City of Ionia
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Welcome to the City of Ionia, Michigan

Nestled in the heart of Michigan, the City of Ionia is a dynamic community of more than 10,000 residents and 60,000 county wide. Come share the beauty, charm and history of Ionia.

A Great Place to Live

Welcome to the City of IoniaThe City of Ionia is the largest city and the county seat of Ionia County, Michigan.

The City of Ionia is situated mostly within Ionia Township, with small portions extending into Easton Township and Berlin Township, but we are politically autonomous of the townships. Google Map

Here on our website, you can quickly find information you need. Download files, make applications, get connected, and learn about our City. We are happy to assist you. If questions, please phone City offices at 616-527-4170.

History Meets a Vibrant Future

Visit Downtown IoniaCome savor the simple pleasures of life in Ionia and discover the many benefits our City has to offer.

Ionia is nestled in the heart of the Grand River Valley, “In the Middle of it All.” Our city features a beautifully renovated downtown business district and a modernized industrial center.

Ionia offers picturesque countryside along the scenic Grand River, rich farm lands, beautiful homes and a central location with easy access to Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Ionia is home to numerous recreational and cultural opportunities where our history is combined with a vibrant future. Our area offers excellent educational programs and a broad spectrum of medical services.

Whether you want to attend inviting events, walk along the Grand River or our extensive rail trails, enjoy our neighborhood parks and state recreational area, visit the Ionia County Museum, buy from the local farm markets, catch a current movie at the historic and beautifully restored Ionia Theatre, or view creations of local artisans, it is available to you in Ionia.

We are proud to share the beauty, charm and history of our community, as well as the fun, exploring, outdoor recreation, shopping and dining. Situated along the scenic Grand River, conveniently located just a few minutes north of I-96, Ionia offers a central location for day trips to Lake Michigan, as well as easy access to downtown areas of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and many other regional attractions. Our vibrant community is family friendly and retains the charm of its origins, yet has a strong link to the future. Our beautiful historic Downtown District features a unique blend of shops and eateries.

Here in Ionia, we put our heritage proudly on display in the present. Ionia’s blend of past, present and future, with it’s proximity to nature, culture and industry, makes it the perfect place to spend a day, a weekend or longer… Rich with history, neatly restored, and positioned for future growth, we think you will find Ionia a great place to visit and an even better place to live.

Copy courtesy of the Ionia Chamber of Commerce

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City Mayor Daniel A. Balice

City of Ionia Mayor, Daniel A. Balice
Meet the Mayor and City Council

City Manager Jason Eppler

City Manager Jason Eppler
Meet the City Manager

City News

Special City Council Meeting

City of Ionia City Council Special Meeting NoticeThe City Council will hold a Special Meeting at Noon, Thursday, October 22nd via Zoom. The purpose of the meeting will be to review a proposal from the Michigan Municipal League to provide Executive Search services to the City as it searches for a new City Manager. Click on the following document file below to access the meeting agenda (which includes meeting access information)


Trick-or-TreatPending any directives from the County Health Department, Trick-or-Treating in the City will take place on Halloween (Saturday, October 31st) between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Trick-or-Treaters are reminded to not begin Trick-or-Treating until the emergency sirens are sounded at 6:00 PM and to end Trick-or-Treating when the emergency sirens are sounded at 8:00 PM. Trick-or-Treaters are also reminded to only visit homes that have their yard or outside lights turned on.

It is important to note that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have identified door-to-door Trick-or-Treating as one of the higher risk Halloween activities for spreading COVID-19. The CDC have issued guidance as to alternative ways for a safer Halloween celebration. Click on the following link to view the CDC recommendations.

Keep in mind that Halloween is not a City sponsored event and that Trick-or-Treating is an individual choice. For those that chose to Trick-or-Treat, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has provided safety tips which may be accessed at the following; (see file document below)

National Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Event in Ionia County

Prescription DrugsSaturday, October 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Ionia County Police departments; Belding, Lake Odessa, Portland, Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to one of the locations listed below. Please note that sites cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Bagged Leaf Pickup Program Round 1 - October

Biodegradable Bagged LeavesThe City will be collecting bagged leaves during the month of October according to the schedule listed below. Leaves must be placed in the large paper yard waste bags and placed streetside for removal. Leaves may also be discarded at the City’s compost site located off of Apple Tree Drive. Loose leaves are no longer collected by the City. City Code prohibits the burning of leaves, brush, trash or grass clippings within the City limits. Click on the file below to view the schedule.

Ionia City Hall:
Resources and Answers

Ionia City HallWhether you are a long-time resident, someone new to our community, a current business, or a new business looking to grow and expand, the City of Ionia wants to be helpful to you. Please look to us for answers, resources and ideas.

Check out our handy Search engine, our Staff directory, and our City calendar. You can make Online payments, download Meeting agendas and minutes, find out about Planning and zoning... and if you have a question or concern, you may Write to us here.

You may also phone us at 616-527-4170. Thank you for your interest and participation with the City of Ionia.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street  Map
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


For local news and information,
tune to WION AM 1430/FM 92.7
or read the Ionia Sentinel-Standard