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From the Desk of Mayor Kepley

Greetings, my name is Stephen Kepley and I am the Mayor of The City of Kentwood.  I am proud to say that Kentwood is a dynamic community of 49,184 unique individuals who are well educated and equipped for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs. We are poised to assist and work with any enterprise that wishes to begin and grow the American Dream.   

As part of our Concrete Repair Project, the intersection of Kalamazoo and 44th Street was reduced to one or two lanes in.  Traffic is challenged, especially on Westbound 44th Street between Breton and Kalamazoo.  This is a short-term project, and we expect some of the lane restrictions will be eliminated already by next week.  In the meantime, we have taken the following additional measures:
  • The City of Grand Rapids has been contacted to study the signal timings and make adjustments as needed.

  • Give ‘Em a Brake Safety has been authorized to move and place additional message boards at each of the major intersections in advance of the work, encouraging motorists to seek an alternate route.  The signs will be located on 44th Street east of Breton and west of Eastern, and on Kalamazoo south of 52nd and north of 36th.

  • Additional lane shifts, intended to reduce congestion, will be in place soon.
We also expect many motorists to avoid the area in the coming days once they are accustomed to the restrictions.  Thank you in advance for your patience during this important project keeping pace with our high road standards.

Fire Engine | 9/18/2014
The City of Kentwood dedicated its newest fire engine to the memory of former City Commissioner Frank Cummings whom passed while serving the City in August 2012.  We are very excited to honor Frank’s service to the City this way and thanks to Frank’s family for participating in the ceremony. We look forward to Engine No. 53 serving our residents with pride.  Here is a newslink to the dedication.

  ---  Mayor Kepley

Construction Projects Wrapping Up for the Year | 9/9/2014
With the approach of cooler days and winter, the City is finalizing road construction and watermain projects. The reconstruction of 52nd Street from Kalamazoo to Eastern Avenues has been postponed until next spring due to easement issues and the ability for the concrete to cure properly before experiencing snow removal and deicing materials.  We do intend to get 52nd Street in a bit better shape prior to winter so it survives those potentially treacherous freeze/thaw cycles.  I know some of you were hoping for 52nd to be completed this year but we just could not make it work.  For more on that check our Top Stories.

  ---  Mayor Kepley

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  • New Residential Street Tree Program

    The City of Kentwood has introduced a new Residential Street Tree program. The program allows for a resident to request the installation of a qualifying street tree between the curb and the sidewalk. The City is willing to fund up to half of the total cost thereby costing the property owner approximately $200. We are hopeful to be a partner in the rebuilding of our beautiful street tree pattern after the Emerald Ash Borer invasion. Contact Community Development at 616.554.0707 for more program information.

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  • KPD is Taking in Unused Prescript Drugs


    Contact: Volunteer Coordinator Vicki Highland at 616-656-6571.

    On September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Kentwood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill 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.

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