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June 8, 2017 City Council latest to delay implementing fireworks laws
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June 5, the Wellman City Council became the latest governing body to delay implementation of the new retail fireworks law which was signed by then Governor Terry Brandstad back on May 9.

Mayor Ryan Miller expressed concerns about the amount of time the city had to make sure they were prepared for such a move. He noted it would take time they don’t have to change the ordinance already on the books anyway.

“I think it’ll take a lot more time and effort for us to dig through this thing,” he said.

Council member Tracy Owens said the fire department had yet to discuss what to do about the new law.

The council therefore agreed to keep the laws as they were on the books ahead of the July 4 holiday to give themselves until next year to see how the implementation of the new law is handled by other municipalities and government entities.

In other business, the city approved new regulations regarding excess flow valves for gas lines that residents can install on their properties, which would allow homeowners to shut off gas at their service line.

The city upped their contribution to the Wellman Chamber of Commerce to $1,500. Last year, the city donated $1,000, but the $500 dollar increase got them to a gold level sponsorship.

The council members also approved a construction permit submission, including the $100 fee, to the Department of Natural Resources for the replacement of their water plant membranes. The move allowed the DNR to update the coding on the membrane numbering.

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