City of Ionia
•  Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival-Downtown Ionia Saturday Oct. 1st, 2022

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 located 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.

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City Mayor Daniel A. Balice

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

City Manager

Meet the City Manager

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Reminder red pinThe current year schedule for City Council, Planning Commission, and Downtown Development Authority meetings, are available to view at the following link:

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 News

Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival

The 2022 Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival will be taking place in downtown Ionia on Saturday, October 1. Please click the link below to see a flyer with the full festival schedule.

Election Commission Meeting

The City of Ionia Election Commission will meet on Thursday, September 29, at 1:00 PM, at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street in the Council Chambers to conduct business related to the November 8, General Election. This meeting is open to the public.

Halloween - Trick or Treating

Halloween Trick-or-Treating has been designated by the City of Ionia for October 31, from 6:00-8:00 PM. The emergency siren will sound to mark the beginning and end of this time period. Trick-or-Treaters are also reminded to only visit homes that have their yard or outside lights turned on. Happy Halloween!

Meet Our New Director of Public Utilities

Joe Lafler has been with the Ionia Department of Public Utilities for 19 years. Joe started as a utilities operator in July 2003 and was appointed as the director in August 2022. He holds a Class A Wastewater Certification with EGLE. Joe also holds a D-1 Limited Treatment Drinking Water Certification, and an S-1 Distribution Drinking Water Certification with EGLE.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

720 Wells Street.
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-523-0165
Fax 616-527-6002

Job Posting - Public Transportation Driver

The City of Ionia Dial-A-Ride is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Public Transportation Driver. This position is part-time with the potential of full-time. Duties include operating a small bus, rider interaction, performing daily pre-trip/post-trip inspections, collection of fares, record keeping on a tablet, operating a hydraulic lift, mobility device securement, monitoring the activity and safety onboard the vehicle, two-way radio communication with dispatch and other drivers, and other duties as assigned.

Please send cover letter, resume, and completed City of Ionia job application (provided below) to City of Ionia, Human Resources, 114 N. Kidd St., PO Box 496, Ionia MI 48846. The position is open until filled. EOE/ADA employer.

Public Notices

Water system flushing will begin on August 29, 2022. Flushing will be from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM during the day and 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM at night. It will take approximately six weeks to complete the flushing.

The City of Ionia Election Commission will meet on Thursday, September 29, at 1:00 PM, at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street in the Council Chambers to conduct business related to the November 8, General Election.

The City of Ionia is seeking funds for a dog park to be located on a city-owned vacant lot at the southeast corner of S. Steele St. and Adams St. The Public Gathering Spaces Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is the hopeful source of funds if the grant application is successful. In order to move forward with the process, an environmental review is being completed of the proposed site. The site is located in a 100-year floodplain. Comments or concerns on this project can be submitted to the City until Sunday, October 9, 2022.

The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 4:30 PM at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street to receive comments on Ordinance No. 568. If approved, this ordinance will amend Section 1242.99 “Penalty” of Chapter 1242 – Administration, Enforcement and Penalty to update penalties associated with zoning violations.

To view the corresponding public notices; click on the files below.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street Map
Post Office Box 496
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