Here we are, enjoying the last vestiges of summer 2013. Instead of kicking off by saying goodbye to the last day of school, we say hello to the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. The first day of school signals the upcoming change in season and reminds us that another year is nearing its end.
The Fourth of July is long past and we enjoyed a wonderful weekend of Metro Cruise in August. Labor Day is now behind us, as is most major celebrations. With warm weather hanging on, there is still time for neighborhood barbeques, a few more laps in the pool, or cooling off in the lake. Yet, we know soon that cooler weather will be here to change our daily activities.
In my tenure as Mayor of Kentwood, we have shared many experiences and events…some good and some tragic. As a community, we have come together to raise the citizens of Kentwood above the fray exhibit the care and concern for each other that which are always the prevalent acts of residents in this City.
I am proud to inform you that the late Mayor Root’s list of “things to do” has been addressed and completed by my office and the dedicated employees in the City. Our primary election is behind us and in November, one qualified individual will assume the office that I have had the privilege of holding since June of 2012. We are fortunate once again to have the opportunity to make free choices for leadership because we live in the United States of America…a country that keeps freedom and liberty tantamount in its smallest towns, largest cities, and all places in between.
As this will be my last newsletter before my term ends, I would like to thank the residents of Kentwood for embracing my efforts to ‘get the job done’ and for the encouragement that I received from all levels of the constituency. I am deeply honored to have served as Your Mayor. This has been a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our City and its fine residents. When my term ends in November, I will take with me many fond memories and the knowledge that I served our City to the best of my ability—with an open mind and heart dedicated to seeing Kentwood flourish.
On behalf of my wife Deborah and myself, thank you for your support and kindness. I wish you all peace and happiness. God bless you all and the City of Kentwood.
Richard V. Clanton, Mayor
City of Kentwood, Michigan
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Fall is here, school is back in session and vacation is over. What can the library do for you now? Your library offers a wealth of information at your fingertips 24/7 for any and all of your recreation and information needs. Check out www. kdl.org and explore our Reference Resources.
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Car need fixing? Try the online Chilton Library repair manuals covering models for the past 30 years. Out of work or looking for a new job? Access job opportunities, write resumes or practice skills and tests using the Job and Career Accelerator and Learning Express. Checking your investments? The library provides online access to the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and many business databases.
Last minute homework? Check out full text magazine articles, up-to date country information, Opposing Viewpoints, biographies, literary criticism and many other respected informational databases.Ran out of something to read at 2 am? Download a free e-book or magazine.
All of these resources are accessible to you from your home computer or tablet with a KDL library card. Stop by the Richard L. Root branch and get a card today! All you need is a driver’s license or a picture id and proof of address.
4950 Breton, SE
Monday –Thursday 9:30-8:00 PM
Friday, Saturday 9:30 -5:00 PM
Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
We are pleased to announce that Gail Dewey was hired to take over HR and brings many years of HR experience to the City. She was previously employed at the City of East Grand Rapids, where she worked in Human Resources for six years. Prior to that, she was the Compensation and Benefits Specialist in a private sector health care company for seven years. Welcome Gail!!
Lisa Sonego, Kentwood’s Human Resources Director since 2005, has taken a new opportunity in Cape Coral, Florida. Lisa performed well in her role and was well respected by employees for her ability and care. Leadership has been a hallmark of training for managers in the last 18 months and Ms. Sonego has been a driving force.
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Another summer is coming to a close ushering in a wonderful Michigan fall, colorful trees, crisp air and a new school year. As the seasons change we need to take steps to prepare our homes for the change in climate. By taking a few simple steps we can make our homes safer for our families.
Check the smoke alarms in your home.All smoke detectors and alarms have a test button that, when pushed, causes the alarm to sound. Also, most detectors have either a blinking or a solid light that glows to let you know that the alarm is getting power.
Once a month, get up on a chair or use a broom handle for extra reach and push the test button. If you don’t hear anything, then your battery is dead. If after changing the battery, the smoke detector is still not working, immediately replace it with a new one.
While battery-operated units have a built-in device that chirps when batteries get low, signaling the need for replacement, common wisdom dictates not waiting until that point. Batteries should be replaced twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
Never remove a battery from your smoke alarm for use in another item, such as a radio, toy, or TV remote. Smoke alarms have a recommended life span which is typically 10 years. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing and replacement.
The City of Kentwood Fire Department has a limited supply of smoke alarms to distrib- ute to our residents that need one in their home. Each home is allowed one smoke alarm for free but it must be installed by fire department personal.These smoke alarms are the ionization style and are powered by a 9V battery which is included. This service is not open to landlords. The funds for these smoke alarms were provided through a donation in memory of Frank Cummings, a long time City Commissioner and friend to the fire department and Lack’s Industries a strong community partner.
Check your carbon monoxide detectors to make sure that they are operating correctly. Fol- low the manufactures instructions for proper testing procedures.
Make sure that your address is visible and correct, this will allow the emergency services to locate your house easier in the time of need.
As the temperatures outside cool down we all enjoy a backyard recreational fire. In the City of Kentwood if you have a camp fire in your backyard you are required to use certi- fied fireplace intended for outdoor use. The fireplace is required to be purchased and not homemade.The fireplace is required to be listed or certified by an acceptable listing agency. The fireplace is required to have a top, bottom and side screens in place and located on a non-combustible surface.The fire shall be fully extinguished and no fire shall be left unat- tended.The burning of leaves, yard waste, trash or paper is prohibited under Chapter 22
Article 4 Section 307 of the Code of Ordinances adopted by the City of Kentwood.The Code of Ordinances can be viewed through the City of Kentwood website. By following these rules we can keep our property and family and that of our neighbors safe from the dangers of fire.
Once again the Kentwood Fire Department will be visiting the elementary schools during Fire Prevention Week beginning in October.The message this year is “Let’s Get Cookin with Fire Safety” We will include some kitchen safety lessons in our annual program. Please be sure to review the fire safety information we send home with your children.
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Chief of Police Thomas Hillen introduces: Data-Driven
Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)
DDACTS integrates location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Using geo-mapping to identify areas that have high incidences of crime and crashes, DDACTS employs targeted traffic enforcement strategies that play a dual role in fighting crime and reducing crashes and traffic violations. Drawing on the deterrent of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve the use of motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce the incidence of crime, crashes, and traffic violations. More efficient as a focus of law enforcement efforts, it provides a more stable target for law enforcement activities in a particular area because of the high incidents of crime and crashes.
This model’s focus on collaboration with law enforcement, community members and organizations reinforce the crucial role that partnerships play in reducing social harm and improving quality of life. Building on this collaboration, high incident areas identified through the data are communicated to the community. It is important for the community to know that the stepped up enforcement in an area is data driven. The application of high-visibility traffic enforcement is a proven countermeasure that addresses both crime and traffic safety issues whether they occur simultaneously or independently in time or location. The goals are to reduce the incidents of crime and traffic safety issues in these locations as well as improving overall community quality of life for the partners in the City of Kentwood.
We hope you find this brief overview of this new program helpful. As your police department, we encourage our community to let us know of traffic concerns or suspicious activity occurring in your neighborhood. Working together, we can make a difference!
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Kentwood Newsletter Archive
12/14/2012 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Winter 2013
4/10/2013 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Spring 2013
7/5/2013 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Summer 2013