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East Express | May 17, 2018 

Construction Projects

Summer construction projects are currently underway with completion scheduled by the end of July, baring any unforeseen circumstances. The exception to this is the Breton Road project, which is a federally funded project and administered through the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The Breton Road project, which will be from Lake Drive to the south City limit, will include removing and replacing the street surface, ADA ramp upgrades, traffic signal upgrades and several areas of road base replacement and spot curb replacement. This project is anticipated to begin on June 18 and be completed in mid-August.

For more information, including an interactive project map, click here.


In honor of National Public Works week, the City and Library will host our annual Touch-A-Truck event on Wednesday, May 23. Trucks will be out from 9 a.m. to noon and storytime begins at 10:30 a.m. Trucks will be outside of the Community Center in the north, lower-level parking lot.

Master Plan Open House

Provide your input into the future on East during the Master Plan open house, which will be held on Tuesday, May 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center. Residents will be able to view the current draft and provide input. 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 either meeting can email Karen Brower, city clerk, at prior to 5 pm on Tuesday. For the latest information, including draft documents, click here.

Movies and Concerts in the Park 

These summer favorites are returning for another year. For a lineup and details of movies click here and for information on concerts click here

EGRPS Superintendent Retirement

Please join the community and school district staff on Tuesday, June 5 to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Sara Shubel. Details are provided here

Book Sale this Weekend

Head to the Community Center this weekend for great deals on books and to support our excellent KDL branch. More details here


Fireworks are a favorite way to celebrate summer events, but there are a few things to keep in mind, including they are only legal the day before, of and after a Federal holiday. If you are enjoying fireworks this summer, please be courteous of your neighbors. Learn more about firework rules and regulations here

Garlic Mustard Pull

Join us for a volunteer effort to pull Garlic Mustard, an invasive species, from East Grand Rapids parks. The group will meet on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at Remington Park and also pull in Schroeder and Waterfront Parks. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Register here

Assessor’s Office Update

Deadline for filing a Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit is June 1, 2018. If you recently bought a home you may qualify for this exemption. You can only claim the exemption on one home (in Michigan or any other state) and you must own and occupy by the June 1 deadline. Most title companies have you fill this form out at closing.

The initial request for Conditional Rescission of a Principal Residence Exemption form must be submitted to the assessor by June 1, 2018. This exemption enables a person who has purchased a home and reestablished their Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) to continue to have the reduced school operating millage on the home they are in the process of selling. An owner may receive a PRE on the previous principal residence for up to three years if that property is for sale, is not rented or leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose.

Contact the assessor’s office at 616.940.4818 or email for additional information and the forms. Our forms are also available online.

New Bill Payment System

The City is excited to roll out a new online payment and e-bill service that offers more flexibility in paying tax and utility bills. Click here for more information.

Reeds Lake Run

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Reeds Lake Run, sponsored by Huntington and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. All ages can participate in this family-friendly event, which will be held on June 23. For race information and to register, click here.

Volunteers are needed for the Reeds Lake Run! Sign up here.

Yard Maintenance Reminders
  • The City code sets the maximum height limit of grass at five inches. 
  • The City would like to remind residents who participated in the 50/50 tree planting program this past year that the trees need to be watered. Please reference the tree planting and maintenance guidelines that were sent along with the purchase of trees for additional care guidelines.

Cross Connections-Protecting our Public Water System

Please click here to learn more from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality about the importance of making sure your plumbing has adequate measures in place to protect drinking water.

Summer Youth Camps 

EGR Youth Football Camp (Y5-5th Grade)

Join the EGR Varsity Football staff and learn fundamentals and teamwork required to become a successful athlete in a fun and high-energy atmosphere. Campers will be divided into groups that work on defensive and offensive and special team skills. Camp is held at Memorial Field.
  • Y5-2nd Grade: June 25 & 26 8:00-10:00am
  • 3rd-5th Grade: June 25 & 26 1:00-3:00pm
  • Cost: Residents $65 Non-Residents $80
EGR Middle School Football Camp (6th-8th Grade)

Join the EGR varsity Football Staff for this very intense camp designed for players who want to build upon already established football foundations. Campers will receive comprehensive instruction and learn techniques and fundamentals necessary for a solid middle school football season. This camp provides an opportunity to work on both offensive and defensive skills. Camp is held at Memorial Field.
  • 6th-8th Grade: July 16 & 18 9:00-11:00am
  • Cost: Residents $65 Non-Residents $80
EGR Youth Football (Grades 3-6)

Teams are formed for 3rd/4th together and 5th/6th together through a draft process so no buddies or special requests can be honored. Weight divisions are 3rd/4th = 125 lbs., 5th/6th = 145 lbs. Players must provide their own gear. Game jerseys will be provided, but must be returned at the end of the season. Football forms are required and can be printed here.  Sign up by the deadline of June 25 to save $20.
  • Cost: Residents $104 Non-Residents $124
Middle School Football (Grades 7-8)

This program has one 7th grade and one 8th grade team. All games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings against other schools in the greater area. Practice will begin the week of August 13 with times TBD. Players must provide their own equipment. Game Jerseys will be provided, but must be returned at the end of the season. Sign up by the registration deadline of June 18 to save $20.
  • Cost: Residents $155 Non-Residents $175
For more information on all the above camps and to register, click here

Yard Sign Reminder 

Beginning in the spring, temporary signs become very popular. Whether for fundraisers, yard sales, contractors or political candidates, they are popping up across the City. If you are planning to have a sign in your yard, please note there are a few rules to follow:
  • Temporary signs must be at least five feet back from the public sidewalk.
  • Contractor signs are allowed only during the work – not from when you sign the deal until the last payment is made. You can always have your contractor contact us about specific questions.
  • They are never allowed between the sidewalk and the street, especially where clear vision would be obstructed, or anywhere else on public property.
  • Signs may not be attached to telephone poles or street lamps.
Questions? Give Public Works a call at 616.940.4817.

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