SL City Council Gives Final Approval To Ordinance Banning Usage Of Fireworks In The City; Approves Wage Increases For City Employees

Tue 1-12-2021

(Spirit Lake)-- The Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday evening gave final adoption to a couple of ordinance revisions pertaining to fireworks. One bans the use of fireworks altogether in the city while another pertains to who can be held responsible for violating that ordinance. Mayor Bruce Keenan said it allows police officers to site the owner of the property from which fireworks are illegally shot. He says it will provide an important tool for enforcement...SL Fireworks 

"When we can't find out who it is we have the opportunity, if it presents itself, to fine the individual who owns the property or leases the property as keeping a disorderly house. Trying to give some teeth to the police trying to improve Jeff's chances of issuing citations that don't just get thrown out."

The revision tying a violation to the city's disorderly house ordinance was approved unanimously; the final adoption of the ordinance banning the use of fireworks in the city was approved four to one, with councilman Jerry Harbst casting the dissenting vote.

In other business, the council unanimously approved a 3.2 percent across-the-board wage increase for city employees. Mayor Keenan told the council the city's Administrative Committee made the recommendation, adding it factored in a significant increase in health insurance...SL Pay Raises 

"Basically our plan while it's going to give those employees a little more boost, they still have the same basic deductible plan that they've gone through, and I think that's where we landed to come up with our three two."

The council also approved a preliminary plat for a new residential development known as “Maple Meadows”.