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Fireworks, trash rates top council agenda

Proposals close to becoming law.

More time to light fireworks and a spike in city trash rates are nearing final passage.

At their meeting May 3, Gothenburg City Council members passed a proposal on second reading that would extend hours to shoot fireworks from 10 to 11 p.m. between June 25 and July 3.

Hours begin at 10 a.m. during the 10-day period and increase to midnight on July 4.

Local residents who sell fireworks requested the extension because it’s just getting dark at 10 p.m. the last week of June and first few days of July.

Also passed on second reading was a proposal to increase trash rates 90 cents—from $14.50 to $15.40.

The three businesses that haul trash—Mike’s Sanitation, Schaben Inc. and Dan’s Sanitation—will receive 50 cents more to help with rising fuel prices.

Forty cents is earmarked for the city’s annual cleanup program where residents take household waste to dumpsters at the city shop.

Both measures will be up for a last and third reading at the council’s May 17 meeting.

In other action, the council set in motion a process for Taproot, Inc. to obtain tax-increment financing for a 2,000-square foot addition.

Taproot is the corporate name for Eastside Animal Center that applied in April for TIF.

City attorney Mike Bacon gave the council 30-day notice of the Redevelopment Authority’s intent to enter into a redevelopment contract with Taproot that will allow for TIF funds.

On another matter, the council considered changing language regarding utility information that can be made public.

Because of a change in the public records act, city administrator Bruce Clymer said utilities can withhold infrastructure data.

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