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Carrollton approves new fireworks vendor
Fourth of July celebration at Point Park to feature custom show
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:00 AM
Carrollton city officials plan to get more bang for their buck during this year's Fourth of July Celebration at Point Park.
The Carrollton City Council agreed to change firework companies during a meeting Monday night after Councilman Robb Adams solicited a price quote from another fireworks vendor, Vito Fireworks of Covington.
Council members agreed at a previous meeting to explore other price options before awarding the contract to Freedom Fireworks for another year.
Vito Fireworks provided price quotes for the packages offered by Freedom Fireworks, beating each of Freedom's packages by at least $2,500 for the exact same show.
Vito Fireworks also offered the city a custom package for $15,000, which Adams described during the meeting. The package included assorted shells, specialty shells, a half-time show and a grand finale.
Nearly 938 shells would be shot off during the 30-minute show, Adams said.
Even though the fireworks show will be shorter than the 2013 show, the Vito Fireworks package has nearly 60 more shells than last year, Mayor Gene McMurry said.
Council members unanimously approved the purchase of the custom package during the meeting.
Also during the meeting, council members approved a resolution to allow encroachment on city street right-of-ways for the Carroll County Interconnect project. Carrollton Utilities, along with the West Carroll Water District and Carroll County Water, have begun to design parts of the Interconnect project.
The project will allow for emergency interconnection between Carrollton Utilities and other area water systems.
Carrollton Utilities requested permission from the city, through an encroachment permit, to work in or along the cross streets of Highland Avenue from Second to Eleventh streets, the alley from Main Street to Sycamore Street and on Schuerman Street.
New waterlines will be run along Highland Avenue and a new water well will be installed near Main Street with new lines run to Sycamore Street. A new transmission water main will be constructed near the intersection of Eleventh and Schuerman streets, with waterlines run to Gillock Park.
McMurry said the work will begin as soon as the weather breaks.
In other business:
Council members unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to add $40,000 to the city's budget for capital-land purchases. The council then approved the purchase of 306 Sycamore St. for $37,500.
The property is located next to the city's public works department.
Council members asked when the city would take possession of the property. City attorney G. Edward James said the city is ready to close on the property and the deed will be signed over to the city at that time. The council asked James to make sure the sellers understood that all items from the property that they hoped to keep should be removed from the property before the deed was transferred to the city.
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