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My Town EGR: Spring yard waste collection begins April 7

My Town EGR: Spring yard waste collection begins April 7

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The snow is slowly starting to melt away, revealing a mess in many yards.

The City of East Grand Rapids is here to help, with yard waste collection beginning in just two weeks, on Monday, April 7. Pickup regulations and schedules are the same as last year:

  • All EGR residents must place loose materials in paper bags or reusable containers placed on the out-lawn (between the curb and sidewalk).
  • Do not rake waste into the street. 
  • Bags and containers placed for pickup must not exceed 40 pounds or a 32-gallon capacity
  • Brush must be cut into six-foot lengths and tree logs may not exceed 12 inches in diameter. 

Except during the fall leaf collection program, it is preferred that yard waste is not be placed out for collection earlier than one day prior to the scheduled day for collection.

My Town EGR: Create Recycled Art March 23

My Town EGR: Create Recycled Art March 23

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Learn how to create treasure from trash during a special event at the library this weekend.

On Sunday, March 23  from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., patrons can learn how to create exciting art pieces using recycled materials.  The session is open to all ages.

The Kent District Library East Grand Rapids branch is located at 746 Lakeside Dr. SE.

My Town EGR: Pothole patching underway; submit your complaints

My Town EGR: Pothole patching underway; submit your complaints

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Pothole season is here, and the City of East Grand Rapids is asking for your help in tracking down the biggest trouble spots.

Drivers and homeowners who spot a large pothole or flooded street that needs immediate attention are asked to contact the Department of Public works at (616) 940-4870 or fill out an online form.  All tips should include the nearest cross street or house address, the side of the street or lane and your contact information.

Public Works crews are out patching problem spots as quickly as possible with “cold patch”, which serves as a temporary fix until warmer weather arrives.  City workers are also working to clear ice and snow from catch basin grates to prevent flooding as snow melts.

My Town EGR: Public hearing for Waterfront Park expansion March 3

My Town EGR: Public hearing for Waterfront Park expansion March 3

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  The City of East Grand Rapids has set the date to hear from community members about a plan to apply for funding to continue work on Waterfront Park.

The city must postpone Phase II of the project for at least a year after failing to secure a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Parks and Recreation Director Fred Bunn said the city’s application scored 360 points, narrowly missing the cut for grant money.  Bunn says five projects scored 360 points—three of them were awarded funding and two were denied.

Bunn says the total cost for Phase II would be approximately $750,000, and the city cannot cover the amount the grant would have paid for.  City officials are considering reapplying for the same grant for next year. The deadline to apply for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant is April 1.

Phase II of Waterfront Park delayed

Phase II of Waterfront Park delayed

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Phase II of East Grand Rapids’ Waterfront Park will have to wait.

The city is postponing the project after failing to secure a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Parks and Recreation Director Fred Bunn says the city’s application scored 360 points, narrowly missing the cut for grant money.  Bunn says five projects scored 360 points—three of them were awarded funding and two were denied.

Phase II would include expanding wetlands and restoring woodland areas by weeding out invasive trees and planting 430 native trees.  The work would also include installing overlook decks, building an outdoor classroom and adding handicap accessible walkways.

Winter Weather Update from City Hall

Winter Weather Update from City Hall

As you know, the winter weather of the last several weeks has left East Grand Rapids neighborhoods with a deep blanket of snow. Public Works Director Ken Feldt is providing the following update and policy explanation for all residents to explain the current conditions and service delays.

UPDATE: East Grand Rapids collects tree limbs after storms

UPDATE: East Grand Rapids collects tree limbs after storms

Public Works Director Ken Feldt says Christmas tree, holiday wreath and tree limb collections are beign delayed, as city crews continue to work to clear streets of snow.

Feldt says public works employees are also busy fixing water service line leaks.  He says collection of all trees, wreaths and limbs may not be finished until the area begins to thaw out, since many items are now covered with snow and frozen in place.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  In addition to Christmas tree recycling, the City of East Grand Rapids is offering a special tree limb pickup service in the wake of the recent ice and snow storms.

Now through Friday, Jan.