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East Express | October 4, 2018

Fall Leaf Collection Begins Monday

Fall leaf pickup begins Monday, Oct. 8 and will end on Friday, Dec. 7. During fall leaf season, leaves may be placed out for pickup 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.

Removing leaves from catch basins

As we enter the fall season, leaves that collect on top of catch basins in streets can create localized flooding by blocking rainwater from entering the storm sewer system.  Public Works staff members conduct routine cleaning of catch basins and remove leaves during rain events, but help from the community is always appreciated.  What can you do to help?

  • Clear leaves from catch basins near your home and place them in your yard waste container. 
  • During fall leaf pickup when leaves are permitted along the curb, please keep a buffer area clear around catch basins and try to place leaves out the day before your scheduled pickup route.

Public Safety Open House

Meet your public safety officers and learn more about what they do to keep East Grand Rapids a safe place to live during the annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. They will have all the vehicles on display, refreshments, handouts and officers on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Drug Take-Back-Day

During the Public Safety Open House, the City will be participating in National Drug Take Back Day. Bring your unused prescription drugs to the Public Safety Department for safe disposal. Public Safety also has a drug drop off box in their lobby that can be accessed anytime during regular business hours.

November Election Update

Tuesday, Oct. 9 is the deadline to register to vote in order to be able to vote in the November 6 election. Visit the EGR Offices or any Secretary of State’s office to register.  If you haven’t moved since you last voted, there is no need to re-register.  If you’d like to check your voter registration or polling location, click here. 

Absentee ballots are now available for those who qualify.  Click here for a more information and to download an application for absentee ballot form.  

Yard Sign Reminder

With election season upon us, temporary political signs are popping up everywhere. Before you plant any signs in the ground, make sure that you are following the city’s temporary sign rules.

  • Temporary wire frame signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area and three (3) feet in height.
  • Temporary rigid frame signs shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet in area and (6) feet in height.
  • No more than three (3) temporary signs are permitted per lot at any time (within residential districts); provided, there shall be no limit on the number of temporary wire frame signs displayed between August 15 and November 15.
  • Temporary signs shall be removed from the premises within 30 days from the date of their obsolescence.
  • Temporary signs must be 5 feet off of the public sidewalk.
  • Please do not put temporary signs in the city right-of-way – they will be removed without warning.

Questions? Give Public Works a call at 616.940.4817.

Homecoming Parade 

It's homecoming week in East! City offices will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday for the parade. Please note, traffic on Lake, Wealthy, Lakeside, Beechwood and Croswell will be affected.

Water Meter Replacement

Over the next 10 years, the City will implement a water meter replacement program. This fall, the target area is south of Robinson to Franklin and from Gladstone to the east of Plymouth. Residents will receive notices in advance for scheduling the contractor. There is no additional cost to residents for the new meters. For questions, call public works at 616.940.4817.

Water Main Rehabilitation

The City is currently rehabilitating several water mains with a process called cured in place pipe, which is less invasive than the traditional open cut replacement method. For more information on target areas and about this process, click here

Walker, Jogger & Cyclist Safety

With shorter and shorter days upon us, it's very important to consider additional safety precautions while jogging, walking or biking. It is vital that motorists and other pedestrians can see you so always wear reflective clothing and/or a blinking light. Always take extra caution for cracks or other potential trip hazards that you may not be able to clearly see in the dark. Finally, use sidewalks or designated pathways, avoiding roads when possible, for maximum protection.

Motorists, please always pay extra attention for pedestrians and bicyclists. We receive many phone calls each year from concerned residents who have near-misses during the dark hours. Let's all be aware and take a few extra minutes to ensure the safety of everyone!

Parks & Rec Activities

EGR Boys Basketball | Winter 2019 

Don't miss out on this fun winter basketball league for boys in grades 3-6!  Players will practice one time a week starting the week of January 7.  Teams will be formed for 3rd/4th grade together and 5th/6th grade together.  Games will be on Saturday mornings at EGR Middle School.  Practice days/times determined by the coach. Sign up by the registration deadline of December 10 to save $20.

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. 

Acrylic Painting | Oct. 31 – Dec. 19

Students will be given step-by-step instructions on how to create works of art. Compositions include subjects such as floral, landscapes and structures.

Lunching at Local Restaurants | Oct. 19  

Join us for a monthly luncheon to build community while trying out local restaurants. This month, we'll meet at Cork Wine & Grill at 11:30 a.m. R.S.V.P with Parks and Rec.  

For more information on these and all Parks & Rec offerings, and to register, click here or call 616.949.1750

Friends of The Library Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the next used book sale Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4. If you have books to donate, now would be a great time to go through your bookcases to make room for the new books. Book donations can be dropped off at the upper or lower circulation desks during open hours. For more information, click here.

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