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East Express E-Newsletter
April 6, 2017

 Construction and rehabilitation on City roads, utilities and sidewalks will beginning soon. While the City is still waiting on final bids and City Commission approval, a list of proposed projects is available on our website. We'll have more frequent updates on construction starting later this spring. 


 Join the Parks & Recreation Commission for two round table discussions on whether City parks should allow businesses to rent public spaces for fitness classes and other recreation opportunities. What is the overall impact on our parks and community? We want your opinion.  

Monday, April 10 at 6:15 p.m.  
Wednesday, April 26 at 6:15 p.m.  
The meetings will be held in the Commission Chamber located at the Community Center. Reservations are appreciated, email Fred Bunn or call 616.949.1750. 

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STREET MAINTENANCE. This spring, contractors and City crews will perform preventative maintenance and repairs on some City streets. Major streets such as Breton, Hall, Plymouth will receive extensive patch repairs and crack sealing along with many local street locations which will take place throughout spring and summer. These repairs and preventative maintenance work will be ongoing and only cause minor interruptions. Most work will be completed on streets within one day. We appreciate your patience and understanding while these repairs and preventative maintenance improve our streets.


City Department of Public Works Crews continue to fill potholes this spring caused from the changing seasons.  If you need to report a pothole you can do so by submitting a request by clicking here or by calling Public Works at 616.940.4870.


YARD WASTE PICKUP. Regular yard was pickup has begun. Public Works provides weekly curb-side yard waste collection services to all EGR residents.  This service will last until the Friday of the first full week of December. Please remember, waste should be placed in your yard and not in the streets. City crews use an established route to collect yard waste from each house. View the yard waste pickup schedule here  or click here to learn more about rules and regulations surrounding the yard waste pickup program.  

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PUBLIC SAFETY ANNUAL REPORT. For every 100 people in East, we have 2.59 public safety officers – almost double the average for cities within the metro area. Learn more about our Public Safety Department in its annual report, which is presented annually to the City Commission. The report gives an overview of crime within EGR and highlights accomplishments within the department. Read the report now.  

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FINANCIAL HEALTH FORUM. On April 12, a Community Financial Health Forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grand Valley State University's DeVos Center. Mayor Amna Seibold will join mayors from around the metro area for a discussion about the current state funding system and opportunities for improvement. RSVPs are requested. More information can be found here.  

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GREASE. EGR High School’s Drama Department is excited to present Grease. Performances are April 27, April 28 and April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 2211 Lake Dr SE. Tickets available at the PAC Box Office on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 24 to 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and also at the door on performance nights starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may also be ordered and purchased online. $8.00 for students, $12.00 for adults and $15.00 for the preferred seating sections. All tickets are reserved seats. Recommended for ages 13 and up due to mild adult themes. 


ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE. Absentee ballots for the May 2 Kent ISD Millage Election are now available 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 and more information can be found on our website. 

East Grand Rapids Public Schools has also placed information on its website.   

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TRAILBLAZER SAVE-THE-DATE: It's hard to believe, but summer will be here before we know it. Save the date for the annual East Grand Rapids Community Foundation Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk, which will be held July 4. More information available here.  

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CITY COMMISSION FILING. 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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HISTORY ROOM EVENT. Join the EGR History Room for a photographic tour of Gaslight Village through the years on April 13. Held in the EGR Community Center Commission Chamber, Curator Mary Dersch will revisit many of the places we all knew and loved. Sponsored by the Friends of the EGR Library. For more information click here.  

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ATTENTION LAKESIDE VOTERS. Starting with the May 2 election, Lakeside School will no longer be a voting location.  Voters in Precinct 6 will now vote at the High School Performing Arts Center lobby. 
Located at the corner of Lake Drive and Bagley, the PAC has separate entrances on the north and south side. Voters should park in the PAC’s north (Bagley) lot and follow the “Vote Here” signs.  The south entrance can be used if walking to the polls.  Voters cannot enter through the front door of the high school as this entrance will not connect to the voting location.  
For more information, contact City Clerk Karen Brower at 616.949.2110. 

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WATER SYSTEM MAINTENANCE. 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. 


SIDEWALK REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. As part of the 2015 Streets and Sidewalks Millage, the City has invested more funds into the annual sidewalk rehab and replacement program. Each year, we target areas on a rotation and this spring we will focus on the area around Oakwood Drive (Between Breton Road and Woodlawn Avenue) south to the City limit. Removal and replacement work will take place from April to June depending on weather and any unforeseen issues.

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SPRING ZONING REMINDERS. Has winter weather taken a toll on your old fence, or are you thinking of installing a new one? You won’t need a building permit, but there are some rules that you will want to be aware of: 

  • You can install a solid privacy fence up to six feet high in the rear yard of most lots, but side yards, corner lots, and front yards can be trickier. 
  • All front yard fences are limited to a height of three feet or less, and they must be at least half open space, like a picket fence.  
  • As with all landscaping features, stay back at least a foot from the public sidewalk to avoid damage to the fence and injury to our plow drivers. 
  • And we always encourage you to talk to your neighbors before you dig, so that no one is surprised, and you are sure that you agree on where the property boundaries are.

Are you dreaming of getting your big toys out and ready for the season? Outdoor storage of boats, trailers and RVs is allowed for up to 72 hours. Otherwise, they must be stored indoors, or in a rear yard only, and then they must be reasonably shielded from view. Not all properties are capable of accommodating such storage, so you might have to seek offsite storage for your toys.

If you have any questions please call 616.940.4817.


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