More GR rules headed for trash bin

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you’re in the business, you probably knew this was coming.

Grand Rapids City Commissioners will vote Tuesday on a request to remove a city ordinance prohibiting fortune telling in the city.

“The telling of fortunes in the city of Grand Rapids does not seem to present a significant public safety problem, and the issue no longer merits inclusion in the city code” writes City Attorney Catherine Mish in a memo to city commissioners.

Removal of fortune telling from the city’s nuisance ordinance is one of several rules considered outdated at city hall.

Commissioners have been voting to get rid of those ordinances over the past few years.

Spitting in public may also become legal.

That violation goes back to the days when tobacco chewing was more prevalent, as were disease like tuberculosis.

At the time, spittoons could be found in businesses all over town. “The city code language however, did not disappear as quickly as the spittoon” writes Mish. In her memo to commissioners, Mish says she checked with the health department, and they no longer consider spitting in public as a public health hazard.

Commissioners are also expected to take action on a request to delete an ordinance which makes it a misdemeanor to remove a birds nest from the eves or attic of a home to prevent structural damage.

An ordinance preventing cruel treatment of birds and other animals, including using poisons to get rid of them, will stay on the books. They’ll also vote on removing an ordinance prohibiting property owners from tampering with natural drains, but those actions would remain illegal.

The rules are already covered under another city ordinance.

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