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Winter 2016
Spotlight on...Kentwood

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From the Office of the Mayor

Greetings to all who call Kentwood home! So much has transpired since our last Kentwood newsletter. Our country has elected its 45th President and most of us are wondering how it may impact us locally. It is important for us not to be afraid. Our Constitution has stood the test of time providing for peaceful transfers of power while protecting the individual rights of all U.S. citizens. More than ever, we need to act and not react to any negative actions or words that may be cast in the national spotlight. Loving your neighbor and treating all with respect, no matter how someone voted, is the key for our Kentwood community to remain united for a better tomorrow. As I had mentioned before, may it be our love for one another, no matter what, that resists the negative winds from tearing our flag or our country.

Blessings to you, your family and your business,

Mayor Kepley


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Your City Elected Officials


Stephen Kepley
Steve Redmond
Robert Coughlin
1st Ward Commissioner
Betsy Artz
Michael Brown
2nd Ward Commissioner
Erwin Haas
2nd Ward Commissioner
Gerald (Jerry) DeMaagd
1st Ward Commissioner
Dan Kasunic
City Clerk
Laurie Sheldon
City Treasurer

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Tree Recycling

The City of Kentwood offers a Christmas tree recycle site open Dec. 26 through Jan. 31 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The site is located at the City of Kentwood DPW at 5068 Breton Ave. All lights and decorations must be removed before dropping off your tree.

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Upcoming Events


Kentwood 50th Anniversary

2017 marks the City of Kentwood’s 50th Anniversary! Throughout the year, we’ll be celebrating this occasion. Stay tuned for more information about all the events!


We're kicking off with:

50th Anniversary
City Commission Meeting
Feb. 27, 6 p.m.
Bowen Elementary School
Be a Santa to a Senior Program
Now through Dec. 16
KAC, 355 48th St. SE, Kentwood
Holiday Food Drive & Mitten Tree
Now through Dec. 16
KAC, 355 48th St. SE, Kentwood
Annual Tree Lighting
Dec. 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Kentwood District Library
Kentwood Community Choir Concert
Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
Hertiage Baptist Church
Gingerbread Lane Story Time
Dec. 10, 10 a.m.
Kentwood District Library
Countdown to Happy "Noon" Year
Dec. 31, 11 a.m.
Kentwood District Library
Kentwood Remembers MLK
Jan. 16, 10 a.m.
Kentwood District Library
Daddy Daughter Dance
Feb. 11, 6 p.m.
Kentwood District Library
Freeze Fest Doubles Disc Golf
Tournament & Food Drive
Feb. 18, 9 a.m.

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Sidewalks & Hydrants

Property owners are responsible for clearing snow from the sidewalk in front of your house or business. When clearing your sidewalk, please keep these tips in mind:

  1. Be sure to clear the entire width of the sidewalk of snow and ice. This allows for safe passage of pedestrians.
  2. Keeping adjacent fire hydrants accessible is also the property owner’s responsibility.

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Fire Safety

Did you know home fires occur more in the winter than any other season? Be fire smart as you stay cozy and warm this winter season! Follow this quick checklist to help make your home safe for the winter:

  1. Check your smoke alarms
  2. Check your carbon monoxide detectors
  3. Clean out your dryer vent
  4. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from other objects
  5. Have your furnace inspected
  6. Always put fireplace ashes outside in a metal container
  7. Keep the closest fire hydrant clear of snow
  8. Make sure the address numbers on your home are visible
  9. Never leave burning candles unattended

If you do not have a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, contact the fire department at 616.554.0800 for assistance.


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Avoid the "Second Shovel"


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Winter Parking

Parking along the streets in the winter makes it very difficult for us to properly remove the snow. Vehicles may not be parked on the City streets from 1 a.m. to 8 am from Nov. 15 to March 15, or at any other time when parking could disrupt snow plowing.

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Winter Property Taxes

Winter property tax bills are issued Dec. 1, 2016 and due Feb. 14, 2017. Payments received after this date will automatically have a 3% penalty applied. Remember, your tax bill does not cover specific months, but rather, levy different taxes due for the entire year.

There are four ways to make a payment which are in-person at the Treasurer’s Office located in City Hall, online at www.ci.kentwood.mi.us, by calling 844.400.3552 or the non-cash teller tube and 24-hour drop box outside City Hall. Contact the Treasurer’s Office at 616.554.0761 or visit the website with any additional questions.


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Snow Removal Assistance

If you are looking for help removing snow, some local agencies may be able to provide help. The Red Cross, United Way or even your neighborhood association may provide assistance. Other resources such as your local church, a private contractor, family members or neighbors could also be of assistance.

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Vacation House Check


The Volunteers in Police Service program of the Kentwood Police Department offers FREE vacation house checks to Kentwood residents. Trained volunteers will perform an inspection of your property while you are away for at least a week and up to three months.

Forms are available at the Kentwood Police Department and must be submitted in person. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Vicki Highland at 616.656.6571 or highlandv@ci.kentwood.mi.us.


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