Fairview Council mulls fireworks ban
Fairview leaders are kicking around what to do about fireworks over the summer, especially when temporary bans could impede residents from celebrating on the Fourth of July.
Last year, like many municipalities across the state, Fairview City Council passed a resolution prohibiting all fireworks within city limits during a Multnomah County Burn Ban. That occurred in late July, as dry conditions and historic heat waves primed the region for potentially devastating wildfires.
But during a work session Wednesday, Jan. 19, some on council mused that the county's burn ban could become an annual precaution, set in June and running through the end of summer. If that happens, Fairview residents would be unable to celebrate on Independence Day with traditional fireworks unless they were willing to face fines between $100 and $999 for each violation.
Discussions last week included the idea that such a permanent ban would be "beyond the scope" of the county's reach.
No decisions were made, and the conversations around fireworks will continue in the coming months.
Also during the meeting Fairview City Council signed the contract for new City Manager Phillip Morley after he was unanimously selected earlier this month.
The 17-year veteran of local government management begins his new role on March 1. Council extended outgoing City Manager Nolan Young's contract through February to allow Morley time to move to Oregon.
Morley will oversee 26 employees, an annual budget of $30.2 million and services for a community that just surpassed 10,000 residents.
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