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East Express E-Newsletter
March 16, 2017


SPRING BREAK SAFETY TIPS. Spring break is only a few weeks away and Public Safety has a few tips on how to keep your home safe while you’re away. Whether you’re heading to a warm, sunny sport or hitting the ski slopes for spring break – April 1-9 – here are ways to make your home less attractive to thieves while you’re traveling:  

  • Lock all windows and doors in your house and garage  
  • Keep valuables away from windows and lower blinds and close curtains so passers-by can’t view these items  
  • Set up timed lights around your house and have them turn on in the morning and evening – and put a timer on your TV so it’s on when you’d normally be watching  
  • Have a neighbor watch your house and bring in newspapers, mail and any packages on your porch – or cancel your newspaper and mail delivery while you’re gone  
  • Don’t announce your upcoming vacation on social media– you never know who is reading your Facebook post or tweet  
  • Turn your home phone ringer off or down because a loud, unanswered phone can tip someone off that you’re not home.


IRISH JIG ROAD CLOSURES.  The Spectrum Health Irish Jig 2017 is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There will be road closures – please click here for race day information and for the race map.  Additionally, many spring sports are beginning this weekend as well so the City will be busy. Please plan extra time for your commute. 


STORM CLEANUP ENDS TOMORROW.  Just a reminder that the one-week storm debris pickup will end on Friday, March 17.  Tree branches must be cut into 4-foot lengths and placed on the grass next to the curb for pickup by city crews.  The normal collection of grass clippings, leaves and other yard debris will begion Monday, Apri3.


Calling all Super Heroes, Ninjago fans and Pokemon masters! Parks and Recreation will host Bricks 4 Kidz spring break camps from April 3 to 6. Explore caped crusaders, enter the Spinjitzu tournie and capture a wild Pokemon – all while building with Legos! Register today here. 

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TRAIL BLAZER RETURNS FOR 2017. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 4 for the 8th annual Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K Walk/Run.  The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the EGR Community Center.  Visit or watch this e-newsletter for more information.

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This spring, crews will exercise water main valves and flush water mains in zones 8 and 9. From April 3 to 14 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., crews will exercise the water main valves. During this time, there should be no disruption to service.  

Following the valve exercise, crews will flush water out of fire hydrants between mid-April and mid-May during 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. During this time, there may be limited disruption to service, low pressure or discolored water from mineral deposits being flushed out. 

If discolored water is noticed, turn on a faucet nearest to the water service coming into your home, which is typically in a basement, for several minutes while the natural minerals are flushed out. If you notice discoloration in your water, we encourage you not to do laundry to avoid staining clothes.

If you have any questions, please call Public Works 616.940.4870.

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE FOR MAY KSID ELECTION. Absentee ballots will be available beginning Monday, March 20 for those who are 60 or older, who will be out of town on election day, or those who meet the other requirements.  Sample ballots are available on our website.  The East Grand Rapids school district has information on the millage request here.

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SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY. The City is looking for seasonal employees to help our Grounds Maintenance team. Must be available to work days & weekends. Duties: assist in the maintenance of city parks, school grounds, athletic fields, special events set-up and other duties as assigned. Requires a valid driver’s license with good driving record. Pays $9.40/hour. Apply online at or send an application to Human Resources at 750 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506. A pre-employment drug screen will be conducted. Drug-free employer. EOE.

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CITY COMMISSION ELECTION FILING DEADLINE. The filing deadline to run for one of three open city commission positions is Tuesday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m.  Candidates must be a registered voters who have been residents of the city for at least one year on or before the date of the election.  Candidates must then fill out an affidavit of identify and submit 25 signatures from registered voters within their ward.  Contact City Clerk Karen Brower at 616.949.2110 for more information.

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 If you're working on your income tax returns and need to know your home's assessed value and how much you paid in property taxes in 2016, visit then click on the PROPERTY INFORMATION button in the center of the screen.  From there, you can choose an assessing search or tax search along the left side of the screen and then enter your address in the search field at the top.  If you're unable to find what you're looking for, call our offices at 616.949.2110 and we can look it up for you.


The Public Safety Department is pleased to welcome Cory Buter to its ranks. After serving the City of Coldwater for four and a half years, Cory was sworn in as a public safety officer for EGR at last night's City Commission meeting. In his new role, Cory will work the midnight shift and be responsible for general policing efforts. Tlearn more about Cory, click here 

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KDL ART MONTH. For the month of March, KDL will host a variety of art related events/activities, including:  

  • March 19 – Building with K’Nex in the Lab and “Pop Up” art table begins at 2:00 p.m. 
  • March 26 – EGR 5th Grade Art Reception.  Stop by between 2:00 and 4:00 to enjoy the beautiful artwork that has been on display for the month of March.  Food and drink will also be provided along with our “Pop Up” art table.

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