Fireworks are now a legal option for Powell residents to celebrate certain holidays, following recent action by city council – with a caveat.
Legislation approved by City Council on October 4 maintains ban on the sale of fireworks within city limits but allows the legal discharge of fireworks on New Year’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 3-5 (and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays before and after July 4th), work, Diwali and New Year’s Eve, a change from past practices.
This legislation, along with updates to the city’s private property maintenance bylaws also approved by council on October 4, are efforts undertaken by city staff and council committees to “modernize” the code. , said City Manager Andrew White. This week.
“Updating our development codes is essential to provide predictability for residents, business owners and those wishing to do business within our community,” said Deputy City Manager, Jeff Tyler. “We want to continue looking for ways to maintain high standards while being predictable in our approach.”
White said the fire code update, which is effective immediately, follows further action by the state legislature providing new guidelines and powers to local municipalities regarding the sale and unloading of fireworks. Among its provisions, Amended Replacement Bill 2021 172which went into effect July 1, 2022, allows local municipalities to determine allowable dates for the legal discharge of fireworks, White said.
The updated property maintenance code provides “better enforcement and resolution of property issues,” White said. The city receives feedback on property maintenance issues, but the maintenance issues are “not systemic,” he said.
“Over the past two or three years, there have been a lot of transitions within the trading economy,” he said. “That seems to be where we tend to see poor property maintenance.”
Under the updated code, the city will send a general notice to the community at the start of each growing season as the first notice. If the grass on an occupied lot exceeds 7 inches in height, the city will send a second and final notice to the owner, who will then have seven days to remedy the violation.
Additionally, recurring violations on the same property will no longer require individual notice to the owner, and the city may take action to immediately remedy the violation.
The code also includes new regulations for the use of garbage cans for home improvement or cleaning projects.
“These changes allow the city to effectively manage the development and safety of our residents and businesses,” White said.