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November 2, 2017 



Crews were busy this spring, summer and fall working on a variety of road and infrastructure construction projects, which were made possible through the 2015 millage. This year’s signature project was the reconstruction of Wealthy Street, including the rehabilitation of a 100-year-old water main. Learn more about how your tax dollars are improving our community by clicking here


On Tuesday, Nov. 7, East Grand Rapids voters will choose a city commissioner for their ward and vote on a millage request from The Rapid Transit Authority. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at all six precincts.

The city will be using new election equipment next week. While voters will notice very little difference, the election workers have all attended training on how to setup and use the new machines. We thank you for your patience as we double check our instruction sheets to make sure everything goes smoothly.

A reminder for Precinct 6 voters (formerly at Lakeside School): The polling location has been permanently moved to the lobby of the Performing Arts Center at the High School. Voters must enter the PAC through the north or south entrances and not through the high school. Parking is available north of the PAC off Bagley. Please do not use the visitor parking area at the high school entrance during the school day.



City offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day.


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


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.

Smart 911


The Kent County Dispatch Authority is investing in the community’s safety by adopting Smart911, a nationwide service that allows individuals to create an online safety profile for their household – providing key information to 911 call takers during an emergency. 

This information enables faster and more effective emergency response by law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services. When Smart911 enrolled citizens make 911 calls, their safety profile is automatically displayed to dispatchers, providing them with an enhanced level of information that can assist in assigning the correct public safety responders. 

To learn more and to register, click here


Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.



The annual Gaslight Village tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Regatta Plaza. Santa will be on-hand for kids to meet. Come on down to kick-off the holiday season!


KDL Lab Experience: Learn and Invent with Electronics Explore, tinker and innovate with littleBits, the ultimate electronic building tool. Circuit modules snap together to help you build your ultimate electronic innovation. Great learn-by-doing activity for kids who may be interested in a future in engineering and robotics. Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Grand Rapids Ballet at the Library Join us for a preview of the Grand Rapids Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker told through music, narration and dance. Snacks and a craft to follow the performance. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. Sunday, Nov. 12, from 2to 3 p.m. 

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. 

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

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