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East Express E-Newsletter
July 6, 2017

FOURTH OF JULY SUCCESS. Thank you to everyone that participated in our annual Fourth of July Celebration – it was another great year. A special thank you to the family of Eileen DeVries for sponsoring this community tradition. As Eileen's 
daughter, Rachel, said: “My mother always ‘wanted to go out with a bang!"


LAKE DRIVE OPEN. Good news! The Lake Drive project is wrapped up and officially open. Thank you to all our residents and visitors for your patience as we completed this important project. 

For more information on all projects, please visit:

Road Cones

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

Congratulations to Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen and Duffield Lane on their grand openings! We're so glad they choose East Grand Rapids Gaslight Village for their new space.

Gaslight Village

Please welcome 
Jacob, Aaron, Evan and Justin -- our new summer bike patrol. The four cadets, who are all law enforcement students at local colleges, will provide the Public Safety Dept. a greater presence throughout the City this summer. They will be patrolling parks, neighborhoods, Gaslight Village and special events. If you see them around, please help us give them a warm welcome as they spend their summer working to keep East a safe and great place to live!


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

WEALTHY STREET PROJECT. The Wealthy Street-Gaslight Village water main cured in place pipe (CIPP) rehabilitation project started as planned on July 5.  Access pits are being excavated from Lovett towards Lakeside.  The traffic signage and detour is for one-way traffic for west bound only. The east bound lane is closed for the excavation of access pits. Please adhere to the traffic signage for the safety of everyone.  Please click here for more information on the water main CIPP rehabilitation process. 

Wealthy Detour

.  Over 430 people signed up for the 5K Run/Walk/Bike on Tuesday to raise funds for the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Check out the pictures here.


NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE CITY OF EAST GRAND RAPIDS BOARD OF REVIEW. The East Grand Rapids Board of Review will be in session at 8:00 a.m. on July 18, 2017 at the City of East Grand Rapids, 750 Lakeside Dr, SE. for the purpose of correcting clerical errors and mutual mistakes of fact in the 2017 and 2016 assessment rolls as provided for under MCLA 211.53(b).  The Board may also consider 2014 through 2017 Principal Resident Exemption affidavits where no previous affidavit was filed or denied.  Applications for resident exemption affidavits must be completed prior to the Board meeting and must include an accurately filed Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit. 


The City of East Grand Rapids does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access, or treatment in its programs or activities.  Please call 949-2110 to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations.  Requests for accommodation under the ADA should be addressed to the Assessor, preferably at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.



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

  • 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

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

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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