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East Express | February 20, 2020



CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE & FINANCE 

BRADLEY HECKSEL SWORN IN AS CITY COMMISSIONER 

At Monday’s Commission Meeting, Commissioner Bradley Hecksel was sworn in as a First Ward commissioner. He will complete the remainder of Mayor Favale’s commissioner term, ending in December 2021. Join us in congratulating him! 

 
BOARD OF REVIEW NOTICE 

EGR taxpayers are hereby notified that the Board of Review shall meet for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the 2020 City of East Grand Rapids Assessment Rolls. 

The Organizational Meeting will be Tuesday, March 3 at 8:00 a.m. The Board of Review meetings will be held at the East Grand Rapids City offices, located at 750 Lakeside Dr., on the following dates in accordance with Michigan State Law:             
  • Monday, March 9
  • Tuesday, March 10
Appointments must be made by calling 616.940.4818. Non-residents may appeal by letters received no later than the adjournment of the Board's hearings. Residents may appear in person or by representative. 

PROPERTY RATIO FACTORS 
In accordance with Act 165 of the Public Acts of 1971, the current Analysis for Equalized Valuation submitted to Kent County indicates a ratio of assessed to true cash value of 50% for all classes. Based upon this, it is estimated that the assessment equalization factor for 2020 will be 1.0000 for all classes. 

The City of East Grand Rapids does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs or activities. Please call 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 ADA should be addressed to the Assessor, preferably at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. 


City Commission

LIVE STREAM CITY COMMISSION MEETINGS 

Thanks to the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the City now has the professional equipment required to stream our meetings directly to our YouTube channel. You can catch us at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of every month and follow along by pulling up the most recent agenda. Don't forget to subscribe! 


RESCHEDULED CITY COMMISSION MEETING 

To accommodate for Spring Break traveling, the Monday, April 6 City Commission meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m.  

 
RESCHEDULED PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 
Due to the presidential primary election, the Tuesday, March 10 Planning Commission Meeting has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 in the commission chambers. 

 
ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE 

Michigan law now allows residents to register to vote up to and on election day, but why wait?  Save yourself some time and effort on election day by registering in person at our offices prior to the election. Your registration can be entered into the database by our staff and then your polling location will be able to issue your ballot quickly and efficiently. 

Absentee ballots for the March 10 presidential primary election can be obtained in person during normal business hours or by filling out an Application for Absentee Ballot then fax it to 616.940.4884 or email it to our offices.   

The new envelopes look a little different than what you are used to. This photo shows what to look for: 

ballots

For more information, visit eastgr.org/elections or contact City Clerk Karen Brower at 616.949.2110 or kbrower@eastgr.org



PARKS & RECREATION 

SPONSOR EGR EVENTS 

Looking to support community-favorite events? Your support is a key component to the success of our races, celebrations and other events. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering at the 4th of July, Reeds Lake Trail Blazer, Reeds Lake Run or the Triathlon, give us a call at 616.949.2110 and we will direct you to the appropriate race coordinator. 



PUBLIC SAFETY 

NO ICE IS SAFE ICE 

Did you catch Officer Jason Bradley on WOOD TV8 earlier this week? In response to accidents that happened in Allegan and Muskegon counties over the weekend, Public Safety reminds everyone interested in partaking in winter activities on Reeds Lake, or elsewhere for that matter, that no ice is safe ice. 




PUBLIC WORKS  

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 

For information regarding sanitary and storm sewer cured-in-place pipe work and DTE gas main renewal project areas, please visit our construction webpage.  


SPECTRUM HEALTH BLODGETT HOSPITAL UPDATE 

The EGR Planning Commission unanimously approved a recommendation to the City Commission to accept Blodgett’s revised site plan with conditions. It is anticipated that the City Commission will consider the revised site plan at the March 16 City Commission Meeting. To view additional information pertaining to this project, please follow the Blodgett Hospital Construction link located on the City website home page as well as the Planning Commission documents page


UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES 

On Monday Feb. 24, Consumers Energy will be temporarily impacting traffic on Lake Drive and Plymouth Road for electrical work. Work is anticipated to take several hours between the timeframe of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to avoid peak traffic periods.  

Additionally, next week, Feb. 24 – Feb. 28, Hall Street will be closed at Fuller Avenue due to work on a Grand Rapids gas main, impacting EGR traffic. Take a look at the map below for detour information. 

Detour Map 

LEAD & COPPER TESTING SHOWS COMPLIANCE WITH STATE STANDARDS 

The City completed lead and copper testing as required by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy for 2019 and is pleased to report that testing results for the 90th percentile were 4 ppb with no testing sites above the 15 ppb action level. Results in 2019 across water systems throughout the state may be different from previous testing due to a change in sample procedures by EGLE.  

EGR purchases water from the City of Grand Rapids that is treated with orthophosphates, a protective pipe barrier coating for corrosion control. EGR is proud to continue to provide safe and high-quality water to residents.   

The City also recently mailed out notices to properties that may have lead service lines based on property record information in conjunction with the water distribution system materials inventory review. This is an EGLE requirement from the revised lead and copper rule.  To review testing results and consumer confidence report, please visit our Water/Sewer Systems webpage.  
 

HEATING & COOLING INFORMATION 

Did you know that permits are required for the installation of replacement furnaces and water heaters? Vince Milito, Dan Heyer and Jeff Biegalle of Cascade Township (the city's contracted inspector) are trained to inspect your new or replacement furnace and water heater. They ensure that the new equipment is safe and in compliance with the 2015 Michigan Residential Code. 

Before signing a contract to have these items replaced, make sure that the contractor will obtain the necessary permits and coordinate inspection upon completion of the work. Inspections generally only take 10 minutes or so and cover important safety items like gas piping, venting and combustion air requirements. For more information, please contact Cascade Inspection Services at 616.949.3765. 


FEEDBACK REQUESTED: 2045 METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN 

The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has completed a draft of the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which includes transportation projects and investment priorities for all modes of transportation in Kent and eastern Ottawa Counties for the next 25 years. The document is open for public comment through March 2 and can be found in three portions at gvmc.org/mtp


KENT COUNTY RECYCLING INFORMATION 

The Kent County Department of Public Works Recycling & Education Center is scheduling upgrades to improve its efficiency and quality by replacing the mechanical screens used to sort paper. The Recycling Center and Recycling Drop-Off stations will be temporarily closed between Friday, Feb. 21 and Monday, March 16. While the new equipment is being installed, the facility will be closed and unable to accept recycling materials for processing. 

For additional information about the project and progress updates, visit reimaginetrash.org or call the dedicated phone line at 616.632.7945. 



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