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East Express E-Newsletter
November 17, 2016


Mark your calendar for this annual tradition in East Grand Rapids. Head down to Gaslight Village the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 25) to spend time with your friends, family and neighbors for a holiday season kick-off. More details can be found here.

 Christmas tree

CITY THANKSGIVING HOURS. City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.  


Office closed sign 

ELECTION RESULTS. EGR election results for the Presidential Election have been uploaded to our website. 87% of active East Grand Rapids voters cast ballots for this election. Download the PDF file for detailed results  


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THANK YOU ELECTION WORKERS. Last week's election in East Grand Rapids is a superb example of democracy in action. We are honored to have an incredible election team of dedicated, efficient and well-trained individuals who are committed to making the election process run as smoothly as possible. Holding an election takes many months of planning and preparation to ensure we are all able to cast our ballot. As a commission, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to City Clerk Karen Brower, Deputy City Clerk Chris Berg and the Finance Dept. staff along with the 45 election workers, our Public Safety Dept., the East Grand Rapids Public Schools and everyone else who came together to make this election possible. 


We also thank you, our residents, for getting out to vote. We had more than 87% of active voters cast ballots in this election, which is a wonderful example of how personally the residents of East take voting as their civic duty. No matter what your political views are, we should all be proud to live in such an engaged community. 

 We Love Election Workers

GREEN LIGHTS ON PLOW TRUCKS. This winter, you'll notice that our snow plow trucks will have green strobe lights. This is an effort to enhance safety during storm response and other road maintenance efforts. The City of East Grand Rapids is joining with many municipal transportation agencies throughout the State in installing these new lights. When you see the green lights this winter, please slow down and be cautious for our crews.


NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE EGR BOARD OF REVIEW. The East Grand Rapids Board of Review will be in session at 8:00 a.m. on December 13, 2016 at the City of East Grand Rapids, 750 Lakeside Dr, SE. for the purpose of correcting clerical errors and mutual mistakes of fact in the 2016 and 2015 assessment rolls as provided for under MCLA 211.53(b).  The Board may also consider 2013 through 2016 homestead exemptions where no previous affidavit was filed and denied.  Applications for homestead exemptions must be completed prior to the Board and must include an accurately filed Homestead Affidavit. 


The City of East Grand Rapids does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access, or treatment in, its programs or activities.  Please call 949-2110 to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations.  Requests for accommodation under the ADA should be addressed to the Assessor, preferably at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.  


CONSTRUCTION UPDATE. The sidewalk grinding project to reduce trip hazards will continue for the next few weeks. Sidewalk replacement sections will be removed and replaced in spring 2017. The last inspection of sidewalk targeted replacement was in 2002. The area is generally from Oakwood south to the target area of Albert and then to Breton east towards Lake/Woodlawn/Andover. Approximately 80% of this work is completed. Progress in the targeted are is subject to the available budget. 


FALL LEAF & YARD WASTE SERVICE. Fall leaf/yard waste collection is behind schedule due to the volume of material at this time of year so patience and understanding is appreciated.  Your collection day may be off by a few days, but will be picked up by City  DPW crews.  Please remember to keep leaves close to the curb for traffic safety and also to not place leaves in the street more than a few days in advance of the scheduled routes as they can plug storm sewer basins and cause street flooding during precipitation events. 

Fall Leaf Collection 

TREE PLANTING PROGRAM. The City has nearly completed the planting of 70 new trees this fall as part of the tree planting program that splits the cost between the City and residents for the planting of trees in the public right-of-way.  The City has modified tree planting offerings in an efforts to diversify the tree canopy and plant trees in locations that are most beneficial for the long term viability of the trees in conjunction with placement to infrastructure. 


SNOW PLOW SEASON COMING SOONThough we have enjoyed a warm fall, weather will be transitioning to colder temperatures with snow and ice to follow. Our Public Works crews will be working hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared this coming winter. The City clears snow on City streets based on priority and local road routes. The priority routes are considered our major streets. These routes are plowed and salted as necessary to minimize slippery road surface conditions. Local road routes include all remaining residential streets. These routes will be plowed after all priority routes have been cleared. Local road routes are lightly salted, as needed, to control slippery conditions. You can find the plowing map here.  


In the event of significant snow accumulation on one-way and other narrow streets, the City will post temporary ‘no parking’ signs in advance of efforts to remove excess snow. Please make every effort to remove vehicles from streets where these signs appear so crews can plow and haul snow out in these areas to keep the streets passable and accessible. 


Sidewalks are plowed after the accumulation of approximately two inches of snow and on weekends when snow events have concluded. Plow crews clear sidewalk safety routes to schools first and then remaining sidewalks in the City. The City does not provide ice control to sidewalks. The sidewalk plowing map can be found here  


As a result of plowing streets and sidewalks snow may be deposited into driveways.  Plow crews are sensitive to this issue, however, there is no practical way to plow snow without depositing snow into driveways. Citizens are responsible for the removal of this snow.  


OSTA'S STILL OPENOur friends over at Osta's Lebanese Cuisine have asked that we put the word out that they are still very much open for business. While Olga's Restaurant across Wealthy recently closed their doors, Osta's -- your favorite spot for Lebanese Cuisine -- is still open.  


BOYS THIRD-SIXTH GRADE BASKETBALL. Last call: Keep your boys active this winter with our fun and instructional basketball league. Practice is one day a week with games on Saturday mornings starting the week of January 2. Season runs until March 4. Teams are formed with 3rd/4th grade boys together and 5th/6th grade boys togetherDeadline to sign up and save $20 is November 22.  If you sign up before or on November 22, the cost is $67 Residents, $82 non-residents.  Call the EGR Parks and Recreation Department at 949.1750 to sign up! 

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