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Posted on: October 17, 2017

Halloween Safety

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This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Tuesday, 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 rout...
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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

Shaping the Future of East

EGR Master Plan Graphic (Website)

The City is currently embarking on updating the 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 pr...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Choosing a Home Contractor

Contractor

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.

With that said, it&rsq...

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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

Amna SOTC 2017 Web

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

News flash - Police car lights

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: September 6, 2017

Help Shape Our City's Future

EGR Master Plan Graphic (Website)

ATTENTION EGR RESIDENTS.

The East Grand Rapids Planning Commission is preparing an update to the City Master Plan, which includes a more detailed design plan for Gaslight Village. You are invited to attend several events. 

When: Tuesday, Sept. 12, ...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

23 Auto Larcenies Reported in East Grand Rapids

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East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department is reminding residents to always lock their vehicle and homes.

Over the weekend, the agency received 23 larceny-from-auto related reports in the southwestern part of the City. In all incidents, the vehicle doors w...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Urban Metro Mayors Encourage Support for Hurricane Relief Fund

Harvey Relief

Kent County, Michigan, August 29, 2017 – West Michigan residents who want to support Texas residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to make a contribution to a special relief fund established through the Greater Houston Community Fo...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Summer Preventative Maintenance

Construction Street

Preventative street maintenance is scheduled to take place during the month of June that will have an impact on several major streets in East Grand Rapids.

Traffic on the streets noted during these times will be impacted. The City encourages motorists and ...

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

STORM DAMAGE UPDATE.

Storm Damage Cleanup

7-12-17 UPDATE.  The Public Works Department continues cleaning up storm debris using our regular yard waste schedule.  We have two full crews with claws and packers out working on Wednesday’s route today.  Crews are w...

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Posted on: June 26, 2017

Eileen DeVries and Family to Sponsor East Grand Rapids Fourth of July Celebration

Eileen DeVries Family Foundation Logo

Community-wide Event Will Pay Tribute to Longtime Resident and Financial Industry Pioneer

The City of East Grand Rapids and the Eileen Devries Family Foundation announced today that the 2017 Fourth of July Celebration will honor the life of longtime reside...

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Wealthy Street SE Closure for Utility Work

Wealthy Detour Water system utility work will require the closure of Wealthy Street SE at Lovett Ave SE Monday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 28. Through Traffic will be rerouted from Plymouth Road SE to Lake Drive SE. Wealthy Street SE will be open to local traffi...Read on... Home
Posted on: June 8, 2017

Limited Group Activity to be Allowed in John Collins Park

John Collins Park At its Monday, June 5 meeting, the City Commission adopted a policy recommended by the Parks and Recreation Commission to allow group (commercial and non-commercial) activity in John Collins Park. “Knowing we have residents and businesses that...Read on... Home
Posted on: June 8, 2017

Summer Preventative Maintenance

EGR Preventative Maintenance Preventative street maintenance is scheduled to take place during the month of June that will have an impact on several major streets in East Grand Rapids. Traffic on the streets noted during these times will be impacted. The City encourages motorists ...Read on... Home
Posted on: May 31, 2017

City Joins Network to Manage Invasive Species

EGR Wetlands

In an effort to further improve management of invasive species in East Grand Rapids, the City has become a member of the West Michigan Conservation Network.

The network is a volunteer organization composed of environmental groups, governmental organization...

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

Kent County Crisis Intervention Team Launched

Crisis Trained Officer

Kent County Healthcare, Public Safety & Emergency Response Professionals Announce New County-Wide Initiative

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Addresses May 4 Public Meeting, Presents $1.2 Million Grant to Network180

This morning, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joi...Read on...

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Posted on: May 2, 2017

Election Results - May 2, 2017

Click the link below to download the election results spreadsheet. East Grand Rapids Election Results - May 2, 2017 All results are unofficial until certified by the Kent County Board of Canvassers.Read on... Home
Posted on: April 19, 2017

Lannie Ross Retires

Lannie Ross

Please join us in wishing Lannie Ross a fond farewell as he retires on Friday, April 28 after 25 years with the Public Works Department. 

When asked about his favorite part of his years in East Grand Rapids, Lannie immediately mentioned his cowor...

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Mayor Seibold Speaks at At City Financial Health Forum

Mayor Amna Seibold The mayors of six of West Michigan’s largest cities addressed some of the key issues they have been facing in light of declining revenue sharing from the state. Convened by the Michigan Municipal League, Wednesday’s two-hour discussi...Read on... Home
Posted on: March 30, 2017

Urban Metro Mayors and Managers to Host Community Financial Health Forum April 12

Piggy Bank News release from Michigan Municipal League  Six West Michigan cities are teaming up with the Michigan Municipal League to discuss the state’s funding system for municipalities during a public forum on Wednesday, April 12. Hosted by ...Read on... Home
Posted on: March 27, 2017

April showers bring...flooding?

Flooding

Springtime in Michigan poses flooding threats from the thawing of the ground coupled with "April Showers." Though we had a mild winter, there are still steps you can take to reduce potential flooding impacts, as well as keeping harmful ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 9, 2017

East Grand Rapids To Offer One-Week Storm Cleanup Program

Storm Cleanu

The City of East Grand Rapids will institute a one-week storm cleanup program from March 13 to 17.  Utilizing the established yard debris pickup schedule, public works crews will pick up tree branches and limbs brought down by the high winds on M...

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

Taking care of our furry residents

Family walking dog

Walking around East Grand Rapids, you quickly notice there are many animal lovers in our community. And this month, the Public Safety department made two investments to help our furry residents stay safe.

The first is a universal microchip scanner to help ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

East Grand Rapids City Commission Appoints Diana Schad to fill Vacant First Ward Seat

Commissioner Diana Schad

At its Monday, Feb. 6 meeting, the East Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously voted to approve Diana Schad as the new first ward commissioner.Schad will fill a seat vacated by Phillip Skaggs, who was recently elected to the Kent County Commission. &...

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Posted on: January 30, 2017

2017 State of the City

Mayor Amna Seibold

When I reflect back on the last year and the incredible work accomplished in our City, it’s no wonder we were named the happiest place and best suburb in Michigan. Whether it’s taking a bike ride around Reeds Lake, tasting the scrumpti...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

UPDATE: EGR Public Safety Issues Safety Warning

Police Car Lights

As you may have heard, there was an incident on Wednesday, Feb. 1 involving two children who reported concerns over a van in the Woodcliff Drive and Maplewood area.

After an investigation, the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department confirmed this incid...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

EGR Ranked Second Best Place to Raise a Family in Michigan

Gaslight Village

A recent study ranked the City of East Grand Rapids as the second best place in Michigan to raise a family.

The study, released by WalletHub, compared 104 cities in the state on family life and fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioecon...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Think Spring – Zoning Tips

Garden Shed

It won’t be long before the snow begins to melt and EGR homeowners start thinking about outdoor projects again. One of the most common inquiries is about garden sheds. In “zoning-speak,” such buildings are referred to as &...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Tree/Shrub Trimming/Pruning

Tree Trimming

The best time of year to trim and prune most trees/shrubs is during the winter months (from late fall to early spring) when they are dormant.

Since they are not active during this time, trimming/pruning is less stressful and they have more time to ade...Read on...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Frozen Pipes

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 service from the curb stop in the right-of-way to the water main i...Read on...

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Posted on: December 29, 2016

Phil Skaggs Steps Down as East Grand Rapids First Ward Commissioner

Phil Skaggs + Mayor Amna Seibold

After serving on the East Grand Rapids City Commission for nearly five years, Phil Skaggs will step down from his position as he transitions into his newly elected role as a Kent County Commissioner.

The announcement came at the City Commission’s Mond...Read on...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Make Safety #1 this Holiday

Christmas Decorations

The holidays: a season of joy, love, family – and injuries. More than 15,000 people end up in the emergency room just from putting up decorations.

From parties to decorating, shopping and volunteering, we’re in one of the busiest times ...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Helmets Still the Law in East Grand Rapids

Bike Helmet Bicyclists up to age 18 will continue to be required to wear a helmet while riding in the City of East Grand Rapids. At its Monday, December 5 meeting, the City of East Grand Rapids Commission chose not to repeal Chapter 105 of Title X in the City Code, ...Read on... Home
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Snowplow Season Coming Soon

DPW Plow Driver Doug

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 stree...

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Posted on: November 27, 2016

Holiday Cyber Security

Cyber Security

Cyber Monday is upon us. Millions of Americans will turn to their digital devices to find that perfect gift for the special people in their life. And while the conveniences of online shopping have made it popular, there are many security threats that come...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Getting from A to B: Road Safety in East Grand Rapids

Road Safety

From Gaslight Village to our neighborhoods, East Grand Rapids is a walkable, bikeable and drivable community.  With a mix of people, bikers and drivers utilizing our 50 miles of road and 80 miles of sidewalks, there is a potential risk for accide...

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

First Round of European Frog-bit Treatment Proves a Success

Frog-bit treatment success

The first round of treatment for European frog-bit in an East Grand Rapids waterway was successful.

PLM Lake and Land Management conducted treatment on Sept. 27 for the invasive species in the Reeds and Fisk Lake channel. Post-treatment tests have ind...Read on...

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Public Safety to Residents: Please Lock Your Doors

Police lights

In light of recent break-ins, East Grand Rapids Public Safety is strongly encouraging residents to lock their doors.

Since April, there have been eight vehicles stolen in the City, six of which have occurred since the beginning of August. This is coup...Read on...

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

Trick-Or-Treat Safety

Pumpkins

This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Before your kids don their favorite character costume and head out for some delicious delights (and maybe some scary spooks), take...Read on...

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Captain Ric Buikema Graduates From the FBI National Academy

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East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department Captain Ric Buikema was among 230 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy o...Read on...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Community Volunteers Develop New Butterfly Garden

EGR Butterfly Garden

Monarch butterflies, the vivid orange winged-insects that often elicit childhood memories of watching caterpillars turn into chrysalises and then into a beautiful, vibrant butterflies, are in serious decline.

In the past 20 years, the population has w...Read on...

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

EGR Officer Receives National Cyber Safety Training

Jeff DeJonge

Vast technological improvements over the past years have lead to greater efficiencies and access to information. In the same stroke, these advancements have also opened up additional avenues for cyber related crime. From stolen identities to credit card f...Read on...

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

Fall Leaf Collection Program Begins Oct. 10

Leaf Collection

The City of East Grand Rapids will begin its annual fall leaf collection program on Monday, Oct. 10. The program will run through Friday, Dec. 9.

Residents may place leaves in the street for pickup during the collection period without following the re...Read on...

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Posted on: June 9, 2015

Construction Updates - 2016 Season

Work Zone Begins sign

NOVEMBER 3, 2016 

Street/utility projects:

Lake Drive-Conlon to Bagley (street and utilities)-Complete
Conlon Avenue-Oakwood to Berwyk -(street and utilities)-Complete
Rosewood Avenue-Sherman to Robinson -(stre...
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Posted on: June 21, 2016

Detective Mark Lindner Recognized with Service Award

Mayor Amna Seibold, Chief Mark Herald, Mark Lindner, Lianne Lindner

Detective Mark Lindner was presented with the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Meritorious Service Award at the June 20 City Commission meeting for performing investigative duties in an exemplary manner.

Lindner, who has been with the department since ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Useful Summer Regulations

Fire Pit Photo

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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