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2010 Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon

The 2010 Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon will take place Saturday, September 11Th. Stop by the EGR Parks & Recreation Department at 750 Lakeside Dr. SE between 8am-5pm to register.

You can also register during packet pick-up on Friday,  September 10th from 3pm-6:30pm. Saturday (race Day) packet pick-up is from 5:30-7am.

Please call 949-1750 for more information or to volunteer.

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EGRPS - Severe Weather Closing and Other Emergencies

From: http://www.egrps.org

If adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations make it necessary to cancel school, delay the beginning of school, or send students home early, the following information details the East Grand Rapids Public Schools procedures. Weather related data for closings or delays is collected by 5:00 am. Based on that data, the superintendent makes the decision regarding school closure or delay. The decisions will be posted as soon as possible on the EGR website, www.egrps.org. Announcements will be made on the following local stations: WOOD-TV 8, WZZM-TV 13, FOX 17, WWMT-TV 3, WOOD Radio 105.7 FM/1300 AM, and most other Grand Rapids area radio stations.

In the event of a two hour delay: All classes will start two hours later than the building start time. The decision whether to hold A.M. Kindergarten or A.M.

Planning Commission Meeting

From: http://www.eastgr.org

Tuesday September 14, 2010. 5:30pm
EGR Community Center (750 Lakeside Drive SE)

Description:
The Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting on the date/time listed above.  If you have any questions concerning the meeting, please contact 940-4817.

Note:  Planning Commission meetings may be cancelled if there are no agenda items requiring attention.  Please call the number above to confirm the meeting will be held as scheduled.

Construction Update

From: http://www.eastgr.org

The Lakeside Drive reconstruction project (Robinson to Greenwood) is on schedule. New concrete curb and gutter is completed along with driveway approaches. New paving is scheduled to commence the week of September 6th. The project is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.

The Plymouth Road waterman replacement and street resurfacing project is underway with the new watermain from Franklin to Lake completed. Resurfacing of the street along this segment of the project is scheduled to commence the week of September 6th and be completed within two weeks. Following this work, waterman replacement and street work will commence along Plymouth from Lake to Robinson. This second phase of the project is expected to take 6 weeks to complete.

The Reeds Lake Trail project from Manhattan to near the Beltline is substantially complete.

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Business District Parking

From: http://www.eastgr.org

A reminder to all students driving to school: The Department of Public Safety will be actively enforcing parking regulations in the business district. You will be issued a citation if you park in violation of our ordinances. Please respect the "no parking" areas and park safely.

If you have questions about the parking regulations, contact the Public Safety Department at 949-7010.

Start of School Traffic Concerns

From: http://www.eastgr.org

For those of you who are returning from summer vacations near or afar, some changes have taken place in our business district that may have a significant impact on your morning and afternoon driving in this area. In July, the City placed three sets of 4-way stop signs on Wealthy at the intersections of Bagley, Croswell and Lovett.

Also, the traffic signal at Wealthy and Lovett has been disabled. At this time, the changes are under study to determine if they properly handle both pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow. School traffic will be a dramatic test to the change and adjustments may be needed to accommodate the increase in traffic. Please be mindful of these changes while demonstrating patience and courtesy to fellow drivers and pedestrians.

Recycling on the rise in Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- People in Kent County are recycling more since the county opened its new recycling center.  Public Services Director James Hurt says the amount of recycled waste in the first three weeks of August was 25% higher than the same time last year.

The county recently finished distributing 35,000 recycling bins for its new processing plant.  The facility sorts recyclables so residents do not have to. 

People say they are more willing to take part in the easier system.  Resident Beverly Reid says, "I see more people using them now that they've been delivered to everyone.  I see more of the bins out, the large rolling bins than I did see the smaller bins, so I think more people are utilizing them now which is a good thing."

Over the next few weeks crews will visit homes that they missed during the recycle bin drop-off.  They will also swap out bin sizes.