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City of East Grand Rapids
750 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Ph: 616-949-2110
Fx: 616-940-4884


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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Your Local Watershed and You:


What can you do to help protect
your watershed?

Do you know what a watershed is? Did youknow you are in a watershed right now? Think of a giant glass bowl. Now picture a drop of water hitting the rim of the bowl, sliding down the side, and finally resti...Read on...
Posted on: July 10, 2017


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

Eileen DeVries Family Foundation Logo

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...
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...
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...
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

Crisis Trained Officer

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

This morning, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joi...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2017

Election Results - May 2, 2017

Click the link below to download the election results spreadsheet. East Grand Rapids Election Results - May 2, 2017 All results are unofficial until certified by the Kent County Board of Canvassers.Read on...
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...
Posted on: March 30, 2017

Urban Metro Mayors and Managers to Host Community Financial Health Forum April 12

Piggy Bank News release from Michigan Municipal League  Six West Michigan cities are teaming up with the Michigan Municipal League to discuss the state’s funding system for municipalities during a public forum on Wednesday, April 12. Hosted by ...Read on...
Posted on: March 27, 2017

April showers bring...flooding?


Springtime in Michigan poses flooding threats from the thawing of the ground coupled with "April Showers." Though we had a mild winter, there are still steps you can take to reduce potential flooding impacts, as well as keeping harmful ...Read on...

Posted on: March 9, 2017

East Grand Rapids To Offer One-Week Storm Cleanup Program

Storm Cleanu

The City of East Grand Rapids will institute a one-week storm cleanup program from March 13 to 17.  Utilizing the established yard debris pickup schedule, public works crews will pick up tree branches and limbs brought down by the high winds on M...

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

Taking care of our furry residents

Family walking dog

Walking around East Grand Rapids, you quickly notice there are many animal lovers in our community. And this month, the Public Safety department made two investments to help our furry residents stay safe.

The first is a universal microchip scanner to help ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

East Grand Rapids City Commission Appoints Diana Schad to fill Vacant First Ward Seat

Commissioner Diana Schad

At its Monday, Feb. 6 meeting, the East Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously voted to approve Diana Schad as the new first ward commissioner.Schad will fill a seat vacated by Phillip Skaggs, who was recently elected to the Kent County Commission. &...

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Posted on: January 30, 2017

2017 State of the City

Mayor Amna Seibold

When I reflect back on the last year and the incredible work accomplished in our City, it’s no wonder we were named the happiest place and best suburb in Michigan. Whether it’s taking a bike ride around Reeds Lake, tasting the scrumpti...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

UPDATE: EGR Public Safety Issues Safety Warning

Police Car Lights

As you may have heard, there was an incident on Wednesday, Feb. 1 involving two children who reported concerns over a van in the Woodcliff Drive and Maplewood area.

After an investigation, the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department confirmed this incid...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

EGR Ranked Second Best Place to Raise a Family in Michigan

Gaslight Village

A recent study ranked the City of East Grand Rapids as the second best place in Michigan to raise a family.

The study, released by WalletHub, compared 104 cities in the state on family life and fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioecon...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Think Spring – Zoning Tips

Garden Shed

It won’t be long before the snow begins to melt and EGR homeowners start thinking about outdoor projects again. One of the most common inquiries is about garden sheds. In “zoning-speak,” such buildings are referred to as &...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Tree/Shrub Trimming/Pruning

Tree Trimming

The best time of year to trim and prune most trees/shrubs is during the winter months (from late fall to early spring) when they are dormant.

Since they are not active during this time, trimming/pruning is less stressful and they have more time to ade...Read on...

Posted on: January 5, 2017

Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Frozen Pipes

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 service from the curb stop in the right-of-way to the water main i...Read on...

Posted on: December 29, 2016

Phil Skaggs Steps Down as East Grand Rapids First Ward Commissioner

Phil Skaggs + Mayor Amna Seibold

After serving on the East Grand Rapids City Commission for nearly five years, Phil Skaggs will step down from his position as he transitions into his newly elected role as a Kent County Commissioner.

The announcement came at the City Commission’s Mond...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Make Safety #1 this Holiday

Christmas Decorations

The holidays: a season of joy, love, family – and injuries. More than 15,000 people end up in the emergency room just from putting up decorations.

From parties to decorating, shopping and volunteering, we’re in one of the busiest times ...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Helmets Still the Law in East Grand Rapids

Bike Helmet Bicyclists up to age 18 will continue to be required to wear a helmet while riding in the City of East Grand Rapids. At its Monday, December 5 meeting, the City of East Grand Rapids Commission chose not to repeal Chapter 105 of Title X in the City Code, ...Read on...
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Snowplow Season Coming Soon

DPW Plow Driver Doug

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 stree...

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Posted on: November 27, 2016

Holiday Cyber Security

Cyber Security

Cyber Monday is upon us. Millions of Americans will turn to their digital devices to find that perfect gift for the special people in their life. And while the conveniences of online shopping have made it popular, there are many security threats that come...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Getting from A to B: Road Safety in East Grand Rapids

Road Safety

From Gaslight Village to our neighborhoods, East Grand Rapids is a walkable, bikeable and drivable community.  With a mix of people, bikers and drivers utilizing our 50 miles of road and 80 miles of sidewalks, there is a potential risk for accide...

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

First Round of European Frog-bit Treatment Proves a Success

Frog-bit treatment success

The first round of treatment for European frog-bit in an East Grand Rapids waterway was successful.

PLM Lake and Land Management conducted treatment on Sept. 27 for the invasive species in the Reeds and Fisk Lake channel. Post-treatment tests have ind...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Public Safety to Residents: Please Lock Your Doors

Police lights

In light of recent break-ins, East Grand Rapids Public Safety is strongly encouraging residents to lock their doors.

Since April, there have been eight vehicles stolen in the City, six of which have occurred since the beginning of August. This is coup...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Trick-Or-Treat Safety


This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Before your kids don their favorite character costume and head out for some delicious delights (and maybe some scary spooks), take...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Captain Ric Buikema Graduates From the FBI National Academy


East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department Captain Ric Buikema was among 230 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy o...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Community Volunteers Develop New Butterfly Garden

EGR Butterfly Garden

Monarch butterflies, the vivid orange winged-insects that often elicit childhood memories of watching caterpillars turn into chrysalises and then into a beautiful, vibrant butterflies, are in serious decline.

In the past 20 years, the population has w...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

EGR Officer Receives National Cyber Safety Training

Jeff DeJonge

Vast technological improvements over the past years have lead to greater efficiencies and access to information. In the same stroke, these advancements have also opened up additional avenues for cyber related crime. From stolen identities to credit card f...Read on...

More information on cybercrime.
Posted on: October 3, 2016

Fall Leaf Collection Program Begins Oct. 10

Leaf Collection

The City of East Grand Rapids will begin its annual fall leaf collection program on Monday, Oct. 10. The program will run through Friday, Dec. 9.

Residents may place leaves in the street for pickup during the collection period without following the re...Read on...

Click here for more info on yard waste collection.
Posted on: September 29, 2016

East Grand Rapids Approves Sidewalk Grinding Contract

EGR Sidewalk Grinding

During its most recent meeting, the City of East Grand Rapids City Commission approved a contract that will improve sidewalks throughout the community.

The contract, with Groundhawg Excavating and Landscaping, LLC, will provide $150,000 to improve sid...Read on...

Click here to view the sidewalk replacement map.
Posted on: September 27, 2016

East Grand Rapids to Treat for European Frog-bit

Euro frog-bit

The City of East Grand Rapids will treat the channel between Reeds and Fisk lakes for European Frog-bit.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, PLM Lake and Land Management will place an herbicide that will not harm humans or wildlife in the channel for the first roun...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2015

Construction Updates - 2016 Season

Work Zone Begins sign

NOVEMBER 3, 2016 

Street/utility projects:

Lake Drive-Conlon to Bagley (street and utilities)-Complete
Conlon Avenue-Oakwood to Berwyk -(street and utilities)-Complete
Rosewood Avenue-Sherman to Robinson -(stre...
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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Lake Drive Now Open

Lake Drive Intersection

After an almost three-month reconstruction, the intersection of Lake Drive and Breton in East Grand Rapids opened Friday afternoon.

“The intersection of Lake Drive and Breton is the crossing of our City’s two main thoroughfares, so this was an importa...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2016

European Frog-bit Found in Reeds & Fisk Lake

European frog-bit

Last week, the City was notified that a new invasive species, European frog-bit, was found during a routine inspection by our water treatment and management group, PLM. The invasive species, which resembles a water lily with a single white flower sproutin...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

East Grand Rapids Completes Tree Inventory

EGR Urban Canopy

The City of East Grand Rapids recently completed an inventory of trees located within public spaces including out-lawn areas, public parks and Gaslight Village.

Over the course of several months, Ohio-based Davey Resource Group collected and analyzed ...Read on...

Learn more about EGR trees
Posted on: August 12, 2016

West Nile Virus


West Nile Virus, a mosquito-born infection, was found by the Kent County Health Dept. in the 49506 area code, which includes East Grand Rapids.

The virus is spread through mosquitos, which get them from biting a bird that has the virus in its blood. ...Read on...

For more info, visit the Health Dept.’s W. Nile Vi
Posted on: August 5, 2016

East Grand Rapids Public Safety Urges Residents to Lock Vehicles

Lock your doors

Over the last few weeks, there has been an increased number of vehicle break-ins in East Grand Rapids.

Many of the incidents have been focused on the southeast side of the City, near Breton Village. The incidents ranged from vehicles break-ins and lar...Read on...

More info on travel safety.
Posted on: August 8, 2016

Plymouth Road SE Closure for Utility Work

Detour Map

An unexpected water main break on Spectrum Health’s Blodgett Hospital campus will cause Plymouth Road SE to close on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Baring no unforeseen circumstances, the closure will last from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Traffic will be rerouted from P...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Storm Water Drain Reminder

Storm Water Image

The Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that only rain goes in the drain. EGR maintains a storm sewer system that discharges storm water into local watersheds. Please follow the following tips to help reduce flooding and have a posit...Read on...

Posted on: August 3, 2016

East Grand Rapids to Host Open House in Celebration of Community Center’s 10-Year Anniversary

EGR Community Center Clock

The City of East Grand Rapids and Kent District Library – EGR branch will host a community event to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the EGR Community Center’s opening.

The public is invited to attend from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24 fo...Read on...

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.

Lindner, who has been with the department since ...Read on...

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Useful Summer Regulations

Fire Pit Photo

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...

Click here for more info on ordinances.