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October 5, 2017
PUBLIC SAFETY OPEN HOUSE
Meet your public safety officers and learn more about what they do to keep East Grand Rapids a safe place to live during the annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. They will have all the vehicles on display, refreshments, handouts and officers on hand to answer any questions you may have.
NEW RECREATION REGISTRATION PROCESS
The Parks and Recreation Department is implementing a new registration software that has many user-friendly features. Patrons will be required to create a new family account, regardless if they have a current account with the department. To learn more and register, click
FALL LEAF COLLECTION PROGRAM STARTS MONDAY, OCT. 9
Fall leaf pickup begins Monday, Oct. 9 and will end on Friday, Dec. 8. During fall leaf season, leaves may be raked out to the street 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
MASTER PLAN SESSIONS REPORT
The City recently hosted three master planning sessions where residents, business owners and employees were able to ask questions, make suggestions and voice concerns. The public is invited to provide additional feedback during the Oct. 10 and Nov. 14 planning commission meetings at 5:30 p.m. Learn more
Just a reminder that Halloween trick-or-treating is always on October 31.
JOGGERS AND BICYCLISTS
The days are getting shorter and that means many people are walking, jogging or riding their bikes to school in the dark. We were contacted this morning by a man who almost hit a jogger on the edge of the street just after 7 a.m. and was extremely worried someone would be hurt. Please ensure you are wearing light-colored, reflective clothing or have some type of blinking light on your clothing or your bike. Do everything possible to make sure drivers can see you in time to steer clear.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM UNETHICAL CONTRACTORS
Taking on projects or making home improvements can certainly be exciting. However, with the all the demands of today, it can be tempting to choose services and contractors based on a lower price or top results in a Google search. Before your next project, consider the following guidelines to help you navigate the process. Read
ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION
The November ballot will contain one city commissioner position in each ward as well as a millage question from The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership). Absentee ballots will be available beginning on Wednesday, September 27 for those who will be out of town or meet one of the other qualifications. Visit the Finance Department 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday or call us at 949-2110 to make arrangements for an absentee ballot.
Just a reminder that Precinct 6 has moved from Lakeside Elementary to the Performing Arts Center at the High School. This affects only voters in Precinct 6. Voters should park in the Bagley parking lot behind the school, not in the visitor parking lot in front of the school.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE
Mark your calendars for the next used book sale Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29 because you won't want to miss this sale. If you have books to donate, now would be a great time to go through your bookcases to make room for the new books. Book donations can be dropped off at the upper or lower circulation desks during open hours. Visit the
Friends of the Library website
for more information.
KDL UNCORKED: LADIES NIGHT
Join KDL for wine tastings, sweets and treats! Bring your girlfriends to sip and socialize with a wine tastings provided by The Crushed Grape and chocolate and cheese tastings provided by The Cheese Lady. You will also have the opportunity to learn about wine pairings and how to create your own. KDL Uncorked events are for adults only, 21 and older. Event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
ETHICS BOOK CLUB
Join KDL for a thoughtful, candid and lively discussion of books ranging in topics from current affairs, the environment, philosophy, religion, culture, race, gender and economics on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The book for this event is An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
AT&T will replace old copper lines with new fiber optic cable on existing utility poles in public right-of-ways or in private utility easements (commonly in rear yards) from early October through the end of November. Inquiries may be directed to AT&T via the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling receptacles can now be found in both Gaslight Village and John Collins Park. Users are asked to put only clean items in these receptacles. Reminder, recycling is included with your trash pickup so please consider utilizing this service. For more information on recycling in Kent County, please click
As part of the 2015 Street & Sidewalk Millage, the City is investing in replacing and rehabilitating sidewalks throughout our community. Work will take place over the next few weeks in the southern portion of the City around Breton Ave. For a weekly construction update, click
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