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From: http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us/

I had the opportunity to attend the West Michigan Policy Forum last week.  It was an interesting and successful event!  The goal was to have a provocative discussion about the most pressing issues facing Michigan and its success today and we did just that!  Highlighting topics included infrastructure, talent, labor policy, and ballot proposals.  Feel free to see more at www.wmpolicyforum.com

---  Mayor Clanton

City Commission Seeking Commissioner At-Large Applications

City Commission Seeking Commissioner At-Large Applications

From the City of Kentwood Facebook page:

The Kentwood City Commission unanimously vacated one of its two At-Large Seats at its regular meeting on September 4th as required by its Charter when a vacancy is created. The City Commission is now seeking applicants to fill the unexpired portion of that At-Large term ending in November of 2013. The seat was previously held by Frank Cummings, a longtime City Commissioner whom recently passed away unexpectedly.

Applications will be available with the Kentwood City Clerk’s Office beginning Thursday, September 6th and must be returned by 5 p.m. September 20th.

Please contact the Clerk’s Office at 616.554.0730 for more information.

City of Kentwood to interview 1st Ward Commissioner finalists

City of Kentwood to interview 1st Ward Commissioner finalists

In a Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on July 24th, the Kentwood City Commission determined it will interview four applicants for its First Ward Commissioner vacancy on August 8th beginning at 5:30 p.m. Gerald DeMaagd of 5515 Wilmont Court, Johngerlyn Young of 1663 Coalcar Ct, Laurie Sheldon of 4519 Marshall, and Kevin Small of 5690 Burgis Avenue will be interviewed. 

The vacant seat was previously held by present Mayor, Richard Clanton of 1377 Marwood SE. Clanton was appointed to serve the duration of then retired and now deceased former Mayor, Richard Root. The elected terms for Mayor and the vacant 1st Ward seat expire in November of 2013.

Visit http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us/ for additional information.

Michigan Primary Election - Aug. 7th

Michigan Primary Election - Aug. 7th

From: http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us

The Primary election for the State of Michigan is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7th, if you plan on voting in this election please take a minute to check your polling location prior to the election. This can be accomplished several ways, those are, if you have access to a computer type in:
https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/mivote/voterSearch.aspx

This is the Secretary of State and will be able to display your location to vote, or you can visit the City of Kentwood website to display a map of precinct and polling locations by locating where you live in the City and locating it on the map to do this click on www.ci.kentwood.mi.us/engineering/maps.asp then click on the precinct map.

Kentwood accepting applications for First Ward City Commissioner

Kentwood accepting applications for First Ward City Commissioner

From The City of Kentwood Facebook page:

The City is currently accepting applications for First Ward City Commissioner. Requirements are to be a resident of the 1st ward in the City, a registered voter, not in default to the City, and will be subject to a criminal background check. 

Interested residents should contact the City Clerk at 616.554.0730 for an application and further details. Completed applications must be returned in person to the Clerks’ office at City Hall by 5 p.m. July 20, 2012.

Fireworks Ordinance Details

Fireworks Ordinance Details

From: http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us

The City of Kentwood City Commission approved its new Fireworks Ordinance June 19th which takes effect upon publishing. Highlights include the following:

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

Libraries and other organizations such as schools, police and fire departments that provide essential tax-supported services have been working with state lawmakers for nearly a year to brainstorm ways to replace the business equipment personal property tax (PPT) if it is eliminated

Replacement is critical because without it, the services Kent County residents rely on will be at the very least irreparably damaged, and in some cases may cease entirely. Kent District Library applauded senators who recognized the value and necessity of our services, and were heartened that a “poison pill” replacement provision was included in a Senate measure that passed on May 10. While this solution is far from perfect, it is better than nothing. The provision provides that if a future legislature fails to restore revenue lost by elimination of the PPT, the PPT will be restored.