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East Express | October 3, 2019



Calvin University will host a fireworks display this coming Saturday, Oct. 5 at approximately 8 p.m. over the northwest corner of its campus. The 15-minute show is part of its Homecoming festivities and the entire community is invited to participate in many of the activities planned for the day. More information can be found on Calvin’s Homecoming webpage


Residents of all ages are invited to visit Public Safety for an open house on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to meet our officers, climb into the firetrucks and check out the cruisers! Enjoy donuts and cider as you mingle with friends and neighbors and learn more about Public Safety in EGR. 


Fall leaf pick-up begins Monday, Oct. 14 and will end the week of Dec. 3. During fall leaf season, leaves may be placed out without being placed in containers. Leaves should be placed along or in the street without obstructing the traveled portion of the roadway and away from storm sewer catch basins. Please view yard waste rules and regulations on our website. 

Removing Leaves from Catch Basins 
Public Works asks residents to help clear leaves that collect on top of catch basins in streets. The leaves can create localized flooding by blocking rainwater from entering the storm sewer system. Staff members conduct routine cleaning of catch basins and remove leaves during rain events, but help from the community is always appreciated.   

What can you do to help? 

Clear leaves from catch basins near your home and place them in your yard waste container.  
During fall leaf pickup when leaves are permitted along the curb, please keep a buffer area clear around catch basins and try to place leaves out the day before your scheduled pickup route.  See additional information at the bottom of this newsletter.



The last day to register to vote by mail or at locations other than at the city offices for the Nov. 5 election is Monday, Oct. 21. Stop by City Hall or any Secretary of State’s office to register. You can also obtain an absentee ballot and check your voter registration details on our elections webpage



A big thank you to those who reviewed the Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plan! Your feedback is crucial to the improvement of our parks and recreational spaces. The finalized plan will be presented to the City Commission at the Oct. 21 meeting.  

All are welcome to join us in person or via Facebook Live to watch Fred Bunn, our Parks & Rec. Director, present the plan for approval.  


EGR History Room curator and KDL librarian Mary Dersch will take us back in time to the beginning of Gaslight Village, which was established in 1914, during the Where Else but Gaslight event. Join her on Oct. 10 in the Commission Chambers to learn more about our business district though special memories and photographs. Registration is not required and is free to the public.  


Registration for winter programs begins on Oct. 10 for residents and Oct. 17 for non-residents. Make sure to register early in order to participate in your favorite classes at


Parks & Rec. is still looking for an aquatics assistant and a couple lifeguards! Learn more and apply on our careers webpage.  

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


While out in the yard raking and blowing leaves this fall, if you have a mailbox out in the right-of-way (out by the street) take a few minutes to check the condition of your mailbox and post. Over time screws loosen/break, and posts rot. If the mailbox moves when shaken, the mailbox and/or post may not withstand standard winter snow removal operations and should be repaired or replaced before winter. The most common reason why a mailbox and post is damaged during the winter is not from physical contact with a plow but the deteriorated condition of a mailbox and/or post in combination with the impact of snow being thrown from plows off of the street.    

It’s also important to make sure your mailbox is located to U.S. Postal Service standards.  Mailboxes located too close to the street or posts not adequately secured are more susceptible to damage by winter maintenance operations.  Mailboxes are one of the only objects allowed by law to be placed in the road right-of-way. The location and construction of mailboxes must conform to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Postal Service and standards established by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in the Roadside Design Guide. The best mailbox supports are stable but bend or fall away if a car hits them. Position your mailbox 41" to 45" from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry. Place your mailbox 6" to 8" back from the curb or edge of the pavement for those areas that do not have raised curb.  

Addressing mailbox condition and location in the fall will help avoid potential mail delivery delays and repairs during the winter season. 



Over the years we have been incredibly thankful and proud to partner with The Rapid to provide public transportation for our residents and visitors. Take a look at its first address, discussing Rapid On Demand, the Mobility for All system analysis and the Wave card.  


The City has partnered with other local jurisdictions through the Grand Valley Metro Council (GVMC) and Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) to promote water quality for our watersheds while also mitigating localized flooding by creating an online “adopt a drain” portal.

What Does it Mean To Adopt a Drain?  
By pledging to keep your drain free of leaves and debris, you are joining your neighbors in helping to protect the environment, manage stormwater, and minimize flooding.  

How to Care For Your Adopted Drain
Check the weather report weekly. If possible, clear leaves and debris off the drain before it starts raining and shovel snow off the drain in winter to keep water flowing. Remove leaves, other natural materials, and trash. Compost if possible or dispose of them according to your community’s guidelines. Clear about 10 feet on both sides of the drain.  

Drain Cleaning Safety Tips  
Please stay out of the street as much as possible. Place yourself in the right of way (the area between the sidewalk and the street) to clear the drain. Always wear gloves and be careful of sharp objects!  

Use a rake, broom, or shovel if possible. Never try to lift/remove the drain grate. Wear reflective clothing so vehicles can see you.  

Adopt a Drain

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