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East Express | May 16, 2019

Mayor's Corner

As mayor, I have had the pleasure of talking to many EGR children. I am always delighted to hear their ideas on how everyone can pitch in to make our community better. So this year I am giving all kids, age 8 and older, the opportunity to send me a letter or email in response to this prompt: What can kids do to help make East Grand Rapids a better place to live?

It should be a paragraph long. The winner will walk in the Fourth of July Parade with me and help distribute candy! Submissions should be received by June 15, and the winner will be notified by June 20. Letters can be addressed to Mayor Amna Seibold at 750 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

 — Mayor Seibold

City Commission Election Update

The candidates have filed for the November 5, 2019 City Commission election. No August primary will be needed. All positions are for 4-year terms. Watch the city’s e-newsletter this fall for details on polling hours, locations and other important information on this election. 

Katie Favale 
Amna Seibold * 

1st Ward Commissioner
Jeff Olsen 
Kris Pachla 

2nd Ward Commissioner 
Karey Hamrick * 
Sean Sperling 

3rd Ward Commissioner
John Arendshorst 
Phil Rewerts 

* Denotes incumbent 

Parks & Rec. Seeking Feedback 

Want to share your thoughts on EGR’s grounds and programming? You can do so by filling out the Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plan survey and attending the June 10 and July 8 public workshops at 6:30 p.m. in room 102 in the Community Center.  

By updating and submitting this plan to the state, Parks & Recreation will be able to apply for grants from 2020 to 2025 that will help continue the improvement and development of EGR’s parks, natural spaces and recreation opportunities. Your feedback allows the department to present a genuine representation of residents’ desires for the City’s improvement. 

Movies & Concerts in the Park 

Parks and Recreation recently announced its Summer 2019 Brouwers Agency Movies in the Park and Consumers Credit Union Concerts in the Park line ups! For more information, read our latest news article or call the Movies and Concerts hotline at 616.940.4800. 

Construction Update 

Please visit our construction webpage — which is updated weekly — to stay informed of construction projects in EGR. 

Please note that Plymouth Road will be closed between Lake Drive and Wealthy Street May 20-24 for utility work. Ingress/egress access will be maintained for residents and services only during the closure.  

Reeds Lake Trail Blazer

Kick off your Independence Day celebrations by participating in the Reeds Lake Trail Blazer! All ages can participate in this family-friendly event! More information, registration and volunteer sign-ups can be found at

Cake Decorating Class 

Join Parks & Recreation’s Cake Decorating class to learn how to create a perfectly smooth frosted cake and techniques in trimming, piping, flowers, lettering and airbrushing. Details can be found on the Parks & Rec. online catalog.


Call for Volunteers 

The City is looking for volunteers to help with the Reeds Lake Run on June 22nd! From approximately 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. volunteers will be needed to help control and direct traffic on the course, passing out water and cheering on participants! All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, please visit


Gypsy Moth Information 

The City has contracted for a gypsy moth spray treatment in May/June of 2019. The exact day and time of the spray will be determined by weather, including rain and wind conditions. The City is providing tree wrap bands to residents within the impacted area, who may stop by the Department of Public Works Administration office in the lower level of City Hall to pick them up.  For additional informational/educational materials, maps and notices, please visit our forestry webpage

Card Making Class 

Create beautiful cards of your own creations and have copies printed at a local printer! This class will walk you through the steps of creating collaged cards by using a variety of materials such as water color, markers, colored pencil, pastels and pen & ink. Details can be found on the Parks & Rec. online catalog

Water Quality/Consumer Confidence Report

The City of East Grand Rapids is proud to present our annual Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report.  This report provides important information about your drinking water. We have continued to meet the challenge of providing safe, quality water which meets or exceeds the requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), now the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). The report, covering 2018 was recently included in monthly water/sewer utility bills as well as included as an attachment for residents/property owners that receive their bill via e-mail. 

National Public Works Week-Touch a Truck Event  

The week of May 19-25 is recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA) as National Public Works Week. The East Grand Rapids Department of Public Works will be partnering with the EGR Kent District Library on May 22 for a story time at 10 a.m. followed by Touch a Truck in the parking lot north of the library at the municipal complex until noon.   

This year the APWA theme poster is “It Starts Here.”  This theme represents the many facets of modern civilization that grow out of the efforts put forth by the public works professionals. What starts here? Infrastructure starts with public works... Growth and innovation starts with public works... Mobility starts with public works... Security starts with public works... Healthy communities start with public works...   


The bottom line is that citizens' quality of life starts with public works. 

Tall Grass Reminder  

The Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) adopted by the City allows for a maximum height limit of grass at five (5) inches.    

Boats, Trailers and RV’s 

As the weather warms up and summer quickly approaches, please note that outdoor storage of boats, trailers and RVs is allowed for up to 72 hours on streets and driveways. Otherwise, they must be stored indoors, or in a rear yard only, and then they must be reasonably shielded from view. Not all properties are capable of accommodating such storage, so you might have to seek offsite storage for your recreation units. 

If you are planning maintenance, replacement or constructing a fence you may need a fence permit. Visit our website to view fence ordinance regulations as well as the free permit application.   

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