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East Express | August 4, 2022



PARKS & RECREATION

COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND FORUMS

Thank you to residents who have shared their thoughts through the playground survey. In partnership with EGR schools, the City will present the survey results and final playground designs to the community on the following dates in the learning commons:

  • Wealthy Elementary School: Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Lakeside Elementary School: Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Breton Downs Elementary School: Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m

FALL PROGRAM GUIDE AVAILABLE

The fall program guide is now available. Registration is open for residents and nonresidents.

CONCERTS AND MOVIES IN THE PARK

The Concerts and Movies in the Park series presented by The Brouwers Agency, Auto-Owners Insurance, Consumers Credit Union and Friends of the EGR Library continue at John Collins Park. Both series are free to the community.

The Concerts in the Park season finale is Aug. 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. and features Whorled.

Here's what's on deck for Movies in the Park, with each film beginning at dusk: 

  • Aug. 12 – “War Horse”
  • Aug. 18 – "Jungle Cruise"

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets and arrive early to secure a spot. Barbeques, grilling, open fires or alcohol are not allowed in the park and dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Visit eastgr.org/concerts and eastgr.org/movies for more information.

RHOADES MCKEE REEDS LAKE TRIATHLON / DUATHLON

Race day is Saturday, Sept. 10. Details, registration and volunteer opportunities are available at eastgr.org/triathlon.

FINANCE & CITY ADMINISTRATION

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ELECTION WORKERS NEEDED

Interested in helping with the November elections? Complete an election inspector application online or email the Clerk's Office at elections@eastgr.org. Please submit an updated application if you have not done so recently.

SUMMER PROPERTY TAXES

Summer property tax bills were billed July 1 and are due by Monday, Aug. 15. Residents can pay property taxes in one of the following ways: 

  • Drop box: The City has a 24-hour drop box in the Community Center vestibule at 750 Lakeside Drive SE.  
  • Online: Online payments using a savings or checking account (EFT) have a $1.95 service fee. Credit and debit card payments have a 2.75% convenience fee. https://bsaonline.com/OnlinePayment/OnlinePaymentSearch?PaymentApplicationType=4&uid=320
  • Mail: Payments must be received on or before the due date. Postmarks are not accepted. If you need a receipt, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with both portions of the tax bill or supply an email address on the tax bill stub for an electronic receipt.

More information can be found at eastgr.org/taxes

PUBLIC SAFETY

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL SAFETY

Public Safety encourages students and parents to watch the City's walking and biking safety videos at eastgr.org/safety. It's important for all drivers to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists during peak school commute hours.

PUBLIC WORKS

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

To learn more about street, sidewalk and utility projects and to receive frequent updates, visit the construction updates webpage.

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PROTECT OUR WATERSHEDS

Help maintain the quality of our watersheds by remembering that only stormwater should go in storm drains. Because the City maintains a storm sewer system that discharges stormwater into local watersheds, residents are encouraged to follow these tips to help reduce flooding and preserve the quality of our local watersheds:

  • Keep yard waste and debris out of the street. This debris can clog catch basins, which can cause temporary flooding of streets. Clear any accumulation of leaves and debris and properly dispose of them in your yard waste bags or containers.
  • Clean up after your pets. Pet waste is a major source of bacteria and nutrients that are harmful to waterways. Pet waste that is not properly disposed of can end up getting into storm drain catch basins and into our watersheds.
  • Use fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides sparingly. Follow the manufacturer's instructions or use alternative natural methods.

For more information from Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds on how to protect our watershed, visit https://www.lgrow.org/.

MOBILITY-BIKE ACTION PLAN IMPLEMENTATION

The implementation phase of the Mobility-Bike Action Plan will begin this weekend. The City’s contractor will complete all pavement markings over the next several weeks and Public Works will install route signage.

FENCES

If you plan to build, replace or do maintenance on a fence, you may need a permit. For details, visit fence ordinance regulations.

TALL GRASS

Make sure you keep your grass within the City's property maintenance code of no taller than 5 inches.  

COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

EGR KENT DISTRICT LIBRARY BRANCH

Summer Wonder continues at KDL. Check out programming at the EGR branch here.

TASTE OF EAST GRAND RAPIDS

Taste of East Grand Rapids returns Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5-8:30 p.m. on Wealthy Street from Croswelll to Chase Bank. Organized by the Gaslight Village Business Association and benefitting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, the event features food and beverage samples from local eateries, live music and all-ages entertainment. Visit gogaslight.com for details.


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