Fireworks ordinance finally passed; statement added for clarity

Published 9:01 am Friday, October 28, 2016

Danville City Commission passed the second reading of the fireworks ordinance that was revised one last time after Monday’s city commission meeting.

At the city commission workshop on Thursday, the fireworks ordinance was at the top of the agenda as the second reading took place where the ordinance was officially passed and is now a law in Danville.

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The statement that was added to the ordinance after the meeting on Monday was, “Use of display fireworks on other dates require prior authorization of the city in accordance with subsection (c) [public fireworks display], but in all cases shall conclude by 11 p.m.,” as stated in the ordinance.

Now that the ordinance has passed, a main priority is making sure everyone in the community is aware of it and follows it.

Just as they have in previous years, the Danville City Police Department representative at the meeting said they will respond to calls they receive complaining about the unauthorized use of fireworks and will help make sure the law is known in the community.

“It’s not going to make people stop, it’s just going to give us more authority to tell them that there is a law applying to that,” Commissioner Denise Terry said.

Commissioner Rick Serres made the suggestion of posting the ordinance where fireworks are sold in order to help educate people about the new law.

Along with helping educate the community about the changes made, for those who obtain a permit to use display fireworks on other days of the year, it was mentioned by Terry that there should be posting on the city’s website of the dates when the fireworks will be set off to help prepare those in the community.

In other business:

Trane Inc. presented a needs assessment to help make Danville more energy efficient to the Danville City Commission at a workshop held on Thursday.

The needs assessment displayed the initial findings within different buildings in Danville, such as City Hall, Community Arts Center, the 911 center, the parking garage and Fire Station 2. After discussing the initial findings in every building, Trane gave potential improvements that could be made in each building.

As Trane is half way through the project, the next step is to finalize the project scope and design, which will happen in early December with the city commission.