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East Express | September 20, 2018


Fall leaf pickup begins Monday, Oct. 8 and will end on Friday, Dec. 7. During fall leaf season, leaves may be placed out without being placed in containers. Leaves should be placed along or in the street without obstructing the traveled portion of the roadway and away from storm sewer catch basins. Please view yard waste rules and regulations here

Yard waste containers

Please remember to place your yard waste containers out no longer than the day prior to your pickup route date and remove it from the right-of-way after it is picked up. If you are not aware of the yard waste pickup schedule, you can view the route map here


Ongoing mosquito surveillance is revealing an unusually high number of mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile Virus. As a precaution, the City has already deposited mosquito pellets in all storm sewer catch basins as well as storm water retention areas and will do another round of deposits. Residents are encouraged to follow best practices and heed advice recommended by KCHD, which can be found here.


To view an update on construction projects, click here


The last day to register in order to vote in the November 6 Gubernatorial Election is Monday, Oct. 8. Stop by city hall or any Secretary of State’s office to register. You can also check your voter registration details here


Calvin College will host a fireworks display on Saturday, Sept. 29 at approximately 9 p.m. over the northwest corner of its campus. The 15-minute show is part of its homecoming festivities and the entire community is invited to participate in many of the activities planned for the day. More information can be found here. Please spread the word about the fireworks so people aren’t caught off guard when the show starts.


Whether for fundraisers, yard sales, contractors or political candidates, temporary signs are very popular around this time of year. 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.


We expect to have absentee ballots available for the November election within the next two weeks, but you can fill out an application form anytime and turn it in to us. 


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. Learn more here


The Public Safety Department has received calls from both residents and motorists parking their vehicles on the side streets surrounding Blodgett Hospital regarding parking concerns.

It appears the residents in the area have been placing pamphlets on vehicles parked in the area that belong to employees of Spectrum Health. The pamphlets have been polite and have asked these drivers to park their vehicles someplace else. Some residents have also placed cones and other objects in the roadway to prohibit parking in front of their residences.

The Public Safety Department would like to remind everyone that it is not illegal to park on the edge of a public street as long as there is no official signage, yellow curbs or fire hydrants. It is, however, illegal to place items in the roadway or to tamper with an individual’s private property by placing pamphlets on their vehicles.

We ask that residents and Spectrum Health employees abide by the laws currently in place until a more permanent solution can found.


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.  

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

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