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East Express | August 2, 2018

Election Notes

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 for the state primary election.

Breton Elementary (Precinct 4): With Breton Road closed for construction, voters will need to avoid using or crossing Breton to reach the polling location at Breton School. While it may take a few extra minutes to make your way to the school without using Breton Road, it is safer for the workers and drivers if you avoid the area and use other streets. Here is an area map showing several other streets you can use to reach Breton Elementary. 

Just a reminder for Precinct 6 voters that your polling place is now permanently at the High School Performing Arts Center lobby. We are no longer using Lakeside Elementary as a polling location.

If you have questions about where you vote or obtaining an absentee ballot prior to the election, call our offices at 616.949.2110 or visit during office hours. Absentee ballots are available until 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6 for those who qualify. More information can be found here


Construction updates

For construction updates/information, please click here. Please note the details for Breton Road and the start of the FY 18-19 sidewalk program.

Taste of East Cover Photo

The Taste of East Grand Rapids

Save the date for the Taste of East Grand Rapids, which will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Gaslight Village. More information available here.

Public Safety Lobby to Close for Lunch 

Beginning Monday, Aug. 6, the Public Safety Department lobby will be closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. 

DPS Bikes

Bike Lock Give-Away

Public Safety will be at the Middle School on Aug. 13 during orientation registering student bikes and giving away free bike locks. Just bring your student’s bike with you to orientation. There will also be a makeup date on Friday, Aug. 17 from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Clear vision areas

With summer in full bloom, trees and plants may start to grow out of control. Keep in mind the city has a “Clear Vision” ordinance near driveways and corner lots requiring any plants or shrubs to be less than 30 inches in height. Trees in this area must also be trimmed so branches do not hang lower than 10 feet off of the ground. The clear vision area is a triangle area measured 20 feet out and 20 feet up from the edge of driveways and the area where sidewalks intersect on a corner lot. Please be a good neighbor and trim your landscaping to help keep motorists and pedestrians safe.

Tree Triming

EGRPS Welcome Letter

Dr. Heidi S. Kattula, the new superintendent, welcomes students and families back to another school year. Read the full letter here

Tree Street

Tree planting program

The City’s tree planting program allows residents interested in having a new tree planted in the out-lawn area (between the sidewalk and curb) to split the clost 50/50 with the city.

There are a number of tree varieties to choose from, which can be found on the order form. The estimated total cost of a tree is between $300-$400 (split 50/50). This cost includes a 2” diameter tree that will be between 12-14 feet tall, planting, mulching and a two-year warranty. Residents are asked to care for the tree after it is planted, including watering and fertilizing as needed. The warranty does not cover trees that die as the result of being drought stricken or weed whipped.

Planting occurs in the fall, between October and December, depending on the weather. Residents interested in having a tree planted in their out-lawn should complete the order form and send or drop off to the City Forester at City Hall – 750 Lakeside Drive SE by October 1st. Questions related to the tree planting program may be directed to Mike Ferris at 940-4817 or

To view more information regarding the tree planting program and forms, please click here

Rooftop Yoga

Join Parks & Recreation for a very special outdoor yoga classes on Wege Plaza. Learn more and register here.


Boats, Trailers and RVs

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.”

Wait! Don’t place your grass clippings in the street

Did you know placing/blowing grass clippings into the street impacts storm water quality? Grass clippings placed in the street often end up in storm sewer catch basins, which can clog drains/pipes or make their way to lakes and streams. When mowing your lawn, do not blow grass clippings into the street. Instead, make the first few passes with the lawnmower blowing the grass clippings into the lawn not the street. If there are grass clippings on the street or sidewalk, use a broom or leaf blower to blow them back into the lawn or collect them and place them in your yard waste container.

Grass clippings contain nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, which cause unwanted and uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds in the waterways. Too much algae is harmful to a lake system because it blocks sunlight and prevents other plants from growing. When it dies and decays, it also takes much needed oxygen away from fish. Limiting phosphorus reduces algae blooms. One bushel of fresh grass clippings can contain 0.1 pounds of phosphorus, which is enough to produce 30 to 50 pounds of algae if it ends up in lakes or ponds.

Keep your grass clippings on the lawn and not in the street or gutter. Remember, when you leave your grass clippings on the lawn, you add free fertilizer to your lawn. According to the U.S. EPA, leaving your grass clippings on the lawn doesn’t cause thatch buildup. Grass clippings are about 90 percent water, so they decompose very quickly. Leaving your grass clippings on the lawn can reduce your lawn’s annual fertilizer needs, reduce your fertilizer costs and reduce water pollution.

Movies in the Park Newsletter

Movies in the Park

There is still one last chance to catch the Brouwers Agency Movies in the Park, presented by Auto-Owners insurance. Head down to John Collins Park on Friday, Aug. 17. Movies begin at dusk. For more information click here

Tri Volunteers

Volunteers Needed for the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon

Celebrating 35 years, the 2018 triathlon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8. Sign up to race or volunteer by clicking here.

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