Public Safety and Crime

City Council Advances Fireworks Ban

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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At its work session on Tuesday, September 11, East Lansing City Council discussed a draft ordinance (pp. 316-320 of the packet) to ban discharge of the aerial and other powerful fireworks legalized by the state's "Fireworks Safety Act" of 2011. The ban would affect all days except those protected by state law, and violation would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. These parameters are consistent with bans adopted by other municipalities. The consent agenda for Council's September 18 meeting will include an item to set the date for a hearing and vote on the new ordinance for October 2.

The Bailey Community Association, at its meeting on Monday, September 10, adopted two resolutions to communicate support to Council for strong action. The first urged "East Lansing City Council to support a maximum ban on the discharge of fireworks and to also strengthen the noise ordinance overall". At the Council work session, City Attorney Tom Yeadon said he saw little leeway that would allow the City to effectively substitute a noise ordinance for a fireworks ban on protected days. The second resolution was to urge "East Lansing City Council and City Manager to lobby the state to enact a repeal of the new fireworks law". Council was supportive, and City Manager George Lahanas will raise the issue with the city's lobbyist at their next meeting.

ELPD Advises Residents: Lock Doors and Windows

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The city of East Lansing has issued a press release in which the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) "is advising East Lansing residents to lock all doors and windows in light of a recent string of home invastions that occurred at apartments in the Northern Tier area last week." The press release indicates that the "ELPD is investigating five reported apartment break-ins that took place during the late night hours of Thursday, Sept. 6 and early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 7.

City Council Schedules Fireworks Issue for Work Session

Friday, September 7, 2012

It's been a noisy summer in East Lansing, after the state legalized the discharge of a class of powerful fireworks without permits or time restrictions. City Councilmembers have suffered along with the rest of us, it turns out, and at their work session on Tuesday, September 11, will begin to consider ordinances to address the problem.

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