APPROVED MINUTES OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE August 19, 2014 Conference Room #119 5:30 P.M. Present: Commissioners: Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Brown, Betsy Artz, Sharon R. Brinks, Robert Coughlin, Erwin Haas, and Mayor Stephen Kepley. Also present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ginebaugh, Deputy Administrator Rich Houtteman, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, Assistant City Engineer Dan Vander Heide, Public Works Director Ron Woods and Park & Recreation Director Charlie Ziesemer. PLANNING DEPARTMENT: A. ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS- INFORMATION ONLY. Community Development Director Schweitzer provided explanations for the changes to the text ordinances for allowing Outdoor Storage of Recreational Vehicles by Special Land Use, allowing Small Group Fitness and Rehabilitation Training Facility by changing to a 25% of the building and clarifying the definition of an open fence, noting there had been a public hearing at the Planning Commission prior. He answered questions of the Committee, noting it is on the agenda for the Commission this evening. FINANCE DEPARTMENT: A. PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF GENERAL FUND BUDGET FORECAST. Assistant Finance Director Nenciarini provided a power point presentation with additional comments by Finance Director Chase in providing a forecast of the General Fund budget 2014-2019. A discussion ensued regarding the Library construction and funding, with some of the Commissioners concerned on how the financing worked and why it was not explained to them at the time of discussion of building a new library. Mayor Kepley explained a way to cover the deficient until the millage catches up to total costs. Commissioners requested additional information for the future on this issue. B. GENERAL REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE REPORT FOR MONTH ENDED JUNE 30, 2014. Finance Director Chase explained the Preliminary Report reflects the budget amendments to both the Executive and Treasurer budgets. Commissioner Brinks inquired of the court revenues. Motion by Brinks, seconded by Artz, to receive and file the General Revenue and Expenditure Report for month ended June 30, 2014. Motion Carried. MAYOR’S OFFICE: A. KENTWOOD FOUNDATION. Deputy Administrator Houtteman reviewed his memorandum dated August 19, 2014 regarding the request for input by the City Commission on the direction of the Kentwood Foundation for the future. He provided possible alternatives for the Foundation along with Mayor Kepley’s input. A discussion ensued on this issue, with future discussions to take place. POLICE AND FIERE DEPARTMENTS: A. MONTHLY REPORTS. Because of the time, these reports will be placed onto tonight’s City Commission Agenda. The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 P.M. Dan Kasunic Michael Brown City Clerk Mayor Pro-Tem
Kentwood Trick or Treating | 10/11/2017

The City of Kentwood will observe Trick or Treating on October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For the safety of our children, please observe the following:

Take extra precaution while driving on Halloween. This includes driving slower and eliminate any distractions while driving. Remember, no texting and driving!

Parents should accompany their children while trick or treating.

Be sure to carry a flashlight.

Leave your porch light on if you are handing out candy.

Parents, remember to check your children's candy before indulging.

Have a safe and wonderful Halloween!




Kentwood Leaf Drop Off Open Oct. 14 | 10/3/2017
The 2017 Kentwood Leaf Drop Off will open Oct. 14 through Dec. 2. 

You may drop off leaves Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. at Kentwood Recycling Center, 5068 Breton SE.

Proof of residency will be required at the time of drop off. This service is provided to Kentwood residents. Commercial contractors are not permitted. This is a leaf only drop off site. Plastic bags, grass clippings, brush, tree trimmings or trash will not be accepted.

If you have questions, please contact Kentwood Department of Public Works at epublicworks@ci.kentwood.mi.us or call 616.554.0817. 



Kent County District Courts announce Warrant, Traffic and Parking Tickets Waiver Program | 9/6/2017
The Kent County District Courts recently announced a new waiver program for anyone with outstanding criminal and traffic warrants for non-compliance with a court order of fines, fees, court costs and any outstanding traffic and parking tickets in default or suspension. This new waiver program will be in effect October 1 through October 31.
 
The Courts 
will waive all court-imposed late fees and warrant fees except for the $45 License Suspension Reinstatement Fees, and guarantee those who make payment in full will not be incarcerated. An individual can avoid jail if they make a significant payment with an approved plan to pay the remaining balance. Suspension will not be lifted until paid in full. 
 
Courts will accept cash, money orders or cashier’s checks. No personal checks will be accepted. 
 
This new Kent County District Court’s waiver program is an opportunity for citizens to comply with court orders by settling their debts without further penalty or incarceration.
 
You can call the 62-B District Court at 616.698.9310 for more information about the program. 



End of Summer Food Truck Rally Coming Sept. 16 | 8/31/2017
Join us from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. as we say goodbye to summer with food trucks, cornhole, live music and a beer tent! We're partnering with GR Loves Food Trucks to bring more than 30 different food trucks and vendors to this celebration! 

A cornhole tournament for teams of two will take place throughout the day. Registration is available by contacting our Parks and Recreation department at 616.656.5280.

Enjoy live music from 
Kari Lynch, Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish, Elroy Meltzer and Blue Nan & the Househould featuring Stan Greene. You can bring blankets and lawn chairs. 

The beer tent will open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for those 21 and older. Craft beer and cider from Railtown Brewery will be served. 


This is one event you don't want to miss. Trust us - your tastebuds will thank you! 

For a complete list of food trucks, visit our Facebook page

Interested in being a volunteer? Sign up here 



New Website Coming Soon! | 8/29/2017

We are very excited to unveil our new website in the coming weeks! The updated website will have a fresh, new look along with tools that will make it easy for you find the information you need.
 

Unfortunately, the process has created issues with our current website, causing intermittent downtimes. We appreciate your understanding as we go through this process and know we are working hard on our end to make this transition as smooth as possible.




Urban Metro Mayors Encourage Support for Hurricane Relief Fund | 8/29/2017
West Michigan residents who want to support Texas residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to make a contribution to a special relief fund established through the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
 
Six Kent County mayors who are part of Urban Metro Mayors & Managers, or UMMM, are collaborating to spread the word about the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in response to an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies looking to help.
 
UMMM mayors include:
  • East Grand Rapids Mayor Amna Seibold: “I applaud Mayor Turner and the people of Houston for their rapid response to efficiently reach the people who are in most need of support. The people of West Michigan are known for their generosity and I'm sure they will once again step up to the plate by helping the Houston community during this tragic time.”
  • Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss: “Grand Rapidians have a long history of providing support to those impacted by disasters. The people of Houston need our help, and I urge our community to answer that call.”
  • Grandville Mayor Steven Maas: “The hearts of Grandville residents are united with those in Texas facing the overwhelming circumstances of Hurricane Harvey.  We are encouraging our residents to reach out to them with their thoughts, their prayers and their resources.” 
  • Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley: “Communities can experience what seem to be overwhelming challenges like those now facing Texas residents after Hurricane Harvey. Contributing to the GHCF special relief fund is a way that West Michigan residents can channel their generosity to help those in need.”
  • Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga: “The residents of the City of Walker have watched the tragedy of flooding unfolding in Houston. Together, we stand with Houston as fellow Americans, said Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga. We want to help; we offer our prayers and financial support in this difficult time for so many.”
  • Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll: “Having dealt with the impact of severe weather incidents in the last couple years, our thoughts and prayers go out to our colleague Mayor Turner and all those in Houston who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We stand beside the Houston community and trust that, in addition to support from our city and those around the nation, their indomitable spirit will carry them through.”
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and is now accepting tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent storm. The fund is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

You can donate in one of three ways:
  • With your credit card online by visiting www.ghcf.org. Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee, typically 3 percent, by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee.
  • With a check or money order that you can mail to Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, Texas 77056.
  • With a wire transfer to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. in Houston, ABA # 021000021For credit to: Greater Houston Community Foundation, A/C#: 849170287, for further credit to: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

About Urban Metro Mayors & Managers
The Urban Metro Mayors and Managers is a collaborative consortium of local officials from Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood, Walker, Grandville and East Grand Rapids that find value in working together for the betterment of our West Michigan communities. 



Kentwood Getting New Street Lights | 8/23/2017
The City of Kentwood is getting a lot brighter – thanks to a conversion to LED streetlights on primary streets.
 
Kentwood is joining the growing list of cities making the conversion, swapping out 2,661 of its current high-pressure sodium, or HPS, lights to light-emitting diode, commonly known as LED lights. The project will be completed in four phases, beginning this week.
 
“From now through the end of October, Kentwood will be working with Consumers Energy to convert 489 lights on major streets such as 44th Street, 52nd Street and Eastern Avenue,” Dan VanderHeide said, Kentwood city project manager. “We are pleased with this partnership, which will allow us to improve lighting while saving money.”
 
The City of Kentwood LED conversion is one of several similar projects Consumers Energy is working on with local governments across Michigan. In the last two years Consumers Energy has worked with about 50 communities on at least a partial conversion to LED streetlights.
 
Phase One of Kentwood’s project will save the city more than 193,000 kilowatt hours annually, which translates to enough energy to power about 25 Michigan homes per year. The change to LED lights is the first phase of the project and is expected to save the City more than $35,000 annually in maintenance and repairs.
 
“Consumers Energy is pleased to collaborate with Kentwood to save the City and its residents both energy and money with this LED streetlight conversion,” said Lisa Gustafson, Consumers Energy’s executive director of business customer care. “As we continue to convert similar LED projects with communities across Michigan, we commend the City of Kentwood for its commitment to an affordable and sustainable energy future.”
 
Motorists will experience minimal, short-term lane interruptions throughout the City while Consumers Energy switches light fixtures. 



Celebrate Kentwood Starts Friday | 8/10/2017

Celebrate Kentwood

August 11 & 12 
 
 
Kentwood City Hall Lawn (4900 Breton SE)
Join us for two days of celebration! Taking place behind Kentwood City Hall, we'll have food, inflatables for kids, carnival games, community booths, a beer garden, cultural acts, and live music including Mega 80's! Saturday evening will end with a special 50th Anniversary fireworks show.

Friday Schedule
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.            Classic Car Show
5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.       Beer Garden Open 
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.            Kentwood's Got Talent

Saturday Schedule
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.             Farmers Market at the Kentwood Library
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.             Breton Street Fair
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.             Various cultural acts performing
Noon to  7 p.m.             Inflatables, Carnival Games, Kids Activities
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.             Tom Cutts & Friends
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.             The Isaac Norris Project
4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   Beer Garden Open 

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.        Cabildo
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   Mega 80’s
Dusk                              Fireworks

More information available at www.kentwood50.com 



Celebrate Kentwood Parking | 8/10/2017

We hope you'll be joining us this weekend for Celebrate Kentwood, where we have a lot FREE activities and events planned throughout the day! 

The City will be providing shuttle service beginning Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The shuttle service will run from St. Marks Church, Challenger Elementary, New Covenant Community Church and Crestwood Middle School and drop off at the bus stop on Walma next to City Hall. 

Shuttle buses will be labeled "2A Kentwood 50." Times runs as follows: 

 

Friday

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

18 minute pick-up frequency 

 

Saturday 

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

18 minute pick-up frequency 

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

9 minute pick-up frequency 

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

6 minute pick-up frequency 


Handicap parking is available in front of City Hall. 

Additional parking suggestions throughout the weekend are: 

Kentwood Public Works, 5068 Breton SE
Kentwood Justice Center, 4742 Walma SE
Crestwood Middle School, 2674 44th St. SE 
New Covenant Church, 5160 Breton SE 
Challenger Elementary, 2475 52nd St. SE
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1934 52nd St. SE 

MAP 



We need YOU to make this party happen! | 7/13/2017

We're throwing a big party to "Celebrate Kentwood" Aug. 11 - 12, and we need YOUR help! We're looking for volunteers to help with everything from beer tent help to information booth to merchandise sales! Come down to Railtown Brewing Company Tuesday, July 18 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and sign up. We'll even give you a cool t-shirt and pizza in return!

Can't make it Tuesday? Sign up online to help!http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4faaac29a31-volunteer.




Storms Roll Through Kentwood | 7/7/2017
We hope everyone is safe after last night's storm. All our available are out cleaning up this morning. Please be aware that many traffic signals are out this morning and you should treat these as a 4-way stop.

Our crews are cleaning up debris and fallen trees on city streets and sidewalks. Remember, it is the property owner's responsibility to clean any debris from your yard. 
Kentwood does not have a yard waste drop off site.  If you need to dispose of yard waste from the storm, we encourage you to contact your current waste hauler.  You can also visit Kent County Recycling to find more yard waste disposal options in Kent County.  We are also aware that Landscape Impressions is currently taking brush. Please call in advance. 

Our crews are working as fast as possible while keeping everyone safe. If you see a downed power line, contact Consumer's Energy Down Line phone number 800-477-5050 and stay at least 25 ft away from the line. More information about what to do with a downed line can be found https://www.consumersenergy.com/community/safety.
 



4th of July Parade Route and Road Closures | 6/29/2017
This year, the City has a new parade route. The parade will start on Walma Avenue, heading south towards City Hall, continue south down Breton SE before turning west on 52nd St. The parade will end at Challenger Elementary School. The new route brings everyone at to the City Campus, near the Autocam 5K Start/Finish Line and where we will be also hosting a Pancake Breakfast. More details about the events throughout the day can be found here

There is plenty of parking along the parade route, including at City Hall and Justice Center. Please see the attached map for complete details of road closures

We look forward to seeing you there! 



New Read: Summer 2017 Kentwood Newsletter | 6/25/2017
Check out the latest Kentwood Newsletter to stay up-to-date on what's happening in Kentwood this summer. See the full list of events and important updates at Adavance-Spotlight-Summer-17-Final 



4th of July Celebration | 6/12/2017
You're invited to our annual 4th of July Celebration. We will have activities all day at City Hall Campus and Crestwood Middle School, located at 2674 44th St. SE.
 
Events include:
  • 7:30-9:30 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast @ Kentwood Library
  • 8:30 a.m. - Autocam 5K Race & Fun Walk @ Kentwood City Hall
  • 9:30 a.m. - Parade - New route this year! The parade starts at Crestwood Middle School, travels south on Walma to Breton, turns west on 52nd and ends at Challenger Elementary.
  • 6:00-10:00 p.m. - Evening Celebration @ Crestwood Middle School which will include carnival rides, games and cake walk, giant inflatables, airbrush tattoos, food vendors and food trucks, community booths, live Music from Great Scott and fireworks at dusk. 

We look forward to celebrating with you!



Farmers Market to Open June 10 | 6/1/2017
Buy local and eat local this summer at the Kentwood Farmers Market. Starting June 10, you'll have the opportunity to buy locally grown produce as well as sample vendors like K Gourmet Bake Shoppe, The Great Bread Company, Country Harvest Greenhouse and Sallese House of Suds. 

The market will take place each Saturday, staring June 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4950 Breton Road SE.


To learn about upcoming events and find more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/CityofKentwoodFarmersMarket/.
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Kentwood and Kent County Road Commission to hold DPW Open House May 17 | 5/4/2017
On Wednesday, May 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Kentwood residents are welcome to celebrate National Public Works Week at Kentwood's DPW located at 5068 Breton Road SE in conjuction with the Kent County Road Commission.

The evening will feature family friendly activities and demonstrations of our equipment and educate those in attendance of how important DPW is to the community. Enjoy a BBQ and other food during the event, prepared by our DPW crew and see the road sign art contest submissions. 

Click here to learn more and we look forward to seeing you there!
 



Kentwood Joins Community Effort for Better Care for Adults Living with Mental Illness | 5/4/2017
This morning, Kentwood leaders were a part of a new communtiy-wide initiative to provide better  and more coordinated – responses for adults struggling with mental health issues.

This collaboration of law enforcement, acute care facilities, psychiatric care facilities and community mental health providers is designed to provide better care for adults with mental illness by reducing misdirection, conserving resources and addressing critical needs.

To learn more about the initiative click here.



Election on May 2 | 5/1/2017
Please remember to get out and vote on May 2. 

You can learn more about the millage at www.kentisd.org/parents--community/ strong-schools-strong-communities

Don’t remember your precinct? Find your voting location at www.mi.gov/vote



City Welcomes Familiar Face to Commission | 4/20/2017
On Tuesday, April 18, Richard Clanton was sworn in as Kentwood City Commissioner. 

Richard was mayor of Kentwood from 2012 to 2013, completing the term of Richard L. Root. Prior to his position as mayor, he served on the city commission from 2001 to 2012.

He currently is the chief executive officer of United Methodist Community House and active in the community, serving on a variety of city boards and commissions including the finance committee, Kentwood Economic Development Corporation and capital improvement program, which he chaired.

We are excited to have Richard back and look forward to his continued leadership for Kentwood!



Kentwood Police Sponsoring Drug Take Back on April 29 | 4/19/2017
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Kentwood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Kentwood Police Department at 4742 Walma Ave SE.

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.



Kentwood to Honor 50 Year Business | 3/21/2017
The City of Kentwood will continue its year-long 50th Anniversary celebration with a breakfast honoring businesses that have served the community since its founding.
 
Hosted at the Kent District Library Kentwood Branch on March 23, the breakfast will honor 23 businesses that currently call Kentwood home. A diverse group of businesses will be honored, ranging from large retailers like JCPenny to locally-owned businesses like Tubergen Saw and Cutter.
 
“Not only are we diverse in the residents of our community, but in the businesses and organizations that call Kentwood home,” said Mayor Stephen Kepley.  “The long tenure many of our businesses have enjoyed coupled with the exciting new businesses choosing to open their doors here is a strong testament to the desirability of Kentwood.”

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Kent District Library Kentwood Branch and feature a short awards ceremony to honor the businesses.



Kentwood Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration | 2/23/2017
The City of Kentwood is celebrating our Golden Annivesary! 

2017 marks the 50th year we've been a city and we're celebrating throughout the year in a big way! We have a lot of big things planned throughout the year and we're excited for you to join. 

To kick off the celebration, we're going back to where it all started by re-creating the very first City Commission meeting on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at Bowen Elementary. This is the date and location of the very first City Commission back in 1967. 

Please join us for an informal City Commission with a night programming from Mayor Stephen Kepley, the City Commission and Kentwood Public Schools. 



Taste of Kentwood Returns Bigger and Tastier Than Ever | 2/23/2017
This year, Taste of Kentwood promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We will host more than 15 local restaurants on March 2 at the Kentwood Activities Center. 

There will be a variety of food including Thai, Mexican, soups and sandwiches and Barbeque. Whatever flavor you like, there is surely something to tickle your taste buds. 

There are two available sessions: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 in advance and $7 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets HERE
 
We look forward to seeing you there! 



Kentwood Seeking Candidate to Fill Commission Seat | 2/23/2017
The City of Kentwood is seeking applications from residents to fill a vacant position on the City Commission.  
 
Applicants must be a Kentwood resident and registered voter.  The selected candidate will complete the vacant Commissioner-At-Large term, which expires in November 2019.

Residents are encourage to apply in person at the Kentwood City Clerk’s office or online

Questions regarding this position may be directed to the Deputy City Administrator, Mark Rambo, at (616) 554-0770 or RamboM@ci.kentwood.mi.us



Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Star? | 1/11/2017
We know Kentwood's got talent, but now is the chance to prove it! The City of Kentwood is looking for the best performers in the area to show off their skills at our Talent Show Competition this summer. The event will be judged from celebrity judges and will feature talent of: 
  • Voice
  • Dance
  • Magic 
  • Comedy
  • Variety
  • And More! 

Auditions are being held Thursday, March 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kentwood Library, 4950 Breton SE. 

Enter today at www.yourkprd.org or at the Kentwood Activities Center. All applications must be received by Friday, March 3. 
 



Kentwood Celebrates MLK by Launching Little Free Pantry | 1/11/2017
"Life's most persistant and urgent question is 'What are YOU doing for others?'" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Join the City of Kentwood in a day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year we will be launching our new service project in partnership with The Pantry. We will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishible items to stock Kentwood’s first Little Free Pantry.

Little Free Pantries embody the spirit of Dr. King, demonstrating that anyone can be great because anyone can serve.
 
Little Free Pantries originated in Arkansas with the motto “Neighbors serving neighbors.” The pantries are designed to be small and fill an immediate and local need. The Kentwood Little Free Pantry is the first known in the area and will be located in the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE. Donations will be accepted throughout the year at The Pantry, which is located 4150 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids.  


Come learn more about this program and find out how you can help families in need in the Kentwood community. There will be a brief program from 10-11am. Donations will be collected from 11am-1pm.



When will my street get plowed? | 12/12/2016
The City of Kentwood’s Department of Public Works prioritizes winter operations from highest volume street to lowest volume street in the following order:
  1. Major Streets within the City of Kentwood with the most traffic are the first priority when it comes to snow removal. A few examples of major streets are 44th, 52nd, Kalamazoo and Eastern. We plow and salt the major routes first during a snow event.
  2. Collector Streets are the “main” streets throughout many of the subdivisions where you live. They act as the most effective way to enter or exit an area adjacent to the major streets.  These routes are plowed and salted after the major streets have been cleared and are as safe as possible to travel on. Some examples of collector streets are: Baileys Grove Dr., Stauffer Ave and Gentian Ave.
  3. Local Streets are the streets with in the subdivisions themselves.  We plow these once the collectors are cleared and safe for travel.  We typically do not spread salt on the local streets.
  4. Cul-De-Sacs/stub streets are the last to get attention. We will plow these with smaller pick-up trucks and direct the snow to areas in the cul-de-sac that are suitable for snow storage. Please make sure all items are removed from the cul-de-sacs such as: soccer goals, portable basketball hoops and any other miscellaneous items.
There are many times when we have finished one classification of street and moved into another and Mother Nature decides to disrupt our plan. In these cases, as the major roads deteriorate, we will shift our attention back to them and then the cycle starts over.
We make every attempt to have all the roads cleared within 24 hours after the snow event has ended. During most snow events our crews are working around the clock with trucks on the road 24 hours a day, sometimes for several days in a row. Thank you for your patience this winter.
 



Wing Ave. Public Workshop to Be Held Dec. 6 | 12/1/2016
Based on feedback we've received about the changes to Wing Ave., the City of Kentwood is hosting a third public engagement workshop, scheduled for Dec. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kentwood District Library. 

Since the two previous informational sessions, we have initatied changes based on your concerns which will be discussed in the workshop. 

The workshop is designed for you to provide feedback in an open-house format with stations for each of the major project elements. We take our residents' feedback very seriously and all comments will be considered when developing the final plan. Please come share your thoughts with us!

You may also share your input here. You can also contact Tim Bradshaw at bradshawt@ci.kentwood.mi.us or by calling 616.554.0824.



Leaf Disposal Now Available! | 11/15/2016
Fall is here and we know those beautiful, bright leaves end up on the ground. After you're finished with fall yard cleaning, Kentwood residents may bring their leaves to to our leaf disposal site at 5068 Breton, next to the recycling center. 

The site will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Saturday and noon to 6:00 pm Sundays. Proof of residency will be required at the time of drop off. This service is provided to residents of Kentwood, and commercial contractors are not permitted. 

This is a leaf only drop off site and no plastic bags, grass clippings, brush, tree trimmings or trash will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at 616-554-0817. 



Kentwood Tree Lighting Taking Place December 9 | 11/14/2016
Join us for the Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony! This year's event takes place on Friday, December 9, at the Kentwood Public Library. The night kicks off with a holiday light parade, followed by tree lighting and caroling. There will also be carriage rides and hay rides, hot chocolate and cookies, live music, caroling, and of course a visit from Santa! There will also be Elves Express Gift Shop throughout the evening. 

This festive event is free and open to the public. You can view the event on the Facebook event page

We hope to see you there! 

 



Are You Ready for the Election on November 8? | 11/3/2016
This coming Tuesday will mark a historic election day! Voter turnout is expected to be one of the highest in recent memory. Here are some tips to consider as you head to the polls. 

Avoid Peak Times: If possible, plan to vote between 9 am to 11 am and between 2 pm to 4 pm when lines tend to be shorter. 
Be Informed: The ballot in Kentwood is long, with more than 25 different elections. Knowing your options before heading the polls can cut your time significantly, as well as those behind you. You can find a sample of your ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center
Be Prepared: Know your polling location before you go to vote. You'd be surprised at how many people wait in a long line only to be told they're at the wrong location. The Michigan Voter Information Center is a great resource to find your polling location. 
Consider Absentee: Already, we have seen record numbers of absentee votes. You can save yourself the time waiting in line by voting absentee. Kentwood Clerk Office is open during regular business hours (8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday). In addition, the office will be open Saturday, November 5, 8 am - 2 pm. This is your final opportunity to pick up an absentee ballot, and if mailed, must be post marked by November 5. All ballots will be tallied on Election Day. 

Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. If you have questions, please call the Election line at 616.554.0731. 



City Trick or Treating: Oct 31 | 10/26/2016
The City of Kentwood will observe Trick or Treating on October 31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For the safety of our children, please observe the following: 
  • Take extra precaution while driving through the city on October 31. This includes driving slower and eliminate any distractions while driving. Remember, no texting and driving! 
  • Parents should accompany their children while trick or treating 
  • Be sure to carry a flashlight 
  • Leave your porch light on if you are handing out candy 
  • Parents, remember to check your children's candy before indulging 


Have a fun and safe Halloween! 




Second Public Hearing for Wing Ave. | 10/13/2016
The second public hearing about the Wing Ave. Corridor project will be held on October 17th at 7:00pm at the Kentwood City Hall (4900 Breton Ave SE).  We will be reviewing the findings of the traffic study and discussing improvement options which include a variety of items including tree preservation, pedestrian and non-motorized accessibility, volume and speed of vehicles, safety and utilities. Click HERE for a copy of the project flyer and HERE to share your throughts online!    



Bags 'N Bites: Oct 15 | 10/10/2016
Join us for the 1st Annual Bags 'N Bites - Food Truck Rally and Cornhole Tournament. This fun and unique event will take place on the lawn behind City Hall. Enjoy some of the best cuisine on wheels, toss some bags, and relax with some live music. Event is open to the public. Cost to participate in the cornhole tournament is $20 per team. To register, go to www.yourkprd.org or call (616) 656-5270. Featuring music from Just Cuz and food from Two Scotts BarbecueBlue Spoon Catering & Event PlanningPatty Matters - Food TruckGettin' FreshBig Baby's Bar-B-Que, LLC.RIX STIX Pronto Pup, and River City Cup & Cake.



28th Street Metro Cruise: Aug 26 & 27 | 8/22/2016
August 26th & 27th will be the 12th Annual 28th St. Metro Cruise. This event annually draws over 250,000 people to the 28th Street corridor for this weekend. There are events up and down 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade. The Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce oversees the activities at Rogers Plaza, the center of the Cruise. The hours of operation are Friday 4-10 pm. Saturday Opening Ceremonies are at 9:00 am and we close at 7:00 pm. Come see the over 40 vendors, Pete Chapouris of So-Cal Speed Shop, The Pin Up Girl Contest, and the thousands of beautiful collector cars. Please support the Sponsors, Vendors, and all the folks who bring these great cars to this family friendly event. Click HERE for the website.



Wing Ave Corridor Study | 8/16/2016
The City of Kentwood is initiating a corridor study for Wing Ave.  The study will look at a variety of items including tree preservation, pedestrian and non-motorized accessibility, volume and speed of vehicles, safety and utilities.  The first public hearing about the project will be held on August 24th at 7:00pm at the Kentwood City Hall (4900 Breton Ave SE).  Click HERE for a copy of the project flyer and HERE to share your throughts online!



Bigfoot Buffalo rescheduled for August 18 | 8/15/2016
We have rescheduled the Bigfoot Buffalo concert for Thursday, August 18. This is a free show - concert begins at 7pm. Bring a blanket or chair and relax on the lawn behind Kentwood City Hall. Guests are welcome to bring beer or wine to enjoy at the show.



The Accidentals to play in Kentwood on August 11 | 8/8/2016
The Kentwood Summer Entertainment Series concludes on August 11 with music from The Accidentals. We'll have food trucks on site, and as always, guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, kick back and relax with a favorite snack, local craft beer or wine and enjoy the show!

The event will be held on Thursday August 11 at 7:00 pm behind Kentwood City Hall at 4900 Breton Rd.SE.  Click HERE for the brochure.  All events are free, which is part of the City of Kentwood’s commitment to providing family oriented, high quality services and amenities for the community. 



44th Street Closure - August 1 | 8/1/2016

Notice of Street Closure for August 1, 2016 44th Street: Kalamazoo Ave to Applewood Dr. (10pm to 6am)!!  We have a paving project that will require 44th Street to be closed overnight, from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., on August 1, 2016. If delayed by weather, the work will be completed on the evening of August 2. We understand this closure may affect your commute and ask for your patience as we work through the project. Closing the road was the safest option for the construction crew and motoring public.




Kentwood to Celebrate National Night Out | 8/1/2016
Kentwood will be buzzing with block parties, neighborhood events and other activities on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as part of the community’s celebration of National Night Out.  City leaders, police officers and firefighters plan to fan out to 16 neighborhood gatherings as well as Woodland Mall to show their support for the annual community-building event. The National Night Out program started in the 1980s to promote safer, better neighborhoods in communities and highlight the alliance between citizens and law enforcement to achieve that goal. Events are held nationwide mostly on the first Tuesday in August.  In Kentwood, most events will occur from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
“The heart of any community is neighbors caring for neighbors,” Mayor Stephen Kepley said. “The city’s entire leadership team is looking forward to fellowshipping with our residents and celebrating the best of Kentwood. National Night Out provides the opportunity for our City to have the kind of open communication that fosters a better community.”
 
In addition to the 16 community events in Kentwood at locations including churches, parks and individual homes, another option is at Woodland Mall.  The Kentwood Police Department is partnering with Woodland Mall and Celebration! Cinema for a daytime event from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Residents can come to meet with their police and firefighters and enjoy prizes, games, face painting, free hot dogs and popcorn.  Consumers Energy is hosting a gathering attended by community leaders and law enforcement across the area from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. at its service center, 4000 Clay Ave. SW.
 
“We enjoy any opportunity to meet with our citizens, but National Night Out is a particularly energizing time for our officers and our community,” Police Chief Tom Hillen said. “Members of our department are eager to talk with our residents, hear and respond to their concerns about safety and continue building the bridges necessary for a secure community and good quality of living.”
 
For more information about National Night Out events in Kentwood, contact Sergeant James Connell, Community Services Unit Kentwood Police Department at 616.656.6561.



Entertainment Series Continues | 7/13/2016
The Kentwood Summer Entertainment Series continues this week with music from Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys. We'll have food trucks on site, and as always, guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, kick back and relax with a favorite snack, local craft beer or wine and enjoy the show!

The City of Kentwood combined its Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Park into the Summer Entertainment Series. The event is held on Thursday evenings from June 2 through August 11 behind Kentwood City Hall at 4900 Breton Rd.SE.  Click HERE for the brochure.  All events are free, which is part of the City of Kentwood’s commitment to providing family oriented, high quality services and amenities for the community. 
 



4th of July Celebration: America the Beautiful | 6/27/2016
The City of Kentwood Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting the annual July 4th Celebration on Monday, July 4, 2016. There are many activities throughout the entire day. The theme this year is “America the Beautiful.” Click HERE for the flyer.
 
Pancake Breakfast
A pancake, sausage and egg breakfast will take place in the parking lot at Kentwood Community Church (1200 60th St. SE) from 7:00‐11:00 am. Cost is $7 and kids under 3 eat free. Due to morning road closures, enter KCC parking lot by turning on Eastport Dr. off of Kalamazoo (by Celebration Cinema). Turn right onto Ridgebrook. Look for the tent in the east parking lot.
 
Autocam 5K Race & Fun Walk
The race will start and finish in front of Kentwood Community Church (KCC) on the corner of 60th Street and Ridgebrook. The race begins at 8:30am sharp. Racers will travel West towards Eastern, North on Eastern, turn around at the designated area in front of CVS, head South on Eastern, head East on 60th, end at KCC. Registration is available HERE. Late registration and check in will be in the KCC parking lot. Awards will be given for the race. The fun walk is strictly for fun & fitness.
 
Kentwood Parade
This year the Parade will begin at 60th St. and Ridgebrook in front of Kentwood Community Church and travel west on 60th Street then north to the 52nd/Eastern Intersection. The parade begins at 9:30 am and will end approximately at 11:30am. We are still looking for groups and families to get involved. If you would like to take part in the parade this year, contact the Recreation Department at 656‐5270.
 
Evening Celebration
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 Trucks will be onsite until 10:00 pm. There will also be a live music stage, and more for your entertainment.
 
We are also looking for volunteers for all portions of the celebration. For more information, contact the department at 656‐5270.
 
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE FIREWORKS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 5.

 



City of Kentwood Financial Presentation | 6/10/2016
Click HERE to watch our May 19, 2016 presentation about the City of Kentwood's budgeting process and financial position. 



City of Kentwood to Rehabilitate 44th Street from Broadmoor Ave to Patterson Ave. | 6/6/2016
Beginning July 5, 2016, the City of Kentwood, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Hearthside Food Solutions, will rehabilitate 44th Street from Broadmoor Avenue (M-37) to Patterson Avenue. 
 
The work will include milling out the full 8 inches of asphalt and replacing it with a new concrete surface.  An extended right-turn lane will be added on westbound 44th at Broadmoor Ave. and irrigation will be added to the existing median islands.
 
The $1,875,471 project received $64,444 in Category A Transportation Economic Development Funds (TEDF) from MDOT thanks, in part, to contributions by Hearthside Food Solutions, and $1,052,744 from the FHWA in Surface Transportation Program funds.  The remaining $758,283 will be paid by the City of Kentwood. 
 
“I am proud of our team and our community partners who successfully gained the necessary capital which will allow for a major corridor within our community to be greatly improved,” noted Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
The project will not require traffic to be detoured.  One lane of traffic, in each direction, will be maintained at all times.  Access to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will also be maintained.  Kamminga & Roodvoets, a Kentwood based contractor, was awarded the work by MDOT as the low bidder. The project is scheduled to be complete in September of 2016.
 



How the Water Tank Cleaning May Affect You | 6/2/2016
The ½ Million Gallon Elevated Water Storage Tank next to the Library went out of service on Wednesday, June 1, for exterior cleaning and painting. The anticipated completion date is June 10. Please be aware that you may notice a decrease in water pressure during this time. For questions, contact the Water Department at 616-554-0734.



Summer Entertainment Series Starts June 2 | 6/1/2016
The City of Kentwood is combining its Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Park into the Summer Entertainment Series. The revamped event will be held on Thursday evenings from June 2 through August 11 behind Kentwood City Hall at 4900 Breton Rd.SE.  Click HERE for the brochure.   

The schedule showcases a mixture of Michigan talent including headlining bands and well‐known local artists: June 2: The Crane Wives, June 16: Tailshaker, June 30: Vox Vidorra, July 14: Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, July 28: Bigfoot Buffalo, August 11: The Accidentals

The venue will include local food trucks! Patty Matters, Gettin’ Fresh, A Moveable Feast, Daddy Pete’s BBQ, and RIX STIX Pronto Pups are a few of the food trucks to be featured. The Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department will also be selling popcorn, ice cream, and water at the events. Guests are encouraged to partake from the concessions, or bring their own picnic, beverage of choice (BYOB) and snacks.  The Thursday night concerts are sponsored by Comcast and will run from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

The series will also feature family friendly movies to be shown at dusk at the same location. Movies include “Back to the Future” on June 23, “Frozen” on July 21, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on August 4. 

All events are free, which is part of the City of Kentwood’s commitment to providing family oriented, high quality services and amenities for the community.

Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, kick back and relax with a favorite snack, local craft beer or wine and enjoy the show!
 



Summer Entertainment Series Starts June 2 | 6/1/2016
The City of Kentwood is combining its Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Park into the Summer Entertainment Series. The revamped event will be held on Thursday evenings from June 2 through August 11 behind Kentwood City Hall at 4900 Breton Rd.SE.  Click HERE for the brochure.   

The schedule showcases a mixture of Michigan talent including headlining bands and well‐known local artists: June 2: The Crane Wives, June 16: Tailshaker, June 30: Vox Vidorra, July 14: Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, July 28: Bigfoot Buffalo, August 11: The Accidentals

The venue will include local food trucks! Patty Matters, Gettin’ Fresh, A Moveable Feast, Daddy Pete’s BBQ, and RIX STIX Pronto Pups are a few of the food trucks to be featured. The Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department will also be selling popcorn, ice cream, and water at the events. Guests are encouraged to partake from the concessions, or bring their own picnic, beverage of choice (BYOB) and snacks.  The Thursday night concerts are sponsored by Comcast and will run from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

The series will also feature family friendly movies to be shown at dusk at the same location. Movies include “Back to the Future” on June 23, “Frozen” on July 21, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on August 4. 

All events are free, which is part of the City of Kentwood’s commitment to providing family oriented, high quality services and amenities for the community.

Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair, kick back and relax with a favorite snack, local craft beer or wine and enjoy the show!



Kentwood District Court Partners with Davenport University | 5/9/2016
In April, Davenport University (DU) Legal Studies students participated in a Mock Trial presided over by Kentwood District Court’s Judge William G. Kelly. The purpose of the Mock Trial was to give the pre-law and paralegal students the experience of a real court case from beginning to end. The Mock Trial was the culmination of DU’s Advanced Litigation course taught by Professor Ron Foster, with assistance from Professor Misty Davis and many other students, professors and staff at the university.                                                      
 
Throughout the semester, the students prepared every step of a fictionalized civil lawsuit based on a real case.  Divided into teams representing the plaintiff and defendant, the students researched, prepared, and filed with the court all documents and exhibits that would have been needed for a real trial.  They first participated in a pre-trial conference in front of Judge Kelly then with help from numerous volunteers playing the roles of jurors, witnesses, and court staff, the students selected a jury, interviewed witnesses on the stand, and gave opening and closing statements before the jury and a lively audience in the courtroom.  A verdict was reached in favor of the plaintiff’s team. Congratulations are due to both teams for all their hard work.
 
Judge Kelly and Professor Foster plan to continue the collaboration between Kentwood District Court and Davenport University’s Legal Studies program, providing this extraordinary learning opportunity to future Legal Studies students.



Presentation of City Finances | 5/9/2016
All are welcome to attend the City of Kentwood’s, City Finances, presentation on May 19th at 7:00pm in the Kentwood District Library at 4950 Breton Ave SE.  The 1-hour event will provide an overview of the city’s budgeting process, current financial position, financial goals, and an opportunity to ask questions.  Light refreshments will be provided.
 
This is a great opportunity to learn about city finances and ask questions.  Although the city is currently in a strong financial position, the information learned from this event will assist you and your neighbors to understand the budget, short-term and long-term goals, and action steps planned and taken to achieve the long-term financial sustainability for Kentwood. 
 
If you are unable to attend, the event will be recorded by WKTV and placed online for viewing at a later date.



Pride Day - Community Clean Up | 5/4/2016
The City of Kentwood will be sponsoring a community wide cleanup called Pride Day on Saturday May 7th from 8am to 2pm.  The drop-off location is at the Kentwood Recycling Center (5068 Breton Avenue) and is limited to Kentwood residents with proof by picture identification.  General, electronic and household hazardous waste will be accepted.  Yard waste and tires will NOT be accepted.  Check HERE for more information about the event. 



Law Day 2016 | 4/19/2016
On May 2, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. the students from A.R.C.H will participate in a Mock Trial, The City of Kentwood v. Alexander T. Wolf from the story “The Big Bad Wolf.”  The purpose of the Mock Trial is to have fun educating students of the importance of Law Day, including this year’s theme “MIRANDA more than words.”
 
A.R.C.H is a partnership program between the Kentwood Public Schools and Kentwood Parks and Recreation department that focuses on A: Academic enrichment R: Recreation and the arts C: Community and family services and H: Healthy relationships.
 
Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. This year’s theme “MIRANDA more than words” will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.
 



FREE Prescription Drug Disposal - Drop Off | 4/12/2016
On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Kentwood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Kentwood Police Department at 4742 Walma Ave SE, Kentwood.  Liquids, needles, inhalers or medical equipment cannot be accepted, only pills and patches.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
 
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue.  Medications that are forgotten in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards by drug residues appearing in surface water, such as rivers and lakes.

Please take advantage of this free program that allows you to properly dispose of your unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. For more information contact Vicki Highland at 616-656-6571.



GVMC Transportation Plan | 4/4/2016
The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) Draft Fiscal Year 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) project lists are available for public comment.  The draft TIP project lists and a corresponding map are available at www.gvmc.org/transportation/tip.shtml or at GVMC’s office. A public meeting to discuss the draft project lists is scheduled for Wednesday April 13, 2016 at 5:30pm at 678 Front Ave NW Suite 200.  Click HERE for the event flyer.



Creating Community with Newcomers | 4/4/2016
Join the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan and the Kent District Library for "Comin' to America" a series about Creating Community with Newcomers.  Monday evenings starting April 18 at the Kentwood Branch of the Kent District Library. Click HERE for the event Flyer!



Spring Newsletter | 3/31/2016
Click HERE for a copy of our Spring Newsletter!



Seasonal Weight Restrictions Start February 22 at 6:00 A.M | 2/17/2016
Beginning Monday, February 22 at 6 a.m., Seasonal Weight and Speed Restrictions will be enforced by the following agencies:

Kent County Road Commission, Barry County Road Commission, Ionia County Road Commission, City of Kentwood, Montcalm County Road Commission, Muskegon County Road Commission, and the City of Walker.

The intent of the restrictions are to protect the integrity of the road when frost is coming out of the ground. Normal legal loads must be reduced by approximately 35% and truck vehicle speeds reduced to 35 mph.

Those with truck-related questions may contact the Michigan Trucking Association at 1-800-MTA- 4MTA (1-800-682-4682).
 



Winter Ordinance Reminders | 1/28/2016
Sec. 66-61. - Parking prohibited during hours that could impair or impede snow removal.
From November 15—March 15 of each year and after the effective date of the ordinance from which this article is derived, so that City streets may be snowplowed, cleaned or maintained, no parking of any vehicle is permitted on either side of any City street between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or at any other times when on-street parking could impair or impede such snowplowing, cleaning or maintenance operations.
 
Sec. 34-31. - Nuisance declared. Sidewalk snow removal
The following conditions are declared to be a nuisance and are prohibited: ….
 
Failure by an owner or occupant of a parcel of real property on which a sidewalk abuts to keep such portion of the sidewalk clear from snow, ice or other obstruction that results in impairing or impeding travel on such sidewalk. Any accumulation of two or more inches of snow shall be considered sufficient to impair or impede free passage; the accumulation may be from any source. Such accumulation must be removed to a minimum width of five feet within 24 hours of the cessation of snowfall or within 72 hours of snow removal efforts by the City where snow is deposited onto the sidewalk.



MLK Event Video | 1/20/2016
Thank you WKTV Community Television for preparing a video of the Kentwood Remembers MLK event! Watch Here: https://youtu.be/G9Ei8HBgVvg



 



Congressman Huizenga to hold Town Hall meeting in Kentwood | 1/18/2016
On January 19, Congressman Huizenga will hold a town hall meeting at Kentwood City Hall (4900 Breton Ave SE) to hear from constituents. The event is from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and is open to the public.



Kentwood Remembers MLK | 1/12/2016
The City of Kentwood will host a community event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held at the KDL Kentwood Branch Library at 4950 Breton Rd SE.
 
The event will begin with a welcome from Jessica Ann Tyson, Event Visionary, and Kentwood Resident/Kentwood Business Owner.  We will showcase a number of essays and artwork at the event from Kentwood ARCH students that highlight what MLK means to them. In addition, Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech will be shown followed by a mission moment and proclamation delivered by Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
“Kentwood Remembers MLK” is sponsored by a number of Kentwood businesses, with all proceeds raised to benefit the ARCH after school program. The program focuses on the needs of at-risk students and families. The target is low income families, families of color, special education students and English language learners.



Kentwood Remembers MLK | 1/12/2016
The City of Kentwood will host a community event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held at the KDL Kentwood Branch Library at 4950 Breton Rd SE.
 
The event will begin with a welcome from Jessica Ann Tyson, Event Visionary, and Kentwood Resident/Kentwood Business Owner.  We will showcase a number of essays and artwork at the event from Kentwood ARCH students that highlight what MLK means to them. In addition, a mission moment and proclamation will be delivered by Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
“Kentwood Remembers MLK” is sponsored by a number of Kentwood businesses, with all proceeds raised to benefit the ARCH after school program. The program focuses on the needs of at-risk students and families. The target is low income families, families of color, special education students and English language learners.



Sidewalk Clearing | 1/5/2016
Please help keep our Kentwood sidewalks safe!  Any snow accumulation of 2” or more must be removed from the sidewalk (per city ordinance).  We know its cold! ...but greatly appreciate your help!

The City of Kentwood does contract out some of the sidewalk plowing throughout the City. These routes are typically adjacent to major streets such as portions of 44th street, Kalamazoo avenue and Eastern avenue. Although the contractor does a great job of clearing these walks, sometimes they still require a little “clean-up” to keep them passable and safe. This responsibility does, by ordinance, fall upon the property owner.
 



Sidewalk Clearing | 1/5/2016
Please help keep our Kentwood sidewalks safe!  Any snow accumulation of 2” or more must be removed from the sidewalk (per city ordinance).  We know its cold! ...but greatly appreciate your help!

The City of Kentwood does contract out some of the sidewalk plowing throughout the City. These routes are typically adjacent to major streets such as portions of 44th street, Kalamazoo avenue and Eastern avenue. Although the contractor does a great job of clearing these walks, sometimes they still require a little “clean-up” to keep them passable and safe. This responsibility does, by ordinance, fall upon the property owner.



Tree Lighting Ceremony Video | 12/4/2015
Watch the WKTV Community Television video for the 2015 City of Kentwood Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Our thanks to all that participated!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnBBtfggdcY

 



Spotlight Newletter | 12/1/2015
Please enjoy our quarterly Spotlight on Kentwood.  We have a lot of great holiday events coming up!



Spotlight on Kentwood | 11/30/2015
Please enjoy our quarterly Spotlight on Kentwood.  We have a lot of great holiday events coming up!



Happy Veterans Day | 11/11/2015
On behalf of the City of Kentwood, I extend my sincere gratitude to the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the military.  Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service to this great nation.



Committee Openings | 10/19/2015
The Mayor’s Office is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Economic Development Corporation, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Historic Preservation Commission.  A link to the committee application can be found HERE.
 
Following is a brief overview:
 
Historic Preservation Commission:
This commission researches and establishes historic resources and points of interest within the City and assists in maintaining historical records and documents. The commission consists of seven members and meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 PM.
 
Parks and Recreation Commission:
This commission recommends and oversees programs for the parks, playgrounds and recreational areas of the City. The commission consists of nine members and meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:15 PM at the Kentwood Recreation Center.
 
Economic Development Corporation (EDC):
The EDC coordinates and implements economic development activities for the City of Kentwood. The committee consists of nine members and meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 AM.
 
Please join us in serving our community.  We would love to have you! 
 



Peacemaker Awards | 10/19/2015
Please join me in congratulating Judge William Kelly and Peter Letzmann for receiving the Peacemaker Award from the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan.

Judge William G. Kelly, has served as the judge of the 62-B District Court (Kentwood, Michigan) since 1979.  He has been a faculty member of Michigan Judicial Institute since 1985 and a member of the National Judicial College Faculty since 2002. He has also served as President of the Michigan District Judges’ Association and is the recent recipient of the Saint Thomas More Award.
 
Judge Kelly served on the board of the Dispute Resolution Center from 2006-2011. His onsite mediation program for Small Claims is now replicated in the 63rd District Court. He teaches a Small Claims Court class for the National Judicial College and stresses the importance for courts to establish a mediation program.
 
Judge Kelly attended the University College Dublin 1968-69. He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1970 and then taught math in the Peace Corps, Ghana for two years. He graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1975 and is the proud father of five children.
 
Peter Letzmann, a Kentwood resident, is a graduate of Wayne State University and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  He was the City Attorney for Troy, Michigan for seventeen years.  He was also Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pontiac and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit. He is an active member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys.  He has taught in the graduate school of Public Administration at Oakland University and has been an instructor at MSU, EMU, Oakland Community College, Kellogg Community College, and Washtenaw Community College. 
 
Peter has been a volunteer mediator at the Center since 2006. Since that time, he has donated over 1,000 hours of mediation time. He never hesitates to volunteer in a pinch, and he relishes the opportunity to mediate the most difficult cases.
 
Peter is very interested in the development of new mediators and actively participates in the Center’s internship program. He has also led two SCAO-approved advanced mediation training sessions for the Center.
 
-Mayor Kepley
 



Response to Campaign Literature | 10/8/2015
I trust you are well, enjoying the fall months of Michigan!  Fall is not just a time to enjoy football games or the change in colors, but also to have meaningful discussions  about  government policies and problems we face as a local community and a nation  as a whole.  I want to encourage participation by our entire citizenry to be informed on Kentwood's city governance.  When we get a chance to have coffee, you will hear how proud I am of our City; a City that has been well managed for decades.
 
You may  have  recently received campaign mailings  from  candidates whose materials hint  at  a lack of financial oversight and other improprieties by City officials.   The mailings  contained factual misrepresentations, caused public confusion, and called into  question the integrity and character of those entrusted with safeguarding the City's resources. I feel compelled to address these  allegations.

To see the rest of the message CLICK HERE



New City Deputy Administrator | 9/24/2015
Picture of Mark RamboThe City of Kentwood is pleased to announce the new Deputy City Administrator, Mark Rambo.
 
Mark has a Master of Public Administration degree and comes to us with years of excellent experience as Village Manager of the Village of Howard City and, more recently, Manager of Operations at Grand Valley State University.  Mark also serves as Chairman of the Kent County Road Commission.

Please join me in welcoming Mark, who will begin his new responsibilities on October 5th.



Election Commissioner Debate | 9/22/2015

City of Kentwood Election Commissioner Debate
Government Matters Forum
Kentwood Library
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
6:30-8:30 pm 

 

First Ward Commisisoner 
Robert Coughlin - Incumbent
William R. Wenzel
 
At Large City Commission
Steven Redmond - Incument
Thomas Webb 



Ed Swanson's Passing | 7/17/2015
Ed served our Planning Commission from 2002- 2014. He also served on the zoning board from 2005-2009. He assisted the Engineering Department many times on traffic issues. Ed was able to educate City Officials and Leaders bringing changes to the City’s traffic system including the Breton/Walma round-a-bout.

Ed will be greatly missed.

Obituary

  ---  Mayor Kepley



New playground equipment for Burgis Park | 7/16/2015
We are excited for our new playground equipment coming to Burgis Park!

CLICK HERE

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Division Avenue Construction Update of 7-15-15 | 7/15/2015
Curb work will begin on the east side today or tomorrow. Commercial properties will have continued access via part-width construction or alternate access routes, although that access may not always be convenient. Single family homes may be without access for a period of 3 to 5 days; the contractor will give at least three days of notice before closing a driveway. Contact Dan Vanderheide at 616.554.0740 for more info if needed.

  From the Engineering Department



52nd Street Construction between Kalamazoo and Eastern Avenues Begins | 7/14/2015
52nd Street is now servicing eastbound traffic only during construction which is estimated to last through the end of September. We apologize for inconvenience caused but we are anticipating much improved street and water service level when completed.

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Our Farmer's Market Gets Attention! | 7/9/2015
Very happy for all the folks working together to make the Kentwood Farmer’s Marker a success! Please check out the following link and see you Saturdays from 9a to 1p at the Library for this fun event!

CLICK HERE

  ---  Mayor Kepley



Role of Commission in Decision Making | 7/8/2015
The City of Kentwood would like to inform residents how our City Commission makes decisions in its meetings. The attached document fully explains this process which speaks to some of the questions raised by a candidate for one of the City’s seats this fall.

CLICK HERE

  ---  Mayor Kepley



WKTV Footage of 4th of July | 7/6/2015
Thanks WKTV for your great coverage of 4th of July activities. Please follow the link:
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  ---  Mayor Kepley



Fourth of July | 7/4/2015
Having a great time with my daughters at Kentwood 4th of July activities!

  ---  Mayor Kepley






 



WKTV 4th of July Coverage | 7/2/2015
Please keep up with WKTV on their coverage of the City's Fourth of July events.

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  ---  Mayor Kepley



July 4th Activities | 7/1/2015
Please find the attached document to learn about all the upcoming July 4th Activities occurring in Kentwood! I hope to see at the parade and fireworks!

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  ---  Mayor Kepley



52nd Street Rehab Update | 6/25/2015

52nd Street rehabilitation begins in mid-July between Kalamazoo and Eastern Avenues.  The project  involves the removal of the existing pavement on the south side of 52nd Street and the installation of new concrete pavement. Traffic flow will be eastbound only for the duration of the project.  Please click below for additional info and email update opportunities.

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  ---  Mayor Kepley




Freedom Cruise Honors Fallen Kentwood Soldier | 6/25/2015
Please see link WKTV’s coverage leading to this weekend’s Freedom Cruise Event to honor fallen solider David Warsen. 

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  ---  Mayor Kepley



Northern Exposure Exercise | 6/24/2015

Did you see those four Blackhawk helicopters in the air today?  A simulated "nuclear explosion" took place in downtown GR and  Crestwood Elementary on 44th Street was the "safe place evacuation center".  There are over 1000 National Guard, police, fire and  military personnel from around the State at Crestwood today.  There are actors playing the roles as victims and it is quite a production!


  ---  Mayor Kepley
 




Ranir bringing back production of 5 million toothbrushes from China | 6/23/2015
Ranir Corporation of Kentwood is bringing the production of 5 million toothbrushes per year back to us from China creating nine jobs.  See the story link below. 

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  ---  Mayor Kepley



Military Exercise to be held June 24th at Crestwood Elementary | 6/10/2015
Federal, State, and Local responders will be participating in military exercises at various locations around Michigan this summer. These exercises will give cooperating agencies the opportunity to work together and practice disaster recovery systems and operations to ensure the best support possible in the event of an actual incident. Crestwood Middle School will be the site of the decontamination operations. This will include a scenario involving smoke, debris, noise, decontamination units (water, hoses) etc. The Michigan Army National Guard is also planning to land (4) Blackhawk helicopters at Crestwood on June 24.

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  ---  Mayor Kepley



Touch a Truck 2014 at Kentwood City Hall | 6/9/2015
The Kentwood Library is hosting a “Touch a Truck” event in the Kentwood City Hall Parking Lot on Wednesday, June 24 from 10a to 12p. This day will feature families engaging Police, Fire and DPW staff having lots of fun with large equipment and vehicles. We will also have kids painting handprints on the big plow blade!

  ---  Mayor Kepley

 



Congratulations to 35 Year City Assessor Deb Ring | 6/3/2015
We are excited yet saddened to celebrate Deb Ring’s 35th year and upcoming retirement. As our City Assessor, Deb has mentored many up and coming Assessors through her involvement on State Boards and is seen as one ofthe County’s premier practitioners. Thanks Deb for your service and you can see her at Relay For Life at EKHS this Friday since she also is a cancer survivor!

  ---  Mayor Kepley

 



White Armband Day Recognition | 6/2/2015
I had the opportunity to learn about the recent history faced by many Bosnian Americans who endured incredible atrocities 23 years ago in Bosnia and Herzegovina. If you did not realize this, Kentwood has a strong immigrant population and especially Bosniaks. I feel so fortunate to get to know the cultural aspects of our citizen history firsthand. Attached is a proclamation I presented last Friday.

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  ---  Mayor Kepley



Senior Chorale link | 6/2/2015
Check out this great video footage of our Kentwood Senior Chorale's Spring Community Concert held on Friday, May 15th. Such talented folks we have!

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   ---  Mayor Kepley



Help Wanted! | 6/2/2015
We have an opening at City Hall for a Deputy City Clerk. If you or someone you know likes working in a fast paced customer service environment, we want to talk to them!

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  ---  Mayor Kepley



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!

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  ---  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
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