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East Express | June 6, 2019

2019 Fireworks Rules 

Please read and share the new fireworks ordinance in place in the City of East Grand Rapids

 No person shall: 
1.         (a)        Discharge, offer for sale, or possess any fireworks except the type and under the conditions permitted by the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act (MCL 28.451 et seq.);  
            (b)        Ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks, as defined in the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act (MCL 28.451 et seq.); 

                         i.          on any day other than the following days:  On December 31, after 11:00 a.m. and until 1:00 a.m. on January 1; on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day after 11:00 a.m. and until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days; on June 29 to July 4 after 11:00 a.m. and until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days; on July 5, if July 5 is a Friday or Saturday, after 11:00 a.m. and until 11:45 p.m.; and on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day, after 11:00 a.m. and until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days; 
                         ii.         on public or school property, without the express permission of the City or a permit from the City granting such permission to do so; or 
                        iii.        on church property or the property of another, without express permission from the property owner. 
           (c)        Ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks, or low-impact fireworks, as defined in the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act (MCL 28.451 et seq.), while under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance, as the terms are defined in the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code (MCL 257.1 et seq.). 
           (d)        Sell consumer fireworks to an individual who is less than 18 years of age. 
            A person who is guilty of a violation of this subjection is responsible for a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $1,000.  $500 of the fine collected under this Ordinance shall be remitted to the East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety which is responsible for enforcing the Ordinance.  Effective Date: March 1, 2019.

4th of July Celebration 

Independence Day is just around the corner! Take a look at all the fun activities we have planned for you and your family: 
8:30 a.m.  — Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk at the Community Center 
Noon – 1 p.m. — Parade (begins at Sherman St./Wealthy St. intersection, continues east on Wealthy, turns left on Lakeside & ends at Reeds Lake Blvd.) 
Noon – LATE — Shafer Concessions, Patty Matters, Kona Ice,  Doughrunts , El Caribe & Gettin Fresh food trucks open 
1 – 3:30 p.m. — Family fun including bounce house, Wreaking Ball, Air T-Ball, Giant Connect 4, air brush tattoos and more 
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. — Water ski show – Grand City Show Skiers 
8 p.m. – Dusk — Hark Up performance 
Dusk — Fireworks over Reeds Lake 
Did you know that the City is still accepting parade entries? And BONUS — there is no charge to enter a float or vehicle. 
Contact Leisure Supervisor Rachel Seese at or 616.949.1750 to enter. 
Visit our website for more information.

Parks & Rec Five Year Master Plan Update 
The first Parks & Recreation Master Plan Public Workshop is Monday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Community Center! You are invited to share your thoughts and opinions through a round table discussion on improvements you’d like to see regarding EGR’s Parks and City-owned property. Your voice is important as is factored into the department’s plans and grant applications for the following five years.

KDL Lab Experience Series

Head to the library on Saturdays during this month to help your children learn to think creatively, tinker, explore and collaborate while engaging in hands-on activities based on STEM concepts. 

June 8 — Paper Circuit Greeting Cards 
June 15 — Little Bits, Electronic Building Blocks 
June 22 — Keva Planks, Towers, and Superheroes 
 All Lab Experience events will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the library. Visit for more information. 

Volunteers for Reeds Lake Run 

Parks & Recreation is looking for volunteers to help out at the Reeds Lake Run on Saturday June 22 from  7- 10:30 a.m. Volunteers will help with late registration, direct runners through corners, assist public safety with redirecting traffic and handing out water.  
For more information visit the Reeds Lake Run website. Prepare for road closures by reviewing the race’s course map.


Reeds Lake Art Festival 

We are just one week away from this year’s Reeds Lake Art Festival. On June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., peruse beautiful artwork, pottery, jewelry and more in our own Gaslight Village.  

Please note that Wealthy Street between Lakeside Drive and Croswell Street will be closed during this time. 
Visit the festival’s website to view vendors and for more information.  

Construction Update 
Visit our construction webpage — which is updated weekly — to stay informed of construction projects in EGR. 

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 RVs

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.  Please view fence ordinance regulations as well as the free permit by visiting our website.

Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) Summer Newsletter 
Read the summer 2019 LGROW newsletter for seasonal tips, events and more!

STOP! Don’t flush that wipe!   

Did you know that although baby wipe manufacturers say their wipes are flushable, they really aren’t? It turns out “flushable” wipes — including adult wipes, cleaning wipes and toddler wipes — are actually hazardous to our wastewater system. Even if the label states they are flushable, please do not do so. 

Only toilet paper should be flushed down our toilets. It is the only paper designed to break down as it travels through the wastewater treatment process. All others are NOT designed to breakdown, thus creating problems within the system. They can cause blockages in your home’s sewer line that could lead to costly plumber repairs. 

Yard Signs 

As we head into our City’s political season, we ask that you please remember that any sign must be posted in your yard and behind the sidewalk. City ordinance prohibits any type of sign in the public right-of-way area in front of the sidewalk. This includes political signs, remodeling contractors, event advertisements, etc. 

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