The city passed an ordinance Tuesday that requires large scale fireworks displays to get a special event permit.
City Administrator Dave Van Dee says he prefers that the approval go through the board.
“They brought up the concerns before about fireworks and the current code says me and the chief can simply, ‘Yeah, OK. You can have fireworks,’” Van Dee said. “I’m uncomfortable with that.”
“So by putting them in a special event, even though it is on private property, it will require sign off from the neighbors, communication with the neighbors, insurance coverage.”
Van Dee says the city is not trying to stop displays, they are just tightening up the jurisdiction lines.
“It’s only for big events. The one property that did it twice this year, they apparently put on a very good show from what I have been told, I’ve never seen it.”
“I had a call today about it and the question was we are going to put it on the barge out in the lake, and I was like, ‘And you are calling me why?’”
“We don’t control beyond the shoreline. There are other options.”
The special event permits require proof of liability insurance and a fee, as well as several pieces of information from the people putting on the display.