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Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

What’s in your medicine cabinet?  Do you have bottles of old medication?  Flushing the pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.  There is another way to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs in Kent County.

On October 28, 2011, from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 701 Ball Ave NE.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

This effort is part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug "Take-Back” Day.

Fall Leaf Pick-up

Fall Leaf Pick-up

Fall leaf pick-up begins on Monday. The regulations are the same as last year, as is your scheduled pick-up day. 

Leaves can be raked into the edge of the street for pick-up until the week of December 5th. Please make sure the leaf piles do not obstruct traffic. 

More information.

Energy and Faith Mix at Aquinas College on October 5

Energy and Faith Mix at Aquinas College on October 5


Energy issues and the faith community will be the focus of a conference to be held on October 5, 2011 in Grand Rapids.

Michigan Interfaith Power and Light is partnering with the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College to sponsor its one-day, annual sustainability conference. The event brings together the faith community, students, professors, and anyone interested in learning more about energy savings, renewable energy, energy policies and carbon management and other sustainability-related "actionable" ideas.

Conference break-out sessions will include energy-saving ideas for houses of worship, state energy policies and initiatives, faith and environmental education, hands-on sessions, and much more (See below).

Tree Orders being taken through October

There's still time to order a tree to be planted in your outlawn this fall. The City's tree planting program splits the cost with residents to plant new trees along the street each year. Orders are due on October 28th to the Public Works Department.

For more information on the types of trees offered and the estimated cost, visit the "Tree Planting & Maintenance" page on this website.

Community Workshop Meeting tonight

Community Workshop Meeting tonight

Parks & Recreation Commission Mtg.
Monday September 12, 2011. 6:30pm
EGR Community Center (750 Lakeside Drive SE)

The Community Workshop Meeting with take place in the Commission Chamber September 12, 2011 at 6:30pm.

Residents are encouraged to attend the following meetings to provide their input as we update our five year master plan. This is your opportunity to participate in the process and help staff determine the future needs of East Grand Rapids as it relates to Parks & Recreation. We value your input!

Meetings are occasionally cancelled if there are no agenda items to discuss.  Please call 949-1750 to confirm the meeting will take place.

Tree Planting Program - Orders due October 1st

Tree Planting Program - Orders due October 1st

From: http://www.eastgr.org

The deadline for ordering a tree to be placed in your "outlawn" (the area between the street and the sidewalk) is October 1st. The City will pay half the cost of the tree and planting, and the resident pays the other half. Depending on the species of trees selected, costs range between $150 and $240 per tree.

Interested residents should complete an application form as soon as possible to receive a tree yet this Fall. The application form and more information on the program can be obtained online or by calling the Public Works Department at 940-4817.

Please Clean Up After Your Pets: City Hall

Walking dogs down tree-lined streets and on the Reeds Lake Trail is one of the things that makes East Grand Rapids such a great place. Please remember to clean up after your pets while you are out walking. We have received complaints recently of pet waste on sidewalks and on the Reeds Lake Trail.

Please keep our neighborhoods clean and beautiful by using a plastic bag or the "mutt mitts" stationed by the parks and along the trail and by disposing of the waste in trash cans and not throwing them down storm drains.