Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2000

Council OKs fireworks for New Year’s

December 28, 2000

While New Yorkers ring in the New Year with the dropping of the ball, Eudorans will be allowed to shoot their way into 2001 with fireworks.

The Eudora City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night that allows the sale of fireworks within city limits from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Dec. 30 and 31. The ordinance also allows the discharge of fireworks from 9 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

Without an amendment to the ordinance, current laws prohibit the sale or discharging of fireworks in the city limits except for July 2-4.

Mayor Fred Stewart said money raised from the fireworks sale would go into the 2001 Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. Stewart said selling fireworks is his biggest moneymaker and he earned $1,800 in 1999.

The fireworks will be sold in the city park across from Eudora Middle School on Main Street. Stewart said he began cleaning the area Wednesday to prepare for the sale. The mayor said the cold weather would not affect his plans.

"I've got a space heater," Stewart said. "If it don't (work), I've got a pair of coveralls."

In other action, the council:

Approved Tree Ordinance #774, recommended by the Eudora Planning and Zoning Commission.

Approved hiring Diana Beebe, Lawrence, as full-time Recreation and Parks Director.

Approved the naming of the city parks as recommended by the Eudora recreation commission. The parks are now named as follows at 6th and Main, Pilla Park; at 9th and Main, CPA Park; at 12th and Cedar, Bluejacket Park; at 14th and Maple, Paschal Fish Park and at 17th and Elm, Lucy Kaegi Park.

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