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East Express | December 20, 2018
CITY OFFICES CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS
Happy Holidays to you and yours from everyone at City Hall! Please note that our offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in recognition of Christmas. We will also be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for the New Year's holiday.
YEAR-END GIVING TO THE EGR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Serving as a catalyst to improve and enhance the life of EGR residents and visitors, the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation works hard each year to provide funding and complete projects outside the scope of the city budget. These projects, such as the upgraded kayak launch behind the community center, water bottle refilling station at City Hall and the beautiful new tree standing tall and bright in Regatta Plaza all contribute to making this City the beautiful place we call home. Please consider supporting the EGRCF as you're making your end of year charitable contributions. More information.
At the Dec. 17 City Commission meeting, three individuals were presented with awards for their heroic actions that saved a life this past summer. On June 20, a teenager had collapsed while playing soccer at Memorial Stadium. Thankfully, a bystander and physician assistant was present to perform CPR until public safety arrived. Read our recent article to learn more about the incident.
CITY MANAGER SEARCH UPDATE
The City Commission recently selected several candidates and set interviews for Friday, January 11, 2019. In addition, there will be an open house on Thursday, January 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the public to meet the candidates and offer their input on comment cards. More information and a schedule of interviews will be on the city’s website after January 1 and in the next e-newsletter on January 3.
There will also be an open house later in January for the public to congratulate City Manager Brian Donovan on his 25 years of service to East Grand Rapids and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Make driving through the luminary display part of your Christmas celebration this year! On Christmas Eve, the luminaries will once again brighten the streets just south of Hall and east of Breton starting at dusk and ending around 10 p.m.
Winter property taxes were mailed on Dec. 1 and are due on or before February 14. For more information on Property Taxes, click here.
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD RESOLUTION RUN
The 34th annual Resolution Run will once again take place in East Grand Rapids on New Year’s Eve! Starting at the high school at 3:30 p.m., the estimated 800 participants will run around Reeds Lake. Please make a note of road closures.
CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP
Crews will be picking up Christmas trees, wreaths and other natural plant-based decorations from Monday, Jan. 7 through Friday, Jan. 18. They will be picking up these decorations following regular yard waste collection routes. Please remember that the City cannot collect trees, wreaths or other holiday decorations that have wire, ornaments, lights etc. As they are chipped/recycled.
MOM & SON NIGHT
Enjoy an evening of sports, sports and more sports with your son on Jan. 26! Mom & Son night will be held at EGR High School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be games, fun challenges, a keepsake photo, swimming, Brick 4 Kidz fun, a Wax Poetic station, snacks and more! Check in for this open house style event no later than 7 p.m. Sign up by Jan. 21 to receive a $5 discount! Register online at eastgr.org.
KEEP FIRE HYDRANTS CLEAR OF SNOW AND ICE
If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please consider helping the Public Safety Department by keeping snow piles away from the hydrants or shoveling out around the hydrant after heavy snows. Public Safety officers do make the rounds and shovel where/when necessary, but traffic issues, accidents and other duties may keep them from getting to all the hydrants in a timely manner. If there is a fire in your neighborhood, seconds count, and taking the time to dig out a fire hydrant to attach hoses can make a difference in fighting a fire. Thanks for any help you can give.
FREEZING PIPE PREVENTION
As we face low temperatures this winter, pipes and water meters can freeze as temperatures remain below freezing for extended periods of time. The City is responsible for water services from the curb stop in the right-of-way to the water main in the street. Property owners are responsible for their water service from the curb stop to and throughout their property.
The City offers the following tips to help protect water service pipes:
• Wrap and insulate all water pipes in unheated areas of your home, paying particular attention to pipes near exterior walls of your home.
• Keep the location of your water meter above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Ensure that any garden hoses on the exterior of your home are disconnected and the outdoor faucet is winterized.
• Know the location of your water shutoff valve in the event a water leak occurs in your interior plumbing.
What to do if your pipes freeze:
• If your pipes freeze and you have water running in your home, turn off the water at your water shutoff (usually located near the water meter) and contact a licensed plumber.
• If you have interior pipes freeze, do not apply any direct heat to your pipes, and instead, use a space heater or a blow dryer to heat the area around the piping.
• If your water service stops and your entire interior plumbing and water meter are insulated or located in an area heated above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, please contact the City's Public Works Department at 616-940-4870. Public Works staff will assist in assessing the situation further and if the water service is frozen from the curb stop to the main, the staff will thaw the service line and restore water service.