The Hays City Commission will discuss whether to allow the sale and use of fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday at a work session Thursday evening. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.
City staff does not see a compelling reason to suspend fireworks use this year, but the item routinely is discussed in May. In years past, drought and an increased threat of fire have been a concern, but conditions might seem more favorable this year.
“At this time, those conditions are not as threatening as in past years,” City Manager Toby Dougherty states in a memo to city commissioners.
“Therefore, aside from the fact that there are many residents that do not like fireworks, city staff does not see a reason for the commission to suspend the sale and use of fireworks for 2016.”
If commissioners agree to allow fireworks, they could be sold in city limits from July 2 to 4.
Consumer use of fireworks is limited to July 2 to 4 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Other agenda items for Thursday’s work session include a feasibility analysis conducted by city staff regarding installing a public restroom facility in downtown Hays.