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					                                      County of Kent - Annual Report

                        Kent County
                        Annual Report                                          Highlighting the County’s 2004 Activities

What’s Inside...         Kent County Invests in Our Community
                         Looking back on 2004, many communities, businesses
Message from the         and individuals in Michigan experienced the hardships of
                         difficult economic times. This situation has not gone un-
Board Chair &            recognized by the Kent County Board of Commissioners
County Administrator/    and the County’s response to future fiscal constraints is
                         being critically reviewed. At the same time, the Board of
Controller               Commissioners and staff are hopeful and proactive in their
                         efforts to create a better, more stable tomorrow as dem-
Collection Date for      onstrated by the County’s investment in the community
                         infrastructure – in people, in land and in public facilities.
County Taxes Moved       Kent County believes that investing wisely today results in
                         a better tomorrow.
Millennium Park
                         The Board of Commissioners has taken great care to focus on the children of this community, demonstrated especially
Dedicated                by funding the Kent County Prevention Initiative. Approximately $2 million dollars was invested in parenting support
                         and education, early intervention in families of at- risk children, and family substance abuse programming. These
Facilities Updated       efforts give children and families the tools, skills and resources they need to create a community where people may
                         lead happy, healthy and productive lives.
Airport Serves Record
                                                                                         In addition to its investment in families, the County in-
Number of Passengers                                                                     vested in the environment. Investments in parks and green
                                                                                         space for public enjoyment, recreational activities and re-
Farmland                                                                                 claiming and preserving land for future generations helps
                                                                                         to sustain the quality of life for County residents. The
Development Rights                                                                       County continued to pursue its goal of 10 acres of public
Pursued                                                                                  park land per 1,000 residents by approving the purchase
                                                                                         of 15 acres in Alpine Township adjacent to Wahlfield Park
                                                                                         and 111 acres in Millennium Park.
John Ball Zoo
Committed to Current                                                                Finally, in an effort to uphold its commitment to efficient
                                                                                    and effective service delivery, the Kent County Board of
Location                 Commissioners invested in capital infrastructure by remodeling several facilities. In 2004, the former MSU/Kent
                         County Extension office at 836 Fuller was remodeled for use by ACSET (Area Community Service Employment &
Correctional Facility    Training Council) and the North County Health Clinic was relocated and refurbished. Both of these projects also
                         represented the intergovernmental cooperation that makes our community special, since ACSET, an organization
Faces Overcrowding       operating as a result of an agreement between Kent County, Allegan County and the City of Grand Rapids, serves its
                         clients at both sites. Remodeling construction at the main Health Department clinic was also started in 2004.
Local Homeland
Security Enhanced        The Kent County Board of Commissioners will continue to embrace its commitment to act as good stewards of your
                         tax dollars by making sound investments in the community.
County Continues
Prevention Initiative
                                                          MISSION STATEMENT OF KENT COUNTY
Early Childhood
Community Plan                      The mission of Kent County government is to be an effective and efficient steward in delivering
                                    quality services for our diverse community. Our priority is to provide mandated services, which may
Adopted                             be enhanced and supplemented by additional services to improve the quality of life for all our
                                    citizens within the constraints of sound fiscal policy.

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A Message from Board Chair David Morren
and County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio
Dear Citizens of Kent County,

It is our pleasure, on behalf of the Board of Commissioners and the staff, to present a report on the activities that
took place in our County during 2004. The past year has been busy; significant achievements were made while
pending issues were resolved.

Among the resolutions to the pending issues was a decision by the voters that John Ball Zoological Garden will
remain at its current location. As a result of the countywide vote in August 2004, we now know that there will not be
a Wildlife Park and that John Ball Zoological Garden will remain the location of our Zoo. We are developing plans
for the Zoo with our goal of making it the premier urban zoo in the midwest.

A second pending issue was the manner in which the State of Michigan chose to deal with its uncertain fiscal
condition by suspending the State of Michigan’s County Revenue Sharing program. While statutory revenue sharing
has been the target of the State for a number of years, and certainly susceptible to reduction and/or elimination, we
never conceived of the “solution” that was developed and implemented: eliminating county revenue sharing
payments in the State budget and mandating that counties shift property tax collections from December to July
(phased in over a three-year period). This will allow for the creation of a reserve fund. The reserve fund will provide a revenue base for counties in the short run,
but the Board of Commissioners believes the state action was bad public policy in the long-run. We will be continuously monitoring the County’s budget and looking
for efficiencies on how we do business. Kent County’s millage rate has been below the state average for county millage rates, and we pledge to continue to keep
the millage rate as low as possible while providing the excellent services that you expect.

The County also celebrated several accomplishments in 2004: Millennium Park was dedicated to the public in July; ground was broken for the development of
Wahlfield Park, including a playground and two open shelters; a record number of people were served at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport; and, the Health
Department’s Women, Infants and Children’s program (W.I.C) reached a record enrollment of more than 20,000 clients. In addition, the County partnered with
Grand Valley State University’s Community Research Institute to use geographic information system (GIS) technology to begin to map and analyze the client base of
the various public health and human service agencies (Health Department, Family Independence Agency, Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services,
and Community Probation) to develop a recommendation on how to realign community health and human services to support student achievement.

As you’ll see in the report, 2004 was an excellent year, but there are still many challenges in 2005. Your Board of Commissioners, and staff are committed to
providing outstanding and efficient services and we look forward to the exciting year ahead.

David J. Morren, Chair                                                                      Daryl J. Delabbio,
Board of Commissioners                                                                      County Administrator/Controller

State Moves Collection Dates for County Taxes
Due to ongoing issues related to the State of Michigan’s finance and budget struggles, the State Legislature changed the collection schedule for the County’s general
operating property taxes from the winter to the summer collection over a period of three years, beginning July 2005. The shift in collection dates is in response to the
elimination of certain payments the State of Michigan made to counties. The State distributes sales taxes to local governments, including counties, through a program
known as Revenue Sharing. In 2004, the State eliminated payments to counties, and directed counties to establish a reserve account and use the early tax receipts to
offset the lost State revenue.

The result of moving the collection forward means that taxpayers will pay their county property taxes about three months sooner. For example, the statewide county
operating levy averages approximately 4.8 mills. Thus, a taxpayer who owns a home with a taxable value of $50,000 would currently owe $240 in county property
taxes. Shifting one-third of this amount from the winter collection to the summer collection means that the taxpayer would pay $80 in the summer of 2005 and the
remaining $160 in the winter. In 2006, the taxpayer would pay $160 in the summer bill and $80 in the following winter bill. Finally, in 2007, the entire $240 would be
due in the summer.

Kent County is projecting its reserve account to last approximately seven years. When the reserve funds run dry, the State of Michigan has stated it will re-instate the
revenue sharing plan. Although the County believes the State has an obligation to follow through on this commitment, it is also taking steps to plan for the possibility that
the State may not be able to honor its commitment.

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Millennium Park Publicly
                                                                                       Kent County 2005 Adopted Budget
More than 8,000                                                                                    Source of Funds
people participated
                                                                                                   Revenue                                              $318,304,954
in two days of                                                                                     Fund Balance                                           11,626,777
activities to                                                                                      Total Sources                                        $329,931,731
celebrate the public
dedication of                                                                                      Use of Funds
Millennium Park                                                                                    General Government                                     $73,445,822
July 2 -3, 2004.                                                                                   Public Safety                                           53,973,416
Throughout the                                                                                     Judicial                                                38,149,971
                                                                                                   Cultural and Recreation                                 15,529,268
summer, its first full                                                                             Health and Welfare                                      64,715,749
season of operation,                                                                               Enterprise Activities                                   81,259,012
the newest addition                                                                                Other                                                     1,422,641
to the County’s                                                                                    Appropriation Lapse                                     (4,573,100)
park system hosted                                                                                 Capital                                                   6,008,952
a record number of                                                                                 Total Uses                                           $329,931,731
visitors. Weekday attendance averaged 6,900 visitors and swelled to almost
11,000 daily visitors on weekends. Amenities include the swimming beach,
                                                                                         2005 Adopted Revenue By Category - $329,931,731
beach house, pavilions, concessions, picnic areas, basketball and volleyball
courts, playgrounds, and fishing piers and a spray park was opened in time for                                          Other
                                                                                                                                Fund balances
the public dedication to the delight of children all summer long.                                                       6.6%

                                                                                                 Reimbursements                                                 Taxes
                                                 When completed, Millennium                          9.8%                                                       30.4%

                                                 Park will span approximately           Investment earnings
                                                 1,500 acres. A major step              Fines & forfeitures
                                                 towards this end was the                     0.4%

                                                 County’s acquisition of 111 acres
                                                                                                                                                                   Licenses & permits
                                                 of property in 2004, including 50                                                                                        0.4%
                                                 acres of water for recreational
                                                                                              Charges for services
                                                 use. In addition to recreational                   27.4%                                                   Intergovernmental
                                                 amenities, the park will be                                                                                      19.9%

                                                 reclaimed to a natural state to be
                                                 enjoyed through low-impact
                                                                                      2005 All Funds Expenditures By Function - $329,931,731
activities such as hiking or canoeing. Plans include more than 500 acres of
water for canoeing and fishing, 8.4 miles of walking and hiking trails, 10 miles of                                             Capital/laps/other
paved trails for walking, biking, and rollerblading. Visitors may also enjoy                                                                          General government
                                                                                                Enterprise activities                                       22.3%
boardwalks and overlooks for viewing fragile wetlands.                                                24.6%

Millennium Park is accessible via foot,
rollerblades, or bicycle through Kent Trails and
will provide direct access to five miles of Kent
Trails which run through the park and will                                                                                                                        Public Safety
eventually connect to the proposed M-6 Paul
                                                                                                Health and welfare
Henry trail. Millennium Park will serve as the hub                                                    19.6%
of a large regional network of trails stretching                                                                                                     Judicial
                                                                                                                     Cultural and recreation
from Grand Haven and Holland, to Grand                                                                                        4.7%

Rapids, to Cadillac, and connecting to the White
Pine and Hart Montague State Parks.

                                                                                      The Parks Department is responsibile for
                                                                                        managing 37 parks. Of those, seven
                                                                                        parks have shelter houses. Shelter
                                                                                        reservations can be made by calling
                                                                                           (616) 336-PARK or online at

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                                                                Facilities Update
Cooperation Creates new ACSET Northeast Complex
In 2004, the demolition of the Area Community Service Employment and Training (ACSET) Northeast Complex on Michigan Avenue took place while renovations
were made to ACSET’s newest location at 836 Fuller, N.E. in Grand Rapids. The new facility required a total interior renovation including all new interior partition
walls, ceilings, flooring materials, and a new HVAC system. In addition, a new electrical system was installed which included
new lighting. Exterior windows were added on the north and south elevations adding natural light. Renovations also included
building a new roofing system. The total project cost $330,000. Because ACSET hosts a food bank operation, the basement,
which was not utilized by the previous occupants of 836 Fuller NE, became an integral component of the new space and a
vertical lift was added to increase space utilization. By October 2004, ACSET was fully functioning in its new facility. The
renovated facility provides additional parking and more space for the provision of the ACSET services. In addition, the
location is on a major public transportation route and provides significantly increased and improved services to their customers.
This project highlights the intergovernmental cooperation that makes our community special, since ACSET was an organization
that operates under an agreement between Kent County, Allegan County and the City of Grand Rapids.
                                                                                                                                           ACSET Facility

Remodeled Health Department Clinics Open
                                            Residents in the northern portion of Kent County will enjoy a new setting at the Kent County North Health Clinic in
                                            Rockford located at 4388 14 Mile Rd N.E. Due to the deterioration of the old Senior Center, where the North Health
                                            Clinic had been housed, this new location was secured and remodeled in 2004. Facilities Management Department staff
                                            and representatives from the Health Department staff worked together to create a design model for the new facility. The
                                            new facility is 3,500 square feet (almost three times the amount of space of the previous clinic) and is located on a major
                                            east-west corridor, providing easy access for customers. The significant design and construction work consisted of the
                                            installation of seven exam rooms, a waiting room, open office space for Health Department staff and a break room. The
local office of the Area Community Services Employment and Training Council (ACSET), which previously shared space in the old Senior Center, also moved into this
new facility. ACSET staff also played an integral role in the redesign phase. The renovation project cost less than the $150,000 budgeted. The Health Department staff
in the new clinic were very pleased with the new environment and based on feedback they hear, so were the customers.

The Health Department Clinic on 700 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids was also completely refurbished. The Kent County
Facilities Management Department staff and the Health Department leadership team worked diligently together to ensure
the best and most appropriate environments were created. The entire interior of the building was renovated – new walls,
ceilings, flooring materials, along with new systems furniture was installed. Over 300 people were relocated and moved
back to their new workstations. As a result of these efforts, the remodeled clinic and administrative offices provide a more
user-friendly environment for patients, a brighter office environment for employees, and allow for more efficient delivery of
public health services.

In addition, the Medical Coordination Center (MCC) built within the Health Department serves as a central location when responding to local or regional public health
emergencies. From the MCC, the Health Department, hospitals, ambulatory and other emergency management agencies have the ability and resources to track
available hospital beds, patient movement, and disease identification and control while providing a coordinated public health response to the emergency. When not
being used during an emergency, the MCC serves as a training room for Health Department staff and other community health agencies.

County Approves
Fuller Campus
Master Plan
Due to the key location of critical services at
the Kent County Fuller Campus, the Board
of Commissioners adopted the Kent County
Fuller Campus Master Plan in September
2004. The Master Plan is intended to be a
tool to assist the Board of Commissioners and
County Administration for future planning
purposes on land use and facility locations to
serve the residents of Kent County efficiently
and effectively. In developing the plan, input
was sought and received from the Bradford
Street area neighborhoods, as well as input
from staff at the Health Department, Sheriff
Department, and the Spectrum Hospital Kent
Community Campus.

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                                                                Airport Serves a Record
                                                                Number of Travelers
                                                                2004 was a record-setting year for Gerald
                                                                R. Ford International Airport (GFIA). For
Serving the Community                                           the first time in its history, GFIA served
                                                                more than 2 million passengers in a single
                  2004 Highlights                               calendar year. To be exact, 2,150,125 pas-
                                                                sengers used the airport, which is an in-
                                                                crease of almost 8 percent over 2003.
The National Association of County Parks and
                                                                Cargo volumes also set a new record, with
Recreation Officials awarded Kent County with its 2004          a total of 79,536,540 pounds carried in
Environmental Award for the Millennium Park project.            2004, which is also an 8 percent increase
                                                                over the previous year.
Kent County received one of two Metropolitan Blueprint
                                                                The Federal Aviation Administration ap-
Awards from the Grand Valley Metro Council for the Mil-         proved the Department of Aeronautics
lennium Park project.                                           Master Plan Update (MPU) in 2004. The
                                                                purpose of the MPU is to plan for the short-
Aeronautics Director Jim Koslosky received the 2004 Dis-        term, intermediate, and long-term growth of the airport. The completed Master
tinguished Service Award from the American Association          Plan creates opportunities for the Kent County Department of Aeronautics to be
of Airport Executives.                                          eligible for federal funding development projects.

                                                                For more information and to take a virtual tour of the airport, the Gerald R. Ford
Friend of the Court Operations Unit Manager Julie               International Airport may be found at
Haveman received the Distinguished Service Award from
the Family Law Section of the Grand Rapids Bar.                 Farmland Preservation
Kent County received the “2004 Children’s Advocate”
award from the Child and Family Resource Council.
                                                                Opportunities Continue
                                                                Created by the Board of Commissioners in February 2003 to oversee the County’s
Kent County’s website, is a vital            farmland preservation program, the Kent County Agricultural Preservation Board
resource allowing citizens, businesses and other                submitted its first application for funding under the United States Department of
                                                                Agriculture-National Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Michi-
governments to conduct business with Kent County on-            gan Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program in May 2004.
line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2004, accessKent
registered more than 899,000 visitors to the site. Of those,    During the 2003-04 application cycle, a total of 44 farms representing more than
approximately 16,000 were customer transactions.                5,300 acres from 11 townships applied to the County to be part of the process;
                                                                27 applications met the federal criteria creating the opportunity for the County to
                                                                apply for 50 percent of the cost of the development rights. Five properties were
The 17th Circuit Court, Kent County and AccessKent              submitted to the federal program, and the USDA approved three properties total-
introduced a new service for conducting case name               ing 326 acres for federal funding. Of the three, only one property owner to date
searches online. As of April 2004, residents may conduct        (106 acres in Vergennes Township) has opted to continue with the process of
name searches for civil/domestic and criminal cases online      selling their development rights. The County expects to close on the purchase of
for a small fee. Searches for civil/domestic cases go           this farm’s development rights in early 2005.
back to 1987 while searches for criminal cases go back          During the 2004-05 application cycle, a total of 34 farms representing almost
to 1996.                                                        4,300 acres from 12 townships applied to the program. Twenty-four applications
                                                                met the federal criteria. Five properties, that have dedicated matching funds from
Kent/MSU Cooperative Extension provides Horticultural           either the landowner, township or foundation, moved into the appraisal phase.
education to youths and adults in Kent County through           The Kent County Agricultural Preservation Board hopes to apply for federal match-
                                                                ing funds for some or all of these properties.
classes, mass media and a Master Gardner program. In
2004, Kent County’s Master Gardners donated 11,000              Funding for the Purchase of Development Rights program comes primarily from
hours of volunteer time.                                        grants and local governments. To date, $859,400 in foundation and local support
                                                                has been received to be used as matching funds to the federal grant program. The
Of the 500 miles of County drains, 50 miles were inspected      Agricultural Preservation Board is also working to become eligible to apply for
                                                                state funding for PDR that will be available in the fall of 2005.
and maintained. This is a responsibility of the Kent County
Drain Commissioner.                                             For more information on the Kent County Purchase of Development Rights Pro-
                                                                gram, please visit or
                                                                contact Kendra Wills, staff for the Kent County Agricultural Preservation Board
                                                                at (616) 336-2028.

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John Ball to Remain at Current Location
Kent County voters were asked to decide whether to approve a 0.55 millage request to
fund construction and a portion of the operating costs of a proposed Wildlife Park in
August 2004. The citizens voted “no” to the proposal. The John Ball Zoological Garden
will remain the home for Kent County’s animal and aquatic collections and associated
educational programs. Citizens supported that commitment by visiting the Zoo frequently this
past year with attendance totaling more than 338,648, a 7 percent increase over 2003. Even while the commu-
nity debated a possible new home, the Zoo’s business of caring for and displaying animals didn’t stop over the
course of 2004. The Zoo welcomed several new animals, some acquired from other zoos, and others through
births at the Zoo.

A Komodo Dragon was acquired from the Washington D.C. National Zoo. He is a seven- foot long, endan-                                        Komodo Dragon arrives at the
                                                                                                                                            Zoo. “Precious” is on exhibit
gered carnivore with razor sharp teeth. He is on exhibit daily in the newly renovated exhibit in the Herpetarium.                           daily in the newly renovated
In April 2004, Bongo was born. Bongo is an African Antelope and he and his mother may be viewed in the                                      exhibit in the Herpetarium
                                 African Veldt. The birth of a baby Howler Monkey in May 2004 was the final                                 building.
                                 exciting event, being the first time this species has reproduced at John Ball
                                 Zoo. The birth represents a valuable addition to conservation efforts for this

                                  The new animals helped to attract visitors this past year making it an exciting
                                  adventure for kids. Even more exciting to report is that children from the
                                  Grand Rapids Public School system turned out in record numbers due to a
                                  special outreach program called “Jump.” In 2004, almost 14,000 children
                                                                                                                                            Bongo and mom can be viewed
                                  not typically able to visit the Zoo due to economic hardships were given the                              in the African Veldt.ongo
                                  chance to go to the Zoo. This program targets any child in the Grand Rapids
                                  Public School system that qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program.
                                  The program components include free transportation passes and free entrance
                                  tickets to visit the Zoo.

                                 John Ball Zoo is pleased
                                 to present two new walk-
                                 through exhibits May 21-
                                 September 5, 2005 only!
                                                                                                                                            The Black Howler Monkeys are
                                   Get nose-to-nose with                                                                                    the proud parents of a new baby.
                                  free-ranging Wallabies                                                                                    The Howler family can be viewed
                                 and cheek-to-cheek with                                                                                    daily in the Herpetarium building.
                                     over 150 Budgies!

Correctional Facility Works to Address Overcrowding
Increasing numbers of inmates created a strain on the population capacity of the Kent County
Correctional Facility, as the average daily population of inmates in 2004 climbed to its highest level                           Kent County Average Daily Jail Population
ever. This past year each of the jail’s facilities logged their highest average population ever recorded.
The main facility averaged 1,073 inmates each day, with the Work Release building averaging 125
and the Honor Camp averaging 44 inmates daily.                                                                           1200

According to State law, when the jail exceeds 100 percent of capacity for seven consecutive days,

the Sheriff must notify the Chief Circuit and District Court Judges of the situation. If the poplulation
does not decrease within three days, the Sheriff must declare an overcrowding emergency and take                         600

steps to work with the Chief Judges to lower the population through a series of steps that may                           400                                 Average Daily Population
include the use of bonds, alternative sentencing or early release. Last year, the Kent County
Correctional Facility exceeded its capacity 83 times while Judges were alerted of emergency                              200

overcrowding on 10 separate occassions, however the formal early release process was not employed.                         1
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Many more statistics about Kent County’s offender population can be found in the jail’s 2004                                                          Year
Annual Statistical Report online at /

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Homeland Security                                                                              Kent County Family &
Citizens of Kent County can enjoy
a stronger sense of security and                                                              Children’s Coordinating
emergency preparedness due to
nearly $2.7 million in federal
homeland security grant monies
                                                                                              Council Early Childhood
made available to assist with local
domestic preparedness efforts. The                                                               Community Plan
funds were used for emergency
operations planning, exercises,
                                                                                         As a result of the work of the Early Childhood Subcommittee of the Kent County
training, and the purchase of
                                                                                         Family & Children’s Coordinating Council (KCFCCC), community resources
specialized equipment to enhance
                                                                                         are now aligned to help every young child in Kent County to be ready to succeed
our local capability to prevent, respond to, and mitigate incidents of terrorism
                                                                                         in school and in life. In 2004, Early Childhood subcommittee members created a
involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE)
                                                                                         vision and a plan to implement this vision for Kent County’s infants and toddlers.
response capabilities. To date, more than 400 first responders have received
                                                                                         No common structure for early childhood care and education, family health, family
upgraded state-certified Homeland Security training.
                                                                                         support or parent education & skill building existed to serve all children in Kent
Also in 2004, federal homeland security funding was available to assist school           County. However, mounting research, as well as everyday common sense, shows
districts in hazard identification and plan formulation. Table top exercises involving   how the early social and emotional experiences of very young children affect their
school staff, first responders, health and human services personnel, as well as          future growth and potential. Hence, the Connections for Children: Kent County’s
representatives from local units of government were all participants. These              Early Childhood System: a Community Plan was created. The primary goal
exercises were designed to simulate an emergency situation in an informal, low           for the Kent County Early Childhood System is that every young child in Kent
stress environment. The participants gathered around a table to discuss problems         County will be ready to succeed in school and in life. A child who is ready to
and procedures in the context of an emergency scenario. The purpose was to               succeed is:
become familiar with roles, procedures and responsibilities in the event of a real
dissaster.                                                                                       •   Socially, emotionally and physically healthy
                                                                                                 •   Able to communicate needs, wants and thoughts
CBRNE events are only one of the hazards we face within our community. Severe                    •   Enthusiastic and curious in approaching new activities
weather, chemical spills and transportation events continue to pose threats to our               •   Able to do problem solving and use acquired knowledge
community. In 2004, Kent County joined with Ottawa County and the City of                        •   Grounded in safe, stable, consistent and nurturing relationships
Grand Rapids to work together on the Greater Grand Rapids Pre- Hazard
Mitigation Plan. Information for the plan was provided by local units of government
through a website dedicated to the plan as well as shared and discussed at public
meetings. The website provides background information and hazard definitions,                            The guiding vision for the Early Childhood
as well as displaying a draft of the plan. The plan is dedicated to the continuing                       System is a coordinated, integrated system
effort to improve the health and safety of the citizens of the Greater Grand Rapids                      of services that are voluntary, accessible,
Area.                                                                                                    culturally competent, and universal and that
                                                                                                         have broad community and legislative
For additional information, please contact the Emergency Management / Home-                              support for all families.
land Security office at (616) 632-6255.
                                                                                                         A copy of the Executive Summary of the
                                                                                                         Connections for Children: Early Childhood
County Prevention Initiative                                                                             System Plan, may be found on
In 2004, the County sealed its Prevention Initiative by awarding $450,000 to
expand its efforts to provide for early intervention services for families with sub-
stance abuse issues. The substance abuse award completes the County’s commit-
ment to three priority areas identified for funding under the Prevention Initiative.

The funds were awarded to Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Net-
work of West Michigan (CMHSA). CMHSA used this funding to implement a
new program, called Family Engagement Therapy.
                                                                                            Did You Know...
The thrust of the Family Engagement Therapy program is treating the whole family
as the client, not just the individual with the substance abuse problem. It is a
comprehensive family-focused substance abuse program striving to serve 100 or
                                                                                            Not only did Kent County hit an all time high of registered voters
more families in Kent County.
                                                                                            in 2004, almost 75 percent of the registerd voters, or 394,977
                                                                                            people, voted in the 2004 November General Election. This tops
The Board of Commissioners recognized that by providing supporting services to
                                                                                            the most recent record of 293,000 voting participants.
families early, future costly programs could be reduced. The Kent County Pre-
vention Initiative is an investment that will pay off in reduced costs for incarcera-
tion, mental and physical health services, and services for delinquent, abused, or
neglected youth. Most importantly, it is an investment in Kent County families,
which will pay off in improved quality of life for Kent County residents for years to
come. The initiative includes an extensive evaluation component to measure the
long-term impact of the services on children’s health, education, and safety.

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Kent County Board of Commissioners
                  District Maps                                       Contact Information
                                                    1 TED VONK ................................................ 874-2604
                                                      4122 Boulder Meadow, Belmont, MI 49306
                                                    2 FRITZ WAHLFIELD .................................. 784-1216
                                                      730 Marlene Street, NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321
                                                    3 ROGER MORGAN, Board Vice Chair ....... 866-4264
                                                      10585 Tefft, Rockford, MI 49341
                                                    4 GARY ROLLS ........................................... 874-8020                County Administration Building
                                                      4789 Sunflower Ridge Drive, Ada, MI 49301                                        300 Monroe Avenue, N.W.
                                                    5 JACK HORTON ........................................ 897-9610                  Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
                                                      1625 Parnell, NE, Lowell, MI 49331
                                                    6 ARTHUR TANIS ........................................ 453-0392
                                                      4736 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker, MI 49544                                     Contact Numbers
                                                    7 MARVIN HIDDEMA ................................... 534-3569
    See Inset Map Below                               3432 Yellowstone Dr., SW, Grandville, MI 49418                       General Information ........................ 336-3600
                                                    8 JACK BOELEMA ....................................... 534-5222        Administrator’s Office ......................... 336-3512
                                                      2455 Donahue Ct., SW, Wyoming, MI 49519                              Airport ............................................... 233-6000
                                                    9 HAROLD VOORHEES .............................. 534-1876              Animal Shelter (Animal Control)
                                                      5380 Kenowa Ave, Wyoming, MI 49418
                                                                                                                            Lost Pets/Adoptions ........................ 336-3209
                                                    10 DAVID MORREN, Board Chair ................. 455-6582
                                                       7073 Willard, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548                             Licensing/Complaints ....................... 336-3210
                                                    11 DEAN AGEE .............................................. 940-3659   Bureau of Equalization ........................ 336-3527
                                                       2804 Oakwood, SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
                                                                                                                           Circuit Court Probation ....................... 632-5920
                                                    12 HAROLD MAST ........................................ 532-5686
                                                                                                                           Clerk’s Office ..................................... 336-3550
                                                       4914 Curwood Avenue, SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
                                                    13 DICK VANDER MOLEN ............................ 455-1562
                                                                                                                           Community Corrections ...................... 632-5370
                                                       2171 Fawnwood, Kentwood, MI 49508                                   Community Development .................... 336-4200
                                                    14 TOM POSTMUS ........................................ 453-4967       Community Mental Health ................... 336-3765
                                                       1725 Leonard, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
                                                                                                                           Cornerstone Access/Crisis Center
                                                    15 DICK BULKOWSKI ................................... 774-9947
                                                       1213 Watson, SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
                                                                                                                            Assessment & Referral Services ....... 336-3909
                                                    16 PAUL MAYHUE ......................................... 454-9762
                                                                                                                           Cooperative Extension Service ............ 336-3265
                                                       244 Heritage Commons, Grand Rapids, MI 49503                        Courthouse Information ...................... 632-5000
                                                    17 JAMES VAUGHN ....................................... 241-6151       Circuit Court Clerk-Court Division ...... 632-5480
                                                       1288 Cambridge, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
                                                                                                                           Circuit Court ...................................... 632-5220
                                                    18 DAN KOORNDYK ..................................... 458-8934
                                                       35 Bel-Air, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
                                                                                                                            Jury Information ............................... 632-5061
                                                    19 NADINE KLEIN ......................................... 975-2924     Circuit Court Family Division
                                                       2700 Heathcliff St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546                       Juvenile Center ................................ 336-3748
                                                                                                                            Adolescent Sex Offender Program ... 336-3748
Kent County Commissioners may be contacted through the Executive Assistant to the Board of                                  Crisis Intervention Program .............. 336-3749
Commissioners at (616) 336-4270. Offices are located in the County Administration Building, 300 Monroe                     Drain Commissioner ........................... 336-3688
Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.                                                                                   Friend of the Court ............................. 632-6888
                                                                                                                           Health Department .............................. 632-7100
Public Meetings                                      Publications                                                           Medical Examiner ............................ 632-7088
                                                                                                                           Housing Commission .......................... 336-4200
• Board of Commissioner every second and             The following publications and many others are                        John Ball Zoological Garden ............... 336-4301
  fourth Thursday                                    available online at or upon
• Legislative & Human Resources Committee                                                                                  Parks Department
  every second and fourth Tuesday                                                                                           (General Information & Reservations) 336-7275
• Finance & Physical Resources Committee             • Appointed Boards, Commissions and                                   Probate Court .................................... 632-5440
  every first and third Tuesday                        Committees*                                                         Property Description & Mapping ........ 336-3527
                                                     • Annual Report to the Community*                                     Prosecuting Attorney (Victim Witness) .... 632-5400
Schedules and agendas are available by               • Know Your Board of Commissioners*                                   Public Works ...................................... 336-3694
contacting the Executive Assistant to the Board,     • County Budget                                                       Recycling Information ......................... 336-2570
(616) 336-4270, or the County Clerk, (616)           • County Detail - a monthly local government
336-3550, or online at                                                                                 Register of Deeds ............................... 336-3558
                                                                                                                           Road Commission .............................. 242-6900
Meetings are televised on Cable Channel 24           * Contact the Executive Assistant to the Board.                       Sheriff Department (non emergency) ... 632-6100
(GRTV) – Monday and Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.                                                                                  Correctional Facility (inmate info.) .... 632-6300
                                                                                                                           Soldiers & Sailors Relief Office ........... 336-3492
                                                                                                                           Treasurer’s Office ............................... 336-3641

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