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Fireworks Discussion Heats Up Again In Jamestown

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The Jamestown City Council will now be holding a special meeting to discuss the city's fireworks proposal after two city councilmen suggested it be on the November 4th ballot.

NewsDakota.Com is reporting that when the votes were taken initially on the proposal, one council member was absent. Councilman Dan Buchanan stated that the new proposal included fireworks sales and detonation to start July 1st and go through the 5th, with July 4th fireworks going off until 1 AM on the 5th of July. Mayor Katie Andersen stated that she did not want to move forward with the proposal, as city residents that may want to add input were not immediately available and uninformed that the topic was going to be discussed.

Council Member Ramone Gumke stated that he believed the item should be put on the November 4th ballot for the city residence to decide. The Council denied the proposed amendment to the City Ordinance, but later voted unanimously to place it on an August 19th Special City Council meeting for further discussion. It will then be decided if it should be placed on the November ballot for the public to decide.

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Fireworks became a hot topic at the Jamestown special committees meeting on Tuesday.

NewsDakota.com is reporting that Councilman Steve Brubakken suggested that the city should allow fireworks to be discharged from July 1st to July 4th from noon until 11:00 PM and allowed until 1:00 AM into the 5th of July.

Jamestown resident Danielle Schmidt, who originally brought the city's firework ordinance to the public eye, suggested that it be July 3rd to July 5th for fireworks to be allowed with times of 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM on the 5th. Audience members stated that if the council failed to reach a compromise, another petition might be coming forward to ban fireworks all together.

A motion was made to change the ordinance to use fireworks from July 1st through the 5th, but failed on a 2-2 vote with Mayor Katie Andersen and Councilman Dan Buchanan voting in opposition.

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