Kaufman Commissioners Approve Fireworks Sales for Memorial Day Weekend
County Judge Bruce Woods called the May 9, 2018 Kaufman County Commissioners Court meeting to order. Before leading the prayer and pledge, Judge Woods informed attendees to fill out the forms in the hall if they wished to address the court on a subject found on the agenda. Topics that came before the Court were: sale of fireworks for Memorial Day, use of inmates for maintenance, and National Police Week.
May 13-19 was National Police Week for Kaufman County and a Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the Terrell Performing Arts Center.
The main topic of discussion was to discuss/consider approving sales of Memorial Day Fireworks. Officer Randy Richards addressed the court, and said that his stance remained the same as it had the previous year. Although he is not against the business of firework sales, he felt concern over the possible increase of fire threats. Last year there was not a significant increase in fires. There were some grass fires reported, but no structure fires and no injuries were reported. A Terrell resident and owner of Big Bang Discount Fireworks addressed the court. With one location on Hwy 34 and another opening off of I-20 and Helms Trail, the business owner stated that the extra sale days would help cover the cost of the brick and mortar buildings that hold the fireworks. He understands the court might be concerned about the trash left behind and is intentional about addressing the concern to the customers who come to purchase items from his establishment along with firework safety. Another firework stand owner addressed the court stating that she understands the safety concerns and is willing to work with the fire department. The motion was made and passed by the commissioners.
The Court discussed using on the property next to the county jail, which is currently owned by the Children’s Advocacy Center. The inmates would be mowing the area next to where they are currently mowing already. Approval was needed from the court, so that there wouldn’t be an issue of a mowing violation from the city.
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