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East Express E-Newsletter
May 5, 2016

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.

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LAKE DRIVE CONSTRUCTION.  Please note that beginning May 16, Lake Drive will be closed to through traffic from Conlon to Breton for phase 1 of the Lake Dr. construction project. Detour signs will be posted for alternate routes. Visit our Facebook page for updates on the Lake Drive construction project.  

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REEDS LAKE TREATMENT.  This spring, PLM Lake & Land Management will be treating Reeds Lake for invasive species that have a negative impact on our native plants. You can learn more about the treatment history and its importance here.

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TOUCH A TRUCK. Free event for children of all ages on May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The City is working in partnership with KDL - EGR Branch to give kids an opportunity to get up close to public works equipment such as a bucket/lift truck, street sweeper and a sewer truck. Get all the details here.

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PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE FORMS DUE JUNE 1.  The deadline for filing a Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit is June 1, 2016.  If you recently bought a home you may qualify for this exemption.  You can only claim the exemption on one home (in Michigan or any other state) and you must own and occupy by the June 1 deadline.  Most title companies have you fill this form out at closing.

The initial request for Conditional Rescission of a Principal Residence Exemption form must be submitted to the assessor by June 1, 2016.  This exemption enables a person who has purchased a home and reestablished their Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) to continue to have the reduced school operating millage on the home they are in the process of selling.  An owner may receive a PRE on the previous principal residence for up to three years if that property is for sale, is not rented or leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose.

Contact the assessor’s office at 616-940-4818 or email for additional information and the forms.  Our forms are also available on line at our website.  

Vicki Vander Lugt, Assessor
Stacey Hayes, Assistant Assessor

USED BOOK SALE NEXT WEEKEND.  The Friends of the EGR Library invite you to their semi-annual Used Book Sale.  Thousands of books in over 35 categories along with music CDs and DVDs will be available. Something for all!  

Pre-Sale for Friends Members   
Friday, May 13, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Become a Friend - Join at the Book Sale)

General Public Sale 
Saturday, May 14, 9:00am - 5:00pm & Sunday, May 15, 9:00am - 3:00pm
BAG SALE!  $7 first bag, 2 or more bags are $5 each.

746 Lakeside Dr. SE - Lower Level in Parks & Recreation 
Website  Email  Call: 616-784-2007


LOCATION CHANGE FOR 4TH OF JULY TRAIL BLAZER WALK/RUN.  This year’s Trail Blazer event will start and finish at the EGR Community Center (750Lakeside). Due to the construction that will close the intersection of Breton/Lakeside/Lake Drive, the planning committee decided to move the start/finish to the Community Center to ensure avoid the dust, confusion and danger of the construction zone. Packet pickup, late registration, and all the finish line festivities will take place at this new location. The change will also make setup and teardown easier on all the volunteers.  More information

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YARD SIGN REMINDER.  Beginning in the spring, temporary yard signs become very popular. Whether for school fundraisers, contractors or political candidates, they often start popping up in resident yards. If you are planning to have a sign in your yard, please note that there are a few rules to follow: 

- Temporary signs must be at least five feet back from the public sidewalk.

- Contractor signs are allowed only while the work is going on – not from the time you sign the deal until the last payment is made. You can always have your contractor contact us about specific questions.

- They are never allowed between the sidewalk and the street, especially where clear vision would be obstructed, or anywhere else on public property. 

Questions? Call us at 616-940-4817

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