While I was away, Mayor William Stortz issued this press release:
Bristol, CT, July 6, 2007 - In a prepared release, Mayor William T. Stortz announced that he is requesting that the City Council, through its Ordinance Committee, review City regulations regarding the sale and use of fireworks, and consider the possibility of restricting the sale of fireworks within City limits.
Stortz said, “I have received numerous calls and comments regarding the use of fire works, starting many weeks prior to the traditional use of fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July.
These calls, and those to the Police Department, require the use of our resources as we respond and/or follow up. When the complaints are received, and acted on, our officers are precluded from other functions, from ongoing patrols, traffic stops, and other more serous issues. While we do prioritize, when multiple calls are received, every call does deserve a response, in a timely fashion. A large number of calls does make that difficult.”
Stortz continued, “At the same time, resources are required to assure that all laws are being met regarding sales. We have seen where the laws have been violated. Each of these incidents, either by complaint or activity, initiated by local authorities, again requires resources.”
Said Stortz, “Sales within the City are not anything where the City benefits economically. No taxes are levied, and the permit fee for standalone booths is minimal.
Restriction or prohibition of sales will reduce the availability locally, thereby hopefully reducing the numerous complaints.
Other communities have taken action in this regard.
The Council/committee, will have adequate time to review the issue prior to the next fireworks season, and develop meaningful legislation, if deemed appropriate.”
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