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East Express | October 18, 2018

New City Manager Search

This fall, the City Commission is undertaking a search for a new city manager after Brian Donovan announced his retirement. Please take a few moments to complete a short survey so your voice can be heard as we select our next city leader. To learn more and complete the survey, click here

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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public Safety also has a drug drop off box in their lobby that can be accessed anytime during regular business hours.

Absentee Ballots Still Available

Absentee ballots are still available for those who qualify. Click here for a more information and to download an application for absentee ballot form. Please remember to bring a photo ID with you.


This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Public Safety Department has some Halloween safety tips that can be passed on to all residents and concerned parents. You can read more here

Amended Fence Ordinance

At its Monday, Oct. 15 meeting, the City Commission voted to amend the fence ordinance. The primary change is a 10-foot setback is now required instead of 20 feet for 6 foot privacy fences on corner lots. Also, all fence projects will now require a permit, which will be provided at no-cost. The purpose of this permit is to ensure all new fences are designed and constructed within city ordinance regulations. For questions on fences, call Public Works Administration/Engineering at 616.940.4817.

Public Safety Campaign

Public Safety will begin a program aimed at the prevention of thefts from unlocked vehicles. The program will include extra patrols, crime prevention messaging and Public Safety Officers placing warning advisories on vehicles that are observed unlocked and/or valuables clearly observed in the interior. Public Safety has looked at the last two years of thefts from vehicles and nearly 90% of the thefts occurred from unlocked vehicles. We want to remind everyone of some car theft/vandalism prevention tips:
  • Park your car in the driveway and/or a well-lit area if possible
  • Close all your doors and windows and LOCK the doors
  • Always take your keys with you
  • Do not leave valuables in your car
  • Do not leave your car unattended while on vacation.
Remember, all valuables locked in a safe place, out of view from the public or taken out of the vehicle.

Fall Leaf Collection Underway

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.

Parks & Rec Activities

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.


To view an update on construction projects, click here

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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