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Under the terms of the ordinance, consumer fireworks may be discharged July 1 through 8 and Dec. 29 through Jan. 3 of each year. Hours of use are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the following exceptions: on July 4, they may be set off between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., and on Dec. 31, they may be set off between 9 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

The ordinance also dictates the fireworks may be discharged only on public property, not on publicly owned property (i.e., streets, city parks, etc.) After a public hearing at which no feedback was given, the council approved the ordinance and waived its second and third readings.

Colleen Heitmann, with the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke briefly about Salute to Freedom activities planned for July 4. As in the past, Kids’ Day activities will be incorporated into the celebration, with inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, Genoa Bluffs train rides, pony rides and the Hawekeye Pedal Pull. Wristband prices have been reduced this year, to $10 in advance and $15 the of the event. Starting June 1, wristbands will be sold at Williamsburg Foods, the Williamsburg Public Library and Heitmann Insurance Services.

A flag raising ceremony and singing of the national anthem will begin the celebration at 11 a.m., followed by students sharing speeches about patriotism, live music by Straightback Chair, a bluegrass band with local ties, and Faith Adele Kinkead doing a patriotic baton twirling routine.

Contests this year include a pie baking contest, a pizza eating contest and a Little Mr. and Miss Liberty. The latter will be for boys and girls dressed in patriotic attire, who will then ride in the parade. Food vendors and community organizations will sell items in the park, as well.

The July 4 schedule is as follows: 8 a.m., inflatables set up on Elm Street, food vendors set up; 10 a.m., begin selling wristbands for Kids’ Day activities; 11 a.m. flag raising ceremony and Kids’ Day activities begin; 4:30 p.m., Kids’ Day activities end; 5 p.m. parade, same route as past years.

The council agreed to street closures (Elm, State and Court streets) from 7 a.m. until the end of the parade, to provide electricity for the square, to bring picnic tables from West End Park to the city square park and to the use of the city’s metal signs with bases to block off areas for port-a-potties and a washing station.

* Approved an agreement with HR Green for the water project, amendment number one, which provides for a study to evaluate and compare the costs and technologies needed to remove ammonia and possibly soften water, to the city’s water treatment system.

* Heard a report from Nichole Winegarden, recreation director. She noted Brickhouse Coffee, Williamsburg, has requested to sell Tropical Snow shaved ice at the city ball fields on week nights and during any weekend ball tournaments. After discussion, the council questioned possible competition with the city’s own concession stand at the site, as well as the necessity of peddler’s permits and fees, and requested Brickhouse Coffee come before the council to provide more information.

* Heard the public works report and approved a list of projects to be completed by the end of this fiscal year, June 30, by the public works department. These include a number of street and storm intake repairs, as well as crack sealing, seal coating, the possible of a F-150 Ford truck and a F-550 Ford truck and purchase and set-up of GIS equipment and website. The total amount of these projects is $187,387.51, leaving $192,210 in the budget.