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East Express E-Newsletter
May 18, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY. Please note, the City will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. 


. The City Commission recently approved road resurfacing, curb work and sidewalk construction along Lake Drive between Hall Street and the east city limits.  Starting date and detour information will be posted soon on our website


TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT RETURNS. This fun annual event will once again take place on Wednesday, May 24 in the parking lot between the EGR Library and the GR Yacht Club.  EGR Public Works staff will be on hand to show off the snowplows, bucket truck, vacuum trucks and other equipment and answer questions from kids and parents.  Toy hardhats, stories about big trucks and refreshments are also planned. The event, which is free, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Calling all book lovers: The Friends of the EGR Library’s Used Book Sale is this weekend!

Friday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Members Only Pre-Sale. (You can join at the door!)
 Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 The sale takes place in the lower level of the EGR Community Center, 750 Lakeside Drive SE). Come and stock up for summer road trips and beach days. More information can be found here.

MASTER PLAN. City commission and staff have begun the master plan update process with a joint meeting held between the City and Planning commissions last week. This summer will be primarily an opportunity to gather data before launching the public input phase during the fall. We'll continue to update as public input meetings are set. Learn more in this article from our friends at the Cadence.


The City is committed to intergovernmental collaboration through our recent mutual aid agreement with public works agencies in Kent County. We have informally been committed to working together for years, but this new agreement solidifies our partnerships. Examples of mutual aid include storm damage cleanup, winter weather events and public utility emergencies. We’re proud to live in a greater urban area that values collaboration and working across boundaries to create a great place to live. 


REEDS LAKE RUN. Join us for the 39th annual Huntington Reeds Lake Run.  You can run  or walk a  5K, run a 10K and even run or walk a 5K with your dog. Back for the third year, we will have a 10K wheelchair & handcycle division. For more information and to register, click here.




Friday, June 9 The Secret Life of Pets 

Friday, July 14 - Cinderella (2015) 

Friday, Aug. 11 - Finding Dory 

Friday, Sept. 15 - Jurassic Park




Monday, June 19 - Drew Halea blend of Texas and Michigan music will be found in this country artist.  

Monday, June 26 - Colin McCahill Quartet, playing a variety of jazz standards, blues, ballads, originals and more. 

Monday, July 10 - Green On Blue, a jazz quartet featuring a violinist,  guitarist, bassist and percussionist.  

Monday, July 17 - The Doran Brothers Band, playing soft classic rock, easy listening and a little bit of country with an emphasis on tight vocal harmonies.  

Monday, July 24 - JMM Jazz Group, performing vintage era vocal jazz sure to entertain! 

Monday, July 31 – MLC, from originals to rock classics, this band is always a summer favorite!


KDL SUMMER READING. The Library's popular summer reading program is back! Starting June 5, readers of all ages can put their creativity to work as they read, learn and engage in new experiences at KDL! To learn more and register, click here. 

REEDS LAKE TREATMENT. PLM Lake and Land Management will begin spot treatment on Reeds Lake today (Thursday, May 18). Additional treatments will take place during the week of June 12, July 10 and August 14. You will find a posted yellow or green 8.5x11 notice adjacent to the shoreline during a treatment, which will include a list of products used and corresponding restrictions associated with their use. 


Each treatment is followed up with sampling and inspection by PLM to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment. Additional treatments may take place if needed.  


PLM Lake and Land Management staff members are DEQ certified applicators.  Any questions regarding the products used or the treatment process can be answered directly by PLM Environmental Scientists by calling 616.891.1294.  Additional questions may be directed to Public Works by calling 616.940.4817. 


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