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East Express | September 6, 2018

New Safety Videos

Keeping students safe in our community is a top priority. Over the past few months, we have worked with East Grand Rapids Public Schools to develop two videos aimed at providing tips for commuting to school safely.  

The Schools will be sharing these in their classrooms this fall and throughout the school year. We encourage you to take a moment to watch these with your children and talk through why they should know all the safety rules.  

A special thank you to the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation for providing the funding for this project. 

To view the videos, click here.

Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon Saturday

Best of luck to all who are participating in the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon this weekend! The event will kickoff at Reeds Lake and will proceed into East Grand Rapids Gaslight Village and surrounding neighborhoods. There will street closures. If you are driving through during this time, please be conscious of the racers so we can have a very safe race day. More information

Street Maintenance 

The City will complete some preventative maintenance with the Kent County Road Commission on Sept. 11 and 12, including spot grind and resurface areas in advance of sealing treatments scheduled for next spring. Work near school  locations will not start until after the school day starts and be completed when school ends to avoid traffic congestion. Most work will be conducted without a traffic closure, however, traffic shifts or temporary detours may be needed for safety of the work crew, pedestrians and motorists. For a map of affected areas, click here.  

For more construction updates/information, please click here.   

Water Main Utility Work 

Water main utility work will be starting soon, including structural water main rehabilitation through the cured-in-place-pipe process. Work will take place through the end of October.  There will be limited traffic impacts during the projects. Temporary above-ground water service will be made available to any homes impacted to limit disruption during the project. Locations include:  
  • Conlon Ave easement between Oakwood and Hall (735 feet of 12” cast iron installed in 1954). 
  • Robinson Rd west of Lakeside to El Centro (4,094 feet of 6” cast iron installed in 1915). 
  • Easement between Frederick and Indian Trail (280 feet of 6” cast iron installed in 1930). 
  • Englewood between Breton to west of Exeter (366 feet of 6 inch cast iron installed in 1929). 

Calvin College Homecoming Fireworks 

Calvin College invites the entire community to celebrate their homecoming on Saturday, September 29. In addition to a soccer game, an outdoor movie and a lot of family fun, they will be providing a 15-minute fireworks show over the northwest portion their campus beginning at approximately 9 pm. More information here.  

Please help us spread the word about the fireworks so people aren’t caught off guard when the show starts. 

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 cost 50/50 with the city.  

Planting occurs in the fall, between October and December, depending on the weather. To view more information regarding the tree planting program and forms, please click here

Clear Vision Areas

At the height of the summer growing season, trees and plants often 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.  

Consumers Energy Electric Utility Work 

Consumers Energy will conduct electric utility pole maintenance now through the end of October.  Most work will be conducted without a traffic closure, however traffic shifts or temporary detours may be needed for safety of the work crew, pedestrians and motorists.  Questions can be directed to Consumers Energy at 800.477.5050.  Work areas are: 
  • Lake Dr from Plymouth Rd to Breton Rd  
  • Breton Rd from Santa Monica Dr to Lake Dr 
  • Argentina from Plymouth Rd to San Juan Dr 
  • Boston St from Breton Rd to Brighton/Oxford Rd 

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. 

KDL Events  

DIY Paper Sunflowers 
Join KDL for a night of DIY fall fun! Learn how to make lovely flowers with seasonal fall flare.  All materials will be provided. Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and registration closes when the waitlist is full. 

CARE Ballet at the Library 
Join KDL for a preview of CARE Ballet's performance of "The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe" on Sunday, Sept. 23 told through music, narration and dance. Performance begins at 2 p.m. sharp, with crafts and snacks following. Sponsored by the Friends of the EGR Library and CARE Ballet. 

For more information and to register, click here.

Parks & Recreation Fall Activities  

Cake Decorating | Oct. 3 – 17 
Learn how to create a perfectly smooth frosted cake, techniques in trimming, piping, flowers, lettering and airbrushing. On the last day of class bring in an undecorated cake.   

Watercolors | Oct. 31 – Dec. 19  
Learn techniques in watercolor and how to control it to create beautiful works of art. Step by step instruction is offered while implementing your own unique twist.  

Digital Editing | Sept. 11 – 18  
Improve your photos by learning basic photo editing skills that you can use on any device, like your computer or phone. No software purchase necessary, you will learn basic photo editing on a free online software program.  

For more information on these and all Parks & Rec offerings, and to register, click here.

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