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March 3, 2016

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION TUESDAY.  Michigan's Presidential Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 8.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  When you arrive at the polls, please have your photo identification ready or be prepared to sign an affidavit stating you do not have it with you.   


You will also be asked to choose which ballot style you wish to vote in this election.  There are three ballot styles for this election:  Republican, Democratic or Ballot without Presidential Primary.  The EGR School District has three ballot proposals on this ballot.  The three proposals are included on the Republican and Democratic ballots, or you can choose a ballot with no party affiliation and vote for just the schools proposals.  Sample ballots can be viewed here if you wish to preview the ballot choices.    Since ballots were ordered in mid-December, there are some candidates listed that are no longer running for President.  Here is an FAQ document from the Secretary of State's office specific to this election.  

If you have a question about whether you are registered or the location of your polling precinct, contact city offices at 949.2110.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST.  Join friends and neighbors for a community pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.  The cost is $5 per person or $20 a family for pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee and juice. Kids 5/under eat free.  Gluten free pancakes available.  Tickets available at City Hall or at the door of the event.  Hosted by the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Proceeds will benefit the foundation's bicycle safety efforts. 

MASTER DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR.  Congratulations to Fred Bunn on being named a USA Triathlon Master Duathlete of the Year Fred, who serves as our Parks & Recreation director, has had an incredible year competing, including a win in the 50-54-year old age group at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, Australia.  Keep up the great work, Fred!   
 Fred Bunn

EAST GR HISTORY ROOM Since 1987, the East Grand Rapids History Room has been carefully curated under the watchful eye of Mary Dersch.  She has been instrumental in growing the room’s important collection of historical artifacts and documents.  A big thank you to Mary for all her hard work!  You can read more about Mary and the History Room here 

 Mary Dersch


KDL Caffeinated: How to Make the Best Coffee.  On March 15 at 6:30 p.m., Sam Granger will show you how to brew the perfect cup of Rowster's Coffee.  Taste locally roasted coffees, discover some unique ways to brew and become an expert.  Pre-registration is required.  For adults. 

KDL Caffeinated: My Cuppa Tea Create Custom Tea Blends for Health & Wellness.  On March 24 at 6:30 p.m., discover the medicinal and health benefits of creating your own custom tea blends.  Kathryn Doran-Fisher, Traditional Naturopathic Doctor and owner of Elder & Sage,  will reveal ways you can increase wellness while brewing your favorite cup of tea.  Pre-registration is required.  For adults.  


STREET SWEEPING.  Street sweeping will commence along with yard waste collection the first full week of April.  City street sweeping crews will follow the regular yard waste collection routes.  Street sweeping not only helps keep our streets clean, but also helps reduce debris from entering the storm sewer system and has a positive impact on storm water quality. 

LAWN CARE CONTRACTORS.  If you will be hiring a contractor for spring clean-up this year or for ongoing yard maintenance this summer, remember that lawn care companies, trash collection vendors and snowplow contractors must obtain a license from the City prior to doing work in East Grand Rapids.  You can check our website to see if your company is already licensed, or ask them to call City Hall at 949.2110 to get the necessary information about licensing. 

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SEWER TELEVISING-ASSET MANAGEMENT PROJECT.  Plummer’s Environmental Services, Inc. will be working around the City this spring/summer to run special cameras through the sanitary sewer system as part of an asset management update of this utility.  This project is funded in conjunction with a SAW grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 

 Sewer truck
PUBLIC WORKS CREW LEADERS.  Congratulations to Travis and Mike on their promotion from Equipment Operators to Crew Leaders.  Travis and Mike will be completing additional training and learning more for their new roles.  Both employees are excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the City. 

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Star Wars Camp.  In this Star Wars inspired Camp, your missions are NOT impossible!  Using LEGO bricks, motors, and battery packs, join us every day as we complete our training missions and earn our badges to ultimately become Jedi Knights!  (Ages 6  11) 


Min. 6/Max. 20   CODE: 44325-A 

DAYS: M-Th  |  DATES: 4/4-4/7  |  TIME:  9:00A-12:00P  |  RES NR$149 $169  


Ninjago Camp.  LEGO Ninjago fans will spin with excitement in this action packed camp!  Come build motorized models, including spinners, using Bricks 4 Kidz Model Kits.  Enter the Spinjitzu tournament, build cool models, battle with your minifigures, customize battle arenas, tools, and more!  As we learn, build and play with LEGO bricks. ( Ages 6  11) 


Min. 6/Max. 20   CODE:  44325-B 

DAYSM-Th  |  DATES: 4/4-4/7  |  TIME: 1:00P-4:00P  |  RES NR$149 $169  


Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Camp.  Experience the cutting edge of technology with the introduction of LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics.  Students will be captivated as they incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors and software by programming their commands directly into the intelligent brick.  Test their capabilities by moving an object with a robotic claw, building a robot that draws, or creating a mouse trap.  Our endless list of builds is sure to provide the complete fundamental components of robotics at best! (Ages 11-14) 


Min. 6/Max. 12   CODE44325-C 

DAYS: M-Th  |  DATES: 4/4-4/7  |  TIME1:00P-4:00P  |  RES NR$  175 $195  

 Building blocks
 Building blocks

LITTLE SLUGGERS LEAGUE.  There will be 6 games taking place on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Coed practices and games will be held on EGR fields. Players will receive a team T-shirt. Each team should provide one parent per game to officiate. Coaches will schedule practices for one hour on a weeknight as early as 4pm and will contact players by mid May with schedules; practices begin the week of May 23. Rainouts are rescheduled at the discretion of the coach. The buddy system applies to this sport. Sign-up by the deadline of April 29 to save $20 and be guaranteed a place on a team. 


Kindergarten League.  Your child is eligible for this league if they turn 5 by June 30, 2016. This league is teeball the whole season. 


EGR Elementary fields   Min. 40/Max. 100  |  CODE: 11700-Z  

DAYSM-Th  |  DATES: 5/23-6/30  |  TIME5:00P-8:00P  |  RES/NR  $69 $84 


1st/2nd League.  Your child is eligible if they are in first or second grade during the 2015-2016 school year. The first few weeks of the season will be teeball and the last few weeks will be coach pitch.   


EGR Elementary fields   Min. 40/Max. 100  |  CODE: 11751-Z  

DAYSM-Th  |  DATES: 5/23-6/30  |  TIME5:00P-8:00P  |  RES/NR  $69 $84 

 Baseball glove
 Baseball player
LAKE DRIVE TREE REMOVAL.  Due to interference with electric lines, Consumers Energy will need to remove five trees on the NE corner of Lake and Breton.  Their forester has determined trimming would be too significant to allow the trees to remain.   Once these are removed, we will be replacing them with six new power line friendly trees.  The removals are scheduled during spring break (week of April 4) to make sure there is no impact on school operations.  

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YARD SIGN REMINDER.  With election season heating up, we would like to remind everyone that signs must be posted in your yard and behind the sidewalk.  City ordinance prohibits any type of sign in the public right-of-way area in front of the sidewalk.  This includes political signs, remodeling contractors, event advertisements, etc. 

 Yard signs

EAST GRAND RAPIDS BOARD OF REVIEWThe taxpayers of the City of East Grand Rapids are hereby notified that the Board of Review shall meet for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the 2016 City of East Grand Rapids Assessment Rolls.  


Meetings will be held at the East Grand Rapids City offices, located at 750 Lakeside Drive, on the following dates in accordance with Michigan State Law:  


Monday, March 14, 2016  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016  


Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. on March 14. Appointments must be made prior by calling 616.940.4818. Non-residents may appeal by letters received no later than the adjournment of the Board's hearings. Residents may appear in person or by representative.  


Property Ratio Factors. In accordance with Act 165 of the Public Acts of 1971, the current Analysis for Equalized Valuation submitted to Kent County indicates a ratio of assessed to true cash value of fifty percent (50%) for all classes. Based upon this, it is estimated that the assessment equalization factor for 2016 will be 1.0000 for all classes.  


The City of East Grand Rapids does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs or activities. Please call 949.2110 to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations. Requests for accommodation under ADA should be addressed to the Assessor, preferably at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.  

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