OSAWATOMIE — A proposal to extend fireworks sales through July 6 failed to prompt a change in the city’s ordinance.
On Wednesday, June 26, City Council members voted unanimously not to amend the fireworks ordinance.
A fireworks vendor had requested the city extend sales through July 6. The amended ordinance under consideration Wednesday night also tied use of fireworks to the same July 6 extension.
The current city ordinance will remain in effect, which allows fireworks to be sold from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 29 through July 4.
Fireworks can be discharged in the community from June 29 through July 4, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 29 through July 3 and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.
Meagan Borth, assistant to the city manager, told council members before their vote that a poll was posted on the city’s Facebook page to gather input from residents, and it indicated about 70 percent were in favor of extending fireworks through July 6.
Borth expressed the caveat that anybody could cast a vote in the Facebook poll, including people who did not reside in the community.
City staff also informed council members that their research indicated state law would not have allowed fireworks to be sold on July 6.
Fireworks sales are not permitted before June 27 and not after July 5, according to the State Fire Marshal’s office.
Council member Dan Macek, who is in charge of the public fireworks display at Osawatomie City Lake, said he is a fireworks lover, but he recognizes not all community members feel the same way, and he is concerned that granting an extension past July 4 might stretch the community’s patience.
He also said he didn’t think the rules should be changed in midstream.
Council member Cathy Leaver said she received positive and negative comments from community members about extending the date, but also agreed the timing wasn’t right to consider the issue for this year’s holiday.
She noted if the council approved a change in the ordinance that evening, it would not go into effect until the ordinance was published in the newspaper, which in this case would be July 3.
Other council members expressed similar concerns as Macek and Leaver.
The council agreed to revisit the issue in 2020.
Osawatomie, with an estimated 2018 population of 4,266, is the largest city in the county that allows fireworks. Paola (5,670) and Louisburg (4,508) both ban the sale and use of fireworks in their communities.
Spring Hill allows fireworks to be sold from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., June 27 through July 5, and to be discharged from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 through July 6, according to the city’s website.
In the unincorporated areas, Miami County allows fireworks to be sold from June 27 through July 5. Fireworks can be lit between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. July 1 through July 7, according to the fireworks ordinance on the county’s website.