Village ponders boom ban

Free-for-all fireworks may soon be extinguished in the Village of Spring Lake.
Marie Havenga
Aug 15, 2013

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St., prior to the expected final approval of a new fireworks ordinance.

Village Council approved rough-draft ordinance language on Monday that mimics ordinances currently in place in Spring Lake Township and the City of Grand Haven, with one exception — Coast Guard Festival Saturday is not a permitted blast-off date.

“The fireworks are across the bridge — let them stay across the bridge,” Village Manager Chris Burns said. “Spring Lake Township is larger and along the water. We're a little more removed from Grand Haven. There's really no reason our residents need to be lighting of fireworks on that day. If you want to light them off, go to Grand Haven.”

Spring Lake's own Heritage Festival is also not on the list of allowed dates, because a pyrotechnic show is already part of the celebration, Village Manager Jim MacLachlan noted.

“Having it done professionally we think is the best way to do it,” he said.

While Grand Haven and Spring Lake Township adopted ordinances last year after the state allowed local municipalities some control over sweeping fireworks law changes, then recently amended them, this will be the first such legislation on the books for the village.

Without an ordinance specifying allowable days, state law allowed fireworks to be shot off anytime.

“We have had quite a few complaints about people with fireworks all times of the night,” MacLachlan said. “It's been something we felt we had to deal with. When the state gave us the opportunity to go in and regulate it somewhat, we felt it was a timely thing to do. I think it's a good solution and one that is in keeping with the spirit of the law that was envisioned by state legislators when they decided to change this in response to public outcry.”

Residents may discharge fireworks up to 1 a.m. on the day of, before and after the following holidays, as required by the state: New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Burns said she has received many complaints — especially from people with babies, pets or morning work shifts.

“The first part of the summer, it was awful,” she said. “Hopefully, this provides some relief to our residents who were hearing fireworks all night, every night, leading up to the Fourth of July.”

Burns said violating the ordinance would be considered a civil infraction, with fines up to $500.

“Our ordinance should be very similar to our neighbors — so, hopefully, it will be really easy for people to understand and it should be readily enforceable that way,” MacLachlan said.
 

Comments

ithinkso1

" There's really no reason our residents need to be lighting of fireworks on that day. If you want to light them off, go to Grand Haven.”
There's really no reason we need a city mgr. either, but we have one.

1stWorldProblems

"Chris Burns brings up a valid argument here"..

Said no one ever.

Frisbee

“The fireworks are across the bridge — let them stay across the bridge,” Village Manager Chris Burns said. “Spring Lake Township is larger and along the water. We're a little more removed from Grand Haven. There's really no reason our residents need to be lighting of fireworks on that day. If you want to light them off, go to Grand Haven.”

....ummm oh really now. My reason is the same as those that live across the bridge!... to celebrate the Coast Guard. I'm cool with you trying to control the late night noise but l see banning it all together on the biggest holiday of the year for the "Tri-Cities" (we are after all one big happy community...right? We are not that far removed as they would have you think!) is a knee jerk reaction. Sounds to me like Spring Lake needs to learn to play well with others. I see no reason to have an ordinance that is different than the one for Grand Haven. “Our ordinance should be very similar to our neighbors — so, hopefully, it will be really easy for people to understand and it should be readily enforceable that way,” MacLachlan said.

It should be the same! not almost the same. the complaints were about the TIME of day the fireworks were being discharged! NOT THE DAYS THAT THEY WERE BEING DISCHARGED!

I think the counsel has overstepped the boundaries and are trying to implement their will, NOT the peoples will.

Chris if you don't like the festivities that our "little more removed" neighbors have been celebrating since before you were born, ...maybe you should move.

mmjproud

So we are not on the same level as grandhaven? First off I pay plenty of taxes and second I cant believe the time this town waste on just pointless matters!!! Its to the point of just milking the clock for these people.better idea if you dont like fireworks buy yourself some earmuffs and quit trying to take all fun away from us and the children..shame on you.

flickaferret

Couldn't have stated it better myself... I'll go with this!

Hobie

I couldn't say it better mmjproud!

mmjproud

Thanx flickaferret and hobie.it is just clear to me that this area has way to much time on its hands to be wasting my and are tax dollars for a firework dispute that will cost the city thousands for them to go sip coffe and collect money for this???? Better idea put it into the parks and lets all just go with the flow...michigan legalized fireworks and already there is locals thinking they are at the leval of the state of michigan????? Lol...sorry chris burns but we have other matters like are police smashing cop cars that my tax dollars repaired for the chief of police to joyride drunk??? And is still employed???? ....im moving to muskegon heights asap...cheap living ....and no one complains about fireworks...they just may complain a lil about gunshoots...lol

christopher

Come on village ... why can't we celebrate our love for the Coast Guard the same way that our neighbors are allowed to. I would strongly urge the Village Council to allow fireworks on the same schedule as our neighbors to the south.

gordbzz231

i would think the rules where all ready there, just to get them to enforce them, i live in grand haven and the neighbors were lighting off illegal fireworks, they were from Chicago, many neighbors here called to make a compliant, the police came and gave them a warning, 15 minutes latter they were lighting off the fire works again, by then the traffic was so bad and the police didnt come, just put up with it

MR. WILLIAMS

I get the feeling that Spring Lake has Ordnance's on Ordnance's and SLM is the perfect place to live as long as you don’t move or breath and when you’re about to die, go do it over the bridge in Grand Haven.

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