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Posted on: April 19, 2018

Understanding Road Right-of-Way

Right of Way

In the spring many homeowners start undertaking landscaping projects in their yards but remember to keep in mind the activities you do in the road right-of-way.

What is the road right-of-way?

The road right-of-way is the piece of land on either side of a pu...

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

Spectrum Health - Blodgett Hospital Proposal

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Please note, the Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, April 24 in the City Commission Chambers to continue discussion and then vote on the current plans. The public is invited to attend. The latest plans are available for download below. This has bee...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Master Plan

EGR Master Plan Graphic (Website)

The City is currently updating its Master Plan, which serves as a roadmap for future land-use and planning decisions. The process began with a kick-off, which you can read about below. 

The public and business owners are invited to provide input i...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Yard waste pickup resumes in April

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Though we've had a few tastes of warm weather, winter still isn’t technically over. If you have begun doing yard work, please do not place barrels and bags out for pickup or rake leaves into the street. Yard waste collection will resume Monday, ...

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

Spring Zoning Tips

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Winter seems to be wrapping up early this year, which has many of us hoping to get a jump start on our outdoor projects. As we step into spring, our zoning department has a few tips to keep in mind. 

Garden Sheds

One of the most common inquiries is...

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Posted on: February 15, 2018

East Grand Rapids to Hold Snowplow Driver Appreciation Week

Snowplow Week

The City of East Grand Rapids is celebrating the work of its public works crews during the first Snowplow Appreciation Week.

During the week of Feb. 19, the city is doing a series of activities to honor the hard work snowplow drivers do to keep the streets...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

2018 State of the City

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2017 was certainly a year full of activity in East Grand Rapids. From new businesses coming into Gaslight Village to safety initiatives, road construction and an update of our Master Plan, our team has been hard at work ensuring EGR continues to be an att...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Snow Plow Info

Snowplow Week

Why aren’t the sidewalks plowed completely to the concrete? 

With 80 miles of sidewalks to clear, it is virtually impossible to clear to bare concrete using any mobile snowplows. As sidewalks are jointed, the blade must be raised off the ground to...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

The Snow is Flying: What You Need to Know

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We officially have snow here in East Grand Rapids. The City of East Grand Rapids Public Works crews will be working hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared this winter. As we head into the winter season, here are some things that you need to know.&...

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Posted on: February 15, 2018

Prevent your pipes from freezing

Frozen-Pipes

Prevent your pipes from freezing

As we face low temperatures again this winter, pipes and water meters can freeze as temperatures remain below freezing for extended periods of time.

The City is responsible for water services from the curb stop in the right-...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Commuting Safety

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After a recent accident near the East Grand Rapids Middle School took place, residents raised concerns about the safety of morning commuters.

There was some misinformation floating around that this incident involved pedestrians or bicyclists. This is incor...

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Posted on: November 7, 2017

Election Results - November 7, 2017

East Grand Rapids Election Unofficial Results for November 7, 2017Voter Turnout = 29%Ward 1 City CommissionKatie Favale    415Diana Schad    349Ward 2 City Commission SeatClaudine Duncan    429Ward 3 C...

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Posted on: November 5, 2017

Statement from Mayor Amna Seibold

Mayor Amna Seibold

Earlier today, we learned that white supremacist leaflets were placed in some of our neighborhoods. We clearly do not agree with nor support the sentiments of these messages and have removed all from public property.

Nationally, leaflets like these have be...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

2017 Construction Recap

Wealthy-Street

Streets, sidewalks and public utilities are vital to our daily lives – they are how we get to school or work, receive our online deliveries and stay healthy. In 2015, City residents passed a ballot proposal to allow the City to collect 2.0 mills...

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Posted on: October 26, 2017

Letter from the Chief: Safety in East Grand Rapids

Mark Herald

Dear Residents,

On Thursday, Oct. 19, an accident involving three vehicles took place on Lake Drive near Kenesaw Drive. Since then, we’ve heard concerns about this specific incident and the overall safety in our community.

There has been some info...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Residents Invited to “Meet and Greet” Public Safety Officers

Public Safety Open House

Open House Will Celebrate 32 Years of a Consolidated Public Safety Department

The City of East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department will host a community open house on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to noon at the Public Safety Departmen...

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Posted on: October 17, 2017

Halloween Safety

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This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.  The following Halloween safety tips can be passed on to all residents and concerned parents.

Children should:

  • Take a pre-established rout...
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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Prep Your Mailbox for Winter

Winter Mailbox

Shake your mailbox and more before winter

While out in the yard raking and blowing leaves this fall, if you have a mailbox out in the right-of-way (out by the street) take a few minutes to check the condition of your mailbox and post. Over time, screws loo...

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

Parks & Recreation Rolls Out New Registration Tool

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In early October, the Parks and Recreation Department will implement a new registration software solution, CivicRec Powered by REC1, that has many user-friendly features. 

Patrons will be required to create a new household account, regardless if t...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Choosing a Home Contractor

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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.

With that said, it&rsq...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

East Grand Rapids Public Safety Releases Suspect Rendering

EGR Suspect Rendering

The East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department 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-o...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

Mayor Seibold Response Regarding Attempted Robbery

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To my friends, neighbors and fellow residents:

I have talked with several of you since we learned of Saturday’s attempted robbery and wanted to reach out more broadly to our community.

I am deeply grateful that the injuries sustained by one of our residents...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

East Grand Rapids Recommends Safety Tips After Attempted Robbery

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After this weekend’s attempted robbery, the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department is recommending safety tips for residents and visitors.

Public Safety Director Mark Herald stressed that people should be aware of their surroundings when walk...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Help Shape Our City's Future

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ATTENTION EGR RESIDENTS.

The East Grand Rapids Planning Commission is preparing an update to the City Master Plan, which includes a more detailed design plan for Gaslight Village. You are invited to attend several events. 

When: Tuesday, Sept. 12, ...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

23 Auto Larcenies Reported in East Grand Rapids

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East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department is reminding residents to always lock their vehicle and homes.

Over the weekend, the agency received 23 larceny-from-auto related reports in the southwestern part of the City. In all incidents, the vehicle doors w...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Urban Metro Mayors Encourage Support for Hurricane Relief Fund

Harvey Relief

Kent County, Michigan, August 29, 2017 – West Michigan residents who want to support Texas residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to make a contribution to a special relief fund established through the Greater Houston Community Fo...

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

STORM DAMAGE UPDATE.

Storm Damage Cleanup

7-12-17 UPDATE.  The Public Works Department continues cleaning up storm debris using our regular yard waste schedule.  We have two full crews with claws and packers out working on Wednesday’s route today.  Crews are w...

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Posted on: June 26, 2017

Eileen DeVries and Family to Sponsor East Grand Rapids Fourth of July Celebration

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Community-wide Event Will Pay Tribute to Longtime Resident and Financial Industry Pioneer

The City of East Grand Rapids and the Eileen Devries Family Foundation announced today that the 2017 Fourth of July Celebration will honor the life of longtime reside...

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Wealthy Street SE Closure for Utility Work

Wealthy Detour Water system utility work will require the closure of Wealthy Street SE at Lovett Ave SE Monday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 28. Through Traffic will be rerouted from Plymouth Road SE to Lake Drive SE. Wealthy Street SE will be open to local traffi...Read on... Home
Posted on: June 8, 2017

Limited Group Activity to be Allowed in John Collins Park

John Collins Park At its Monday, June 5 meeting, the City Commission adopted a policy recommended by the Parks and Recreation Commission to allow group (commercial and non-commercial) activity in John Collins Park. “Knowing we have residents and businesses that...Read on... Home
Posted on: June 8, 2017

Summer Preventative Maintenance

EGR Preventative Maintenance Preventative street maintenance is scheduled to take place during the month of June that will have an impact on several major streets in East Grand Rapids. Traffic on the streets noted during these times will be impacted. The City encourages motorists ...Read on... Home
Posted on: May 31, 2017

City Joins Network to Manage Invasive Species

EGR Wetlands

In an effort to further improve management of invasive species in East Grand Rapids, the City has become a member of the West Michigan Conservation Network.

The network is a volunteer organization composed of environmental groups, governmental organization...

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

Kent County Crisis Intervention Team Launched

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Kent County Healthcare, Public Safety & Emergency Response Professionals Announce New County-Wide Initiative

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Addresses May 4 Public Meeting, Presents $1.2 Million Grant to Network180

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Lannie Ross Retires

Lannie Ross

Please join us in wishing Lannie Ross a fond farewell as he retires on Friday, April 28 after 25 years with the Public Works Department. 

When asked about his favorite part of his years in East Grand Rapids, Lannie immediately mentioned his cowor...

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Mayor Seibold Speaks at At City Financial Health Forum

Mayor Amna Seibold The mayors of six of West Michigan’s largest cities addressed some of the key issues they have been facing in light of declining revenue sharing from the state. Convened by the Michigan Municipal League, Wednesday’s two-hour discussi...Read on... Home
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Snowplow Season Coming Soon

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The City of East Grand Rapids Public Works crews will be working hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared this winter.

Snow and ice removal guidelines prioritize how City plow crews handle snow and ice events. The City clears snow on City streets based ...

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Posted on: June 21, 2016

Detective Mark Lindner Recognized with Service Award

Mayor Amna Seibold, Chief Mark Herald, Mark Lindner, Lianne Lindner

Detective Mark Lindner was presented with the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Meritorious Service Award at the June 20 City Commission meeting for performing investigative duties in an exemplary manner.

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Useful Summer Regulations

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After what seemed like an endless winter, the sun is finally peaking its head out from the clouds to usher in summer. Before you rush outside to enjoy your favorite summer activities, take a few minutes to inform yourself on some of these policies to keep...Read on...

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