View Other Items in this Archive | View All Archives | Printable Version

EAST EXPRESS | City of East Grand Rapids Newsletter 
September 21, 2017 



PUBLIC SAFETY RELEASES SKETCH OF ATTEMPTED ROBBERY SUSPECT

EGR Suspect RenderingPublic Safety released an artist rendering of the suspect involved in the Saturday, Sept. 9 armed robbery that occurred on the 600 block of Gladstone St SE.  The suspect is described as a black male between 16 and 18 years-old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a slender build and a thin mustache. He was last seen wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and gray camouflage pants.  A forensic artist with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety prepared the rendering. 
 
“We are grateful to Kalamazoo Public Safety for assisting us with this drawing,” Director of Public Safety Mark Herald said. “We hope that this rendering will help identify the suspect.” 

Anyone with information about the investigation should call East Grand Rapids Public Safety at 616.949.7010 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345. 


 
EAST GRAND RAPIDS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Have you checked out the new website yet?  We have a new look and feel, as well as several new buttons and links on the homepage to help you find the information you're looking for faster and easier. See the new website now



MP Pres Image 5

MASTER PLAN SESSIONS REPORT

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the City of East Grand Rapids hosted three master planning sessions at City Hall. Residents, business owners and employees were invited to the sessions to ask questions, make suggestions and voice concerns. There will be multiple opportunities for further resident and business owner input at upcoming Planning Commission meetings. Read more here.
 

TREE PLANTING

The city has an annual tree planting program available to residents who are interested in sharing the cost of a new tree to be planted in the out-lawn area (between the sidewalk and the street) of their home. Orders are taken throughout the year, with October 1 being the deadline for placing an order. 
 
The cost for each tree is shared between the homeowner and the city, with each party paying for half the average unit price bid for the trees. Bids are taken by the city in September of each year, while planting takes place generally between October and December, depending on weather.  

Find out more information, including how to register, click here.
 

FALL LEAF COLLECTION PROGRAM STARTS MONDAY, OCT. 9

Fall leaf pickup begins Monday, Oct. 9 and will end on Friday, Dec. 8. During fall leaf season, leaves may be placed out without being placed in containers. Leaves should be placed along or in the street without obstructing the traveled portion of the roadway and away from storm sewer catch basins. Please view yard waste rules and regulations here
 

Contractor 

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM UNETHICAL CONTRACTORS.

Taking on projects or making home improvements can certainly be exciting. However, with the all the demands of today, it can be tempting to choose services and contractors based on a lower price or top results in a Google search. Before your next project, consider the following guidelines to help you navigate the process. 



WEALTHY CONSTRUCTION NEARS COMPLETION.  

Crews completed the asphalt paving on Wealthy Street on Tuesday evening.  The remaining concrete sections will be completed in the next several weeks. All Gaslight Village businesses are open for businesses.  
 


ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION.

The November ballot will contain one city commissioner position in each ward as well as a millage question from The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership).  Absentee ballots will be available beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 27 for those who will be out of town or meet one of the other qualifications.  Visit the Finance Department 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call us at 616.949.2110 to make arrangements for an absentee ballot. 


 nonwebkdl Constant Contact Strategic Planning image
 
KENT DISTRICT LIBRARY SURVEY 

Kent District Library wants your feedback! Share your opinion on what KDL’s priorities should be by answering a 12-question survey. Paper copies are also available at the Kent District Library - East Grand Rapids Branch; ask at the desk. Take the survey now. 
 


SIDEWALK REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT WORK.  

The City sidewalk replacement and rehabilitation program for FY 17-18 has begun and will continue into the fall. The program areas last targeted in 2002 and 2003 will have sidewalk sections replaced or ground down based on sidewalk inspection criteria. For more information, click here
 


SCHOOLS IN SESSION – PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY

Students are back in school, which means an increase in traffic in our city. With this mix of people, bikers and drivers utilizing our 50 miles of road and 80 miles of sidewalks, there is a potential risk for accidents. The number one tip to keep in mind is that all road users should commute defensively and pay attention to your surroundings. The Public Safety Department has a few other reminders as you commute to school, work or home. Learn more now.
 


TEMPORARY STORAGE UNIT REGULATIONS

Portable outdoor temporary storage units, such as the units supplied by PODS or U-Haul, require registration if they are in place for more than 72 hours. They are never allowed to be located in the street or in any other part of the public right of way, including sidewalks. The time limit for a temporary storage unit is 30 days. There is no fee for the registration. Application can be found here.



Concerts in the Park
 
SUMMER CONCERTS AND MOVIES CONCLUDE FOR 2017

This season's movie and concert series were a great success. Thank you to all of our residents and visitors who came out to enjoy the entertainment. A special thank you to our sponsors: United Bank and The Brouwers Agency/Auto-Owners Insurance for generously sponsoring these events. Without their support, we would not be able to host these community favorite events. 
 


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE 

Mark your calendars for the next used book sale Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 29 because you won't want to miss this sale.  If you have books to donate, now would be a great time to go through your bookcases to make room for the new books.  Book donations can be dropped off at the upper or lower circulation desks during open hours.  Visit www.friendsoftheegrlibrary.com for more information. 


 
Water Main Flushing

FALL WATER MAIN FLUSHING

City crews will be exercising water valves and flushing water mains from September 18 through the end of October in zones one and two.  

Property owners/residents in these zones will also be receiving mailed notifications shortly.  City crews will also be placing water main flushing signs out in in the right-of-way areas that are being flushed as an additional reminder during flushing. Flushing will take place during weekdays in this period from in zone one during night time hours, approximately from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and for zone two during daytime hours, approximately from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is routine maintenance that is conducted several times each year to ensure that the water system functions properly.

On occasion during flushing, discolored water may come out of water taps.  This discoloration is due to natural sediment deposits in the water mains that are being flushed from the system.  If this occurs, run water for several minutes until it is clear from the nearest water source entry point in your home or building, which in many homes is a sink located in the basement.  Water is safe to drink at all times. 


Stay up-to-date with all things East Grand Rapids by following us on Facebook and Twitter