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East Express E-Newsletter
January 19, 2017

East was recently named the second best place to raise a family in Michigan. Thank you to all our residents who help make our community such a wonderful place to live! Read more. 

Top Prize 

It won’t be long before the snow begins to melt and EGR homeowners start thinking about outdoor projects again. Tom Fasse, our zoning administrator, has a few tips on garden sheds and decks to help you plan for your spring projects. Read more.


SWEETHEART DANCE. The annual Sweetheart Dance (formerly the Daddy Daughter Dance) will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Girls from age four to the eighth grade are invited to bring their dad, grandpa, uncle or special friend to this Valentine’s Day themed event. Enjoy delicious desserts and make a special craft to bring home. “Dates” will compete for the most outrageous heart-themed tie. It’s sure to be a magical night! For more information, click here 

Dancing couple

ICE MELT. As the temperature continues to drop, we want to share that, while salt is helpful in maintaining safe winter roads, it can become a safety hazard during colder temperatures. During normal winter conditions, between 20 and 30 degrees, salt works exactly how it’s supposed to. When the temperature starts to drop below 20 degrees, however, the salt takes longer to work and it may actually cause wet pavement to refreeze.

 Ice melt

DID YOU REMEMBER TO LOCK YOUR DOOR? Over the last two weeks, there have been two vehicles that were stolen in East Grand Rapids. In each instance, the doors were unlocked and keys left in the car. Please remember to lock your doors and NEVER leave your keys in your car. While our Public Safety Dept. works diligently to keep our community safe, taking precautions, like locking your doors, is necessary to fighting crime. If you ever see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call 9-1-1. 

 Lock your doors

Tax return season is here. Did you know that you can easily print and view your tax bill online? To learn how, click here


Assessment Notices will be mailed by February 18. The Assessor’s Review will be held on February 27 and 28.  March Board of Review hearings will be held March 13 and 14.  You can call 616.940.4818 to make an appointment upon receipt of your notice.  Please review your assessment notice as Assessor’s Review and March Board of Review are the only times a valuation issue can be resolved. 


The Consumer Price Index for assessment purposes for the 2017 year is .9%.  If there was NOT a transfer of ownership on your property in 2016, your 2017 taxable value is calculated by multiplying your 2016 taxable value by 1.009.  Physical changes of your property may also increase or decrease your taxable value.  If there was a transfer of ownership on your property in 2016, your 2017 taxable value will be the same as your 2017 state equalized value. 


If you have any questions, you can email Vicki Vander Lugt, assessor, or Stacey Hayes, assistant assessor, or call 616.940-4818.


Set loose your inner musician with this musically-inspired maker lab. Experiment with different sounds to create your own musical masterpiece using tools such as the Otamatone, Snap Circuits and EduScience Kinetics. Ages six and older. Drop-in between 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22.  


KD aLe THE PERFECT PAIR: CRAFT BEER AND CHEESE. You've probably enjoyed a classic wine and cheese pairing, but wait until you've experienced savory cheeses paired with flavorful Founders Brewing Co. craft beer! Join Aperitivo and Art of the Table as well as registered Cicerone, Angela Steil for this exclusive event. Pre-registration required and spots are very limited. For adults ages 21 and older. Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 7:30 p.m. Register now.


KDL BUILD-IT-UP DAY BRICK CONTEST.  Families are encouraged to drop by the KDL Lab Experience maker space and build a creation using building bricks for the contest. KDL will announce the day's five prize-winning structures at 4:30 p.m. (Do not need to be present to win.) Sponsored by Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  


WHEN THE LIBRARY LIGHTS GO OUT – A STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER. Bring your stuffed friend to the library for storytime and leave it for a sleepover at the library. Pick up your special friend the next day to see what fun it had while the library was closed. For ages six and younger. Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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