By TIM HORAN
The Dickinson County Commission approved a resolution to allow for the sale of fireworks within the county.
The county’s firework rules allowed for fireworks sales within cities in the county but not the county itself. At a recent meeting Ron Maggard from Herington addressed the commission about fireworks at the lake on the Fourth of July.
He said it was brought up recently that the community fireworks show at Lake Herington would no longer be funded by the Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Myself and several other citizens have put together a foundation, the Herington Foundation Fireworks Fund,” he told the commissioners. “We are limited on our time here but we want to put the show on, not only this year but to continue it every year, and to keep it out at the lake.”
Maggard is also a member of the American Legion Post 12 which agreed to sell fireworks at its lodge at the lake and use the proceeds to fund the firework show.
Herington’s lake is owned by the City of Herington but it is not in the city limits and is part of rural Dickinson County.
At its last regular meeting the commission approved a resolution allowing for the sale of fireworks under certain conditions.
Those conditions include:
* dates of July 2, 3, 4, 5 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.;
* sellers must obtain a Consumer Fireworks Retail Sales Permit from the county;
* sellers must contain a zoning permit;
* the facility must not be located with 50 feet of a retail propane dispensing station, above ground storage tanks of flammable or combustible liquids, flammable gas, or a motor vehicle fuel-dispensing station;
* the facility must be equipped with fire extinguishers;
* it must be a non-smoke facility;
* it must have liability coverage of not less that $1 million;
* fireworks must be removed from the facility by July 7;
* the facility must be subject to inspection.