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East Express | MARCH 7, 2019



SUSAN PERRY RETIRES AFTER 28 YEARS 

After 28 years of service to the City, Susan Perry will retire as EGR’s Parks & Recreation Assistant Director on March 20. Thanks to Susan, many events and programs—like the Reeds Lake Run—have become EGR traditions. Congratulations, Susan!  

Stop by Parks & Rec. or send her an email thank you note. 



SWEETHEART DANCE 

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening with your sweetheart at this year’s masquerade-themed Sweetheart Dance. Don’t forget to wear a crazy tie for the “Craziest Tie in East” competition. Sign up through the online catalog by April 9 to receive a $5 discount. 



MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR PARKS 

Join the Parks and Recreation Department and Kent Conservation District on April 6 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for another invasive species work day. We’ll work to control several aggressive non-native invasive species including buckthorn on park property and learn about non-native invasive species that alter ecosystem processes in complex ways like making birds sick. Treatment involves cut stump and herbicide application on targeted species that are growing unchecked.  

No RSVP is required. For questions, call Susan Perry 616.949.1750 or Jessie Schulte 248.245.3977. Please wear warm clothes, long sleeves, pants and closed toed shoes. All supplies, gloves, eye protection and tools will be provided by the strike team. 



IRISH JIG 

Spectrum Health’s annual Irish Jig will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. Please note that the race will begin at the high school gym and will wrap around EGR, making traffic access near the race course limited throughout the morning. For more information on the race, please visit the event webpage.



WATER BILL AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS 

Have you signed up for the online payment and e-bill service yet? 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 this service. 
Our partnership with Invoice Cloud offers residents more flexibility in paying tax and utility bills.



POTHOLE PATCHING 

City crews fill potholes on a routine basis. The City proactively targets potholes on routes by targeting streets based on asset management ratings.  Pavement surface evaluation ratings (PASER) are conducted each year for all city streets on a 1-10 scale, with a 1 rating indicating poor condition and a 10 excellent condition.  Crews proactively fill potholes by going to streets with a PASER rating of 1-4, where they are most likely to be found. 
 
To report potholes, residents can contact the Department of Public Works at 616-940-4870 or report them online by selecting the “submit a request” icon on the home page



PARKING IN GASLIGHT VILLAGE 

Parking in Gaslight Village has been a hot topic lately around town. If you're looking for other areas to park, please view this map, updated by the Department of Public Works. 



SIDEWALK SNOW REMOVAL INFORMATION 

Many residents have asked why there is snow left behind on sidewalks after they’ve been plowed. The City currently utilizes utility vehicles with broom, blower and plow attachments to clear snow from sidewalks. Public Works crews determine which of these attachments are most appropriate for each winter event. Unfortunately, residual snow is present on streets and sidewalks after plowing because there is no equipment available that can remove all snow or ice. Our Public Works team has reviewed several different options and has determined that our current method is still the most effective way to plow our City’s sidewalks. Of course, we continue to explore our options as new technology becomes available. Learn more about sidewalk removal operations.  


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