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Brawley council votes 4-1 to deny fireworks sales in city

May 01, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The city's ordinance prohibiting the sale of fireworks within city limits was upheld here Monday night as the City Council voted 4-1 to deny Imperial resident Tony Ojeda's request for a variance in the city ordinance.

Councilman John Benson dissented.

Ojeda went before the council last month seeking the variance that would have allowed him to sell fireworks within city limits.

Fireworks vendors are allowed to sell fireworks as close as 3 feet outside city limits on county grounds where fireworks sales are legal.

Brawley Fire Chief Frank Contreras opposed the request, saying his department lacked the manpower to regulate vendors' compliance with safety regulations.


Contreras said he also was concerned that by allowing the sale of fireworks in the city, residents might be encouraged to use fireworks in the city, which is prohibited.

A similar request was denied to Ojeda in 1999. The city cited similar reasons for the denial.

In other action, the city approved a contract with Dokken Engineering to design a pedestrian and bicycle path from Cattle Call Park to Pat Williams Park.

City staff will meet with Dokken officials later this week to begin planning for the path and a preliminary plan will be shown to the council at a future meeting.

The city is providing a 12 percent match for the project in an amount not to exceed $72,150. The California Department of Transportation is providing the rest of the funding for the project.

The council approved $218,185 to replace the console and radio systems for the Police Department, which staff had reported were obsolete.

The council will next meet for a budget workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at 225 A St.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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