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 East Express | May 6, 2021




CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE & FINANCE 

AGENDA ITEMS ON TAP 

Following are the major items to be considered by the City Commission at its next meeting. A complete May 17 meeting agenda will be available at eastgr.org/agendas on May 12. Agendas can be sent directly to your inbox — manage all your City notifications at eastgr.org/signup

May 17 City Commission Meeting 

  • Crew Team Boat House Site Plan — approval requested 
  • Manhattan Park Multi-Use Trails — conceptual approval requested 

June 7 City Commission Meeting 

  • Mobility/Bike Action Plan — approval requested    

seats in the commission chambers

NOVEMBER ELECTION UPDATE 

Three individuals filed for the three open seats available on the City Commission — the filing deadline was April 20. Because there is only one candidate per open seat, a primary election in August is not necessary. You will find the following candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot:  

  • Ward 1 – Marc Schulz 
  • Ward 2 – Chris Wessely 
  • Ward 3 – Laura Schwartz 

To learn more about the City Commission, visit eastgr.org/commission. Questions can be directed to City Clerk Karen Brower at 616.949.2110 or kbrower@eastgr.org.  


ADVISORY BOARDS 

Looking to get involved in the community? You can apply for an advisory board position on the Planning, Parks & Recreation or Library commissions, the Board of Review or the EGR Community Foundation board at any time by visiting our website

Appointments are made by the Mayor and affirmed by the City Commission each year before the start of the fiscal year on July 1.  


TWITTER COVID-19 UPDATE


COVID-19 UPDATE & RESOURCES 

The CDC recently shared activities those who are fully vaccinated can safely participate in — take a look at cdc.gov/coronavirus. Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have also released the MI Vacc to Normal Challenge, which provides benchmarks for further reopening our economy based on the State’s vaccination participation.  

Not vaccinated? There are several opportunities for you in West Michigan including both scheduled appointments and walk-ins. Visit vaccinatewestmi.com for details.   

 

ASSESSOR’S OFFICE UPDATE 

The deadline for filing a Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit is June 1, 2021. If you recently bought a home, you may qualify for this exemption. You can only claim the exemption on one home (in Michigan or any other state) and you must own and occupy by the June 1 deadline. Most title companies have you complete this form at closing. 

The initial request for Conditional Rescission of a Principal Residence Exemption form must be submitted to the assessor by June 1, 2021. This exemption enables a person who has purchased a home and reestablished their Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) to continue to have the reduced school operating millage on the home they are in the process of selling. An owner may receive a PRE on the previous principal residence for up to three years if that property is for sale, is not rented or leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose. 

Contact the Assessor’s office at 616.940.4818 or email shayes@eastgr.org for additional information. The forms and property information are available online at eastgr.org


CITY CODE AVAILABLE ONLINE 

Did you know the City Code is available on our website? You can view it anytime at eastgr.org/citycode.   


PUBLIC SAFETY 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSION 

Public Safety’s second Quarterly Community Engagement Session is one week away! Join the department on May 13 at 7 p.m. to meet "B” shift and discuss the department’s crisis intervention training.  

This meeting will take place at the Public Safety Apparatus Bay (770 Lakeside Dr.) Although partially outdoors, we ask all participants to wear a CDC-approved facial covering and follow social distancing guidelines. You can find meeting details at eastgr.org/communityengagement.  

Save the date for future meetings: Aug. 26, Dec. 9. View these events on Facebook

 Community Engagement Sessions


PARKS & RECREATION 

MANHATTAN PARK MULTI-USE TRAILS UPDATE  

The Parks & Recreation Commission reviewed and approved the Manhattan Park Multi-Use Trails proposal at its April 12 meeting. This project will be presented to the City Commission on May 17 for conceptual approval. Should the projects be approved, we will continue to collaborate with the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance and specific work will be presented to the Commission for further approval.  

You can learn more about this project at eastgr.org/manhattanpark, which provides background information, several resources and FAQs. 


REEDS LAKE RUN  

Save the date for the Reeds Lake Run on Saturday, June 26! All ages can participate in this family-friendly event. For more information, registration and volunteer sign-ups, visit reedslakerun.com.  


Girl walking dog at Reeds Lake Run


BECOME A LIFEGUARD 

Parks and Recreation is looking for lifeguards to join the team! Learn more and apply on our Careers webpage.    


HELP KEEP EGR CLEAN 

Getting outside for some fresh air and exercise has been crucial for physical and mental health over the past year. We’re thankful and happy to provide spaces for residents and guests to use, especially during this time. We ask that you help us maintain our community’s health by picking up after yourself and your pets when out in the neighborhoods, parks and trails.  


PUBLIC WORKS  

GYPSY MOTH TREATMENT 

The City Commission recently approved providing tree band barriers to residents within impacted areas of the City to reduce the gypsy moth population in EGR per our consultant's recommendation. Public Works now has packaged care kits available for affected residents to pick up at City Hall (750 Lakeside Dr.) If you are unable to pick up your kit due to the pandemic, please call Public Works at 616.940.4817, which will work with you to coordinate an alternative solution.  

You can learn more about gypsy moths, including FAQs and past and current management, by checking out our Forestry webpage.  


NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK 

The week of May 16-22 is recognized by the American Public Works Association as National Public Works Week. Although unable to host its regular Touch-a-Truck event, EGR Public Works will showcase equipment with a rolling parade throughout the City in a coordinated effort with other Public Works agencies throughout Kent County. Stay tuned for details! 

This year’s theme is Stronger Together, challenging citizens to think about the role public works plays in creating a great place to live. By working together, the impact citizens and public works professionals can have on their communities is magnified and results in the ability to accomplish goals once thought unattainable. Learn more about Public Works and its crucial role at npww.apwa.net.  

Public Works Week poster

CONSTRUCTION IN EGR 

Visit our regularly updated Construction webpage to stay updated and learn more about upcoming projects. As a reminder, residents impacted by construction projects will receive mailed notices with project details. Public Works also posts project notices at project locations.  


MOBILITY/BIKE ACTION PLAN UPDATE 

An updated plan will be presented to the Commission at its June 7 meeting for further review and consideration. Mobility/Bike Action Plan documents, including plan updates and draft plan, are available at eastgr.org/2020mobilityplan.  

The first actionable road segment included in the plan is the 2021 Hall Street Project, which will begin in June. The Mobility/Bike Action plan draft identified Hall Street as an actionable priority with suggested treatment options. City staff and consultants engaged with residents and the community to align planned changes. For more information on the Hall Street project, please visit eastgr.org/hallstreet.   

 

WATER MAIN FLUSHING CONTINUES 

Water main work began April 19 and will run through mid-May in zones 1 and 2. To help limit interruption, work will take place during a night shift between 10 p.m.-6 a.m. The City has notified affected residents.  

During this work, water service may be interrupted or there may be a reduction in pressure. You may also experience water discoloration. If this happens, please follow these recommended procedures:  

  • Run the cold water faucet closest to your service entrance until the water runs clear. (The washtub in the basement is usually the best location.) 
  • Run all other faucets in your home to clear all house water lines.  
  • Do not do laundry until all water lines run clear.  

Please contact Public Works at 616.940.4817 during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) if you have any questions or problems concerning this work. For after-hour emergencies, please call Public Safety at 616.949.7010.  


TREE MAINTENANCE 

In order to improve the reliability of electric service to residents, Consumers Energy and its contractors continue to conduct tree trimming and removal in private utility easements in various areas around EGR.  

Notices and brochures have been mailed to residents within the areas where tree work will be completed and follow-up notices will also be sent before work starts. To learn more about the tree trimming process, FAQs and contact information for Consumers Energy, please visit the Consumers Energy Trees and Power Lines webpage.  

If you have any questions regarding this work, please call the local Consumers Energy work planner at 616.530.4306. 

 


BOATS, TRAILERS AND RVs  

Please note that outdoor storage of boats, trailers and RVs is allowed for up to 72 hours on streets and driveways. Otherwise, they must be stored indoors, or in a rear yard only, and then they must be reasonably shielded from view. Not all properties can accommodate such storage, so you might have to seek offsite storage options.   


TALL GRASS REMINDER  

As a reminder, the Property Maintenance Code adopted by the City allows for a maximum height limit of grass at five inches.     


COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE 

Please note the Friends of The Library Used Book Sale, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 22, has been canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Michigan. 


SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECYCLING EVENT 

Join the Sustainability Advisory Committee on May 15 for its Styrofoam Recycling Day event from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Public Works Garage (2310 Reeds Lake Blvd.) Bring your Styrofoam for proper recycling to help our environment. 

Packing peanuts background with green recycle sign

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