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East Express E-Newsletter
April 4, 2016


SEWER/WATER RATE INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS.  The City will be hosting two information sessions  to discuss proposed water/sewer rate increases that would take effect July 1.  Information sessions will be held  Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. and  Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center. Staff will be presenting a slideshow with information on the water/sewer fund and answering questions. The City Commission will vote on the issue at their meeting on April 18 at 6 p.m. For more information or to view the presentation online, click HERE

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YARD WASTE PICKUP UNDERWAY.  Regularly scheduled yard waste pickup has begun on regular routes.  For residents that don't comply with the guidelines, our crews will be placing informational door hangers as a reminder of what the regulations are for this time of year.  For more information on yard waste pickup guidelines, please click HERE.
 
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NEW WATER BILL FORMAT.   In order to create a better experience for our customers, the City of East Grand Rapids will begin using a new format for the water/sewer bills starting April 2016.  The new bill provides larger text and graphics making the bill easy to read and understand.  

   

The new billing format is just a visual improvement, and does not represent a change in any other account information.  Questions or concerns? Contact Keyla Espino at  616.949.2110 or at  kespino@eastgr.org

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ADVISORY BOARD APPOINTMENTS.  East Grand Rapids has several advisory boards  work with citizens and staff to research, debate, and solve problems or issues:  the  Board of Review,  Construction Board of Appeals,  East Grand Rapids Community Foundation,  Library Commission,  Parks & Recreation Commission,  Planning Commission and the  Traffic Commission.  

 

Available appointments vary each year. Most appointments are for one-year terms, but some are three-year terms. Applications are kept on file for two years. Appointments are made by the mayor and affirmed by the City Commission.  

 

If you're interested in serving on one of these  advisory boards, visit the city's website for information on each board and then  fill out an online application form.   

 
SPRING ROAD SAFETY.  Read our tips to ensure, walkers, runners, bikers and motorists alike stay safe.  Read more.



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GRACE THE BORDER COLLIE.  Have you heard about Grace yet?  Grace is a 2 1/2 year old Border Collie who is specially trained to chase birds off from properties.  At John Collins Park, she will be responsible for chasing Canada Geese.  Grace is trained to not harm the birds -- just to simply encourage them to live and eat in an alternate location.  If spotted at John Collins Park, we ask that you leave Grace alone -- she is a working dog who has a difficult task at hand.  We discourage any petting, calling, feeding of any kind, but encourage residents to observe her marvelous abilities from a distance.  Grace will be with her handler, Jill, at all times.  Welcome, Grace!  

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PARKS & REC SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE.  The  Summer Program Guide is now available for viewing.  Some of the new programs include: Magician Camp, Mermaid Camp, Adult Hip Hop and Organic Growing in Sustainable Gardens.  Check out the great offerings available to all ages this summer HERE

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WATER MAIN WORK.  City crews will be performing water main preventive maintenance work during April and May.  The work will include valve exercising (turning street valves off and on) for a two-week period commencing April 11 through April 22.  This work will take place during regular work hours from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beginning April 25 through the middle of May, water mains will also be flushed (flowing water through fire hydrants).  This work will take place during regular work hours from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

   

During this work, water service to your home may be interrupted or there may be a reduction in pressure.  You may also experience water discoloration (rusty water).  Please contact the Public Works Dept. at 940.4870 or 940.4817 during regular business hours if you have any questions or problems concerning this work.  For after hour emergencies, please call 949.7010. 

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HUNTINGTON REEDS LAKE RUN.  Join us for the 38th annual Huntington Reeds Lake Run.  You can run or walk a  5K, run a 10K and even run or walk a 5K with your dog.  Back for the third year, we will have a 10K wheelchair & handcycle division.  All runners, walkers, wheelchair and handcycle participants will get a moisture wicking race shirt.  More information.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  The Huntington Reeds Lake Run and Rhoads McKee Triathlon are looking for  volunteers Volunteers provide a safe and fun event by controlling and directing traffic.  To register as a volunteer,  visit eastgr.org or the Parks & Recreation Department. Questions? Contact  Run & Triathlon Volunteer Coordinators   Rachel  Seese  & Pam Slater  at 616.949.1750 or  rseese@eastgr.org  or  pslater@eastgr.org

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