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East Express E-Newsletter
August 17, 2017

TASTE OF EAST TONIGHT. This fun, family friendly event featuring food from all our local restaurants will be held tonight (Aug. 17) from 5:30 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

LOCAL COUPLE HONORED. If you see something, say something: Brooke and Daniel 
Mehney's swift actions when they witnessed suspicious behavior led to the recovery of stolen property and the arrest of a suspect. To thank them for their brave efforts, Chief Herald honored them with a special award during the Monday, Aug. 7 Commission meeting. See the story FOX 17 did here


LABOR DAY. Please note, City Hall and the Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4 in observance for Labor Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday. 

 United States Flag

CONSTRUCTION INNOVATION. Learn more about how the Gaslight Village water main project is using an innovative method – saving time and money while minimizing inconvenience – in this article from Thank you to everyone for your patience as we rehab this more than 100-year-old water main!

For a full update on road construction, click here

 Wealthy Street

GASLIGHT CRITERIUM. Please note, the Fox Subaru Gaslight Criterium is this Sunday. There will be road closures around Gaslight Village. Full detour map can be found here. 

Gaslight Criterium  
CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED. The City is still searching for adult crossing guards who are willing to help EGRPS students get to their classes safely. More information can be foundhere

Student on Bike 

TREE PLANTING PROGRAM. The city has an annual tree planting program available to residents who are interested in sharing the cost of a new tree to be planted in the out-lawn area (between the sidewalk and the street) of their home.  Orders are taken throughout the year, with October 1 being the deadline for placing an order. 

The cost for each tree is shared between the homeowner and the city, with each party paying for half the average unit price bid for the trees. Bids are taken by the city in September of each year, while planting takes place generally between October and December, depending on weather. 

For more information, click here
Tree lined street 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL. Students in East Grand Rapids will return to school on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Please pay extra attention as pedestrian, bike and vehicular traffic will increase during this time it takes many eyes to ensure our community stays safe. For more information on the new school year, you can read EGRPS's newsletter here

High School 

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 down based on sidewalk inspection criteria.  Click here for a map and more information on the target areas and program progress. 


 Join us for the 34th Annual Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike on the shores of 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.   
  • Please 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. 


LIBRARY UPDATES. KDL is doing some work in the upstairs library to make your experience at the library better. Construction will begin the week of August 21 and last about 2 weeks. Here’s what you need to know:   

  • The upstairs library entrance will not be open; the entrance to the library will be through the lower level. 
  • They anticipate no library users will be able to use the upstairs library for most of the two weeks. 
  • They will be moving the holds pick-up, new books, and the printer to the lower level.  
  • Library staff will be helping people get specific books upstairs if we have them on shelf. 
  • They have drawings of the plan, explanations of the process, and directions to other branches available in the library.  Please stop in and speak with a library staff member for further explanation. 
  • If you need space to work and sit for some time, the Kentwood and Cascade branches of KDL are open the same hours as the East Grand Rapids branch and have seating and rooms at their buildings.

KDL Sign  

BIKE LOCKS FOR STUDENTS. The EGR Public Safety Dept. will be at the Middle School during the August 22, 23 and 24 student registration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. giving out bike locks to those who need them and talking bike safety. Be sure to stop by to say hi! 

 Students on Bikes

SOLAR ECLIPSE PARTY. Join KDL on Wege Plaza to view the Solar Eclipse and celebrate the eclipse through space science games and activities. Solar eclipse glasses included (first-come, first-served). Monday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 solar eclipse


THE BROUWERS AGENCY MOVIES IN THE PARK. The final Movies in the Park will be held Friday, Sept. 15 and will feature Jurassic Park. The movie will begin at dusk in John Collins Park. For more information, click here.  

Movies in the Park

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