PLEASANTON – Pleasanton’s annual fireworks display is on again this year after the Pleasanton City Council was informed last month that there were no licensed volunteers to set up and fire off the display.
City Administrator Teresa Whitaker said the fireworks show, set for dusk on July 2, would be managed by John Harrington and Dustin Ridenour. She said they have also agreed to do the fireworks next year.
However, in order for new volunteers to be licensed by the state one of the requirements is that they work under a licensed person for three years before they can get their own license. She said the city would need to find a person for them to work under for 2024.
With those two men on board for this year’s fireworks, the council approved spending up to $5,000 on fireworks and $1,000 for labor for the city’s Independence Day celebration this year.
The council, at the recommendation of City Attorney Burton Harding, took the next step in annexing more of U.S. Highway 69. The council voted last month to take steps to incorporate both exits leading to Pleasanton.
Harding said that the city needed to sign a grant of easement to itself that would allow the city to construct future improvements on two parcels of land near the Sixth Street exit. Those projects could include future road improvements and drainage projects.
The easement also allows utility companies to install equipment there if needed.
In other business, the council:
Approved a bid of $2,235 by Dennis Claiborne to harvest hay from areas around the West Lake and East Lake. The Umphenour Farms bid was $1,532.
Voted to change diversion fees currently designated for Olive’s Hope to now go to Angel Tree Toy Express. The motion included the $100 currently in the account.
Voted to allow the city to bid up to $7,000 on a law enforcement vehicle from GSA. The vote was 4-1 with Councilwoman Rochelle Schreckhise opposing the measure.
Approved paying the lifeguards at the city pool for 25 hours a week while the pool is shut down.
Approved adding $2,500 into the beautification grant fund. The balance before the transfer was about $2,600.
Approved payment for contract with Diehl, Banwart, and Bolton in the amount of $6,065.
Voted to approved writing off balances on closed water accounts below $25 because the debt set-off will not service any accounts below that threshold.