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Carbondale fireworks will require fundraising

John ColsonPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The town board of trustees on Tuesday put off a decision on whether to hire a professional fireworks company for this year’s traditional July Fourth display until the funding situation becomes clear.The town had no fireworks in 2011, due partly to budgetary constraints suffered by the Carbondale Fire Department, and partly to safety concerns expressed by Fire Chief Ron Leach and his crew.The annual fireworks show had previously been put on by the fire department, with the $8,000 cost shared by the department and the town.This year, according to town staff, the fire department has declined to stage the show.Tri-State Fireworks of Brighton, Colo., offered to conduct the show for $22,500.Jeff Jackal, the town’s recreation director, pointed out that there would be other costs associated with safety patrols and traffic management, although no exact figures were discussed.When the trustees balked at the price tag, company representative Joe Diaz offered to work with the town to bring the price down, though the trustees declined to negotiate during the meeting.Town Manager Jay Harrington noted that the town has budgeted $4,000 for fireworks, and the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District has set aside another $4,000 for fireworks.That leaves a gap of nearly $15,000, and the trustees showed no interest having town staff work on efforts to raise that amount in contributions.The trustees directed the town staff to search for a community organization or service club that could do the fundraising. Trustees will take the matter up again on Feb. 14.In other action, the trustees adopted a schedule of events that will involve three closures of Main Street for special events:May 4 for the Lulubelle Fashion Show, 6-8 p.m. between Third and Fourth streets.Sept. 22 for the Criterion Bike Race, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Third and Seventh streets.Dec. 7 for the Light Up Carbondale event, 4-9 p.m. between Fourth Street and Weant Boulevard.The trustees opted to move the Sept. 9 Community Appreciation Night, sponsored jointly by the town and Skip Bell, manager of the Pour House restaurant, from Main Street to the Fourth Street Plaza.jcolson@postindependent.com


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