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East Express E-Newsletter
May 5, 2016

BREAK-IN ALERT.  Over the past few weeks, there has been a series of break-ins/attempts in EGR and surrounding communities. If you ever have any questions or have information on these incidents, please contact our Public Safety Dept. at 616.949.7010. Click here for more information.  

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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DOG WASTE.  We pride ourselves on being a clean, safe and walkable community for both our human and furry residents. If you are walking your dog, please remember to properly discard dog waste. We've had many complaints recently that dog walkers are leaving bags of dog waste in other resident's yard refuse bins. Additionally, crews have noticed an excess of dog waste bags thrown into the woods surrounding Reeds Lake. When walking your dog, please dispose of dog waste only into trash receptacles – not yard refuse bins, sewers or woods. Let's all do our part to keep EGR beautiful!  

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MOVIES IN THE PARK.  Head down to John Collins Park this summer to spend time with family, friends and neighbors for this family-friendly favorite. Movies begin at dusk. More information on this summer's showings can be found on our website

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REEDS LAKE RUN.  Calling all runners, walkers, handcyclists, wheelchair-racers and dog walkers: the 38th Reeds Lake Run is still accepting participants. For more information, visit the website.   

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RELAY FOR LIFE.  The EGR Relay for Life will be held this weekend at the High School track. The event starts Friday at 3 p.m. and wraps up Saturday at 3 p.m. You can find more information on the event website.   

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PERMANENT ABSENTEE VOTING.  Are you interested in being on our permanent absentee voter list? You are eligible to receive an absentee ballot if you are over 60 years of age, if you expect to be out of town on election day, if you are an election worker assigned to work at a different precinct, if you are in jail awaiting arraignment, or if you cannot attend the polls due to your religion. 

The City maintains a list of voters who want to receive an application for an absentee ballot prior to every election. We send an application about 8 weeks prior to every election. If you want an absentee ballot for that election, you fill out the application and send it back. When you return the application, your absentee ballot will arrive by mail and you can take your time reading and researching before filling it out and sending it back to the office. Your ballot is stored in a secure storeroom until election day and then processed and counted. 

If you would like to be placed on the permanent absentee list, please call 949.2110 or send an email to Chris Berg requesting that you be placed on this list. 

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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 (750 Lakeside). 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 WASTE PICKUP.  We are proud to offer yard waste pickup for our residents so we can keep the streets and yards of East looking neat and clean. Please remember that yard waste should not be placed out for collection earlier than one day prior to collection. You can read all the rules and regulations of our yard waste pickup.   

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BROADBAND CITIZEN SURVEY.  As part of the recently formed Kent County Broadband Initiative, our community is participating in Connect Michigan’s “Connected Community” program.  This project will assess the current status of broadband access, adoption and use in our area so they can develop a Broadband Technology Action Plan to improve the quality of life and economic potential across Kent County.  Take the survey online

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE REMINDER.  Just a reminder that the City Public Nuisance Ordinance requires lawns to be maintained to a height of 5 inches. Weeds and long grass provide a breeding place for mosquitoes and contribute to unsightly property.  Please also note that the accumulation of junk or rubbish, including unlicensed or inoperable motor vehicles, household and other equipment in disrepair and inoperable boats and trailers (except in a completely enclosed building), are considered public nuisances and owners can be cited accordingly.   

If you should ever have any complaints, concerns or questions regarding City ordinances or requirements please contact the Public Works Office at 616-940-4817. 

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WATER QUALITY REPORT.  The City of East Grand Rapids Water System is proud to present our annual Water Quality Report. We have continued to meet the challenge of providing safe, quality water that meets or exceeds EPA and MDEQ requirements. Read the whole report.  

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