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East Express | APRIL 18, 2019


All city offices will be closed on Friday, April 19 for Good Friday. The city offers a 24/7 dropbox at the front entrance of the community center for paying water and tax bills. 


Q: How does the city decide what roads to fix first? 

A: We do a careful analysis of several intersecting factors.  

First, what condition is the road in?  We use a specially equipped van that has computer equipment that gives us what we call a "PASER Rating" based on cracks, potholes, etc. Every road in the city has a PASER rating score and we use these scores to figure out which roads need to be repaired first. The PASER ratings also help us identify which streets can use some less costly interim repair methods to prolong the life of a road. 

Second, we look forward in our planning to see if there are major water or sewer projects coming up  that are situated under a road that needs repair. For example, a road may be in bad shape but we know that we have funds to fix a major waterline under that road in two years. Well then it makes good sense to do some minor repairs (like filling potholes) and wait until the sewer is put in, and then we can completely replace the street surface at the same time. 

Thanks to the citizens passing our road millage five years ago, our roads are in significantly better repair than they used to be. This summer promises to be another year with many streets getting upgrades!  You can visit the City's construction webpage to see which streets are on the list for repair this year. 


As a resident of EGR, Parks & Recreation is seeking your input for the Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plan, which will be updated over the next several months. Having a robust plan in place will allow the department to apply for grants from 2020-2025 that will help continue the improvement and development of EGR’s parks, natural spaces and recreation opportunities. 

You can provide your feedback by attending the two public workshops and completing the survey. The two workshops will be held on June 10 and July 8 in room 102 of the Community Center at 6:30 p.m. and will be round table discussions. 


The East Grand Rapids Schools have called a special election for Tuesday, May 7 for two millage questions.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day at all six EGR precincts. Absentee ballots may be obtained from the City offices prior to the election. Stop by our offices, call us at 616.949.2110 or visit our website for more information. A sample ballot for this election can be downloaded here


The 10th annual Reeds Lake Trail Blazer will take place on Thursday, July 4 beginning at 8:30 am at the Community Center. This 5K Walk/Run is a great way to kick off your Independence Day. All proceeds benefit programs of the EGR Community Foundation. Invite your friends, families and walking groups to join you in a great community event before the parade, music and fireworks. More information can be found here.



The EGRHS Drama Program presents their spring musical: The Addams Family. Come see Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Puglsey, Uncle Fester, Lurch and many more in this funny, high-energy musical comedy filled with great music, big production numbers and amazing sets. Over 100 students will take part to make this high-quality production a success.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thr program's website


Stay up to date on construction project and information by visiting the City's construction webpage.  


Department of Public Works crews started flushing water mains (out of hydrants) in zones six and seven this week which will continue through mid/end of May between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. During this time, there may be limited disruption to service, low pressure or discolored water from mineral deposits being flushed out of the mains.  

If discolored water is noticed, turn on a faucet nearest to the water service coming into your home, which is typically in a basement, for several minutes while the natural minerals are flushed out. If you notice discoloration in your water, we encourage you not to do laundry to avoid staining clothes. 

The City mailed out notice cards to residents in zones six and seven on March 15 and communications have been noted in mailed water/sewer bill inserts as well as previous e-newsletters. DPW crews will also place notice signs in the right-of-way in areas they are flushing. 

For additional information and zone maps please visit the water/sewer system webpageIf you have any questions, please call Public Works 616.940.4870. 


Last fall the City Commission amended the city’s fence ordinance in regard to corner lots. The new ordinance now also requires that a fence permit be obtained before any new fence installation can occur. Click here for the ordinance and permit application.


Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and what better way to celebrate than with a little spring cleaning around the house and yard! Kent County Department of Public Work’s SafeHomes program is a FREE and responsible way for all residents to dispose of unwanted, expired, non-functional items throughout their homes. The SafeHomes program covers: 
  • SafeMeds: Don’t let your meds get into the wrong hands! KCDPW has partnered with local pharmacies and law enforcement offices to offer drop-off sites for prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet meds, etc. The drop-off location for SafeMeds in East Grand Rapids is the Department of Public Safety. 
  • SafeSharps: Don’t harm others – safely dispose of your sharps! We’ve collaborated with Kent County Health Department’s clinics to hand-out FREE sharps containers for needles, auto injectors, lancets, syringes, etc.  
  • SafeChem: Going through your basement, garage, or shed this spring? Be sure to set aside any dangerous household chemicals for safe and sustainable disposal at any of our four drop-off sites. 
  • Electronics: We all have a few broken appliances around the house—free up some space by dropping them off. **Note: there is a disposal fee for some appliances; see SafeHomes Guide for more information. 
You’ll find the up-to-date SafeHomes locations and guide link information by visiting the Kent County Department of Public Works webpage


The city holds its elections for the mayor and city commissioners in November of each odd-numbered year. The deadline to file for these offices is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Interested candidates must be a registered voter of the city in the district they are filing for office, have lived in the city for at least one year, and submit 25 signatures from voters within the area you are running for election in. Contact the Clerk’s office at 616.949.2110 for more information. 


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