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East Express | September 5, 2019


There’s still time to register or sign up to volunteer for the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon this Saturday!

Take a look at the map below or visit for road closure information.

Tri course map


Did you miss School & Community Liaison Officer Collin Wallace on FOX 17 last week? He provided some walking and safety tips for our students commuting to school.

 Learn more and continue the conversation with your kids by watching our safety videos.


Did you know we have information on our traffic studies throughout the City posted directly on our website? Visit our traffic controls webpage to learn more.


The Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plan is ready for review! Review it here or visit City Hall, the Parks & Rec. Department or the library for a hard copy.

Comments on the plan can be submitted in writing or by email to Fred Bunn at by Sept. 26.


2nd - 5th Grade Leagues
Teams or individuals welcomed! This fall there are two option for registration. 1) Team coaches can submit a roster of six to 10 players and selected team players will register individually though EGR Recreation Department. If a team does not meet a 10-player roster, the team will be open to receive individual players. 2) Individuals may enroll and be placed on a team.

Visit our website for specific costs and requirements.

Sign up by Sept. 23 to save $20.

Pre-K – 1st Grade “In Training” League
This is a fun introductory program where players will be divided into groups to work on skill development and will rotate through coaching stations. Players will progress through the session to playing three on three games.

Saturdays 11/2 - 12/14
R $92 / NR $107
Sign up by Oct. 7 to save $20


Join us on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Wealthy Elementary for the EGR Grows Green event! From 1 to 4 p.m., there will be free face painting, live music, a bouncy house and organic yogurt snacks for all to enjoy as we celebrate with Stonyfield Organic for their aid in helping us transition two of our parks from traditional lawn care treatment to organic turf maintenance.


Fall leaf pickup commences on Monday, Oct. 14 and ends on Friday, Dec. 6. During fall leaf season, leaves may be placed out for collection without being in a paper bag. Leaves should be placed along or in the street without obstructing the traveled portion of the roadway and away from storm sewer catch basins. For more information, please review our yard waste rules and regulations


Please remember to place your yard waste containers out no earlier than the day prior to your pickup routes date and remove it from the right-of-way after it is picked up. If you are not aware of the yard waste pickup schedule, take a look at route map.

yard waste


The City’s tree planting program allows residents to have a new tree planted in the out-lawn area (between the sidewalk and curb) in front of their home. The program is a cost share between the requesting property owner and the City where each pays for 50 percent of the tree. The City has a variety of trees to select from on the order form, which provides descriptions of each tree as well as appropriate out-lawn area and overhead wire requirements.

The estimated total cost of a tree is between $350-$450. This cost includes a two-inch diameter tree that will be between 12- and 14-feet tall, planting, mulching and a two-year warranty. Residents are asked to care for the tree after it is planted which includes watering and fertilizing as needed. The warranty does not cover trees that die as the result of being drought stricken or weed whipped.

Planting occurs in the fall between October and December, depending on the weather. Residents interested in having a tree planted in their out-lawn should complete an order form and send or drop off to the City Forester at City Hall — 750 Lakeside Drive SE — by Oct. 1. Questions related to the tree planting program may be directed to Mike Ferris at 616.940.4817 or

For more information, please visit our forestry webpage.


Visit our construction webpage — which is updated weekly — for current information on construction projects in EGR.


Do you have a question, concern or complaint? Give us a call! We cannot help if we are unaware of a problem/situation so please give a chance to make note and work to solve it. If there isn’t a quick solution, we will be happy to give you the information we do have or offer you other resources or advice. You can always reach us at 616.949.2110 if you’re unsure which department to call and we’ll direct you the right person.

General Information: 949.2110
Offices Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Assessor’s Office: 940.4818
Assessed Valuations, Homestead Exemptions

City Manager: 949.2110

Public Works Department/Engineering: 940.4817
Permits and Inspections, Tree Planting, Zoning Questions, Road Construction, Traffic Issues

Public Works Department/Maintenance: 940.4870
Street/Sidewalk Maintenance, Yard Debris/Leaf Pick-up, Water/Sewer Maintenance

Finance Department: 949.2110
Public Information, Property Taxes, Water/Sewer Billing, Elections/Voter Registration

Parks & Recreation Department: 949.1750
Programs & Classes, Park Maps & Information, Facility Rentals, Pool Passes & Memberships

Public Safety Department: 949.7010
Traffic/Parking Enforcement, Block Parties, Gun Permits
*All emergencies (police-fire-medical) 911

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