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East Express | November 15, 2018



TREE LIGHTING

The annual Gaslight Village tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 23 in Gaslight Village. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the ceremony taking place at 6:30. Santa will be on-hand for kids to meet. Come on down to kick-off the holiday season! More information here.  



LEAF PICKUP PROGRAM UPDATE

The last day for leaf pickup is Friday, Dec. 7. Leaves should be placed along or in the street without obstructing the traveled portion of the roadway and away from storm sewer catch basis. Please view yard waste rules and regulations here. Due to the volume of leaves during this peak period, crews are not able to maintain the same schedule of weekly collection. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. 



City Closed for Thanksgiving 

City offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal office hours will resume Monday, Nov. 26. 



WINTER MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS

As winter approaches, please review the city’s plowing regulations. For more information and to view plowing routes and to learn how to avoid the “second shovel”  click here


 
CONTRACTOR LICENSE

Any contractors hired by residents/businesses must be licensed with the City of East Grand Rapids and must adhere to city regulations. You can obtain a license though the Finance Departments. Contractor complaints or concerns can be directed to Public Safety by calling 616.949.7010. Please provide as much detailed information as possible when reporting complaints. 



CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UPDATE

For updates and more information on construction projects, please click here



MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT IN COLLINS PARK

A production crew will be in John Collins Park on Monday, Nov. 19, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. filming a music video. Please be courteous and respect any boundaries they may place in order to complete their work. 


 
ELECTION RESULTS

More than 82% of active East Grand Rapids voters cast ballots in the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial Election.  You can download detailed city election results here.   

If you’re interested in how elections are conducted, consider applying to be an election inspector.  The City is always in need of poll workers.  No experience is necessary; all training will be provided. 



YARD SIGNS

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. 



WATER METER REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

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.  



WEAR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING

With daylight savings behind us and the short, winter days ahead, ensure your children are wearing reflective clothing and have the appropriate reflective gear on their bikes as they commute to and from school. Please remind them not to enter the crosswalk until all automobiles have come to a complete stop and they have made eye contact with drivers in order for them to remain safe. Please watch the walking and biking safety videos with your children here
 

KDL EVENT

Have hands-on fun at the KDL Lab Experience Extravaganza! On Saturday, Nov. 17, KDL Lab will showcase a variety of STEAM experiences from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Service Center, 814 W River Center Dr NE. KDL has partnered with local STEAM experts EGR Middle School Robotics Team, The Geek Group, WMCAT, Grand Rapids Public Museum and John Ball Zoo to provide hours of challenges and pure STEAM fun. 



ISO RATING

The fire insurance classification for the City of East Grand Rapids has changed from a level 5 to a level 4. For ISO ratings, a 4 is better than a 5. Homeowners’ insurance billing should reflect this positive rating change. Learn more here



11th ANNUAL GAZELLE SPORTS GOBBLE WOBBLE

The 4.4-mile fun run will be taking place on Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., benefiting Kid’s Food Basket. The run will start and finish at EGR Middle School looping counterclockwise around Reeds Lake. Please keep the run in mind while traveling on Thanksgiving morning. For more information, click here


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