Luverne approves fireworks celebration

Published 2:27 pm Thursday, June 16, 2011

With less than a month before the Fourth of July, the Luverne City Council has put forward plans for this year’s fireworks celebration.

While the event has been held at Turner Park in the past, this year it will be held at the industrial park.

“The industrial park was the only place we could get clearance for the permits,” said Mayor Joe Rex Sport.

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The state fire marshal requires a 600-foot perimeter around the shooting of the fireworks, and Sport said that wasn’t available at Turner Park.

Because the city has to have a permit to put on the fireworks show, Sport suggested that the show be scheduled for Saturday, July 2 with July 4 as an alternate date in case of rain.

The show will include Class B fireworks, and a licensed pyrotechnician will be brought in.

“We’ll be bringing in a guy from Chambley’s Display Firework in Valley, Ala.,” said Sport, who added that the technician will have the necessary insurance for the event.

In other business, the city council learned that the city has done well financially this year.

“Revenue is up $16,000 this year,” Sport said. He added that overall, the city is $10,000 under budget.

“Our sales tax is down about $5,000 for the year, but we’re still pretty well on budget,” Sport said. “But if the revenue takes a dip, it’s going to go downhill.”

The city council also approved an off-premise alcohol license for the Raceway station, which is opening again. Alcohol licenses cannot be transferred from a previous owner to a new owner and must be re-applied for.

Work is also set to begin on the new roof for the Multipurpose Center soon.