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January 4, 2018 


Public Works crews work hard to clear streets and sidewalks clear during the winter season.
Snow and ice removal guidelines prioritize how City plow crews handle snow and ice events. The City clears snow on City streets based on priority and local road routes. Priority routes are considered our major streets, which are plowed and salted as necessary to minimize slippery road surface conditions. Local road routes include all remaining residential streets, which will be plowed after all priority routes have been cleared. Local road routes are lightly salted, as needed, to control slippery conditions. Please click here to view the priority streets route map.  

In the event of significant snow accumulation on one-way and other narrow streets, the City posts temporary ‘no parking’ signs in advance of efforts to remove excess snow. Residents are asked to make every effort to remove vehicles from streets where these signs appear so crews can plow and haul snow out to keep the streets passable and accessible.

City sidewalks are plowed after the accumulation of approximately two inches of snow and on weekends when snow events have concluded. Plow crews clear sidewalk safety routes to schools first and then remaining sidewalks in the City. Sidewalk plowing does not remove snow to bare pavement. Residents are asked to remove the small, residual amount of snow accumulation left after plowing so that ice does not form after thaw/freeze cycles. The City does not provide ice control to sidewalks. Please click to see the priority sidewalk map. 

As a result of plowing streets and sidewalks, snow may be deposited into driveways. Plow crews are sensitive to this issue, however, there is no practical way to plow snow without depositing snow into driveways. Residents are responsible for the removal of this snow. Driveways/sidewalks can be cleared to accept this snow by clearing “pockets” to accept snow from plows as noted in this graphic to “avoid the second shovel.”

Avoid Second Shovel
On occasion mailboxes can be damaged during snow removal. Please click here for some mailbox protection tips and click here to see the City mailbox replacement policy.  

Public Works crews appreciate patience and understanding as they work hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared throughout the winter season.


The next meeting in the master plan process will be on Tuesday, January 9 at 5:30 pm in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center.  Discussions will focus on land use in and around Gaslight Village, the possibilities of a DDA, TIFA or Principal Shopping District.  Public input on these topics and any other areas of concern is welcome at this meeting.



Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and other natural plant-based decorations will be picked up on the outlawn by Public Works through the week of January 8 following regular yard waste collection routes. The City is not able to collect trees, wreaths or other holiday decorations that have wire, ornaments, lights, etc. on them as the trees and wreaths are chipped/recycled. Please make sure any of these items placed out are only natural, plant-based material.



Building snow forts can be a fun winter outdoor activity for children, but it can also be dangerous. The City asks parents to help protect and educate children about appropriate areas to play outside and discuss the dangers with them. City plow crews operate large, heavy equipment and it is difficult to see children playing in the road right of way (area between sidewalk and street) where snow piles can accumulate. Please help make sure children are playing in a safe area that is away from the street.


Contractors hired by residents/businesses must be licensed with the City of East Grand Rapids and adhere to the following regulations: 
  • Snow shall not be deposited in the street or in public sidewalks. 
  • Snow shall be deposited behind the curb (or where curbs do not exist, off the traveled portion of the roadway) along the same side of the street as the driveway being plowed. 
  • Snow shall not be deposited across the street from the driveway being plowed. 
  • Snow shall not be deposited around fire hydrants. 
Licenses may be obtained through the Finance Department. Complaints/concerns with respect to private snow plow contractors may be directed to Public Safety by calling 616.949.7010.



The forecast for the next few days includes some dangerously low temperatures and windchills. These extended low temperatures can cause pipes and water meters to freeze and possibly burst, causing damage to your home.

Take a few minutes today to identify pipes in your home that are near exterior walls that may be in danger of freezing so you can take action to prevent the damage before it occurs.

The City is responsible for water services from the curb stop in the right-of-way to the water main in the street. Property owners are responsible for their water service from the curb stop to and throughout their property. The City offers the following t
ips to help protect water service pipes.



Sports, sports and more sports! Spend some quality time with your son, grandson, nephew or friend during an evening of fun, sports themed games and challenges, a keepsake photo and more. This special event is open to all elementary school-aged boys and their favorite adult date (mom, grandma, aunt or special friend.) Grades Pre-K through 8. Sign up by Friday, Jan. 19 and get a $5 discount. Location: EGR High School

RES / NR  
Couple 34601-A Saturday Jan. 27  5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Individual 34601-B
Saturday Jan. 27 
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hydrant snow clearing


If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please consider helping Public Safety by keeping snow piles away from the hydrants or shoveling out around the hydrant after heavy snows. Public Safety officers do make the rounds and shovel where necessary, but traffic issues, accidents and other duties may keep them from getting to all the hydrants in a timely manner. If there is a fire in your neighborhood, seconds count, and taking the time to dig out a fire hydrant to attach hoses can make a difference in fighting a fire. Thanks for any help you can give. 


Your favorite winter reading program for adults is back! Kent District Library is pleased to present Let It Snow. Adults (18 and older) who participate and read a minimum of six books in different categories between Jan. 2 and March 31 will receive a Let It Snow 2018 travel mug. Participants who finish an additional four titles are entered into a drawing to win an iPad. See the circulation desk at the library for more information.

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