Mayor's News (Archive)

EKHS Freshman Soccer Team Honors Fallen South Christian Coach | 10/22/2014
You may have learned of the tragic passing of South Christian teacher and coach, Mr. Rod Vandyke.  We wanted to share the class gesture that the East Kentwood Freshman Soccer team made to honor Coach Vandyke during their last home game of the season. The boys created a poster and also also signed a ceremonial game ball which they presented to the players and crowd in honor of the Coach.  Before the game, the East Kentwood Captains presented the ball to South Christian.  After the game, South Christian parents, players and coaches invited EK players to be in the picture in front of the banner and exchanged hugs.  We are so proud of their sportsmanship and compassion!

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Board and Committee Openings | 10/21/2014
The City of Kentwood is always looking for residents interested in serving our community. Please see the following link to get to know more about how you can be part of the fabric and help make your City great!
http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us/cityhall/committees.asp

  ---  Mayor Kepley


LSSU Thanks Kentwood | 10/9/2014
Representatives from Lake Superior State University stopped by to present a plaque to the City of Kentwood for our donation of used equipment to their Fire Sciences Program.  Thank you so much LSSU!

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Nigerian Independence Event | 10/7/2014
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Nigerian Association of West Michigan (NAWM) for inviting me to their Independence Celebration recognizing Nigeria’s 54 years of independence from Britain. Thank you President Jigo (pictured to my right) for your hospitality and enlightenment! Please visit NAWM at www.nigerianassociationofwestmichigan.org.

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Fire Prevention Week! | 10/7/2014
Once again its Fire Prevention Week!  The Kentwood Fire Department is out spreading the word on fire prevention safety.  Test your smoke alarm once a month and learn more about prevention practices in your home at www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week.

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Bio-Life's Groundbreaking | 9/29/2014
I had the distinct pleasure of being part of Bio-Life’s groundbreaking ceremonies at 2670 East Paris Avenue.  Bio-Life makes a difference in so many lives providing the necessary plasma used to manufacture life-saving plasma-based therapies.  Through the donations, over returning much needed plasma as well as over $2 million is re-invested back into the Kentwood community.  We are excited to see their new facilities 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
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