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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. 

You can also review details here and read our latest press release for more information.  

You may have noticed a delay in the online reporting of election results on Tuesday night. This was due to a technical issue between the modems in the precinct tabulators and Kent County’s website that shows the unofficial results as a convenience to the public. While most results were not immediately available on the County’s site, our EGR election workers completed their work in the same timeframe as most other elections and returned to city hall with their laptops, ballot containers and other materials. City Clerk’s staff then compiled a results spreadsheet that showed all the preliminary results and statistics and posted it on our EGR website and on social media. This is standard practice for all EGR elections; this time it just happened that the spreadsheet was available before the County’s site could be compiled. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Brower at 616.949.2110.


Please note that City offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. We thank all those who have dedicated their lives to defending our country. 


On Saturday, Oct. 26, Public Safety collected 212 pounds of unused/unwanted/unneeded medication, exceeding the last collection by 31 pounds. Thank you to all those who participated for preventing potential abuse of these drugs by keeping them or disposing them at home. 

Please note that it is not necessary to wait for these special collection days to drop off these medications. Public Safety is happy to collect and safely dispose them Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with the exception of holidays. 


The City has received an application for a site plan revision for the approved site plan from May 2018 related to the south parking structure and south surface lot parking areas. The process for review starts at the Planning Commission, with the first meeting being an introduction at the Nov. 12, 2019 meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers.   

To follow upcoming meeting dates, times and materials please review all documents on our agendas and minutes webpage.  

stack of books

Support our local Kent District Library branch at the Friends of The Library Used Book Sale, starting this Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 10. Friday night is the members-only presale, Saturday is open to the public and Sunday is the bag sale. For more information, visit the Friends of the Library website

The High School Drama Department will stage this popular Shakespeare production this weekend on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. They will also hold a matinee on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. All performances will be held in the Performing Arts Center. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the high school’s drama website

Tree Lighting


The annual Gaslight Village tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 29 in Gaslight Village. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Santa will be on-hand for kids to meet. Come on down to kick-off the holiday season! Details can be found on the Gaslight Village Facebook page


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


Already thinking about all the projects you’ll have for your home come spring? Us too! Now’s the time to start planning for those projects so you can be ready to go as soon as the snow clears. If you have any questions, visit our zoning webpage or contact our Zoning Administrator, Alek Mizikar at


Fall leaf pickup is underway and ends on Friday, Dec. 6. 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. During peak pickup times crews may not pickup leaves on regular pickup days. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. Please view the yard waste rules and regulations on our website. 


While out in the yard raking and blowing leaves this fall, if you have a mailbox 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 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.   


The City of East Grand Rapids in partnership with other local jurisdictions through the Grand Valley Metro Council (GVMC) and Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) have partnered to promote water quality for our watersheds while also mitigating localized flooding by creating an online account.

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.  

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