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East Express | November 21, 2019


On Dec. 2, I will gavel in my last meeting as Mayor of East Grand Rapids. Serving our City as Mayor has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and I thank you for allowing me this opportunity. I want to use my last "Mayor's Corner" to thank the people who really run this community on a daily basis. As citizens, we all play a part, but it is really our City staff who make this the exceptional community it is, and I would venture a guess that most of us seldom consider just how important they are to our overall success. They are experts in their fields. They keep up with the latest ideas and they work hard every day to do their best for EGR. 

City Management, Finance and Administration encompass the many services that we’ve come to rely on. They are responsible for the laws and policies that help run our City smoothly. They manage and run your elections efficiently, carefully steward your tax dollars, making sure all money is correctly collected, expenditures are appropriate, and records are accurate and complete. Outside auditors continuously compliment us on our balanced budgets and healthy financial situation. These team members also provide you with information, answer your questions and follow up on your concerns.  

Public Safety keeps us all safe by ensuring each and every officer trained to serve as police, firefighters, and medical first responders. This means when you call for help, the first person who responds to a fire or medical crisis is not only capable of providing the aid you need but can also get to your home faster due to already being on patrol. People often say, "Help was here so fast!" and those quicker response times save lives. Our Public Safety officers handle each emergency with competence and integrity, demonstrating courage and compassion. Our statistics demonstrate their effectiveness — we are one of the safest communities in the state. 

Public Works does a little bit of everything — and they do it all well. After a snow storm, people in surrounding communities say that they chose to drive through EGR because we have the best-plowed roads in the county and our sidewalks are cleared in time for our children to walk to school. That is Public Works working all through the night. Imagine standing in knee deep water in zero-degree weather to repair a water line break. That is Public Works. Picking up leaves and limbs at your curbside, maintaining a functioning sewer system, keeping city land and infrastructure in top conditions — that is all Public Works. Every day they do tasks that make your lives run smoother, but they do it so seamlessly that you seldom think about it. 

Parks & Recreation is devoted to offering all types of active recreation to residents, while cultivating the natural beauty of the City's parks for all to enjoy. They provide scores of engaging, educational and fun activities and sports for our residents all year round, which is often cited by residents as one of the things they like best about living in EGR. If you have ever come to the 4th of July activities, this department provides entertainment for thousands of people from sun-up through the fireworks display. 

As I prepare to leave, I want to thank each and every member of our City staff for the excellent work they do. They are truly doing this work because their hearts are committed to making EGR a better place to live and a city of choice. They are proud of this community and the role they play in its success. We are so fortunate to have their talents working for us every day. I leave my role as Mayor of East Grand Rapids knowing we will all continue to be in the good hands of our talented City staff. 

Mayor Amna Seibold


Thanksgiving Spread


Please note that City offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of Thanksgiving holiday. Normal office hours will resume Monday, Dec. 2. 

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing weekend. A special note of appreciation to all those who work on Thanksgiving to keep us safe and healthy. 


As we look ahead to Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, we ask you to consider giving to the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation, which serves as a catalyst to improve and enhance the life of the residents in our community.  

To support, visit


The East Grand Rapids Board of Review will be in session at 8 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2019 at the City, 750 Lakeside Dr. SE., for the purpose of correcting clerical errors and mutual mistakes of fact in the 2019 and 2018 assessment rolls as provided for under MCLA 211.53(b). The Board may also consider 2016 through 2019 Principal Resident Exemption affidavits where no previous affidavit was filed or denied. Applications for resident exemption affidavits must be completed prior to the Board meeting and must include an accurately filed Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit. 

The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access, or treatment in its programs or activities. Please call 616.949.2110 to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations.  Requests for accommodation under the ADA should be addressed to the Assessor, preferably at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. 



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.

Thank you to all our amazing sponsors for making this community favorite event possible!


This year’s Sip & Shop will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will include a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. at participating retailers and restaurants. This event is a wonderful opportunity to forget the stress of Holiday Shopping and spend a festive evening supporting our local businesses.  

Stay tuned for more details and follow Gaslight Village on Facebook


The 4.4-mile fun run will be taking place on Thanksgiving from 8 to 11 a.m., benefiting Kid’s Food Basket. The run will start and finish at EGR Middle School looping counterclockwise around Reeds Lake. Please keep the run in mind while traveling on Thanksgiving morning. For more information, visit the race website


Did you know Seva Yoga provides multiple classes through the Parks & Rec. Department? Sunrise Yoga, Energy Shot and Twilight Yoga are all excellent options to help keep you healthy and focused this winter.  Sign up by visiting the online program guide.

R $79  //  NR $99 



In light of several larcenies occurring over the span of a month, Chief Herald has a simple but crucial message for all East Grand Rapids residents and visitors: 

“You are your first line of defense – it takes a mere second to lock your door. This simple act can make all the difference. Prevention is key to safety and, though we pride ourselves on being a safe community, it is vital not to fall into a false sense of security. Crime can – and does – happen everywhere, but we cannot make it so easy for such offenses to occur.” 

Read his letter in full on our website.  



The Public Safety Dept. is once again a drop off site for Kent County MI Toys for Tots! Bring new, unwrapped gifts to the Public Safety lobby through Dec. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

With daylight savings behind us and the short, winter days ahead, ensure your children are wearing reflective clothing and have the appropriate reflective gear on their bikes as they commute to and from school. Please remind them not to enter the crosswalk until all automobiles have come to a complete stop and they have made eye contact with drivers in order for them to remain safe. Please review the walking and biking safety videos with your children at


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


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 yard waste rules and regulations on our website. 

As winter approaches, please review the city’s plowing regulations, plowing routes and how to avoid the “second shovel” on our street/sidewalk winter plowing webpage

snow plow

Any plowing contractors hired by residents/businesses must be licensed with the City of East Grand Rapids and must adhere to city regulations. You can obtain a license though the Finance Department.  

Contractor complaints or concerns can be directed to Public Safety by calling 616.949.7010. Please provide as much detailed information as possible when reporting complaints. 

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