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East Express E-Newsletter
June 1, 2017

REEDS LAKE BOULEVARD CLOSED SUNDAY EVENING.  Pending approval by the City Commission on Friday, Reeds Lake Boulevard and the Reeds Lake Trail will be closed on Sunday, June 4 from 9:30 p.m. to 10:45  p.m. between Lakeside Drive and the north arm of Reeds Lake Boulevard (Hodenpyl Rock).  Waterfront Park and Hodenpyl Woods will also be closed during this time.

The road and trail closures are to allow the safe setup and detonation of a fireworks display by a licensed pyrotechnics company.  The fireworks are being hosted by the family of Eileen DeVries, a long-time East Grand Rapids resident who passed away recently.  The family is holding the fireworks show in her memory and invites the public to enjoy the show from any public location with a view of the airspace over Reeds Lake.

The fireworks show will begin at approximately 10:00 p.m. and last about 15 minutes.

Road closed sign

In an effort to further improve management of invasive species in East, the City has become a member of the West Michigan Conservation Network. The group will be assisting City staff with an invasive species management plan, including determining which invasive species are in the community. Read the full story here.


FY 2017-18 BUDGET.
At its Monday, June 5 meeting, the City Commission will vote to implement the City Manager's recommended budget for FY 2017-18. The public is invited to comment during the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. To view the recommended budget, click this link. Or, for a brief video overview of the budget, click here.

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The City has begun construction on Lake Drive, from Hall Street to the east City limit. The project will include grinding and resurfacing of the road, curb and sidewalk repair and draining and minor utility repairs. The road will be closed until mid July. Motorists should follow the posted detour or seek alternative routes during the project. Visit our website for regular construction updates.

Work Zone sign

Please remember to lock your doors! There have been a few auto larceny reports recently, specifically in the southern part of the City. In almost all these incidents, the car doors were unlocked. As a reminder, NEVER leave your car, house or garage doors unlocked. Though we work extremely hard to keep our community safe, we still need to take precautionary steps. Let’s all do what we can to keep EGR a safe place to live, work and play.

Lock Doors

All movies begin at dusk in John Collins Park.

  • Friday, June 9 - The Secret Life of Pets
  • Friday, July 14 - Cinderella (2015)
  • Friday, Aug. 11 - Finding Dory
  • Friday, Sept. 15 - Jurassic Park

For more information, click here.

 Movie screen

ll concerts start at 7 p.m. in John Collins Park.

  • Monday, June 19 - Drew Hale, a 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!

For more information, click here.

 Concert series

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.

 Reeds Lake Run logo

START YOUR 4TH OF JULY WITH SOME EXERCISE.  The Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk will take place at 8:30 am on Tuesday, July 4.  This family-friendly community event is a great way to start off the holiday by joining your neighbors and friends for a 5K (3.1 miles) run or walk. It's also fun way to raise funds for the EGR Community Foundation.  More information.  

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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


DINOSAUR DAY WITH PALEOJOE. Join KDL as PaleoJoe introduces creatures that have been extinct for millions of years: T-Rex, Velociraptor and more. Specimens and actual fossils will bring the past to life. For children 6 to 12 on Friday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


All events start at 2 p.m. in John Collins Park.

  • June 22 – Kevin Kammeraad
  • June 29 – Critter Barn 
  • July 13 – Kid and teen craft sale
  • July 20 – Art Attack
  • July 27 – Audacious Hoops
  • August 3 – Pet Show
  • August 10 – Tom Plunkard

 Craft vendor

TALL GRASS. The City code sets the maximum height limit of grass at five inches. If you notice a neighbor is out of compliance, we encourage you to discuss the situation with them. They may have an issue that prevents them from mowing and may need help.  Properties that are not in compliance may also be reported to Public Works at 616.940.4817 or online.

 Tall grass

Need to update that old fence? You won’t need a building permit, but there are some rules that you should be aware of:
  • You can install a solid privacy fence up to six feet high in the rear yard of most lots, and remember that the structural side, if there is one, must face your lot.
  • Clear vision rules apply. All front yard fences are limited to a height of three feet or less, and they must be at least half open space, like a picket fence. 
  • As with all landscaping features, stay back at least a foot from the public sidewalk to avoid damage to the fence and injury to our plow drivers.
  • Even a low retaining wall, step, or timber can cause serious problems unless it is set back at least a foot. 
  • We always encourage you to talk to your neighbors before you start.
  • Make sure that you agree on where the property boundaries are.

Questions? The fence ordinance can be found online or call us at 616.940.4817.


BOATS, TRAILERS & RV’S. Are you dreaming of getting your big toys out and ready for the season? Keep in mind: Outdoor storage of boats, trailers and RVs is allowed for up to 72 hours on streets and driveways. Otherwise, they must be stored indoors, or in a rear yard only, and then they must be reasonably shielded from view. Not all properties are capable of accommodating such storage so you might have to seek offsite storage for your recreational unit.


PREVENT F.O.G. SANITARY SEWER BACKUPS. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are one of the more common causes of sewer lateral blockages that lead to backups. The easiest way to solve grease problems and prevent blockages is to keep FOG out of the sewer system:
  • Never pour grease down sink drains, toilets or garbage disposals.
  • Pour grease into a covered disposable container and put it into the trash (COOL IT - CAN IT – TRASH IT)
  • Soak up remaining fats, oils and grease with paper towels and dispose with your trash
  • Before you wash dishes, scrape meats and food with fat and grease into the trash
  • Put baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids – and empty the drain basket or strainer into the trash.
  • Only use garbage disposals for fruits, vegetables, and organic waste

Don't Dump Grease 

LIBRARY NOTE.  On Saturday, June 24, the EGR Library will open at 10:30 a.m. (instead of the usual 9:30 a.m.) to avoid conflict with the Reeds Lake Run events.


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