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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: 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: Snow hinders water meter readers for a second month

My Town EGR: Snow hinders water meter readers for a second month

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The City of East Grand Rapids says the snow still blanketing the community means the majority of residential water bills will be estimates again this month.

Because of the snowy, icy conditions, city meter readers were not able to access all water meters for monthly readings.  Approximately 55 percent of residential water bills will be estimated for March.  Last month, roughly 30 percent of city water bills were estimates, based on average household winter water usage.

Residents are encouraged to help speed up the meter reading process by  removing ice and snow blocking access to their water meter. Once a read can be taken, future bills will be adjusted to reflect actual usage.

Anyone with questions can contcat the water billing department at 949-2110.

My Town EGR: Snow hinders meter readers; many bills estimated

My Town EGR: Snow hinders meter readers; many bills estimated

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The City of East Grand Rapids says the extreme winter weather means nearly one-third of residential water bills will be estimates this month.

Because of the snowy, icy conditions, city meter readers were not able to access all water meters for monthly readings.  Approximately 30 percent of residential waters bills have been estimated for the month of February, based on average household winter water usage.

The city expects the estimates to be a one-time event, but if the extreme winter weather conditions continues, water bills may have to be estimated a second time in March.  Residents are encouraged to help with the process by  removing ice and snow blocking access to their water meter.

Once a read can be taken, bill adjustments will be reflected in the next month's bill.

East Grand Rapids takes the plunge Feb. 15

East Grand Rapids takes the plunge Feb. 15

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Hundreds of people are breaking out the bathing suits and costumes for one frigid dip into Reeds Lake this weekend.

The East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge is Saturday, Feb.15.  Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at East Grand Rapids Middle School, followed by a parade of costumes at 12:45 p.m.  The big plunge will happen immediately after the parade.  Participants can celebrate their feat with a Post Plunge Party at 1:45 p.m. at the middle school.  Awards will also be handed out.

The East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge is one of 30 such events statewide this year.  Proceeds from the event will go to Special Olympics Michigan, which supports more than 19,000 athletes.

City welcomes dangerous driving alerts from community

City welcomes dangerous driving alerts from community

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The City of East Grand Rapids is asking community members to alert its employees to dangerous intersections caused by snow piles.

The city says crews are working to clear the piles from intersections as time allows.  In the meantime, drivers are asked to proceed with caution when turning into and out of side streets, as it is not always possible to see approaching vehicles.

To report an area of poor visibility, send the city an email describing the problem area, and workers will add it to their priority list.

Seva Yoga family helps keep children warm for winter

Seva Yoga family helps keep children warm for winter

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Seva Yoga is thanking its staff and students for generous donations to keep kids warm this winter.

On Friday, the yoga studio dropped off two large boxes filled with coats, hats, mittens and snow pants to D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s KidsFirst Emergency Shelter.  Seva Yoga says both boxes contained gear for infants all the way up to age 18.  According to Seva Yoga’s Facebook page, D.A. Blodgett was very happy to receive the warm gear, which will go to local children.