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March 1, 2018


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. 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.

Refuse Pickup

Yard waste pickup resumes in April

Though the warm weather has us dreaming of spring, winter still isn’t technically over. If you have begun doing yard work, please do not place barrels and bags out for pickup or rake leaves into the street. Yard waste collection will resume Monday, April 2. As a reminder, here are the guidelines for yard waste pickup:
  • Grass clippings and small, loose yard debris must be placed in paper yard-waste bags or reusable containers. Plastic bags are not accepted. 
  • Bags and containers placed for pickup must not exceed 40 pounds or a 32-gallon capacity. 
  • Ornamental grasses must be tied, bundled and must not exceed 40 pounds. 
  • Brush must be cut into six-foot lengths and tree logs may not exceed 12 inches in diameter. 
  • All items for collection should be placed on the out-lawn (between the curb and sidewalk), not in the street.
  • Except during the fall leaf collection program, it is preferred that yard waste not be placed out for collection earlier than one day prior to the scheduled day for collection. 
Please remember that no loose yard waste is permitted in the street in the spring. To view all regulations and routes, please click here

Spring Zoning Tips

The cold weather seems to be wrapping up early this year, which has many of us hoping to get a jump start on our outdoor projects. As we move toward spring, our zoning department has a few tips to keep in mind. 

Spring Fling Cover Photo

Spring Fling Sip & Shop 

Step into spring with new styles from Gaslight Village retailers. Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres while you shop. Learn more here

Right-of-Way tree maintenance

Public Works and City contractors have begun right-of-way tree maintenance for City-owned trees in the public right-of-way and will continue into March. Pruning in late winter, just before spring growth starts, leaves wounds exposed for only a short length of time before new growth begins the wound sealing process. Another advantage of dormant pruning is that it's easier to make pruning decisions without leaves obscuring plant branch structure. Pruning at the proper time can help avoid disease and physiological problems helping to maintain a healthy tree canopy.

Strom Drain Leaf

Help prevent street flooding

The grated storm drains that you see on streets, also known as catch basins, allow rain water to drain from City streets. They are especially important during storms when the high volume of water falling on streets would otherwise cause flooding. We ask that you please help keep nearby catch basins clear if they become clogged with snow or debris to avoid flooding. Public Works crews work hard to keep catch basins clear and appreciate the assistance of residents in this collective effort. 

Snowplow Driver Appreciation Week 

Thank you to all of our residents, businesses and commissioners who participated in the first-ever Snowplow Driver Appreciation Week. Though it was rainy, it was still a great opportunity to thank the crews that work extremely hard to keep our streets safe and clean during the winter months -- and beyond. 

Jim Gill

EGR Reads: An Evening with Jim Gill

Get ready to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this visit by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. His distinctive music play creates the spirit of a family room in the concert hall and is an invitation to children, parents and grandparents to sing and play together! This event is part of the EGR Community Reads series, sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. Thursday, March 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. at KDL's East Grand Rapids branch. For families with children. 

Election Workers Needed

Get a behind the scenes look at all the laws, procedures, safeguards and double-checks that go into administering elections in our state by becoming an election worker.  The City is looking for citizens interested in working at the polling locations beginning with the August 2018 election.  Election workers are paid for their service and paid training is provided.  Basic computer experience is preferred.  For more information, contact City Clerk Karen Brower at 949.2110.  

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