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East Express | April 19, 2018 


Master Plan

The City is currently updating its Master Plan, which serves as a roadmap for future land-use and planning decisions. Over the last year, the City Commission, Planning Commission, business owners and residents have all given input into this document.

The draft Master Plan is currently in a 42-day review process before being adopted by the City Commission.

Residents and business owners are invited to attend an open house workshop to view the draft and provide input. The open house will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center. 

The open house will be followed by a 5:30 p.m. joint Planning Commission and City Commission meeting.

Those wishing to provide input, but unable to attend can give comments during public comment at the 5:30 meeting or by email to Karen Brower, city clerk, at with a written response.

We hope you join us for this open house as we shape the future of East Grand Rapids.

For the latest information, including draft documents, click here.  

Yard Waste Pickup

Yard waste pickup has officially begun. Please remember that all waste must be placed in bags or bins and kept in the outlawn, not in the streets. For more details and additional pickup regulations, click here

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National Drug Take Back Day 

The City will be participating in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your unused prescription drugs to the Public Safety Department, 770 Lakeside Drive, for safe disposal. Public Safety also has a drug drop off box in their lobby that can be accessed anytime during regular business hours. 

Understanding Road Right-of-Way

In the spring many homeowners start undertaking landscaping projects in their yards but remember to keep in mind the activities you do in the road right-of-way. Learn more about the right-of-way here


Boats, Trailers and RV’s 

Are you dreaming of getting your big toys out and ready for the season? Outdoor storage of boats, trailers and RVs is allowed for up to 72 hours on streets and driveways. Otherwise, they must be stored indoors, or in a rear yard only, and then they must be reasonably shielded from view. Not all properties can accommodate such storage, so you might have to seek offsite storage for your recreational units. 

Spectrum Health – Blodgett Hospital Proposed Site Plan

Spectrum Health has submitted a site plan for changes to the Blodgett campus parking and wayfinding.  A special Planning Commission meeting is planned for Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center. Information on plans can be found here.


2018 Street & Sidewalk Construction Projects 

For the latest construction information, including project listings and timelines, click here

Water Main Maintenance  

Now through the middle of May, water mains will be flushed in zones 3, 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During this work, service to your home may be interrupted or you may experience water discoloration (rusty water). If you do, run the cold water faucet closest to your service entrance (usually the washtub in your basement) until the water runs clear. Afterwards, run all other faucets to clear all water lines. Do not do laundry until all water lines run clear.

If you have any questions, contact Public Works at 940.4870 during regular business hours. For after hour emergencies, please call Public Safety at 949.7010.  

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Parks & Recreation News
  • Volunteers are needed for the Reeds Lake Run! Sign up here
  • Summer classes now enrolling! Sign up here
  • Little Sluggers League deadline is April 30. Sign up here

Placement of Refuse & Recycling Containers 

As a reminder, refuse carts and recycling containers are required to be placed inside a building or at the rear or side of a building at a place which is reasonably inconspicuous, but shall be accessible to the waste hauler. Licensed EGR waste haulers are required to collect refuse carts and recycling containers from just outside, rear or side of your home on your collection day and then return them back to their locations. These containers should not be placed out at the street at any time or for any reason. 

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EGR Reads: Book Discussion Featuring High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and All Together Now by his sister, Gill Hornby. Join us for a discussion at Derby Station. This event is part of the EGR Community Reads series, sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. 

Meet the Authors: The Lake Michigan Mermaid Meet the authors of the new book The Lake Michigan Mermaid. Enjoy a reading and presentation about the book, with discussion afterwards. Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center. 

The Road to Better Investing: Making Your Money Work For You Learn how to build a profitable portfolio that can provide funds for education, travel, hobbies and retirement while minimizing risk. This program will introduce the language of investing and provide a basis for understanding and recognizing high-quality, reasonably priced growth stocks. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 at the Community Center. 

Michigan Notable Books Tour with Hendrik Meijer Local author Hendrik Meijer presents on the history of Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, an influential, consensus building leader from Grand Rapids. Meijer is the author of the acclaimed book Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century. Wednesday, May 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center. 

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