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East Express | November 7, 2019
Voter Turnout = 48.39%
Amna Seibold 1,531
Katie Favale 2,358
Ward 1 City Commission Seat
Jeff Olsen 531
Kris Pachla 780
Ward 2 City Commission Seat
Karey Hamrick 705
Sean Sperling 477
Ward 3 City Commission Seat
John Arendshorst 797
Phil Rewerts 483
* Results are unofficial until certified by the Kent County Board of Canvassers.
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 storm water, and minimize flooding. The City of East Grand Rapids has ~1,500 catch basins throughout the City. Though our 15 DPW operations staff members help also clean catch basins, during rain events even just a few leaves can plug them, so a community effort, working together can help!
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.