BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR
The Boyne City Commission held a first reading of proposed changes that would further regulate the city’s fireworks ordinance last week.
On Tuesday Sept. 27, the board voted unanimously—Boyne City Commissioner Ron Grunch was absent from the meeting 4-0 to reduce the amount of time fireworks can be used in the city limits during legal usage times.
“This is a follow-up to what we did at our last city commission meeting, which was a follow-up to what we did a couple meetings before that,” said Boyne City Manager Michael Cain, who spoke on behalf of Boyne City Police Chief Jeff Gaither, who could not attend the meeting.
“The commission then inquired whether there were additional steps we could do to regulate fireworks in Boyne City given the state’s overarching control of that situation and changes in the last few years.”
Gaither has previously advised the city commission to amend the city’s fireworks ordinance to include prohibition of the use of fireworks between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on legal fireworks usage days.
Once the amended language is approved, fireworks usage in Boyne City will be legal between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. on the day before, the day of, and the day after the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day.
No one from the public opined on the matter during the first reading of the ordinance.
The commissioners were all in agreement that the changes should be made.
The matter will go before the commission once more for a second reading of the ordinance before it can be made into a new rule.