Department of Public Works

Public Works

5068 Breton S.E., Kentwood

Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It's National Public Works Week!

The theme for this year's National Public Works Week is "The Rhythm of Public Works." Think about our community as a symphony of essential services, working in concert to create a great place to live. The American Public Works Association says public works "keeps a community's rhythm moving by providing an orchestra of infrastructure services."

In lieu of a traditional open house for National Public Works Week, our Department of Public Works is bringing the big trucks to you on Friday, May 22. From 9 to 11 a.m., our fleet of vehicles will parade through the western portion of the City from Division east to the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail. From 1 to 3 p.m. we’ll take a route through neighborhoods east of the Paul Henry Trail. (View the parade route map here.) We invite residents to enjoy the parade from their porch, yard or driveway to allow for safe physical distancing outdoors. Please feel free to give us a wave as we pass by. We look forward to seeing you! 

Also on May 22, the Department of Public Works will be giving away free Red Maple tree seedlings. Native to Michigan, Red Maple trees are known for their beautiful fall coloration. Those interested in the seedlings may pull up to the front of the Public Works building, located at 5068 Breton Ave., between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. To ensure physical distancing guidelines are followed, we ask that upon arrival, residents stay in their vehicles, and a staff member will bring up to two seedlings and tree care instructions to the vehicle for safe loading. For any questions, please feel free to call 616.554.0817.

About Kentwood Department of Public Works 

The Department of Public Works helps keep our City beautiful and functional.  The Department maintains dozens of miles of pipes underground and hundreds of miles of streets above ground.  We are responsible for keeping the streets clean, the snow plowed, and parks maintained. Additionally, we service City vehicles like police cruisers, and fire trucks. 

We are also responsible for maintaining the City's drinking water. The Water & Sewer Division maintains water storage tanks, pumping facilities and distribution piping, as well as sanitary sewage collection system piping.

Report an Issue 
If you have an issue, please visit the Report an Issue page. Whether it's a pothole, streetlight repair, or other maintenance issues, it's easy to report your issues online. Someone will respond to your inquiry within two business days. 

For emergencies after 4 p.m. and on weekends or holidays, please call 616.554.0751

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