Fireworks issue launches itself back before Groveport City Council

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Groveport City Council is once again considering expanding the use of personal fireworks within the city limits.

On Oct. 24, council heard the first reading of legislation that would be consistent with state law to allow the use of personal fireworks on designated days during the year.

Previous attempts by council earlier this year to pass similar legislation failed.

The legislation would allow individuals to possess consumer grade fireworks and to discharge them on their own property or on another person’s property with permission on the following days: New Year’s Day; Chinese New Year; Cinco de Mayo; Memorial Day weekend; Juneteenth; July 3, 4, and 5 and the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays preceding and following; Labor Day weekend, Diwali; and New Year’s Eve.

State law permits local governments to restrict the dates and times when individuals may discharge consumer grade fireworks or to impose a complete ban on the use of consumer grade fireworks.

The issue will be discussed further at council’s committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

Groveport Police statistics
September crime statistics, according to the Groveport Police: 12 arrests, 15 accidents, 5 assaults, 2 burglaries, 3 domestic disputes, 1 domestic violence, 2 OVI and alcohol, 12 thefts/robberies, 3 stolen/unauthorized use, 1 missing persons, 1 weapon related call, 2 narcotic related offenses, 14 parking, 3 threats, 1 vandalism, 2 juvenile complaints, 31 traffic citations, 1 sex related crime, 13 school related dispatched calls, 1 suicide/attempt.

Other news
•Council is considering donating the building at 595 Cherry St. to the Greater Groveport Food Pantry. The food pantry is currently operating out of the building.

•Groveport Madison Schools is requesting a zoning variance for 4180 Bixby Road to allow the construction of a school bus garage facility.

The planning and zoning commission will discuss the request at its Nov. 7 meeting at 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

•Council is considering a zoning variance request for property at 0 Hendron Road (site of the former swimming pool and now a vacant lot) to allow for the construction of 4,067 square foot veterinary clinic.

The planning and zoning commission will discuss the request at its Nov. 7 meeting at 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

•The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue year-to-date as of Sept. 30 was $15.9 million, which is 21 percent higher than the same time in 2021, according to Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

Carr noted the general fund balance was $8.4 million as of Sept. 30 or $2.2 million higher than the same time last year.

Income tax revenues year-to-date comprise 55 percent of all city revenues, the largest part of all the city’s revenues.

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  1. I sure hope these are NOT expanded. My dogs, horses and other animals are scared to death every year. I had one dog go into early labor because of fireworks going off and I ended up loosing a couple of pups. My neighbors horses get spooked and run back and forth in the pastures. My daughter’s horses on her farm have to be moved to the far end of the property and she has to stay with them until fireworks are over. I wish you would crack down more on the people in neighborhoods setting them off.

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