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East Express E-Newsletter
June 15, 2017

In the past month, we've had 43 vehicle larcenies -- the same amount we've had over the past year. In almost every instance, the doors were unlocked. Public Safety is investigating, but a suspect has not yet been identified.  Please remember to lock your doors -- it is the number one tool against fighting crime.

Lock Doors

WEBSITE. Did you know that we share a weekly construction update on our website? Stay up-to-date with all the progress on streets and sidewalks affecting your neighborhood. Check it out here

Work Zone sign

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE. Please note, a variety of preventative maintenance projects will take place on streets throughout the City this summer. These preventative measures allow us to increase the lifespan of our streets -- ultimately saving financial resources. We encourage you to plan extra time when traveling and thank you in advance for your patienceThe patching operations – made possible by the 2015 Street & Sidewalk Millage – will require only minor lane closures for short periods of time and will not require any complete closures or detours.  Read more here.

Preventative Maintenance

DEPUTY TREASURER CHAR VEENSTRA RETIRES.  This week we say a fond farewell to Deputy Treasurer Char Veenstra as she retires after 20 years with the City.  As Deputy Treasurer, Char has been prepared hundreds of thousands of property tax bills, processed countless payments and answered hundreds of questions from property owners.  In addition, Char processed accounts payable invoices and performed most of the daily accounting duties for the city.  Her knowledge of taxes, accounting and her attention to detail will be missed, but we wish her well in her future endeavors.

Char Veenstra


Sponsored by Eileen DeVries and her family 

The Parks & Recreation Department has a great day planned for this year's 4
th of July.  From the parade through the center of
town to the activities at Collins Park and the fireworks at dusk, it will be  a great day for the whole family.   

  • Noon - 1 p.m.: Parade (begins at Sherman/Wealthy intersection, continues east on Wealthy turns left on Lakeside & ends at Reeds Lake Blvd.) 
  • Noon - LATE: Shafer Concessions, What the Truck and Pizza Parliament  
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Water ski show – Grand City Show Skiers 
  • 3:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.: Enny Owl, Indie Folk singer from the UK 
  • 8 p.m. – Dusk: Hark Up performance  
  • Dusk: Fireworks over Reeds Lake 


All Activities at John Collins Park, unless otherwise noted. 


All movies begin at dusk in John Collins Park.

  • Friday, July 14 - Cinderella (2015)
  • Friday, Aug. 11 - Finding Dory
  • Friday, Sept. 15 - Jurassic Park

For more information, click here.

 Movie screen

CITY OFFICES CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY. All City offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday. Offices will be open on Monday, July 3 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 American Flag

TRAIL BLAZER 5K ON JULY 4. Spend the morning of the 4
th of July with your friends and neighbors walking or running a 5K for a good cause.  The 8th annual Reeds Lake Trail Blazer steps off from the EGR Community Center at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4 for an out/back 5K to benefit the programs of the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Registration is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 11-18, and just $10 for those 10/under.  The cost includes a race t-shirt. Sign up here

Trail Blazer logo 

All 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 and Shaggy Pines Doggy Dash on June  24, 2017. You can still register at  or stop into the EGR Parks and Recreation Department.   


Packet Pick up and Late Registration: June 23 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and June 24 from 6:30-8:15 a.m. at EGR High School Gym 



  • 5K Run & Walk - 8:00 a.m. 
  • 5K Shaggy Pines Doggie Dash - 8:05 a.m. (5K Run/Walk with your dog)  
  • 10K Wheelchair & Hand Cycle Race - 8:55 a.m. 
  • 10K Run - 9:00 a.m. 
  • Kids’ Races - 9:45 a.m. 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to ensure the safety of the athletes on Saturday, June 24 for the 39th annual Huntington Reeds Lake Run. Volunteers are an integral part of the event and are given a shirt, vest and directions regarding the location. If interested or questions, please call 616.949.1750.

 Reeds Lake Run logo

WATER QUALITY REPORT RELEASED.  Each year, the City prepares a water quality report for our drinking water system. We are proud continue to meet the challenge of providing safe, quality water that meets or exceeds the requirements of the EPA Water and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  Reports will be with this month's water bill and extra copies are available in the Public Works Department. Download a copy here.

 Water Faucet

he Grand Valley Artists will hold their annual Reeds Lake Art Festival on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Gaslight Village.  Wealthy Street will be closed from Wealthy to Croswell during the art festival.  Check out all the booths for unique home furnishings, jewelry and much more. Then treat yourself to lunch or a cool beverage at one of the great establishments in Gaslight Village.

Art Festival 

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.


KDL PARK PARTIES.  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

CANEPA TENNIS CENTER COURTS CLOSED FOR REPAIRS.  The Canepa Tennis Center Courts, located at the Woodcliff Administration Building, are closed for the next 6-8 weeks for repair and resurfacing. The courts at Breton Elementary, Wealthy Elementary, the Middle School and Manhattan Park are available this summer for community use when not being used for leagues or tournaments. The courts at Lakeside Elementary will be closed briefly at some point this summer for maintenance, as well.


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.

SUMMER PROPERTY TAX BILLS MAILED JUNE 30.  The summer property tax bills will be due on Monday, August 14.  If you have questions, please contact our offices at 616.949.2110.


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