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Glenwood cancels July 4th fireworks; water restrictions may start Monday

Greg Mass

Drought and fire forced the Glenwood Springs City Council to cancel the 4th of July fireworks display and consider mandatory watering restrictions.”In light of everything burning, it just wouldn’t set a good example shooting off fireworks,” city manager Mike Copp said. The display normally takes place at Two Rivers Park. The cancellation leaves council with two options: cancel the show for good and pay a penalty fee, or postpone the show until a later, more appropriate date. The city has until the end of 2002 to put on the show. To make up for the show, the idea of holding a citywide barbecue on July 4 was brought up, but no concrete plans were made. Copp also reminded citizens that there is a statewide fireworks ban and warned that anyone who tries to put on their own show would be dealt with strictly. “There are heavy fines, and we are going to prosecute to the max,” he said. “We don’t want any fireworks out there.”Meanwhile, Copp said he may impose mandatory watering restrictions starting Monday.The shift from mild drought category, which calls for voluntary water restrictions, to moderate drought was made at council’s June 6 meeting, but the mandatory restrictions were not imposed.If restrictions are imposed on Monday, they will limit lawn watering, car washing and other nonessential water-related activities. The goal is to reduce water usage by 30 percent. “It may come down at some point there will be no outside watering,” Copp said. “If it gets to the point where all we have is drinking water, that’s what we’ll do.”The mandatory restrictions are being considered because flows in the city’s main water sources – No Name Creek and Grizzly Creek – have decreased in the last few weeks. In other business:-Council approved a major development permit for a three-story mixed-use building to be located downtown at Seventh and Grand, the former location of Ski and Sport Swap and Charm School Boutique. -A pre-annexation agreement between council and the Glenwood Caverns Tramway Co. and an easement for the aerial tramway were approved. -A new jail contract between the city and Garfield County was tabled until further discussions can be held. -New provisions for bidding city projects were passed Thursday, tightening up the city’s bidding regulations and changing local contractor preference policies.


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