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East Express | June 7, 2018 

Brian Donovan

City Manager Brian Donovan to Retire

After 35 years of public service, 25 of which have been in East Grand Rapids, City Manager Brian Donovan announced he will retire this coming winter. Please join us in thanking Brian for his years of dedication to our community. Learn more here

City Adopts Budget

At its Monday, June 4 meeting, the East Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously agreed to adopt the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

“We are very proud of the budget we’ve put together for this upcoming fiscal year,” Mayor Amna Seibold said. “There are no reduction in city services and no rate increases, which we know everyone will be pleased to hear. Our City is in a strong, healthy financial position that any community would be proud of.”

Learn more here.

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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.

RLR Volunteer Newsletter

Volunteers Needed for Reeds Lake Run

Do you live along the Reeds Lake Run Course? Volunteer with your coffee in hand and quick access to your house if needed. Sign up here.

Grand Valley Artists Reeds Lake Art Festival

We're looking forward to another great art festival, hosted by Grand Valley Artists on June 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Head down to East Grand Rapids Gaslight Village to support local artists. Learn more here.

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 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

Movies in the Park Newsletter

Movies in the Park

The Brouwers Agency Movies in the Park presented by Auto-Owners Insurance is back for 2018! Held on the shores of beautiful Reeds Lake in John Collins Park, this summer series features family-friendly fun and entertainment. Learn more here

Concerts in the Park

Held in John Collins Park, the popular United Bank Concerts in the Park series is back for another summer. Bring a lawn chair and picnic basket for an evening with friends, family and neighbors. All shows are free to the public and begin at 7 p.m. Learn more here.  

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. 

Miss Dig/Utility Locating Information

MISS DIG 811 is Michigan's statewide one-call notification system that was developed in order to provide excavators and the general public the ability to inform multiple owners of underground facilities of excavation with a single call. MISS DIG 811 is a not-for-profit independent company that processes information from excavators and passes that information on to affected utilities. Residents may wonder why flags and paint are placed around the City. These markers are utility locations for work called in by private contractors or the City.

The City is frequently asked which colors refer to which utilities.  Below is a reference guide:

Utility Color Codes

For more information about miss dig and utility locating information, please click here

Trees and Shrubs Clear Vision Areas 

The City code prohibits trees, shrubs, etc. from obstructing public ways and clear vision areas. As trees and shrubs continue to grow during the summer months, we ask that you ensure they do not impede over sidewalks. The required height for clearance over sidewalk is 10 feet. Clear vision areas at street corners may not have plant height in excess of 30-inches in 20-foot by 20-foot triangle areas adjacent to street corners. Properly maintaining trees and shrubs adjacent to sidewalks and streets helps keep pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists safe.

Tree Triming

Tall Grass Reminder

As a reminder, the City code sets the maximum height limit of grass at five inches.

Boats, Trailers and RVs

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 are capable of accommodating such storage, so you might have to seek offsite storage for your “recreational unit.”

Water Quality

Water Quality-Consumer Confidence Report

The City is proud to present our annual Water Quality Report. This report provides important information about your drinking water. We have continued to meet the challenge of providing safe, quality water which meets or exceeds the requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) due to the efforts of our Public Works staff and our partnership with the City of Grand Rapids.

Please click here to view the report. 

Library Open House

Join KDL – East Grand Rapids Branch this Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. to celebrate its recent remodel courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Learn more here

Summer Camps

Keep your student’s mind and body active this summer with a variety of summer camps from the Parks and Recreation Department. Offerings include: Ceramics, Sculpture, Jr. Engineers, “City” Robotics, Fairy Camps, Safety Town Camps, Dance, Music Camps, Horsemanship, Tennis Camps, Archery Camp, Youth Volleyball Camp and High School Volleyball Camp. Learn more and sign up here today.

LGROW Update 

Check out the latest news from the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds, a program of Grand Valley Metro Council here

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