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Fireworks task force created in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council chambers slowly started to fill with familiar faces Monday night, as the council decided what it's next step would be in dealing with the community's fireworks ordinance.

The people who filled the chambers were the same people who spoke out about fireworks during a public hearing held last week on the matter.

Mayor Norm Childress noted that during that public hearing Councilwoman Helen Darr had suggested forming a task force to research the matter.

"I think that's a good plan and a way to get some folks involved," Childress said.

He then immediately began forming what would end up being a nine-member task force.

The newly formed task force is made up of three city council members and six community members. Council members on the task force include Rick McLean, Helen Darr and Javier Rodriguez, while community members include Judith Lee, Nicole DeLeon, Sherry Bean, Chuck Holtberg, Leslie Dalley and Richard Waddle.

Dalley said she volunteered to serve on the task force because she doesn't want to see the Fourth of July tradition of setting off fireworks be taken away.

"I think it's a patriotic thing," Dalley said of fireworks. She added that although she is in favor of keeping fireworks in Grandview, she is also in favor of ensuring that the holiday is celebrated safely.

"I've seen it all over the Valley, they're not allowing fireworks and it's time to take a stand," Dalley said.

Lee, who has lived in her home since 1964, said her house has a wood-shingled roof, which can make the Fourth of July a harrowing time.

Bean said her major concern when it comes to fireworks, especially this year, was just how long people were setting them off. Bean said in her neighborhood people were lighting fireworks nearly three weeks.

"It's too much," Bean said.

Childress said the task force will research the subject of fireworks and will return to council with a recommendation as to the changes that can be made. He added that as that state law makes it so fireworks restrictions take one year to implement, the decisions made by the task force won't effect Fourth of July 2006.

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