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East Express E-Newsletter
July 21, 2016

PUBLIC SAFETY THANK YOU. At Monday's meeting, Mayor Seibold and the City Commission presented posters to members of the Public Safety Dept. that included notes of gratitude for their hard work to keep EGR safe. Mayor Seibold also gave Life Savers to the officers because they are "our lifesavers." Thanks to everyone who has helped show support for the Public Safety Dept. over the past few weeks! 

You can view Mayor's address to the Public Safety Dept. HERE.   

 Public Safety logo

SANITARY SEWER SYSTEMS. The City operates and maintains a sanitary sewer system for all properties within the City. On occasion, blockages occur in the City’s sewer mains or private sewer laterals that may cause sewage to backup into a home/property. East Grand Rapids has adopted a sanitary sewer backup claim policy consistent with Public Act 222 of 2001. Whether a blockage is determined to be in a City sewer main or a private sewer lateral, the property owner is responsible for cleanup and associated costs. A letter will be mailed to all residents next week that gives more details about this. For more information on water/sewer systems in EGR, click HERE.   


BEST SUBURB IN MICHIGAN.  According to Business Insider, East Grand Rapids is the best suburb in Michigan. 

“Amenities like Reeds Lake and Gaslight Village coupled with a strong school system, robust real estate market and low crime rate keep our residents here and attract new ones,” Mayor Seibold said. “This ranking just confirms the effort our entire community puts into making East Grand Rapids a better place to live.”   Read more HERE.  


CONSTRUCTION UPDATE. This summer's construction projects continue to move on as scheduled.  

During the current water main projects, the City has taken our water tower out of service and has opened interconnect valves with the City of Grand Rapids. During this time, you may notice slightly lower water pressure and some water discoloration. If this occurs, run the cold water faucet closest to your service entry point,  which typically is in the basement, until the water is clear.  Do not do any laundry until water lines run clear.   

For a complete update on construction projects, click HERE

 Construction signage

FRED BUNN TAKES HOME ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE. Fred Bunn, Parks & Rec. director, recently took home a national title from the U.S. Duathlon National Championship in Bend, Oregon. Fred took first place in the men’s sprint 50-54 age division, marking his second national championship. The sprint race involved a 5K run, a 20K bike and finished with a 2.5K run. Read more HERE.   

 Fred Bunn

PRIMARY ELECTION: AUGUST 2. If you vote at the EGR Community Center or at the Middle School, you'll need to factor road construction into your plans to vote on August 2. The intersection of Lake Drive/Lakeside/Breton is closed for the summer for reconstruction. This means that both the Middle School and Community Center are only available from the north. You can drive around the "road closed" sign at Wealthy/Lakeside to get to both buildings from the north, but do not drive through the intersection in front of the middle school – it is not passable. 

Polls will be open from 7 am until 8 pm on Election Day. You can view a sample of your ballot here.   If you need an absentee ballot for this election, please stop by the Community Center 8-5, M-F or contact our offices at 616.949.2110. Use this same phone number with any voting related questions. 

 Every Vote Counts

DOG OWNERS.  Please be courteous when walking your pets and do not drop plastic baggies of dog waste into the yard waste containers along the edge of the street.  Plastic is not allowed in landfills, so city crews cannot empty it into the packer trucks.  This means it  gets left behind for the homeowner to clean up.  Please keep the dog waste with you until it can be disposed of properly at your home. 

 Dog Owner

RHOADES MCKEE TRIATHLON.  Registration for the Rhoades McKee Triathlon is now open! If you haven't registered, there is still time before registration fees increase on Aug. 11. New this year: there is both an olymic and sprint distance – check out the website for all the entry options. 

Volunteers are still needed! For all the volunteer needs and to sign up online, click HERE.   


MOVIES/CONCERTS. If you haven't made it to John Collins park for a movie or concert, there are still plenty of opportunities left. Grab your family and neighbors, a picnic basket and a blanket for an evening of fun and family-friendly entertainment. The B-Side Growlers vintage blues, jazz and country band will wrap up the concert series next Monday at 7 p.m. For a list of upcoming movies, click HERE


DOOR LOCKING REMINDER. Over the last few weeks, we've had a few vehicle and home break-ins. We currently do not have any information on the suspects, but we do know that in each instance, the doors were unlocked. Please remember to ALWAYS lock your home, car and bike. Never leave valuables in plain sight. If you a see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call 9-1-1 immediately. Though we pride ourselves on being a very safe community, it is important to always take precautions to protect ourselves. 

 Safety sign

BLOCK PARTIES. Having a block party this summer? The Public Safety Dept. Will send fire trucks and/or police cruisers to visit parties – barring any emergencies. Block parties must be registered to request a public safety vehicle or barricades. More information can be found HERE.   

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