The La Vista City Council discussed a plan on June 18 that could have its residents making a little less noise with fireworks in 2020.
At its regularly scheduled meeting, the council put forth a proposal that could limit the number of days and hours that fireworks would be both sold and discharged.
But the proposal, which would have no impact on 2019 fireworks sales and usage, won’t be put into place until the council hears from its residents in the coming months.
Proposed by Councilman Kim Thomas, the plan would decrease the number of days fireworks can be sold from 10 to seven and limit the days fireworks could be discharged from 10 to three. Hours of discharge would also be reduced to noon to 11 p.m. each of those three days.
Mayor Doug Kindig said the proposal is only in discussion stages and nothing would be implemented until residents are given an opportunity to voice their opinions.
“It’s a discussion item and it’s a chance for us to put opinions out there,” Kindig said. “We’re not at the point where a decision is going to be made. That wouldn’t be fair to the public. I’m sure there will be some detractors, as well as some supporters.”
Council members Alan Ronan, Deb Hale and Mike Crawford saw no need to make any changes to the current structure.
“I’m not even sure why we’re discussing this now because it’s too late for this year,” Crawford said. “Even if we make changes, people can walk across Giles Road or Harrison Street to get their fireworks, so it’s not going to stop them from shooting them off.”
Thomas believes the current 10 days to both purchase and discharge fireworks is too long.
“We’re celebrating the Fourth of July, not the 25th of June,” he said.
Councilman Kelly Sell agreed with Thomas’ proposal and while fellow council members Ron Sheehan and Jim Frederick weren’t 100 percent on board with the regulations, they both agreed they would love to see it spark future discussions with residents.
“I’d be a little more comfortable if the amount of days for sale and discharge were the same,” Frederick said. “But I’m willing to go along with this for now so we can get feedback from the public.”
City Administrator Brenda Gunn said the proposed plan would be re-visited at a council meeting, likely in September. Prior to that, city staff will get the word out to residents about the potential change.