City Council does its part to reignite fireworks display

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The City Council Tuesday gave a “waive” of approval to the return of July fireworks in the city.

The council approved a request from the Eagles Club to waive the $100 fireworks permit fee for the club.

After missing last year, the Eagles plan to stage a fireworks show next month to coincide with the Mill Street Fest event Saturday, July 14.

“We’d like to bring back the fireworks,” Eagles Club President Mark Pfeiffer told the council. “We honor and respect our military and the sacrifices they make for our country and that’s what fireworks are all about, respect for our service people.”

City Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty explained that the permit for the fireworks has been approved and signed by the mayor, police chief and fire chief.

“Two years ago the council approved waiving the fee and last year there were no fireworks,” Huberty noted.

She added that a number of years ago the city had made an annual donation toward the cost of the annual fireworks, but that it had been removed from the budget along with other donations to civic groups and organizations.

The next step in the upgrading of the Mullet River front area behind Mill Street will move ahead after the council approved a contract for repairs to the parking structure.

The contract was awarded to low bidder Concrete & Masonry Restoration of Milwaukee for $179,288.61.

Austin explained that the amount – which includes an alternate bid for additional work – is under the budgeted amount of $200,000.

The base bid included repairing the barrier wall on the west side of the structure where the ramp to the lot was removed last year, as well as miscellaneous concrete patch work.

The additional bid was for resealing the concrete floor on the parking deck and re-striping the parking spaces, following the current configuration.

The council approved the list of alcoholic beverage licenses for 2018-2019.

Huberty noted that the class B combination retail license previously held by Pourvino is not being renewed by the bank that holds receivership over the former wine bar on Mill Street.

“As of now we have three reserved class B licenses available,” Huberty announced.

The reserve licenses for retail sale of beer, wine, alcohol and mixed drinks carry a license fee of $10,000 each, Mayor Donald Pohlman pointed out.

Austin presented the Compliance Maintenance Annual Report (CMAR) for the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

“This is part of our yearly reporting for the plant,” Austin told the council members. She pointed out that last year’s CMAR showed one violation, but “this year we did not have any violations against our permit.”

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