Council discusses Independence Day fireworks, approves agenda items

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Lewisville City Council touched on future options for Fourth of July fireworks before discussing regular meeting items on Oct. 16.

During the council workshop, contractor Todd Bressi presented elements of the Public Art Master Plan, which is projected to be adopted in December. Bressi shared how the public art could be implemented, where funds can be drawn from to support the art, possible ways to obtain the art and some locations to consider placing the art.

Afterwards James Kunke presented some options for future fireworks in Old Town for the council to consider. Because of the circumstances, there are only two Old Town location options available for the upcoming Fourth of July firework display: shoot the fireworks from the roof of the MCL Grand Theater or don’t have fireworks in Old Town. Shooting them off from the MCL Grand roof will close off the property to showgoers.

Another thing to consider is the date on which to celebrate Independence Day. Having fireworks is more expensive on July 4 than the days surrounding it. The council could choose to have fireworks on a Tuesday again in order to combine the event with the Sounds of Lewisville.

City staff asked the council its initial thoughts on the options. Council member Bob Troyer liked the idea of having fireworks on the closest Tuesday to July 4 as well as having the fireworks shot from the MCL.

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Jones was concerned about not having the MCL Grand property available to public, especially in regards to its bathrooms. Jones also liked having fireworks on the nearest Tuesday date. He does not want to compete with the Flower Mound fireworks show though.

Mayor Pro Tem Brent Daniels brought up the possibility of having a bathroom trailer available, to which city staff mentioned the saved costs of not having fireworks on July 4 would make that feasible. Daniels is for having the show on the nearest Tuesday.

Council Member TJ Gilmore said he would prefer to double down on having fireworks and a concert event  on the same evening as opposed to adding another special event. Gilmore said he is a fan of shooting the fireworks from the MCL Grand and having the show on a Tuesday, specifically before the Fourth.

Council Member Neil Ferguson considered cutting out the MCL Grand restrooms an issue. Ferguson said he doesn’t need the show to be on July 4, because it will save the city money. He wants to make sure the fireworks show does not compete with Addison, Flower Mound or Grapevine. Ferguson also said he doesn’t think it needs to be tied to a Tuesday concert.

After the workshop, the council gathered for its semimonthly meeting. Before the city council made any decisions regarding the agenda, Mayor Rudy Durham was recognized during the citizen’s forum for his induction into the Lewisville High School Hall of Fame.

All items on the consent agenda are enacted by one motion. Council approved the following actions:

  • A resolution allowing agreements between the City of Lewisville and Community Development Block Grant sub-recipients, between the city and City Social Service Agency Fund recipients, and between the Neighborhood Services department and the Public Services department for 2017-18 as well as authorization for city officials to execute the agreements. The agreements are in relation to the city’s 2017 Annual Action Plan, which was submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • An Art Project Grant of $8,000 to be given to the LakeCities Ballet Theatre, as advised by the Arts Advisory Board to support the company’s new production of family program “The Nutty Nutcracker.”
  • An agreement with William C. Peck concerning a quitclaim that returns a portion of his land that he donated to the city back to him upon his request. He made the request to redevelop the property.

The council also approved all the regular hearing items.

The items included a variance to a city code regarding room size for hotels, motels and extended stay facilities as requested by Aloft Hotel by Marriott consultants on behalf of the property owner. Another of the items was an amendment to an ordinance, which adjusts the wholesale and industrial surcharge rates as recommended by the city’s annual review.

The final item on the regular hearings agenda was the appointment of Eric Bowman to Place No. 7 on the Lewisville Arts Advisory Board.

Council will meet tonight, Oct. 30 at City Hall for a special meeting and the agenda can be found here. The special session will start at 5:30 p.m.

City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month, save for holidays, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 151 W. Church St. in Old Town. Workshops are held before council meetings at various times.

To view council agendas and workshop hours, go to http://ltjne.ws/councilagenda.

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