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Fireworks display to get improvement

Mar 23, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The Washington City Council Tuesday approved an expense of $6,000 to J & M Displays of Yarmouth for this year’s Independence Day fireworks display, up from the $4,000 the city has paid in previous years.

While there was little discussion at the meeting as the expense was in the consent agenda, City Administrator Brent Hinson said that the increased cost is to improve the fireworks display over the 2017 display. In the past the council members had commented that the 2017 display had been weak compared to previous years and that there was hope the city could improve the fireworks this year.

“We had gotten some feedback,” Hinson said. “We had been at $4,000 for a long time. The whole time I have been in town we have funded $4,000 a year. Prices have gone up a little. We got some feedback from the public that the firework display wasn’t what it used to be. We took a look at that this year in the budget and proposed to the council and the council approved increasing that to $6,000.”

This year’s display will be on Wednesday, July 4 at about 9:30 p.m. J & M will fire the show from the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Discussion of the city’s display was brought up as the council was discussing amendments to the city’s private fireworks ordinance. Mayor Jaron Rosien, then a council member, had said that the fireworks display had been weak. At the time he recommended that some of the money from the city’s new hotel/motel tax be used to fund a larger fireworks display for the city.

Hinson said the agreement with J & M would be coming across the council agenda soon.

For many years, the Washington Independence Day celebration has lasted all weekend long and ends with the fireworks display.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 26, 2018 06:03
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