Blanding prohibits aerial fireworks

By Katie Boyle
Staff writer
At their latest meeting on June 28, the Blanding City Council voted to prohibit aerial fireworks in city limits, and approved the formation of the Airport Advisory Committee.
The council prohibited aerial fireworks in city limits due to severe drought and windy conditions that have made the use of fireworks too risky.
The vote comes before the annual city Independence Day celebration. The city will have a fireworks show on July 9 that will be supervised by the city fire department. 
The council also approved an administrative policy that allows the formation of the Blanding Municipal Airport Advisory Committee.
According to the policy, the committee must consist of no less than five members and no more than seven. Committee members will be selected by the Mayor with input and advice from the City Council.
Four committee members must be city residents and the three remaining members must be residents of San Juan County within 25 miles of the city or have a significant business investments in the city. City Manager David Johnson reported city staff will work to create an online application for interested residents. 
The council also voted to enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Utah State University. It outlines reporting procedures between the city police department and campus police. The MOU follows historic guidelines created between the city and the university. 
The council also agreed to sell a parcel of land to Utah State University.

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