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East Express | Dec. 2, 2021




A NOTE FROM MAYOR FAVALE 

Hello Friends and Neighbors, 

The holiday season is upon us once again! I hope you get to enjoy it safely with loved ones. 

It was wonderful to see so many come out for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Gaslight Village last week. It’s such a fun event and it was extra special this year to be able to celebrate together as a community after a year off. I want to extend a big thank you to the Gaslight Village Business Association and City staff for planning and fundraising for the Tree Lighting — it was a huge success! 

Save the date for the next EGR Coffee Talk on Monday, Dec. 20, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at Bagel Kitchen in Gaslight Village. I will be joined by a City Commissioner and we would love to meet with you, hear your questions and concerns and talk about all things East! 

Out with the old, in with the new! On Jan. 8, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., the East Grand Rapids Sustainability Initiative, E-GReen, will be host another city-wide recycling event. Both Styrofoam and eWaste will be accepted at this event — a perfect opportunity to recycle all of your holiday excesses. Stay tuned for accepted item specifics in upcoming communications. 

As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, my family and I want to extend season’s greetings to you and yours. Wishing you all a joyful and safe holiday season, and may your New Year be filled with health, happiness and new beginnings. 

Happy Holidays! 

Katie 


CITY COMMISSION UPDATE 

On Monday, Dec. 6, Marc Schulz, Chris Wessely and Laura Schwartz will be sworn in as our new Commissioners. The Commission will also formally thank outgoing commissioners Brad Hecksel, Claudine Duncan and Bryan Walters for their years of service to the citizens of East Grand Rapids. 

You can always find agenda materials at eastgr.org/agendas and watch meetings live via our YouTube channel.    


Brad Hecksel, Claudine Wagenaar, Bryan Walters


CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE & FINANCE 

WINTER PROPERTY TAXES 

Winter property taxes were billed Dec. 1 and are due Feb. 14. You can make a payment online or by dropping it off during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the front desk or our secure drop box located in the front vestibule of City Hall any time before the due date. For more information, visit our Property Taxes webpage.    


BOARD OF REVIEW NOTICE 

The East Grand Rapids Board of Review will be in session at 8 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2021, at the City of East Grand Rapids, 750 Lakeside Dr, SE. for the purpose of correcting clerical errors and mutual mistakes of fact in the 2021 and 2020 assessment rolls as provided for under MCLA 211.53(b). The Board may also consider 2018 through 2021 Principal Residence Exemption affidavits where no previous affidavit was filed or denied.  Applications for Principal Residence Exemption affidavits must be completed prior to the Board meeting and must include an accurately filed Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit. 


PUBLIC SAFETY


Toys 

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION

The Public Safety Department and our KDL branch are once again Toys for Tots drop-off sites! Bring new, unwrapped gifts to the Public Safety lobby through Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or to the library during business hours


MAKE SAFETY #1 THIS HOLIDAY SEASON 

From cooking to decorating, shopping and volunteering, this is one of the busiest times of the year. All this hustle and bustle often puts safety on the back burner. Our Public Safety Department is sharing a few tips to keep safety top of mind during this holiday season. Read more.   


STAY SAFE WHILE MAKING ONLINE PURCHASES 

If you are purchasing an item online through Craig's List, Facebook Marketplace etc. this holiday season, please feel free to make transactions in the Community Center parking lot which is in front of Public Safety. While these websites are a great place to find interesting merchandise and a good deal, we urge you to proceed with caution. 


City Hall


FRAUD SEASON 

Law enforcement agencies see an increase in fraud every year around the holidays. Public Safety reminds residents to never disclose personal information such as Social Security and credit card numbers over the phone -- no matter how convincing a story may be. Learn more. 


PARKS & RECREATION 

SIGN UP FOR BRICKS 4 KIDZ CAMPS 

Keep your children engaged over winter break by signing them up for Bricks 4 Kidz camps during the weeks of Dec. 20 and 27. Learn more.  


Circular life tube floating in pool

BECOME A LIFEGUARD 

There are several lifeguard positions open at the City! Learn more and apply on our Careers webpage.   


PUBLIC WORKS  

CONSTRUCTION IN EGR 

Visit our Construction webpage for the latest updates and learn more about current and upcoming projects. Currently, there are two projects that may be of particular interest that are both on Lake Drive between Breton Road and Hall Street which include a transmission water main repair by contractors for the City of Grand Rapids and a gas main renewal project by contractors for DTE Energy.    


FALL LEAF PICK UP 

Fall leaf pickup ends next week. Please place all leaves on the street, without obstructing the roadway or storm sewer catch basins, by Monday, Dec. 6.  

 

CHRISTMAS EVE LUMINARIES 

If your neighborhood is planning to participate in the luminary displays on Christmas Eve, contact Public Works Operations at 616.940.4870 to request barrels of sand for delivery.  

Luminary bags and candles are provided by representatives of each block or blocks that participate in this tradition together. 


Luminaries


WINTER MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS 

As winter approaches, you can review City plowing regulations, plowing routes and how to avoid the “second shovel” on our Street/Sidewalk Winter Plowing webpage.     


PRIVATE SNOWPLOW CONTRACTORS 

Please visit eastgr.org/snowplow to learn about EGR’s snowplow contractor rules and regulations.    


2021 Winter Store safely FB (1)


COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

THANK YOU FROM THE EGRCF 

Thank you to all who gave to the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation this Giving Tuesday. As a reminder, you can make an impact year-round by selecting the EGRCF as your charity at smile.amazon.com and at no cost to you, Amazon will make a donation based on your purchases. 


GO GASLIGHT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON 

Support our community and business district this season by purchasing gifts locally. From clothing, sweet treats, jewelry, services and more, Gaslight Village has something for all the loved ones on your list.


Evergreen tree sale


TREE SALE 

Purchase your Christmas tree while supporting EGR Athletics! The annual sale is held at Gerken Plaza on weekdays 5-8 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays noon-6 p.m. through Dec. 11. 

 

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