will continue to be for most of Thursday and into early Friday. We are doing are best to keep storm drains open and impassable roads properly signed and even barricaded.  I ask you to not trust large standing pools of water on roads as you travel today.  With this much rainfall and our predominantly heavy soil in Kentwood, water simply does not get absorbed.  Water will travel where space and gravity allow it to do so. Please be careful if water comes into your basement.  You have electrical and mechanical equipment there that can be very unsafe to be around if it comes into contact with water.    
 
  ---  Mayor Clanton



Budget Process Going Well | 4/9/2013
As we move ahead with the budget process for 2013-14. I wanted to let you know that your Mayor and City Commissioners are committed to getting it right.  Over the next month, keep your eye out for updates (blogs and web site and newspapers) and where we are with our finances. All budgets should be complete by early June ahead of the upcoming new fiscal year beginning July 1st.  One thing I can assure you is we will safeguard the uses of our fiscal resources, which is one of our core values…..

Have a good week!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Construction Update | 3/27/2013
I just wanted to let you know the latest 28th Street Construction news and how to get wired into future updates.  The northbound lanes of Patterson Avenue will close and northbound traffic will be shifted onto the southbound lanes with one lane open in each direction. A left turn lane will be available from both directions of Patterson Avenue to M-11. Trucks cannot turn right from northbound Patterson Avenue to eastbound M-11 and should use 36th Street.  The work is weather dependent. Be sure to sign up for email blasts from MDOT@  http://bit.ly/14ucwY2 .  For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures @ www.michigan.gov/drive.

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Mission, Vision, and Core Value Statements | 3/18/2013
I want to share with you all that the Kentwood City Commission has rolled out its Mission, Vision, and Core Value Statements.  These statements serve as the foundation upon which we use to guide all that we do for you in the services we provide and the manner your interests are repesented.  You will notice these on the City Commission’s and Mayor’s web page on the City’s website.  We take the charge of serving representing your interests seriously!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Bosch Making Strides | 3/5/2013
We have received great news this week, a company here in Kentwood, Bosch LLC, has made an 8.2 million dollar investment recently and plans to employ 100 more people by 2014.  Bosch provides services and products which includes tube bending, end forming, laser cutting and robotic welding.  So if you’re out there and have some of these skills, you may want to stay in touch with them.  If you need these skills, contact Grand Rapids Community College and grow your economic future! 

Have a good week!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Six Cities Unite to Learn about Mutual Issues | 2/25/2013
We gathered with our other five urban cities to get to know each other a little better and learn about issues of the day that affect us all.  First off, we enjoyed chatting with our colleagues.  Trust begins with talking.  There are many things that we do and partner on that requires trust.  The first issue we learned about is the state of private ambulance service delivery in our County and how we may partner with Kent County Emergency Medical Services to get better outcomes.  You may hear more about this soon.
 
The second issue we learned about is the difficult task of maintaining our local and state road system and finding ways to pay for it.  Some folks feel we need to cut other places and some feel we need to raise new revenues.  With the State’s small discretionary budget, trimming here or there to get $1.2 billion in needed funds will prove difficult.  The longer we wait to fix the roads, the more expensive it gets to replace and repair.  The Governor’s Office also gave us an update on upcoming issues.  A very worthwhile evening! 

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Waste Management Amendment | 2/12/2013
You may have read that Kentwood voted to approve an amendment to the Kent County Solid Waste Management Plan that could result in a surcharge of about $4-$5 per year on waste bills.  The surcharge provides all long term care costs for three closed landfills as well as hazardous household waste programs.  We felt this vote was correct as we have a closed County landfill in our City that we share the cost in treating.   Our taxpayers have contributed  to this effort through a now expired millage.  Funds on hand for this purpose will last up to, or over 10 years but we cannot be certain.    The first amendment draft that the County considered “flow control” which would steer all County waste to County controlled facilities.  This move would generate enough revenue to care for closed landfills.  That option was not brought forward to us for consideration.  All trash generated in the six cities is subject to flow control and  brought to the Waste To Energy (WTE) Facility in Grand Rapids.  The WTE is a wonderful project that generates electricity and preserves open space. 

  ---  Mayor Clanton 



City Commission Retreat A Success! | 2/4/2013
This past weekend, our City Commission had its annual retreat.  Great information was given and much came out of it. We spent time on what makes good leadership, developed mission, and  core value statements for the city.   We shared our thoughts on things we felt we could do better as a commission as we move forward with our fiscal planning for the next budget year.  It is my opinion that our city government is in good hands when it comes to our elected officials.  Thank you fellow commissioners!
 
  ---  Mayor Clanton



Mayor's Conference | 1/28/2013
I visited Washington DC for the United States Mayors Conference last week. What a great experience it was! To know that we are in good standing compared to similar cities in achieving success in community development, housing, small business, clean water, transportation, technology, and public safety projects.  I felt so proud to be representing Kentwood in those meetings. I am confident that we can look forward to a healthy and prosperous 2013 as we stand tall in our nation’s economic recovery.
 
  ---  Mayor Clanton



Update | 1/18/2013
I am pleased that the efforts of all law enforcement teams working towards the apprehension of our primary suspect in the murders of David and Vivian Bouwman have succeeded. We all can rest a bit easier tonight knowing this individual is off the street. Chief Tom Hillen of our Kentwood Police Department has not let this case overwhelm him. He has worked methodically and tenaciously at utilizing all resources possible to find this individual. We know that our police department has much work to do but we are confident they will work diligently as this process moves forward. I want to thank all departments that are assisting us in this process and there are many. I hope to personally thank them at the appropriate time. It is my hope that this is the first step in the Bouwman Family’s journey to finding peace following this tragic event.

--- Mayor Clanton



Heavy Hearts | 1/8/2013
The City of Kentwood suffered a tragic loss recently when two of our fine residents lost their lives in a senseless act of violence. Our hearts are heavy with sympathy for the family and friends of the victims as well as with the neighborhood in which they lived. We struggle with why this and similar tragedies occur in our great nation. I do not believe I am alone in thinking that Kentwood is a wonderful place to live as are many communities that experience a tragedy. I will tell you that I am angered by the people that would have the thoughts to break into a home and shoot an elderly couple. We are relentless in our quest to find those responsible and I want to thank our police department, as well as our neighboring departments in assisting in this investigation. If you know something about this case, say something. We need your help as those responsible must be brought to justice in order to give loved ones as much peace as can be given to them.

  --- Mayor Clanton



Let's Just Do This! | 1/3/2013
Here’s to a great year to come with getting things done.  I had the honor of helping ring in the new year downtown Grand Rapids at the big ball drop.  Thanks to WKTV for the hard work on this event!  Here is a link:  http://youtu.be/oErAv45_Xws

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Year's End | 12/27/2012
2012 was an interesting year for our City.  We experienced joy and endured loss.  I want to tell you that through it all, I am honored to be your Mayor and I assure you that we will work hard for you in 2013.  I am excited to be a part of the ball drop this year at Rosa Parks Circle with fellow Mayors Heartwell of Grand Rapids and Poll of Wyoming.  If you cannot be there, keep an eye out for us on a live WKTV broadcast.  My fellow Commissioners and I wish you a safe and joyous New Year! 
 
  --- Mayor Clanton



Some good times and in need of your help: | 12/14/2012
First off, the good, click on the link to see our Christmas tree lighting.  It was a great time!!   http://youtu.be/Wkia8fsfvwU
The help I need is that in order to keep us and our respective properties safe, “If you see something, say something.”  Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Working for you | 12/3/2012
I had a unique opportunity to visit our leaders in congress this past week, urging them to find a way to “Fix The Debt.” I returned from that trip, optimistic that something will get done to make sure we don’t fall into another recession. I’ve also been partnering with other folks in our region to tell our state elected officials that if personal property tax goes away, they need keep our cities whole with a  sensible replacement model.  We must maintain our quality of life here in Kentwood and it is also important that our neighbors in Wyoming, Grand Rapids, and other area municipalities maintain their’s. So let us all encourage our elected officials to make the right decisions that keep our city and region working.

  ---  Mayor Clanton 



Rising from the Ashes | 11/27/2012
I am sure you have all learned of the unfortunate incident that occurred at Pinewood Park over the holiday weekend where our playground structure was burned.  Many hands joined to raise that project from the ground.  I assure you that Princeton Estates will see a play structure once again.  It is important to me and I am certain that it is important to our City Commission.  We are already taking the necessary steps to begin the replacement process with City Staff.  Our Recreation Department will reach out the neighborhood soon for design ideas.  A play structure will rise from the ashes!    

  ---  Mayor Clanton 



Happy Thanksgiving!! | 11/19/2012
Happy Thanksgiving to All Kentwood Residents and Businesses!  We have so many reasons to be grateful. Our family, friends, and a great community that we are blessed with.  Enjoy this holiday and be safe in your travels!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Let’s All Breathe! | 11/13/2012
The elections are over and we know the results. I think it’s time that we all get down to the business of solving some of our immediate problems. We need to “fix the debt”.  Our elected leaders need to find innovative ways to reduce our spending, raise some revenue, and reform our entitlement programs to  avoid inevitable hardships that we face .  I know as a country we can make this happen together. Let Washington know what you think. I will!

  ---  Mayor Clanton



Election Day | 11/5/2012
Tomorrow is Election Day.  It is the opportunity for you as citizens to stand up and let your voice be heard.  Our Clerk’s Office has been performing at a high level for weeks engaging all that have voted by absentee ballot and those that will vote.  If you have questions about voting and where your precinct is, please see our City Clerk’s page on this website or call 616.698.9610.

  --- Mayor Clanton
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