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City hopes for large turnout for fireworks public hearing

MABTON - At Tuesday night's Mabton City Council meeting the fireworks ordinance for the city was re-visited.

Earlier this month Mabton residents showed at a council meeting to voice their concern that the city may be considering banning fireworks all together. Last year the council voted to approve an ordinance requiring residents to purchase a fireworks permit to participate in the holiday festivities.

At this past Tuesday night's meeting, city attorney Phil Lamb said any ordinance that is stricter than state law has to be approved a year in advance.

He says the council may be able to change or lower the permit fee, which is currently $25.

Mayor Angel Reyna said Councilwoman Vera Zavala is working with a committee to formulate a proposal that they will bring to the council for consideration. At that time the council will also hold a public hearing, to hear what Mabton residents think of the issue.

Reyna says he hopes a proposal will be brought to the second council meeting in August.

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