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East Express E-Newsletter
July 20, 2017

STORM CLEANUP. After the July 7 storm, Public Works crews have been hard at work to clean up all the debris. In fact, crews have worked more than 340 hours, 125 of which were overtime, to ensure everyone is back to normal. If you see crews working in your neighborhood, we encourage you to stop and say thanks for their hard work!  

As you continue to clean up your yard, please keep in mind yard waste pickup regulations. Yard waste pickup will continue on the regular schedule.  Additional crews will be following up over the next few weeks to remove damaged limbs, trees, remove stumps, etc. in the public right-of-way related to storm damage.  To report any additional damage that needs attention please contact Public Works at 940.4870 or 940.4817.  Thank you for patience and understanding during the cleanup process. 

Storm Clean Up

USS FORD COMMISSIONING. Join the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation for a special event to commemorate the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford - CVN 78 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Mayor Seibold will give the opening remarks as we gather as a community to honor our hometown hero: President Gerald R. Ford. More details here.

USS Ford

CLEAR VISION AREAS. City Code prohibits trees, shrubs, etc. from obstructing public ways and clear vision areas. Please make sure that any trees or shrubs, bushes, etc. are clear from impeding over sidewalks.  The required height for clearance over a street or sidewalk is 10 feet, meaning that trees can overhang sidewalks at a lesser height.   Clear vision areas at street corners may not have plant height in excess of 30 inches in 20 foot by 20 foot triangle areas adjacent to street corners. 

Clear Vision

RHOADES MCKEE REEDS LAKE TRIATHLON. Join us for the 34th Annual Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike on the shores of Beautiful Reeds Lake on Saturday, September 9. This premier West Michigan event consists of a Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon and Aqua Bike. Register today.  
Volunteers are needed! Find out all the details here

Tri Bike

FENCES. Is that old fence looking like it can't stand up much longer or are you thinking of installing a new one? You won't need a building permit, but there are some city ordinance rules that you should be aware of.  

  • You can install a solid privacy fence up to six feet high in the rear yard of most lots. Remember, if there is a structural side, it must face your lot.   
  • Side yards, corner lots and front yards can be trickier. Clear vision rules apply. 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. Even a low retaining wall, step, or timber can cause serious problems unless it is set back at least a foot.   
  •  We always encourage you to talk to your neighbors before you start. Make sure that you agree on where the property boundaries are. 

Questions? The fence ordinance can be found on line here or call us at 616-940-4817. 


All movies begin at dusk in John Collins Park.

  • Friday, Aug. 11 - Finding Dory
  • Friday, Sept. 15 - Jurassic Park

For more information, click here.

 Movie screen

UNITED BANK’S CONCERTS IN THE PARK LINEUP.  All concerts start at 7 p.m. in John Collins Park.

  • Monday, July 24 - JMM Jazz Group, performing vintage era vocal jazz sure to entertain!
  • Monday, July 31 – MLC, from originals to rock classics, this band is always a summer favorite!

For more information, click here.

 Concert series

KDL PARK PARTIES.  All events start at 2 p.m. in John Collins Park.

  • July 20 – Art Attack
  • July 27 – Audacious Hoops
  • August 3 – Pet Show
  • August 10 – Tom Plunkard

Park Party 

BOATS, TRAILERS & RVS. Please remember, outdoor storage of boats, trailers and RVs is allowed for up to 72 hours on streets and driveways. 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 "recreational unit." 

Boat in Driveway

FALL DANCE CLASSES. Registration is now open for fall dance classes, including Tuesday morning Tiny Toes (ages 2-3) and Twinkle Toes 1 (ages 3-4). More information about dance classes and other fall programming can be found here.   

Ballet Shoes

TASTE OF EAST. Save the date for this annual community favorite! This a fun, family friendly event featuring food from all our local restaurants will be held on Aug. 17 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. An inflatable bounce house and obstacle course will be on-hand for the kiddos along with a magician, balloon animals, face painting and henna. More details here

Taste of East

GRASS CLIPPINGS. Did you know that placing/blowing grass clippings into the street impacts storm water quality? Grass clippings placed loose in the street can make its way into storm sewer catch basins, which can clog drains/pipes or make their way to lakes and streams in the watershed.  When mowing your yard, do not blow grass clippings into the street. When mowing, make the first few passes with the lawnmower blowing the grass clippings into the lawn not the street. If there are grass clippings on the street or sidewalk, use a broom or leaf blower to blow them back into the lawn or collect them and place them in your yard waste container. 
Some facts to consider:  

  • Grass clippings contribute nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, which cause unwanted and uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds in the waterways.  
  • Too much algae is harmful to a lake system. It blocks sunlight and prevents other plants from growing. When it dies and decays, it also takes much needed oxygen away from fish. Limiting phosphorus reduces algae blooms.  
  • One bushel of fresh grass clippings can contain 0.1 pounds of phosphorus which if it ends up in lakes or ponds is enough to produce 30 to 50 pounds of algae. 
Keep your grass clippings on the lawn and not in the street or gutter. Remember, when you leave your grass clippings on the lawn, you add free fertilizer to your lawn. According to the U.S. EPA, leaving your grass clippings on the lawn doesn't cause thatch buildup. Grass clippings are about 90 percent water, so they decompose very quickly. Leaving your grass clippings on the lawn can reduce your lawn's annual fertilizer needs, reduce your fertilizer costs and reduce water pollution. 

Lawn Mowing 

SUPER PARTY WONDER DAY. Kent District Library goes beyond books and its first-ever SuperPartyWonderDay is a celebration of that! If you think libraries are only for reading, well, we have a surprise for you. We're putting down the books for a day of beer, bikes, barbecue, live bands and the sweet, sweet smell of the outdoors. Get ready for this FREE action-packed day at beautiful Millennium Park on Saturday, Aug. 12 from noon to 8 p.m. More details here

 Super Party Wonder Day

RECYCLING. In East, trash haulers are required to provide recycling services as part of trash collection. If there are items beyond what your provider collects, Recycle Kent has many resources, including an online tool to look up how to recycle various items. 


WATER SKI SHOW. Tonight (Thursday, July 20), Grand City Show Skiers is presenting a special fundraising show. All proceeds from this event will go to benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan, helping to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. Show is from 6 to 9 p.m. in John Collins Park. Show is free, but donations for Make-A-Wish will be accepted at the event. 

 Grand City Show Skiers

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