Mayor's News (Archive)

Bio-Life's Groundbreaking | 9/29/2014
I had the distinct please of being a part of Bio-Life’s groundbreaking at 2670 East Paris.  Bio-Life makes a difference in so many lives returning much needed plasma as well as over $2 million to those that contribute plasma in the Kentwood area.  We are excited to see their new building rise at this location.  Good luck Bio-Life!

  ---  Mayor Kepley


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


Thank You To Michigan Army National Guard Volunteers! | 8/18/2014

The Cities of Kentwood and Wyoming were the welcome recipients of volunteer assistance from the Michigan Army National Guard’s 44th Street Armory.  About 30 soldiers took part in helping July 6th storm victim recover through clean up over the weekend.  A very special thanks to these dedicated folks for what they do!

  ---  Mayor Kepley


World Renew Conducting Unmet Needs Assessments for Storm Victims | 8/14/2014
World Renew, a locally based international disaster response team, will be out in the affected portions of our community this weekend assessing residents unmet needs related to the storm.  These folks will be out in force!  They will be in green shirts with ample identification as to who they are.  They are here to help!  Also, storm affected residents have been sent a mailer indicating where natural and man-made materials may be brought for disposal.  Please keep an eye out. If you did not receive a mailer, you are not in the storm impact zone area.

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Emotional Week in Kentwood | 8/8/2014
As I reflect on the events of this week, I can certainly say it was an emotional week for the City.  Firstly, the tragic loss of a young man and pain of that loss to all those who loved him and responded to the call.  We all feel deeply saddened when children are taken from us too soon.  National Night Out coincidentally occurred the next day and it gave neighborhoods a chance to interact and talk about this incident and how we can do our very best to say something when we see something.  Yet, random acts such as this are hard to prepare for and they happen in all types of communities.  My deepest condolences to all who were affected by this young man’s passing.

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Touch-a-Truck Event | 7/30/2014
We wanted to acknowledge the excellent turnout we had for the Touch-a-Truck event we co-hosted recently with the Kent District Library.  Many a youngster was able to interact with police, fire, airport, and public works heavy equipment.  Face painting, hard hat decoration, and coloring books were available.  Thanks to the Kentwood Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments, Kent District Library, and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

  ---  The Mayor's Office


Meeting at Paladin Industries | 7/26/2014
I like to get out to our local businesses often and I had the great pleasure of meeting Larry Bell (pictured with me) of Paladin Industries. These folks do a wonderful job of supplying companies such as Herman Miller products which service the medical furniture industry and the ornate wood in luxury shifting knobs for autos. We also had a chance to discuss Proposal 1 with our state officials Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker and Rep. Ken Yonker.

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Proposal 1 Webinar on YouTube | 7/17/2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmOSTtRQEKc&feature=youtu.be

Resident Voters,
We have posted a recorded webinar that presents a neutral perspective on Proposal 1 which will be on the August 5th ballot.  A vote is required to amend the Michigan Constitution as this issue would convert a portion of the existing state use tax to a local tax which would be used to reimburse local units like Kentwood for lost personal property tax revenues if approved.  Kentwood receives approximately $3 million in personal property tax revenues per year.

  --- Mayor Kepley


Thank you Kelloggsville Community Church! | 7/15/2014
Thanks to all the volunteer organizations and residents that came out to the Resource Information last evening at Kelloggsville Community Church last evening.  Thanks to Pastor Ron Bouwkamp and his staff for their assistance! Please remember the meeting at the Recreation Activities Center at 355 48th Street from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today.

  ---  Mayor Kepley
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