Here’s your chance to listen, learn about fireworks at work session

A freedom-loving youngster gave a thumb's up in June at a fireworks tent in Perry. The Perry City Council is considering banning the use of the explosives within the city limits.

The Perry City Council, from left, Council members Dr. Randy McCaulley, Barb Wolling and Chuck Schott, Mayor John Andorf, Council members Dean Berkland and Vicki Klein, City Clerk Liz Hix and ity Administrator Sven Peterson, took up the hot topic of fireworks at the July 19 meeting. They will revisit the issue Friday, Aug. 25 in a work session.

Perry residents will have a chance to hear opinions about the city’s fireworks ordinance when the Perry City Council holds a work session at 10 a.m. Friday in the upstairs meeting room of the Towncraft Building at 1122 Willis Ave.

The council will not take action at the work session but will hear from interested parties and air their own opinions on various proposed amendments to the city fireworks ordinance, including a proposal to ban outright and altogether the use of fireworks within the city limits.

The city council formed an ad hoc fireworks committee, which recommended prohibiting the use of fireworks in areas zoned as Arterial Commercial or Central Business Commercial, including downtown Perry and the commercial corridors along First Avenue and Willis Avenue.

The committee also proposed a new zoning ordinance that would restrict where fireworks could be sold within town, moving them to the outskirts and away from the high-traffic areas new grocery stores and farm-supply stores.

Thanks to the state law championed by Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Adel), who represents Perry in the Iowa Senate, cities cannot legally prohibit the sale of fireworks, but they can limit their usage.

Friday’s meeting may also be attended electronically. For details on accessing the virtual option, call the Perry City Hall at 515-465-2481.


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