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October 19, 2017 

DPS 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 of your questions. Learn more here



This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Public Safety Department has some Halloween safety tips that can be passed on to all residents and concerned parents. You can read more here


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 here.

Fall Leaf Pickup


During fall leaf season, leaves may be placed curbside 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. We ask that residents assist in keeping catch basins clear to prevent localized flooding from rain events. During fall leaf pickup, depending on the amount of leaves in each route as they fall, crews may be off schedule by a day. Please view yard waste rules and regulations for more information. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.


While out in the yard this fall, if you have a mailbox in the right-of-way (out by the street), take a few minutes to check the condition of your mailbox and post. The most common reason why a mailbox and post is damaged during the winter is not from physical contact with a plow, but the deteriorated condition of a mailbox and/or post combined with the impact of snow being thrown from plows off of the street. Read more

Master Plan Image

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 November 14 and future planning commission meetings at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.


Postcards from East: Wish You Were Here! Join Mary Dersch, curator, in the East Grand Rapids History Room for a trip through the years via postcards and pictures. Visit familiar and unfamiliar East Grand Rapids places and faces and share your memories. Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Ethics Book Club Join us for a thoughtful, candid and lively discussion of books ranging in topics from current affairs, the environment, philosophy, religion, culture, race, gender and economics. Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Click here for more information on Library events, hours and details. 

Running Safety

The days are getting shorter and that means many people are walking, jogging or riding their bikes to school in the dark. We were recently contacted 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.


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 are currently available for those who will be out of town or meet one of the other qualifications. Visit the Finance Department 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

Library Book Sale


Mark your calendars for the next used book sale Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 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.

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