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East Express | January 17, 2019
RESCHEDULED CITY COMMISSION MEETING
In honor of Martin Luter King Jr. Day, the Monday, Jan. 21 City Commission meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.
CITY OFFICES CLOSED JANUARY 24 DURING LUNCH
City offices will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 to allow staff to celebrate a private retirement lunch with retiring City Manager Brian Donovan. Residents can use the drop box in the vestibule at the main entrance for paying bills or delivering other paperwork. Phone calls will be answered by voicemail and will be returned following the lunch.
RETIREMENT OPEN HOUSE FOR CITY MANAGER BRIAN DONOVAN
The City will hold a public retirement reception for City Manager Brian Donovan on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall. Brian is retiring after more than 25 years of service to the citizens of East Grand Rapids. Stop by the community center to thank him for his service and wish him well in his new ventures.
IN-STREET SCHOOL CROSSWALK SIGN POLICY
The City Commission recently approved a policy for the use of in-street school crosswalk signs in school zones to further enhance pedestrian safety. The signs are now deployed an in use. Please click here to view the policy.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SPRING PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS
The Parks & Recreation Dept. Spring Program Guide is live! Click here to check out all the great offerings.
MOM AND SON FUN 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.
WINTER SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
The Department of Public Works staff continues to work hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared of snow during the winter season. City sidewalk plow operators plow approximately 80 miles of sidewalks after snow events.
Sidewalk plows have rubber attached to the bottom of the plow blade to reduce the risk of damage of sidewalk, equipment and for the safety of the plow operators. Because sidewalk plows can leave approximately an inch of snow after they have passed through, it is important for residents/property owners to clear the small remaining amount of snow after the sidewalk plow has made a pass. If the small amount of remaining snow is not removed from sidewalks, it is subject to thaw/freeze cycles that can result in icy conditions. Salt is not used on sidewalks because it can damage/spall the sidewalk, is harmful to the environment and is cost prohibitive. The City uses small amounts of non-salt snow melt products at school crosswalks after snow events to improve safety at school crossing routes. During winter months when icy conditions are sometimes present it is recommended that additional footwear products like grippers, traction bands, etc. are utilized while running or walking outdoors.
Please click here for additional winter maintenance information.
LAKESIDE DRIVE/ROBINSON ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNAL UPGRADE The traffic signal at Lakeside Drive and Robinson is currently being upgraded as a collaborative project between the City of East Grand Rapids, the Kent County Road Commission and the City of Grand Rapids. This project and other traffic signal upgrades are all part of the voter-approved 2015 streets and sidewalk millage to improve infrastructure in the City. The traffic signal work is anticipated to be completed by the end of January with minimal disruptions to traffic.
SIGN UP FOR AUTOMATIC PAYMENT OF WATER/SEWER BILLS
If sitting down to write a check or logging into your bank to pay your water bill is not your idea of time well spent, consider signing up for our automatic payment service. Each month, you will receive your water bill by either US mail or email so that you can review it. If there aren't any questions or issues, you don't need to do anything else – your payment will be deducted from your bank account on the due date. Just fill out the enrollment form here and we'll let you know when everything is set up.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR PETS
The City has received several calls recently about people leaving pet waste along the streets or in other people’s yards. As a reminder, please clean up after your pets and then dispose of the waste in your trash container at home. Never place the waste down one of the storm drains or leave it in someone else’s trash or yard waste containers.