We have posted a recorded webinar that presents a neutral perspective on Proposal 1 which will be on the August 5th ballot. A vote is required to amend the Michigan Constitution as this issue would convert a portion of the existing state use tax to a local tax which would be used to reimburse local units like Kentwood for lost personal property tax revenues if approved. Kentwood receives approximately $3 million in personal property tax revenues per year.
--- Mayor Kepley
Thanks to all the volunteer organizations and residents that came out to the Resource Information last evening at Kelloggsville Community Church last evening. Thanks to Pastor Ron Bouwkamp and his staff for their assistance! Please remember the meeting at the Recreation Activities Center at 355 48th Street from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today.
--- Mayor Kepley
Dear Kentwood Citizens,
I trust all of you are well. We are truly grateful and thankful that no one lost their life in our recent tornado storm event. I have met many of you who are being challenged right now to push through the repairs and bring some order once again to your lives. Having seen the damage and heard the stories, the reality is that we can always repair and rebuild structures and plant trees, we cannot replace life that has been lost. For that we rejoice!
I am also truly grateful for all who have worked so hard to repair and return our neighborhoods to a place of normalcy. I am thankful for the insurance agents and their crews who were on site at first light to begin the cleanup while giving comfort to our residents. Their level of service to our citizens is so greatly appreciated. I am further thankful for Consumers Energy, who “kicked it” restoring power to the main lines within 48 hours of the event. Most Kentwood residents should now have power. To see what was done in 24 hours in areas like Lyles Street is nothing less than a miracle made with sweat, determination, and prayer. So that you know, any home that does not have power, most likely has an issue between the street lines and their circuit breaker. Residents are encouraged to call Consumers Energy for assistance. A private electrical contractor may be required to repair their private lines. Our Electrical Inspector is working diligently to inspect repairs completed by private companies on these individual homes so that Consumers can flip the switch to restore power.
Of course I am proud and thankful to all our Kentwood employees. Hats off to our first responders including all three fire stations, police officers on duty, to our Public Works crews, and Recreation Department that opened up the Activities Center for shelter to those in need. Many of our employees worked throughout the night and following day checking on our residents and clearing the streets so that access and cleanup could begin. All streets, except for three, were open by Tuesday morning with those three streets then open by Tuesday evening. Great job!
Lastly, I want to thank the incredible people of Kentwood! I just love the stories I have heard and seen of neighbors helping neighbors, of grills being fired up to serve lunch and dinners for work crews, and of those that went out immediately after the “freight train winds” to check on their neighbors. You have provided an example for us all of what it means to be a friend and a neighbor! We want to continue to encourage people not to drive and “sightsee” in damaged areas due to the number of contractors and work crews. Space is limited and we want no one to get hurt in the cleanup process! Speaking of cleanup, Kentwood residents can drop off their fallen trees and limbs to the Kelloggwoods Park between 52nd & 54th Street near Division Avenue between 8am and 10pm. Please have ID available.
Blessings to you all. Kentwood will once again be free of fallen wires and trees with homes restored or rebuilt. It will just take some time.
--- Mayor Kepley