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East Express E-Newsletter
September 7, 2017

SHAPE THE FUTURE OF EGR. This fall, the City is embarking on an update to our master plan, which is a road map for our community’s future. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, there will be a series of public events that residents and business owners can contribute their voice to. For more information, click here


PROACTIVE POLICING. With the recent increase in vehicle larcenies, the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department has taken a number of steps to proactively prevent crime and keep the community safe. Read more here

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TRIATHLON ROAD CLOSURE. Please note, the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon will be held this Saturday and will include road closures. Please pay extra attention as you are traveling throughout the City. A map can be found here

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Volunteers are still needed for the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon to work along the courses. Volunteers will ensure the safety of the athletes and to educate motorists. If you are interested in volunteering, click here

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. Please click here for an update on construction projects. 

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WEALTHY STREET GASLIGHT VILLAGE WORK. The City will be grinding out and resurfacing Wealthy Street from Lakeside Drive to Lovett Avenue, including portions of the adjacent side streets, as the final step in this summer's water main project. Milling the existing road surface will be completed in one night and resurfacing the following night.

  • The two day project will take place between Monday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 29. Construction will take place between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. 
  • Construction progress may be constrained by weather, availability of materials, scheduling conflicts and/or unforeseen emergencies.
  • On-street parking restriction signage will be placed in advance of the work for any parking that will be impacted that is not already restricted in the project area. This is a necessary inconvenience for the road project to be completed. There will be restricted ingress and egress access during the project on Wealthy and potentially adjacent side streets during the brief periods noted. 
  • Signage will be placed to reflect the closures and limited access to Wealthy.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while important infrastructure is replaced that will serve the community for the future.

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FALL LEAF COLLECTION. Fall leaf pickup begins Monday, Oct. 9 and will end on Friday, Dec. 8. During fall leaf season, leaves may be placed out without being placed in containers. Leaves should be placed along or in the street without obstructing the traveled portion of the roadway and away from storm sewer catch basins. Please view yard waste rules and regulations by clicking here.

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FALL WATER MAIN FLUSHING. City crews will be exercising water valves and flushing water mains from Friday, Sept. 15 through the end of October in zones one and two

Flushing will take place during weekdays for zone one from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and for zone two from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is routine maintenance that is conducted several times each year to ensure that the water system functions properly. 

On occasion during flushing, discolored water may come out of water taps. This discoloration is due to natural sediment deposits in the water mains that are being flushed from the system. If this occurs, run water for several minutes until it is clear from the nearest water source entry point in your home or building, which in many homes is a sink located in the basement. Water is safe to drink at all times.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL SAFETY. Students are back in school, which means an increase in traffic in our city. With this mix of people, bikers and drivers utilizing our 50 miles of road and 80 miles of sidewalks, there is a potential risk for accidents. The number one tip to keep in mind is that all road users should commute defensively and pay attention to your surroundings. The Public Safety Department has a few other reminders as you commute to school, work or home here

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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 

 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

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 bid price. Bids are taken in September of each year, while planting takes place generally between October and December, depending on weather. 

For more information, click here
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SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT PROGRAM. The City's annual sidewalk replacement and repair program will 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. 


MOSQUITO PELLETS. The Kent County Health Department has discovered this season’s first positive specimen of West Nile Virus. It is important to note that this is not a human case. The City has taken steps to place pellets in storm basins throughout the City as a preventative measure. The Health Dept. has a number of resources and tips available to help prevent the spread and infection of West Nile. 


LIBRARY SURVEY. The library wants your feedback! Share your opinion on what KDL’s priorities should be by answering a 12-question survey. Click here to take the survey now. Paper copies are also available in the library; ask at the desk.

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TEMPORARY STORAGE UNITS. Portable outdoor temporary storage units, such as the units supplied by PODS or U-Haul, require registration if they are in place for more than 72 hours. They are never allowed to be located in the street or in any other part of the public right of way, including sidewalks. The time limit for a temporary storage unit is 30 days. There is no fee for the registration.


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