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East Express E-Newsletter
April 21, 2016
NEW WATER/SEWER RATE STRUCTURE APPROVED. On Monday, the city commission approved new water/sewer rates that will go into effect on July 1, 2016. Most residential customers will see an increase of $5 to $10 in their monthly bill. The new rates will provide funding to repair and replace the aging infrastructure of the water/sewer system. A significant percentage of the water lines under our streets are nearing the end of their life expectancy and have had multiple leaks/breaks in the last few years.
The additional funding will go directly to address these issues so that our water/sewer system continues to provide you with safe drinking water and reliable sanitary sewer service. If you have questions about the rate increase or would like an estimate on your new monthly bill, contact Keyla in the Finance Department at 616.949.2110.
REGISTER TO VOTE NOW FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION. With the Presidential election coming in November, the City Clerk's office would like to remind 17-, 18- and 19-year olds to make sure they register to vote before heading off to college this fall. It's important that young voters register in person at City Hall or at a Secretary of State's office so they can be eligible to apply for an absentee ballot in the fall. Those under age 60, who register through the mail, are coded with a "must vote in person" designation for their first election. College students are often caught by this provision when they register at a rally on campus or print out an online form and send it in. Voters can register up to six months before they turn 18 and are eligible to vote on their birthday. For more information or to check your registration, contact Chris Berg or Karen Brower at 616.949.2110.
7TH ANNUAL REEDS LAKE TRAIL BLAZER. Mark your calendars on Monday, July 4 for the annual Reeds Lake Trail Blazer. The annual community event takes place the morning of the 4th of July and is a great start to the day's activities. Lace up your walking or running shoes and join your friends and neighbors for a 5k walk/run through the tree-lined streets of East Grand Rapids. A new route and starting location will be announced soon. Stayed tuned to this e-newsletter, or like our Facebook page (facebook.com/egrcf) to get all the updates delivered to your newsfeed.
EGR NAMED HAPPIEST CITY IN MICHIGAN. According to a recent study by Zippia, East was named the happiest place to live in Michigan. Read the story.
TORNADO DRILLS. Kent County Emergency Management would like to remind Kent County residents that its outdoor tornado/high wind storm siren testing occurs on the first Friday of the month from April through October. Residents can learn more about emergency preparedness using this helpful fact sheet from the county.
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.
SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE. In May, a contractor will be on site to complete all areas scheduled for sidewalk replacement. A link to a map containing which sidewalks will be replaced can be found HERE. These areas had sidewalk trip hazards cut/ground down this past summer/fall and the same area will now have sections that could not be cut/ground down replaced.
LIBRARY WINS HIGH ACCESSIBILITY MARKS. A new website, called "Johnny's Pass," offers reviews on public facilities in our area based on accessibility. We are proud to say the KDL – EGR Library branch, located in the EGR Community Center, received high marks for parking, mobility and general ease of use for those with disabilities. Meticulous planning went into the design of the center 10 years ago to ensure it would be friendly to all. You can read the review HERE.