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 East Express | June 3, 2021




CITY COMMISSION UPDATE 

Following are the major items to be considered by the City Commission at its June 7 meeting

  • Mobility/Bike Action Plan — approval requested 
  • Parks Improvement Debt Millage — public comment invited; possible action requested 

A complete agenda is available at eastgr.org/agendas.


CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE & FINANCE 

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION 

The City is finalizing plans for its 2021 4th of July Celebration and will share them with the community soon — stay tuned!  


REEDS LAKE TRAILBLAZER 

The Trail Blazer is back for 2021! Register for or volunteer for 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk at the link below.

We're thankful for Spectrum Health’s title sponsorship of this community-favorite event and are looking forward to kicking off Independence Day with you! Rest assured that we will be making sure everyone has plenty of room to socially distance at the start line and encourage everyone to respect personal space and sanitize their hands before getting food and water after the race. In-person registration and packet pick-up will be modified to allow maximum distances between registrants. 

For more information and to register, visit reedslaketrailblazer.com. All proceeds from the event will benefit the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  

View this event on Facebook.

SUMMER PROPERTY TAXES 

Summer property tax bills will be sent out on Thursday, July 1 and are due Monday, Aug. 16. Residents can pay property taxes in one of the following ways: 

  • Dropbox: The City has a drop box located in the Community Center vestibule at 750 Lakeside Drive.  
  • Online: Online payments using a savings or checking account (EFT) will be free for the 2021 property tax cycle. Credit and debit card payments may be made online but will still have a 2.75% convenience fee added at the time of the transaction. 
  • Mail: Payments must be received on or before the due date. Postmarks are not accepted. If you desire 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

COVID-19 UPDATE & RESOURCES 

The CDC, MDHHS and MIOSHA recently shared updated COVID-19 guidelines. Michiganders are now no longer required to wear a mask at outdoor gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. While indoors, fully vaccinated residents will no longer need to wear a mask. However, those visiting the Community Center that are not vaccinated, or have not completed their vaccinations, must continue to wear a face covering to protect themselves and others.  

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


PUBLIC SAFETY 

BIKE PATROL 

Bike Patrol is back! Four team members will be monitoring biking activity throughout the City and passing out ice cream tickets to children wearing helmets.  

As a reminder, bike helmets are required for those under 18 years old. Wearing a helmet while biking prevents serious injuries and saves lives. We ask that parents help us remind kids of this important precaution to keep them safe while biking and enjoying the time outside.  


LOCK YOUR DOORS 

Keep your family and possessions safe! Please make sure to lock all doors — vehicle, house and garage — to prevent theft. Need to get in the habit? Set an alarm on your phone or clock for 9 p.m. (or another time most convenient to you) each evening to help remind you to check that all your items have been brought inside, your doors are locked and your lights are on. These simple steps will make a drastic difference in the number of larcenies that take place in EGR, as most are due to unlocked doors. Remember, you are your first line of defense. 


PARKS & RECREATION 

Playground with text: 2021 Parks Improvement Debt Millage Community Engagement Feedback Opportunity

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY: 2021 PARKS IMPROVEMENT DEBT MILLAGE 

Join the City on Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. in rooms 101 and 102 of the Community Center (lower level) to discuss the 2021 Parks Improvement Debt Millage proposal, which was brought to the City Commission for initial discussion on May 17. Background, details and resources regarding this millage can be found at eastgr.org/parksmillage.  

The City asks unvaccinated individuals attending this meeting to wear a mask.  

Residents and community members can also provide feedback in writing to Mayor Favale and City Commission at 750 Lakeside Drive SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or by email to City Clerk Karen Brower at kbrower@eastgr.org for distribution to all officials.  

View this event on Facebook. 

MANHATTAN PARK MULTI-USE TRAILS UPDATE  

The City Commission reviewed and approved the proposed conceptual plans for the Manhattan Park Multi-Use Trails at its May 17 meeting. The City will continue to collaborate with the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance. Please note specific plans will be presented to the Commission for further approval in the near future. 

You can learn more and stay updated about this project by continuing to subscribe to the East Express, following us on Facebook and visiting eastgr.org/manhattanpark, which provides background information, several resources and FAQs. 

two young men running race

REEDS LAKE RUN  

Register for the Reeds Lake Run! This community favorite event will take place on Saturday, June 26 and all are welcome to participate. For more information, registration and volunteer sign-ups, visit reedslakerun.com.  

View this event on Facebook.  

MOVIES & CONCERTS IN THE PARK 

Parks and Recreation announced its movie and concert lineup, presented by The Brouwers Agency, Auto-Owners Insurance and Consumers Credit Union! Check out the full details on our website and view these events on Facebook:  

Concerts

  • June 14 – The Adams Family 
  • June 21 – Coty Bouchard 
  • June 28 – Daves at 7 
  • July 12 – Reeds & Steel 
  • July 19 – Rachel Curtis 
  • July 26 – Josh Rose 

Movies 

  • July 9 – “Moana” 
  • July 16 – “Sing” 
  • August 20 – “Aladdin” (2019) 
  • August 27 – “Raya and the Last Dragon” 


PUBLIC WORKS  

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 notices at project locations. 

MobilityBike Action Plan 2

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 road segment to see improvements 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

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 our local work planner at 616.530.4306.  

STOP — DON’T FLUSH THAT WIPE! 

Did you know that although baby wipe manufacturers say their wipes are flushable, they really aren’t? It turns out “flushable” wipes — including adult, toddler and cleaning wipes — are actually hazardous to our wastewater system. Even if the label states they are flushable, please do not do so.  

Only toilet paper should be flushed down our toilets. It is the only paper designed to break down as it travels through the wastewater treatment process. All others are NOT designed to break down, thus creating problems within the system. They can cause blockages in your home’s sewer line that could lead to costly plumber repairs. 

Baby boy holding wipe


COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

LGROW SPRING FORUM   

Join LGROW for its 18th annual Spring Forum! A variety of awesome virtual and in-person outdoor events will take place June 10-20. Free and discounted events like kayaking trips, river clean-ups and educational webinars ensure that there is something for everyone! Learn, help and explore the Grand River and its watersheds. Learn more and register for individual events at lgrow.org/spring-forum.  

CONSUMERS ENERGY SUMMER PEAK RATES  

Consumers Energy summer peak rates began on June 1. Most customers will see less than a $2 increase in their monthly bill, without changing when or how they use electricity. 

Learn how the slight increase affects you by reviewing Consumers’ comprehensive webpage.  


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