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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.