Mayor's News (Archive)

State of the City Speech | 4/18/2014
I had the pleasure of speaking at the March 26th Rotary Club of Kentwood Meeting. I have enclosed a link below for you to click and view this speech.  The Rotary Club of Kentwood is such a great partner to the City and I hope that if you are business in the area, you may consider learning more about them and what they represent.  Thank you WKTV for providing technical production. Link to speech:  http://youtu.be/apdp_yPuTdU

  ---  Mayor Kepley


City's Upcoming Fiscal Year | 4/3/2014
Your City Commission and staff are budgeting for the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year.  Early indications show a balanced budget with very modest expense increases.  The City still finds itself in sound financial conditions as it has for many years.  This administration has implemented a “no status quo” policy by not assuming the need to replace staff or processes without first re-examining the services rendered for the Kentwood community.  This policy allows the opportunity to streamline processes, cross-train staff, and seek other efficiencies in order to reach an appropriate level of service at a cost savings to the City.  Have a safe Spring Break if you are traveling.  I will be visiting a few colleges with my daughter as I hear some of you will be visiting schools with your children.  Enjoy this time!

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Liquor License Amendments | 3/19/2014
The City Commission and staff have been working on modifications to the City’s Liquor License ordinance.  Several of the modifications would make it possible for smaller restaurants with a minimum of 100 seat capacity to acquire a liquor license.  Other changes would allow a grocery store to sell alcohol by the glass to complement prepared food from their deli.  The City has also created a special land use administrative provision to review future requests before a liquor license would be approved.  The revisions are designed to stay current with market trends and to be competitive with other municipalities while supporting our family friendly environment.

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Warm Temps Means Potential For Flooding | 2/17/2014
With the season’s heavy snowfall, please be mindful that warming temperatures are anticipated along with rainfall. The City urges folks to uncover and clear catch basins, yard drains, drainage structures or detention pond outlets affecting your property.  This winter has been challenging and I sympathize with your plight.  Please be careful if you are on your roof addressing ice damming or snow!

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Honoring Dr. King's Memory | 1/20/2014
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who’s courage and actions have forever influenced and changed us as individuals and our community as a whole, is being honored today.  Many ceremonies are being conducted to remind us where we have been and to challenge us to where we are to go. We must continue Dr. King’s message of love for one another through not just our words, but more importantly, our actions.

  ---Mayor Kepley


The Governor Speaks and We Act | 1/16/2014
I will be traveling to Lansing this afternoon to attend the Governor’s State of the State Address.  The Governor will touch on many issues that will impact us as a State.  As your Mayor, I will be keenly listening to his thoughts about transportation, local government funding, and mandates set forth by the State that we must implement yet receive no funding to do so.  I will also take advantage of the opportunity to discuss with legislators recent issues that have occurred due to procedural changes in various State Departments that directly affect the City.  It will also be an interesting experience seeing this yearly tradition in action!

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Treacherous Travel and Street Parking | 1/6/2014
Kentwood residents and businesses, please be careful as you travel (if you must) in this storm!  Just a quick note that ticketing on-street parked vehicles during the day may occur if we feel it is necessary during these snow events.  Police and DPW communicate frequently and ticketing during non-posted hours  (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.) may occur when it is absolutely essential to public safety.  If folks can get their vehicles off the street, this allows for maximum snow clearance and fewer crash probabilities.  As a reminder, on-street parking is prohibited from 1:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. from November 15th to March 15th.  Safe travels and keep an eye out for one another! 

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Parks and Recreation Business Plan Focus | 12/16/2013
The City Commission, along with the Parks and Recreation Commission, will be focusing on its future Kentwood’s Parks & Recreation effort.  The City has hired a consultant to conduct surveys, analysis, and recommendations for developing a business plan for both our parks and recreation efforts.  It is up to City Leadership to spend quality time and effort to evaluate the information and to provide a solid plan that will direct our actions for the next decade.  Parks & Recreation gives value added benefits to our community.  It is our responsibility to provide the balance of these benefits with a sustainable business plan so that we may continue these valued offerings into the future.

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Reviewing Liquor Licensure | 12/10/2013
On December 17th, the City Commission will be presented with information concerning Liquor Licenses. The purpose is to evaluate the current ordinance and determine if modifications should be considered. Four areas will be discussed: the State of Michigan’s history in regulating liquor, the different types of licenses available and how they are obtained, the history of Kentwood’s liquor licenses and the reasoning behind the current ordinance, and finally what ordinance changes could be implemented for Kentwood’s future.

  ---  Mayor Kepley


Family Moments | 12/4/2013
I trust that your Thanksgiving Holiday was full of family moments, wonderful food, and some rest.  I am thankful to celebrate and give thanks for a wonderful family and our community.  I personally was able to spend time switching the garage from summer to winter usage with the end result of two cars parked in the garage (maybe you know this one).  With the assistance of my two daughters, we also conducted the annual “deer barrier installation project” which protects our landscaping from becoming dinner for the local deer population.

  ---  Mayor Kepley
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