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Mt. Pleasant approves second reading of fireworks ordinance

MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant City Council approved the second reading of a fireworks ordinance on Wednesday evening.

The ordinance limits the explosion of fireworks between June 21 and July 6, creating a fine for violating the ordinance.

The council raised questions about the confiscation of fireworks. According to city building and zoning administrator Jack Schwarm, the ordinance allows the confiscation of fireworks at the discretion of the city police.

Police Chief Lyle Murray remarked that confiscation would not be common practice, rather for repeat offenders or juveniles.

“We seize people’s guns, we seize people’s cars. There’s lot of things that we seize, but we usually give them back to them the next day. It would be something that needed to be taken,” Murray said.

The council voted to approve the reading 5-1 with council member Terry McWilliams voting against the passage of the ordinance.

Council member Matthew Crull also expressed hesitation in voting for the ordinance.

“I still think we’re restricting a little too fast,” Crull said, but ultimately voted in favor of the ordinance.

The City Council will vote on a third reading of the ordinance at its next meeting.

other business

• The council approved the second reading of an ordinance that would allow residents to operate golf carts and off-road vehicles on city streets.

• The city will move forward with a project on North White Street. The council approved a $6,499 bid from Kinney and Sons construction for the demolition of a city purchased property on 107 N. White Street. The project is expected to conclude by Oct. 31.

• The council approved multiple mayoral appointments to the Community Development Committee. Matt Klundt will replace Karl Schafer for a three-year term. Unity Stevens was appointed to serve out the term of Anna Villareal, and Penny Rauenbuehler was reappointed to the committee.

• The council approved the appointment of Drew Scarff as a firefighter reserve on the recommendation of Fire Chief Drew Schumacher.