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East Express E-Newsletter
August 3, 2017

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UPDATE. For an update on road construction, click here

Storm Clean Up

 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

YOUR LOCAL WATERSHED AND YOU. What can you do to help protect your watershed? The Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds can help! Learn more here


. Please remember that trash and recycling bins must be placed inside a building or reasonably inconspicuous at the rear or side of a building, but still accessible to the waste hauler. Licensed waste haulers in EGR are required to collect these containers on your collection day and then return them back to their locations.  


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


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

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

  • August 3 – Pet Show
  • August 10 – Tom Plunkard

Park Party 
SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT PROGRAM. The City sidewalk replacement and rehabilitation program for FY 17-18 will begin again late August/September and continue into the fall. The program areas last targeted in 2002 and 2003 will have sidewalk sections replaced or ground based in sidewalk inspection criteria.  Click here for a map and more information on the target areas and program progress. 


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


PREVENT SEWER BACKUPS. Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are one of the more common causes of sewer lateral blockages that lead to backups. There are simple steps you can take to prevent FOG from adversely affecting their homes and communities. The easiest way to solve grease problems and prevent blockages is to keep FOG out of the sewer system. Here's how you can help prevent sewer backups: 



  • Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets or garbage disposals. 
  • Pour grease into a covered disposable container and put it into the trash.  
  • Before you wash dishes, scrape meats and food with fat and grease into the trash.  
  • Soak up remaining fats, oils and grease with paper towels and dispose with your trash.  
  • Put baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty the drain basket or strainer into the trash.  
  • Only use garbage disposals for fruits, vegetables, and organic waste. 

    Sink drain  

    LAKE DRIVE TREE WORK. This Saturday, Aug. 5, between approximately 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., traffic on Lake Drive between Breton Road and Hall Street will be impacted due to tree work in the right-of-way. The location of the work is adjacent to Lake Drive and Woodcliff Circle. The contractor conducting the work will have signage in place and also a flagger crew on site for traffic control. In order to avoid delays on this stretch of Lake Drive motorists should utilize Breton Road and Hall Street as a detour around the work zone during the timeframe noted this Saturday. Pedestrians along this stretch should use sidewalk on the south-side of Lake Drive in this area. 

     Traffic Cone

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