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East Express E-Newsletter
August 17, 2016

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE. The Lake Drive project continues to be on schedule for its target completion date of Sept. 3. Last week, the concrete foundations for the sidewalk were poured. Provided no weather issues, the bricks will be placed this week. For a complete update on construction projects, click here

Construction signage

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS.  If you're a student heading away to college this month, take a moment to make sure you are registered to vote before you go. Michigan law requires that people who register by mail (ie a form printed off the internet or obtained at a rally on campus) must vote in person the first time. Registering in person at your local clerk's office or at a Secretary of State's office will ensure that you can receive an absentee ballot if you will be away at school and unable to vote in person in November.  Call our offices at 949.2110, and we'll check your registration and make sure you're all set before you go. 

 Vote button

COMMUNITY CENTER 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE.  Can you believe it? The EGR Community Center is turning 10-years old! We're partnering with Kent District Library - East Grand Rapids Branch for an evening of FREE family fun on Wege Plaza. Join us on Wednesday, August 24 from 4 to 7 pm at the Community Center for food, music and fun as we celebrate the ten years with a world-class community center. 

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RHOADES MCKEE TRIATHLON.  Registration for the Rhoades McKee Triathlon is still open! If you haven't registered, there is still time before Sept. 8. New this year: there is both an Olympic and sprint distance. For more information or to register, click HERE.  
Volunteers are still needed! For all the volunteer needs and to sign up online, click HERE.   

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MOVIE AT COLLINS PARK ON FRIDAY NIGHT. Tomorrow night, head down to John Collins Park for a showing of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Movie begins at dusk and is FREE to attend. Grab a picnic and a lawn chair and head down to the shores of beautiful Reeds Lake. For more information, click HERE.   


WEST NILE VIRUS IN 49506 ZIP CODE. West Nile Virus, a mosquito-born infection, was found by the Kent County Health Dept. in the 49506 area code, which includes East Grand Rapids. The City has purchased tablets designed to keep mosquitos from hatching that will be placed in our storm sewer and storm water retention catch basins.  For more information and safety tips, please click HERE.   


RESULTS FROM INVENTORY OF EGR STREET AND PARK TREES. The City recently completed an inventory of trees located within public spaces including out-lawn areas, public parks and Gaslight Village. The study was conducted to promote and preserve the urban forest and improve the management of public trees in East Grand Rapids. To learn more about the tree inventory, click HERE.   


BIKE REGISTRATION. The East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department will be at the EGR Middle School during the registration sessions on August 23, 24 and 25 to get student bikes registered and hand out bike locks to those who need them.  Bring your bike so officers can record the brand, style and any identifying features as well as your contact information so that if the bike is stolen and recovered it can be returned to you.  Officers will also hand out bike locks and show students how to use them to prevent their bikes from being stolen. 


STORM WATER DRAIN REMINDER. Please remember that only rain goes in the drain. EGR maintains a storm sewer system that discharges storm water into local watersheds. For tips to help reduce flooding and have a positive impact on water quality in our local watersheds, click HERE.   

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BREAK-IN ALERT. Over the last few weeks, there has been an increased number of vehicle break-ins in East Grand Rapids. Many of the incidents have been focused on the southeast side of the City, near Breton Village. The incidents ranged from vehicles break-ins and larceny to, in one incident, a vehicle being stolen. EGR Public Safety encourages residents to call 9-1-1 if they see suspicious behavior and to ALWAYS lock car doors. For more information, please click HERE.   

 Stop Crime

CITIZEN VACANCIES ON KENT COUNTY BOARDS. The Kent County Board of Commissioners is seeking citizens interested in serving the community through appointment to various boards, commissions, and committees. Any Kent County resident may apply by completing an online application form via the County’s website (deadline is September 30). A list of the boards, commissions, and committees that have citizen openings is located at  

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EASTBOUND MIDDLE SCHOOL ENTRANCE. Please note, after Lake Drive is reopened, there will be no eastbound left-turn access into the Middle School from Lake Drive. Drivers are asked to make a left-turn from Lake Drive onto Lakeside and use the main entrance for the Middle School. Those travelling west, will still be able to make a right-hand turn into the Middle School. This change is recommended by our traffic planner to avoid congestion and backups. We appreciate your attention in this matter.  

 No left turn sign

NEW PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER. Please join us in welcoming Andrew Good, who was sworn in as a Public Safety Officer last night. Andrew is the first-ever Bike Patrol Cadet to be hired by the EGR Public Safety Dept. A graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, he obtained his paramedic license from Great Lakes EMS Academy (2010) and his Firefighter I & II certification from the Walker/Wyoming Fire Academy. Andrew comes to us as a fully cross-trained public safety officer. He and his wife Stacey are welcome additions to the City and our Public Safety family. 

 PSO Good
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