Summer 2015
Spotlight on...Kentwood


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From the Office of the Mayor

Dear Kentwood Citizens,

Is summer going to arrive anytime soon in Kentwood? It seems that cooler temperatures and lots of rain are creating a challenge for implementing a consistent lawn maintenance schedule. On the positive side, pulling weeds is easy! I trust that you are enjoying the outdoors and finding the time (and the right weather conditions) to tackle your summer “to-do” list.

This past Saturday, June 13th, Kentwood’s first Farmer’s Market opened to great success. We had a variety of vendors with offerings of vegetables and breads along with donuts, drinks, and my daughter’s favorite, cotton candy. I encourage everyone to visit the Farmer’s Market from 9am to 1pm each Saturday morning at the Library through October. Don’t you think a family outing with bikes and burleys riding on one of our many non-motorized trails to a farmer’s market would be great way to start your day? After your fresh produce or tasty pastry selection, go inside the library and check out books for the week. Your kids will love it!

As you know, we have two seasons, winter and construction. This summer is no different with Division Avenue from 60th to 54th & 52nd Street from Eastern to Division contending with our commutes as we seek the path of least resistance. Please be patient and seek alternate routes.

May your summer be full of sun, fun, and family get-togethers

Mayor Kepley


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Your City Elected Officials

Stephen Kepley
Steve Redmond
Robert Coughlin
1st Ward Commissioner
Betsy Artz
Michael Brown
2nd Ward Commissioner
Erwin Haas
2nd Ward Commissioner
Gerald (Jerry) DeMaagd
1st Ward Commissioner
Dan Kasunic
City Clerk
Laurie Sheldon
City Treasurer
William Kelly
62-B District Court Judge


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Happenings At The Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch Library - Summer 2015

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and take in all that the season has to offer, but it’s also a time when learning loss can occur. It’s called the summer slide, and it happens when children do not keep reading and exercising their brains over the summer.

KDL has the perfect antidote to the summer slide. When you tap into our free resources and programs, everyone in the family benefits and kids start school ready to learn.

KDL’s summer program is for ALL ages and starts June 1. Come on in to the Kentwood library and you’ll be amazed at the many opportunities to learn, play, and grow. The whole family can sign up to meet a reading goal, attend fun summer programs and earn awesome rewards for achieving their goal.

Here are just a few highlights of the Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch summer program line-up still to come:
  • Storytimes on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
  • The Village Puppeteers, July 10 at 10:00 AM
  • Audacious Hoops, July 22, 10 AM
  • Mario Cart and Smash Brothers tournaments (must sign up for these)
  • Weekly programs for kids and teens on Wednesdays and Thursdays

For a full list of activities, stop in the branch for a brochure, visit our website: or, like us on Facebook- Kent District Library- Kentwood.

See you at the library!

Cheryl Cammenga
Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch Manager

Richard L. Root Kentwood Branch
4950 Breton, SE
Monday –Thursday 9:30-8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday 9:30 -5:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

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Proposed Division Avenue Code

This summer the City of Kentwood Planning and City Commissions will be working on the development of a new zoning code along Division Avenue. For the past 40 years this street frontage has been zoned exclusively for commercial retail and office uses where new buildings were required to be placed at least 35 feet back from the sidewalk.

The new Form Based Code will expand the range of allowable uses along Division to enable the development of a mixture of residential and commercial uses. In addition, with the introduction of the Silver Line bus rapid transit service last August, the city plans to make walking along the roadway more enjoyable by requiring new attractive building development to be placed closer to the street and encouraging ground floor retail uses that are readily accessible and prominently display their products.

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52nd Street Construction

52nd Street is scheduled for rehabilitation from Eastern Avenue to Kalamazoo Avenue from July 13 to the end of September. Access through the construction zone will be maintained in only the eastbound direction. Westbound traffic will be detoured around the construction zone.

The project consists of placing (6) water main crossings under the road, and replacing the failed pavement with a new concrete pavement section. Significant transportation delays should be expected during the duration of the project and alternative routes chosen when possible. Access to all businesses and residences will remain open during the project.

The City looks forward to the improvement of this corridor and is confident residents will be pleased with the final product.

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News From Our Police Department

Code Enforcement’s Most Frequent Violations

The City of Kentwood’s code enforcement list of top five summer violations:
  1. Weeds/grass or undergrowth more than six (6) inches high;
  2. Parking violations on non-paved surfaces or on the front lawn;
  3. Improper storage of RV/equipment-campers, boats, utility trailers, etc. cannot be stored within the front yard area of the residence and should be stored in the side yard or back yard;
  4. Inoperable/junk/unlicensed vehicles;
  5. Garbage/trash

If you are bothered by one of the above violations, or any other possible code matter, you can contact Kentwood Code Enforcement Specialist Mike Leed at (616) 656-6575 or e-mail You can also go to the City’s web page under the Property Complaint Form and address your concerns there.

How Can I Look-up a Possible City Ordinance Violation?

Do you have a question about a possible code or City ordinance violation? You can do your own research at Once at the site, click on the red “BROWSE THE LIBRARY”, select Michigan, then click on “Kentwood.” Type key words into the “Search” bar. There is a lot of information on this website.

Warm Summer Days Can Mean Dangerously Hot Vehicles

According to, on average, 37 children die of heat stroke each year after being left in a hot car. These hot-car tragedies often occur when there is a change in driver’s routine, stress, or a sleeping baby in the back and a parent or caregiver forgets that a child is in the car. Some knowingly leave children “just for a minute” not realizing how quickly the temperature in a car can rise to dangerous levels. Even if it is only 70 degrees outside, a car can quickly heat to more than 120 degrees. A simple rule: Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. In addition to being dangerous, it is against the law in Michigan (MCL 750.135a)

Loud Music Coming from Automobiles

People who spend a large sum of money on their vehicle’s sound system often like to show off their impressive sound systems. Not everyone has the same appreciation of and/or taste in music. Kentwood has an ordinance regulating sound systems in motor vehicles. No person operating or in control of a stopped or moving motor vehicle shall operate or permit operation of a sound system so as to produce sound that is audible at a distance of 50 feet from the vehicle between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM or audible at a distance of 25 feet from the vehicle between the hours of 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

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Kentwood Parks & Recreation Department

For further information and locations call (616) 656-5270.
For details, please check out our Summer Brochure at
Splash Pads are open 7 days a week from 11am-8pm!
Located at Veteran’s Park (355-48th St) and Pinewood Park
(1999 Wolfboro).

Now - July 1
REACH Park Program Mon-Fri 11am-5pm
(Parks: Veterans, Jaycee, Old Farm)
Now - Oct. 10
Kentwood Farmers Market.
Kentwood Library Saturdays 9am-1pm
July 1
Diaper Drive (Fire Department -
Walma/Kentwood Recreation - 48th St)
July 4

Kentwood July 4th Celebration
“Star Spangled Salute”

7-11am Breakfast Concessions (Firestation #3 Eastern)
8:00am Autocam 5K Race & Fun Walk
(52nd/Eastern Start & Finish)
9:30am Parade (52nd/Eastern to 60th/KCC)
6-10pm Evening Celebration -
Crestwood Middle School (44th/Breton)
Carnival Rides, Games, Music, Food
Dusk Fireworks!
July 6 - Aug. 28 Summer Day Camps! Fun themed activities – 48th St
August 4 National Night Out
August 5 & 12 Summer Concert Series. Kentwood Library 7:30pm
August 6 Movies In The Park. Pinewood Park 7:00pm


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Kentwood Newsletter Archive

4/1/2014 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Spring 2014
7/15/2014 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Summer 2014
11/25/2014 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Winter 2014
5/12/2015 - City of Kentwood Newsletter - Spring 2015
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