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February 15, 2018


Snowplow Appreciation Week

During the week of Feb. 19, the city is hosting our first-ever Snowplow Appreciation Week to honor the hard work our snowplow drivers do to keep the streets clean and safe during the winter months – and beyond.

“Keeping our streets clear in the winter is one of the most important tasks our city does and without our team we all wouldn’t be able to move about our life,” Mayor Amna Seibold said. “I hope our residents will join us in bolstering the great work our team does – and if you see a plow driver out, give them a wave!”

Be sure to follow the City’s Facebook page and you can click here for more information on different activities being held.

Master Plan

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Planning Commission held a joint meeting with the City Commission to introduce the draft Master Plan. Brad Strader from MKSK, the firm leading the process, gave an overview presentation about the various visualized actions included in the draft. Commissioners had the opportunity to provide their input and score top priorities. There was also a public comment opportunity for residents to voice their opinions.

The Planning Commission voted to forward the draft plan to the City Commission to begin the official review process. The draft will be updated with comments from the Tuesday meeting before the City Commission introduces the plan at an upcoming meeting. Once this meeting takes place, there will be a minimum 42-day review process where there will be multiple opportunities for public comment, including a workshop and public hearing.

Check back soon for when an official date is set for the upcoming City Commission meeting. In the interim, you can view the current draft Master Plan and presentation here.


Spectrum Health – Blodgett Hospital Proposed Site Plan

Spectrum Health recently submitted a site plan for changes to the Blodgett campus parking and wayfinding. After public input, including a special Planning Commission meeting, Spectrum Health is reevaluating its plans. Due to this, the special meeting scheduled for Feb. 20 has been cancelled. The City will schedule a meeting at a future date when Spectrum Health submits an updated site plan. Information on this can be found here.

Snowplow Contractors

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 Departments. Complaints/concerns with respect to private snow plow contractors may be directed to Public Safety by calling 616.949.7010. Please provide as much detailed information as possible when reporting complaints, for example time/date, what occurred, business name, plate number and photos or video if possible.


Snow Fort Safety

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.

Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow and Ice

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.


Prevent your pipes from freezing

As we face low temperatures again this winter, pipes and water meters can freeze as temperatures remain below freezing for extended periods of time. 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. Click here for tips on preventing your pipes from freezing. 

LGROW Winter Tips


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