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East Express E-Newsletter
February 16, 2017


FIRST WARD COMMISSIONER APPOINTED. At its Monday, Feb. 6 meeting, the EGR City Commission unanimously voted to approve Diana Schad as the new first ward commissioner. Diana will officially begin her roll as commissioner at the Monday, Feb. 20 meeting. Read more about Commissioner Schad here.   

 Commissioner Schad

TAKING CARE OF OUR FURRY RESIDENTS. Walking around East Grand Rapids, you quickly notice there are many animal lovers in our community. And this month, the Public Safety department made two investments to help our furry residents stay safe. Read more


EGR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION. Registration for East Grand Rapids Public Schools kindergarten is now open! Registration deadline is March 6, 2017. Learn more. 

Kindergarten Student

LAKESIDE PRECINCT MOVE. If you vote at Lakeside School (Precinct 3-6), your voting location will be moving to the lobby of the High School's Performing Arts Center starting with the May 2017 election.  Watch your mail for a new voter registration card. We will also remind voters prior to each of the next several elections until everyone is familiar with the new location.


ASSESSMENT NOTICES. 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.


YARD WASTE. With milder weather occurring this winter, some residents have been putting out yard waste.  As a reminder, yard waste pickup begins the week of April 3, 2017.  If any yard waste is generated by those who take advantage of some of the nicer weather intervals, the City asks that bags and containers be kept out of view from the street until yard waste pickup service resumes. 


SIDEWALKS. The Public Works Dept. staff plows almost 80 miles of sidewalks after snow events have concluded. Public Works staff may use a plow, blower or broom to remove snow from sidewalks depending on the different nature of the weather event. Though the City removes snow from sidewalks, a small residual amount can remain. Residents are encouraged to remove the small remaining snow after sidewalk plows have been through. With freeze and thaw cycles any remaining residual snow can turn to ice and impact pedestrians using sidewalks. Thank you for working together to keep sidewalks safe. 

SPRING SOCCER DEADLINES. Please note that both the Coed Youth Soccer (Pee Wee through 5th grade) and Coed Soccer (Grades 6th-8th) registration deadlines are March 3. Register online here 

Soccer Ball

PARENTING CLASSES. Stumped by a parenting issue? Wondering if you're on the right track? You're not alone! Join other moms and dads for a weekly discussion based on the books Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay. The upcoming dates are February 7, 14, 21 and 28 (all Tuesdays). A discussion for parents with children is from 1 to 2 p.m. and a discussion for parents with teens is from 2 to 3 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids.




ULTIMATE COED FRISBEE. Ultimate Frisbee (also known as Frisbee football) is an exciting, non-contact team sport played with a disc. There are no refs so players hold themselves accountable through the "Spirit of the game", a rule and a mindset that pushes players to play their best, but never at the expense of disrespecting others. This camp, which is for all levels, teaches the fundamentals of ultimate. Each player will receive a t-shirt and a disc. For grades 3 through 12 – no experience necessary. April 3 – 6, $40 res, $55 non-res. For more information and to register online, click here 


Ultimate Frisbee

YOUTH BOWLING CLUB. This club is perfect for introducing kids to bowling by utilizing instruction in a fun and social environment. Novice bowlers will learn technique and etiquette while advanced bowlers will develop their skills and improve their average. For grades six through eight. April 15 – May 20, $30 res, $40 non-res. For more information and to register online, click here 

 Bowling pin

Registration is currently open for the 2017 spring season of NFL youth flag football. Early registration ends Friday, Feb. 24 – after that late fees kick in. Learn more here

 Flag football

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