After what seemed like an endless winter, the sun is finally peaking its head out from the clouds to usher in summer. Before you rush outside to enjoy your favorite summer activities, take a few minutes to inform yourself on some of these policies to keep you, your family and your neighbors safe.
A warm fire on a summer night is a favorite of many. Freestanding fire pits or chimineas burning wood are legal in EGR. Fire pits or chimineas must be six feet from any building or fencing and 25 feet from combustible materials. The incineration of leaves, paper or other combustible material outside of a building or structure is prohibited.
With summer, comes longer days – giving us more time to enjoy the great outdoors. Making, causing, permitting or allowing noise to be made, including yelling, through musical instruments or devices, audio systems or motor vehicles, that destroys the peace and tranquility of the surrounding neighborhood is prohibited.
Bottom line: enjoy the beautiful summer evenings, but be respectful of your neighbors.
State law permits the use of consumer fireworks in celebration of our nation’s ten federal holidays. On those holidays, “consumer fireworks” will be permitted in EGR on the day before, day of and day following the national holiday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1 a.m. At all other times, fireworks are illegal to use in EGR.
Mopeds are a convenient way to get around town. Mopeds are defined by laws as a motor vehicle with two or three wheels that has an engine that does not exceed 100 cc piston displacement, does not have a gearshift and has a top speed of 30 miles per hour or less on a level surface. Here are some important things for moped users to remember to stay safe – and make sure they’re following the law:• Moped operators must be at least 15 years old and have a driver’s license or a moped license – a permit to operate a motor vehicle is not valid• Never allow an unlicensed operator to use your moped• Mopeds must be registered with the Secretary of State• Helmets must be worn by all operators and passengers younger than 19 on public roads• Only mopeds designed for two people should have a passenger – and only carry one passenger• Moped operators must follow the same traffic rules as other motor vehicle operators