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Posted on: March 14, 2019

Monumental Drawing Installed at East Grand Rapids Community Center

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East Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 14, 2019 – “Ice Breakers,” a massive drawing by ArtPrize Winner Chris LaPorte, was recently installed for the public to view at the East Grand Rapids Community Center.

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Posted on: March 13, 2019

East Grand Rapids City Manager Candidate Declines Position

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East Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 13, 2019 – The City of East Grand Rapids today announced its city manager candidate, Emmanuel Toribio, has decided to decline the City’s offer of employment. The City Commission will appoint Assistant...

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Posted on: March 13, 2019

Updated Gaslight Village Parking Map

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Parking-related changes in Gaslight Village have resulted in many questions and discussions recently.  To assist our residents and visitors with finding the parking that fits their needs, the Department of Public Works has created a parking map t...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

2019 State of the City

Mayor Amna Seibold

As I reflect back on 2018, I realize that East Grand Rapids staff and commissioners had quite a busy and productive year. We worked hard to keep our City running well, while also making strategic plans for our future. I am always so proud to represent our...

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Posted on: January 28, 2019

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

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As we face some of the lowest temperatures of the century, pipes and water meters may freeze as temperatures remain below freezing for extended periods of time.

The City is responsible for water services from the curb stop in the right-of-way to the water ...

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Posted on: January 30, 2019

City Commission - Special Meeting

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PUBLIC NOTICE

The City Commission will meet on January 31, 2019, solely to enter into executive session to discuss an attorney’s opinion in accordance with Section 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act (MCLA 15.268h).  The executive session is n...

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Posted on: January 28, 2019

The City of East Grand Rapids Warns Against Children Playing in Piles of Snow Along Streets and Side

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East Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 28, 2019 – The City of East Grand Rapids warns parents to make sure their children do not play in the piles of snow near streets and sidewalks.

 

As the winter storm unwinds, EGR Public Works...

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Posted on: January 18, 2019

“You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know:” A Letter from Chief Mark Herald

Mark Herald

Earlier this week, Officer Jermaine Galloway, an internationally recognized instructor on drug trends and alcohol, gave a powerful presentation at the high school concerning the state of how illicit drug use, prescription drug use, alcohol abuse and under...

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Posted on: January 7, 2019

USA Today Names East Grand Rapids as Best City to Live in Michigan

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USA Today named the City of East Grand Rapids as not only a top community in the nation, but the best place to live in Michigan.  

The article cites the City’s park system, proximity to Grand Rapids and active community as top reasons why it was s...

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Posted on: January 7, 2019

2018 Construction Recap

Road Closed

It is Public Works’ mission to maintain and improve East Grand Rapids’ public utilities, working to upgrade the 50 miles of streets and 80 miles of sidewalks within our community. Because of the millage voters passed in 2015 for street and sidewalk improv...

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Posted on: January 7, 2019

East Grand Rapids Announces City Manager Interviews

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East Grand Rapids residents will have the opportunity to meet the candidates for their new city manager on Thursday, Jan. 10.

The City Commission will hold a public open house in Commission Chambers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 to allow residents to m...

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Posted on: December 20, 2018

EGR Officers, Physician Assistant Save Teenager’s Life at Memorial Stadium

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At the Dec. 17 City Commission meeting, three individuals were honored for their heroic acts of service in saving the life of a young man, Jeremiah Vroegindewey, who collapsed while playing soccer at Memorial Stadium this past summer.

For their actions, Ea...

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Posted on: December 6, 2018

Pressing Pause on Marihuana Sales

Gaslight Village

The passing of proposal one on Nov. 6, 2018, allowing the individual use and possession of recreational marihuana, also provided each Michigan municipality with the option to ban or restrict marihuana-related businesses.

At its Monday, Dec. 3 meeting, the ...

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Posted on: November 6, 2018

Election Results - November 6, 2018

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East Grand Rapids Election Unofficial Results for November 6, 2018Voter Turnout = 82% of active votersDownload detail election results spreadsheet.Results are unofficial until certified by the Kent County Board of Canvassers.

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Posted on: October 26, 2018

City Manager interviews to be held Friday, Jan 11.

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The City Commission is currently in the process of selecting a new city manager after Brian Donovan announced his retirement this past spring. Donovan, who served in his role for 25 years, plans to remain with the city until a new manager is found.

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Posted on: October 18, 2018

Halloween Safety

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This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.  The following Halloween safety tips can be passed on to all residents and concerned parents.

Children should:

  • Take a pre-established ro...
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Posted on: October 3, 2018

City Utilizes Innovative Technology for Water Main Upgrades

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The City is currently rehabilitating several water mains with a process called cured-in-place pipe.

Utilizing cured-in-place pipe is an innovative way to rehabilitate old water mains while minimizing the impact to traffic. The City first used this relative...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Wait! Don’t place your grass clippings in the street

Grass Clippings

Did you know placing/blowing grass clippings into the street impacts storm water quality? Grass clippings placed in the street often end up in storm sewer catch basins, which can clog drains/pipes or make their way to lakes and streams. When mowing your l...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

West Nile Virus

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Ongoing mosquito surveillance is revealing an unusually high number of mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile Virus. As a precaution the City is depositing mosquito pellets in all storm sewer catch basins as well as storm water retention areas...

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

European Frog-bit

European frog-bit Alert

As part of its ongoing effort to combat invasive species in East Grand Rapids, the City, in conjunction with West Michigan Conservation Network, PLM Lake & Land Management and the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources, ha...

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Posted on: August 9, 2018

Breton Road Project Complete

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Breton Road construction is now open. The project, which began in mid-June, included removing and replacing the street surface, ADA ramp upgrades, traffic signal upgrades and several areas of road base replacement and spot curb replacement.

While we see th...

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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Election Results - August 7, 2018

East Grand Rapids Election Unofficial Results for August 7, 2018Voter Turnout = 41.4%Download detail election results spreadsheet.Results are unofficial until certified by the Kent County Board of Canvassers.

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Plymouth Road SE to Close for Utility Work

Road Closed

Plymouth Road SE, between Wealthy Street and Lake Drive, will be closed from July 30 to August 2 due to water main utility work. Access will be maintained for the emergency entrance for Blodgett Hospital as well as access for residents who live in the imp...

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

Gypsy Moth

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West Michigan is experiencing an increase in gypsy moth population. The larvae (caterpillars) of this invasive pest feed on a variety of trees, but prefer oak trees. In areas with a high concentration of gypsy moth, entire tree canopies may be impacted, b...

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Proposed Griggs Street Development

Griggs Street Development

The East Grand Rapids City Commission will consider a right-of-way resolution for the proposed 2200 Griggs Street development during its Monday, July 2 meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers in the Community Center. The right-of-...

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

East Grand Rapids Adopts 2018-2019 Budget

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City in strong fiscal position – No Rate Increases or Services Cut

At its Monday, June 4 meeting, the East Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously agreed to adopt the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

“We are very proud of the budge...

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

East Grand Rapids Announces The Brouwers Agency Movies in the Park Lineup

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The East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department announced it will once again hold its popular Movies in the Park, presented by The Brouwers Agency and Auto -Owners Insurance. 

The series, held at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Drive SE, fea...

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Posted on: May 29, 2018

City Manager Brian Donovan to Retire

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Community Celebrates 25 Years of Public Service to East Grand Rapids

After a career in public service for more than 35 years, East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian D. Donovan announced he will retire from his role this coming winter.

City manager since 1993,...

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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Spring/Summer Road Construction & Maintenance Projects

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The City of East Grand Rapids has released its tentative road construction and maintenance schedule for spring and summer 2018.

In 2015, City residents passed a ballot proposal to allow the City to collect 2.0 mills for street and sidewalk improvements. Si...

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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Fireworks

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Fireworks have long been a favorite way to celebrate summer holidays, especially the Fourth of July. Gov. Rick Snyder singed the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act into law in 2012, which allows the sale and use of consumer fireworks that leave the ground. Sin...

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Posted on: May 8, 2018

New Online Bill Pay

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The City has partnered with Invoice Cloud, a web-based, electronic invoice presentment and payment company, to provide faster, more convenient billing services to our customers. The new online payment and e-bill service offers more flexibility in paying t...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Master Plan

EGR Master Plan Graphic (Website)

The City is currently updating its Master Plan, which serves as a roadmap for future land-use and planning decisions. The process began with a kick-off, which you can read about below. 

The public and business owners are invited to provide input i...

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Posted on: April 19, 2018

Understanding Road Right-of-Way

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In the spring many homeowners start undertaking landscaping projects in their yards but remember to keep in mind the activities you do in the road right-of-way.

What is the road right-of-way?

The road right-of-way is the piece of land on either side of a pu...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Yard waste pickup resumes in April

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Though we've had a few tastes of warm weather, winter still isn’t technically over. If you have begun doing yard work, please do not place barrels and bags out for pickup or rake leaves into the street. Yard waste collection will resume Monday, ...

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

Spectrum Health - Blodgett Hospital Proposal

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Please note, the City Commission will meet on Monday, May 7 in the City Commission Chambers. The public is invited to attend. The latest plans are available for download below. 

May 7, 2018 City Commission agenda materials (large file)

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

Spring Zoning Tips

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Winter seems to be wrapping up early this year, which has many of us hoping to get a jump start on our outdoor projects. As we step into spring, our zoning department has a few tips to keep in mind. 

Garden Sheds

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Posted on: February 15, 2018

East Grand Rapids to Hold Snowplow Driver Appreciation Week

Snowplow Week

The City of East Grand Rapids is celebrating the work of its public works crews during the first Snowplow Appreciation Week.

During the week of Feb. 19, the city is doing a series of activities to honor the hard work snowplow drivers do to keep the streets...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

2018 State of the City

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2017 was certainly a year full of activity in East Grand Rapids. From new businesses coming into Gaslight Village to safety initiatives, road construction and an update of our Master Plan, our team has been hard at work ensuring EGR continues to be an att...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Snow Plow Info

Snowplow Week

Why aren’t the sidewalks plowed completely to the concrete? 

With 80 miles of sidewalks to clear, it is virtually impossible to clear to bare concrete using any mobile snowplows. As sidewalks are jointed, the blade must be raised off the ground to...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

The Snow is Flying: What You Need to Know

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We officially have snow here in East Grand Rapids. The City of East Grand Rapids Public Works crews will be working hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared this winter. As we head into the winter season, here are some things that you need to know.&...

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Posted on: February 15, 2018

Prevent your pipes from freezing

Frozen-Pipes

Prevent your pipes from freezing

As we face low temperatures again this winter, pipes and water meters can freeze as temperatures remain below freezing for extended periods of time.

The City is responsible for water services from the curb stop in the right-...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Commuting Safety

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After a recent accident near the East Grand Rapids Middle School took place, residents raised concerns about the safety of morning commuters.

There was some misinformation floating around that this incident involved pedestrians or bicyclists. This is incor...

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Posted on: November 5, 2017

Statement from Mayor Amna Seibold

Mayor Amna Seibold

Earlier today, we learned that white supremacist leaflets were placed in some of our neighborhoods. We clearly do not agree with nor support the sentiments of these messages and have removed all from public property.

Nationally, leaflets like these have be...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

2017 Construction Recap

Wealthy-Street

Streets, sidewalks and public utilities are vital to our daily lives – they are how we get to school or work, receive our online deliveries and stay healthy. In 2015, City residents passed a ballot proposal to allow the City to collect 2.0 mills...

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Posted on: October 26, 2017

Letter from the Chief: Safety in East Grand Rapids

Mark Herald

Dear Residents,

On Thursday, Oct. 19, an accident involving three vehicles took place on Lake Drive near Kenesaw Drive. Since then, we’ve heard concerns about this specific incident and the overall safety in our community.

There has been some info...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Residents Invited to “Meet and Greet” Public Safety Officers

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Open House Will Celebrate 32 Years of a Consolidated Public Safety Department

The City of East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department will host a community open house on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to noon at the Public Safety Departmen...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Prep Your Mailbox for Winter

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Shake your mailbox and more before winter

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 loo...

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

Parks & Recreation Rolls Out New Registration Tool

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In early October, the Parks and Recreation Department will implement a new registration software solution, CivicRec Powered by REC1, that has many user-friendly features. 

Patrons will be required to create a new household account, regardless if t...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Choosing a Home Contractor

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Taking on projects or making home improvements can certainly be exciting. However, with the all the demands of today, it can be tempting to choose services and contractors based on a lower price or top results in a Google search.

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

East Grand Rapids Public Safety Releases Suspect Rendering

EGR Suspect Rendering

The East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department released an artist rendering of the suspect involved in the Saturday, Sept. 9 armed robbery that occurred on the 600 block of Gladstone St SE.

The suspect is described as a black male between 16 and 18 years-o...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

Mayor Seibold Response Regarding Attempted Robbery

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To my friends, neighbors and fellow residents:

I have talked with several of you since we learned of Saturday’s attempted robbery and wanted to reach out more broadly to our community.

I am deeply grateful that the injuries sustained by one of our residents...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

East Grand Rapids Recommends Safety Tips After Attempted Robbery

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After this weekend’s attempted robbery, the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department is recommending safety tips for residents and visitors.

Public Safety Director Mark Herald stressed that people should be aware of their surroundings when walk...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Snowplow Season Coming Soon

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The City of East Grand Rapids Public Works crews will be working hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared this winter.

Snow and ice removal guidelines prioritize how City plow crews handle snow and ice events. The City clears snow on City streets based ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Useful Summer Regulations

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After what seemed like an endless winter, the sun is finally peaking its head out from the clouds to usher in summer. Before you rush outside to enjoy your favorite summer activities, take a few minutes to inform yourself on some of these policies to keep...Read on...

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