Saline County fire chiefs propose using fireworks permit fees for communication upgrades

Saline County commissioners continue to study possible changes to the county fireworks resolution.

Hannah Stambaugh, emergency management director, and David Neal, planning and zoning director, Tuesday presented proposed amendments written after a meeting last week with the county’s fire chiefs. Fire chiefs would like to have money raised from firework vendor permits go into a fund to be used for communications upgrades. This year, each rural fire department received about $900 from vendor permits.

They also would like to ban aerial luminaries.

Most of the complaints commissioners hear, they said, concern people setting off fireworks just outside the Salina city limits. In the county, fireworks legally can be discharged from 8 a.m. to midnight June 27 through July 5; in the city, they can be discharged from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 and 4.

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