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East Express | June 21, 2018

Reeds Lake Run Finish Line

Reeds Lake Run This Saturday

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. Finisher medals for all!

For race information and to register, click here.

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.

Breton Road Closure

Breton Road is closed for construction, with completion expected for mid-August. The detour will include Burton, Plymouth and Lake Drive. Upgrades to the road 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. We appreciate everyone's patience during this vital project.

For more information on construction, click here.

4th of July Parade

Fourth of July Celebration 

Our community will once again gather to celebrate our nation's independence. From the Reeds Lake Trailblazer to the parade, family fun in John Collins Park and fireworks over Reeds Lake, we have another day chock full of activities. Learn more here

New Bill Payment System

We are 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.

Concerts in the Park

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.

Short Term Rentals

If you have considered renting out a spare bedroom or cozy basement space in your home for a weekend, please be aware short term rentals are not permitted in any of our three residential districts. Homes in residential districts may be rented out to single families for periods no shorter than 6 months at a time. You do not need to register with the City in order to rent out your property.

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

Crossing Guards Needed

The City is currently accepting applications for Adult Crossing Guard Substitutes. There is extensive paid training for this position, which involves crossing students for 30 minutes before and after school. The pay rate is $21.27/hour. Please share this information with your neighbors who may be interested in becoming a crossing guard, too. Applications can be submitted online or in person at City Hall. For more information, please contact Jean Timmer, adult crossing guard supervisor, at 616.454.0801.

Tall Grass

City code sets the maximum height limit of grass at five inches. If you notice a neighbor is out of compliance, we encourage you to discuss the situation with them as they may have an issue that prevents them from mowing and may need help. Properties not in compliance may also be reported to Public Works at 616.940.4817 or here


Is that old fence looking like it can’t stand up much longer or are you thinking of installing a new one? You won’t need a building permit, but there are some city ordinance rules that you should be aware of.
  • You can install a solid privacy fence up to six feet high in the rear yard of most lots. Remember, if there is a structural side, it must face your lot. 
  • Side yards, corner lots and front yards can be trickier. Clear vision rules apply. All front yard fences are limited to a height of three feet or less and they must be at least half open space, like a picket fence. 
  • As with all landscaping features, they should be constructed at least a foot from the public sidewalk to avoid damage to the fence and injury to our plow drivers. Even a low retaining wall, step or timber can cause serious problems unless it is set back at least a foot. 
  • We always encourage you to talk to your neighbors before you start. Make sure that you agree on the property boundaries. 
Questions? Give us a call at 616.940.4817. The fence ordinance can be found here.


Reeds Lake Trailblazer

Here’s everything you need to know for the Trail Blazer on Wednesday, July 4:

Online registration ends at noon on Tuesday, July 3. Click here for more information. 

Late Registration/Packet Pickup
  • Tuesday, July 3 4 – 7 p.m. in the lobby at the Community Center
  • Wednesday, July 4 6:45 – 8:15 a.m. in the parking lot at the Community Center
  • 8:15 a.m. Roads along the course will close for the race 8:20 a.m. Mandatory meeting at start line for kids 10/under riding bikes or scooters
  • 8:25 a.m. Kids on bikes/scooters begin the race accompanied by bike patrol and volunteers
  • 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk begins
  • 9:30 a.m. Awards
  • 10:00 a.m. Roads reopen as course clears
  • Adults = $30
  • Ages 11-17 = $15
  • Ages 10/under = $10
Additional Details 
  • Race shirts are not guaranteed for registrations received after June 18 due to ordering deadlines.
  • Water, Gatorade, granola bars, apples and bananas are provided at the finish line courtesy of Meijer.
  • An aid station is located on Reeds Lake Blvd near the Hodenpyl Rock that will have water and Gatorade.
The race is chip timed. Awards will be given for the overall male, overall female, and the fastest stroller as well as male and female awards for runners in the following age groups: 10/under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Awards will also be given for the top three male and females 10/under riding bikes.

Election Inspectors Needed

Election Inspectors Needed

Kent County, through Kent District Library, is seeking Election Inspectors to work the November election. Get paid up to $150 per day with bonuses for training and election chairs. More information, including training schedules can be found here

STOP! Don’t dump that grease down the drain

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are one of the more common causes of sewer lateral blockages that lead to backups. There are simple steps which residents can take to prevent FOG from adversely affecting their homes and communities. The easiest way to solve grease problems and prevent blockages is to keep FOG out of the sewer system. Here's how you can help prevent sewer backups:
  • Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets or garbage disposals. 
  • Pour grease into a covered disposable container and put it into the trash. 
  • Soak up remaining fats, oils and grease with paper towels and dispose with your trash. 
  • Before you wash dishes, scrape meats and food with fat and grease into the trash. 
  • Put baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty the drain basket or strainer into the trash. 
  • Only use garbage disposals for fruits, vegetables and organic waste.

Bangarang Circus

Bangarang Circus

Meet KDL at the EGR High School track field to witness Bangarang Circus who will wow with circus style entertainment ranging from aerial arts to hula hooping, acrobatics and more! Monday, June 25 from 10 to 11 a.m.

*Note: the location was originally scheduled for Wege Plaza, but has been moved to the High School track

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