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East Express | June 20, 2019

Mayor’s Corner

Last month, I asked the children of East Grand Rapids to send me a letter describing what they think the kids of EGR can do to help improve our City. I would like to thank all those who took the time to share their creative ideas and drawings. After much consideration of all the entries, Max Chamberlain's community garden idea won me over. Although the community garden idea has been debated amongst the adults in our community, I was happy to see that even our youngest members are intrigued by working together and cultivating fresh fruits and vegetables with their hands. Because of his thoughtful note, Max will walk with me in the 4th of July parade in two weeks. Congratulations, Max!

Reeds Lake Run

The Reeds Lake Run, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, is this Saturday! All ages can participate in this family-friendly event with finisher medals for all. There’s still time to participate — race information and registration can be found at

Do you live along the Reeds Lake Run course? Our event coordinators are always looking for a little extra help. Volunteer with your coffee in hand and quick access to your house if needed. Sign up here

Please view the course map for road closures. 

Fourth of July Celebration

Spend the 4th of July in EGR and join us for our day-long celebration! Start the day by participating in the Reeds Lake Trail Blazer, sponsored by Spectrum Health, then attend our annual parade in the afternoon and watch the fireworks over Reeds Lake to wrap up the festivities. All the moments in between? We’ve got you covered! There are so many opportunities to enjoy the day with friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members.

8:30 a.m.: Reeds Lake Trail Blazer 5K Run/Walk at the Community Center
Noon – 1 p.m.: Parade
Noon – LATE: Shafer Concessions, Patty Matters, Kona Ice, Doughrunts, El Caribe and Gettin Fresh food trucks open
1 – 3:30 p.m.: Family fun including a bounce house, wrecking ball, air t-ball, giant Connect 4, airbrush 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

For more information, read our latest news article.

Tune into the Next City Commission Meeting

Did you know our City Commission meetings are now live streamed on Facebook? On first and third Mondays of the month, you can view the meeting from the comfort of your home and at your own leisure.

Want to know what will be discussed at the meeting? Agendas can be found on our website so you can follow along as commissioners and residents present/discuss the various items. While most documents displayed in the meeting are available in the agenda packet, documents, photos and other items residents may choose to display on the document camera may not be included the packet, nor visible to viewers following along on Facebook. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work with our resources and adjust with each meeting.

Please note the Mayor and Commissioners cannot, however, see your comments until after the meeting has concluded. Follow the City Facebook page to catch us on Monday, July 1. 

Fireworks in EGR

As Independence Day approaches, we would like to remind residents of the fireworks ordinance in our City. From Saturday, June 29 through Friday, July 5, fireworks will be permitted from 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. Please note fireworks are prohibited on public, church, school or private property without express permission from the property owner or a permit from the City.

If you choose to celebrate the 4th of July by setting off fireworks, please be courteous of your neighbors. Especially if you have veterans in your surrounding neighborhood, we encourage you to be conscious that fireworks can be a PTSD trigger.

Movies in the Park

Remember when you received your June water bill with an attached document that lists all the EGR summer events? We realized that the Movies in the Park dates were printed incorrectly! Movies in the Park are always held on FRIDAY nights. We apologize for the inconvenience. Here are the upcoming movies:
June 12Mary Poppins Returns
July 26Grease
August 16Trolls

September 13 — Rain date

Please save a copy of this correct information and spread the word! Our posters, Facebook events and website news article also have the correct information.

Parks & Rec Five Year Master Plan Update

Thank you to all those who participated in the June 10 Public workshop. Your ideas and the overall discussion were very helpful to the department. Please mark your calendar for the second public workshop on July 8

Construction Update

All cape seal and micro surfacing pavement preservation treatments will occur over the next few weeks. Work has been delayed by the contractor due to weather and is now scheduled to begin the week of June 24. A calendar is available and regularly updated on our construction webpage. Signs will be posted in the right-of-way on streets the day before work will begin.

Visit for weekly updates on EGR construction.

Coldwell Banker Grand Reopening

Head down to Gaslight Village to celebrate Coldwell Banker’s Grand Reopening on Tuesday, July 23 at 11 a.m.! After seven months of renovation, Coldwell Banker is happy to have you join in the festivities, including a ribbon cutting with the Mayor and our City Commissioners as well as a light lunch and treats for kids.

Taste of East Grand Rapids

Once again benefitting the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, this favorite summer event is scheduled for August 15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendars so you can participate in the all the fun activities, listen to some great music and taste the amazing food EGR has to offer. More details can be found on

Boats, Trailers and RVs

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 recreational unit.

Trees and Shrubs Obstructing Sidewalks and Clear Vision Areas

EGR City Code prohibits trees, shrubs, etc. from obstructing public ways and clear vision areas. Residents are asked to make sure any trees or shrubs, bushes, etc. are clear from impeding over sidewalks. The required height for clearance over sidewalk is 10 feet. Clear vision areas at street corners may not have plant height in excess of 30 inches in 20-foot-by-20-foot triangle areas adjacent to street corners. Properly maintaining trees and shrubs adjacent to sidewalks and streets helps keep pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists safe.

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