Council to limit fireworks stands
This year's Fourth of July was very good to four local non-profit organizations.
City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle told the De Soto City Council last Thursday the De Soto High School football team, De Soto Rotary Club, De Soto VFW Post 6654 and De Soto Youth Ministries made $17,000 in profits from the four stands open in the city from July 1 through July 4. That compared to $12,000 the football team and VFW made in 2006, the first year the city lifted the ban on fireworks sales and use.
At the suggestion of Councilwoman Mitra Templin, the council agreed to limit fireworks stands to six. Templin made the suggestion after driving through Wellsville on a trip the weekend before the Fourth. There were, she said, at least eight stands open in the part of that town she saw.
Council members agreed non-profit organizations would be given permits doled out on a first-come, first-serve basis. It also was agreed those organizations losing out on the lottery would be ensured a permit the next year.
Guilfoyle said things seemed to go smoothly during the Fourth of July celebration with no fires or serious incidents reported.
Some residents were told during the three days that fireworks use was permitted, but not to shoot them off on city sidewalks, streets or rights of way, Guilfoyle said. And, residents were very cooperative to city codes inspector Pam Graff's request to clean up the streets, helping clear the debris they left in the neighborhood.