Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

August 6, 2013

GOSHEN BOARD OF WORKS: Fireworks request put on back burner

Board will review Moose Lodge request further and revisit it next week

GOSHEN — Is approval by the city needed in order to host professional fireworks displays after the allotted dates and times laid out in the city’s fireworks ordinance? That’s a question the Goshen Board of Works and Safety encountered during its weekly meeting Monday afternoon.

The question arose with a request by Goshen Moose Lodge 836 member Mark Benton for permission to have a fireworks display on Aug. 31 following a planned car show.

“We are having a car show that day,” Benton said, “and would like to end our event with fireworks.”

Part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Goshen Fire Department Public Education Division, Benton explained. The lodge has already hired RKM Fireworks out of Edwardsburg, Mich., which is licensed to set of Class B fireworks. The permit application has been submitted on a state level, Benton said.

Benton said he made the request to the Board of Works because he was unsure whether professional fireworks displays were covered in the city’s fireworks ordinance and was advised by Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink to seek clarification from the board.

According to the current ordinance, Goshen allows the use of consumer fireworks from June 29 to July 9. During those days, fireworks are permitted from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset, except on July 4, when they are permitted from 10 a.m. until midnight. Use of consumer fireworks within the city is prohibited at any other time during the year except between the hours of 10 a.m. Dec. 31 and 1 a.m. Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday.

However, the ordinance does allow exceptions provided that approval is first granted by the Board of Public Works and Safety, though the ordinance states that such exceptions are only allowed if the fireworks displays take place on real estate owned by a government entity.

While the ordinance clearly regulates consumer fireworks, city attorney Larry Barkes said he was unsure whether the ordinance applies to professional fireworks shows such as the one proposed by the Moose Lodge.

“As I recall, our ordinance does not affect professional fireworks,” Barkes said. “I don’t think the whole ordinance applies to professional fireworks. I think the state statute makes that exception.”

Due to the unclear nature of the issue and the potential impact to residents, Mayor Allan Kauffman suggested that the request be tabled for a week in order to allow the city’s legal department to determine if Board of Works approval is required for professional fireworks displays.

“I still think it would be good to wait a week and see what kind of input we get from other people and the public,” Kauffman said, “because this is a surprise to the public who may not want bombs blowing off in the air.”

The board agreed, and the request was tabled until the board’s upcoming Aug. 12 meeting.

Text Only
Local News
  • Hanna Zook A.jpg 9 vie for Distinguished Young Women title MIDDLEBURY — Nine contestants will be competing in Middlebury’s Distinguished Young Women program, formerly known as Middlebury’s Junior Miss program.The theme for this year is “Shine Your Way” and the program will be held at the Northridge High Scho

    July 31, 2014 9 Photos

  • GN140731 Old fashioned farming days 00070.jpg Shipshewana hosts “Old Fashion Farming Days” SHIPSHEWANA — What began 10 years ago as a small exhibition of six or seven farming items dating from the 1800s and 1900s has grown into a yearly festival celebrating the unique histories of more than 400 pieces of antique faming equipment.According

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS GN0731 boys and girls club 01 Boys & Girls Club seeking $1.4M to expand GOSHEN — The Goshen Boys & Girls Club is a bustling place.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • BIZ GN0730 Growing kids daycare image New day care center will open in August GOSHEN — There’s a Main Street in downtown Goshen and now there’s another, shorter Main Street in Goshen. The new road is located inside the new Growing Kids Learning Center.The newly-built center is located at Elkhart Road and C.R. 17. The day care

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140730 Spore mug Child's death prompts carbon monoxide awareness SYRACUSE — In the wake of the carbon monoxide poisoning death of 12-year-old Skyler Spore, the Syracuse community is raising awareness about the dangers of the deadly gas.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS GN140730 stormwater board Orchard annexation gets $500,000 boost Stormwater board increases contribution toward $7.5 million project

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140730 city council summit 01 Street chief says more money needed to avoid cutting services GOSHEN — The last year has been a particularly rough one for the Goshen Street Department, and the budget for 2015 is likely going to reflect much of that pain in the form of a significant increase in funding requests.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jace Michael Mast TOPEKA — Jace Michael Mast, infant son of Earl and Esther (Lambright) Mast of Topeka, was stillborn at 9:40 p.m. Monday at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Evan Wade Mast, at home; grandparents, Ri

    July 29, 2014

  • nipsco property Construction to close N. Fifth St. for most of a year

    GOSHEN — Motorists who use North Fifth Street should plan to find a new route for the coming year. Monday the Goshen Board of Works and Safety members accepted bids for a North Fifth Street reconstruction project from Clinton Street to Crescent Stree

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • SLIDESHOW: Pets of the Week Cats and dogs looking for loving homes at the Humane Society of Elkhart County. These are the final days of the HSEC's July special: adopt in July and receive 25 percent off your adoption fee for dogs and cats under 5 years old or 50 percent off those 5-years-old or better.

    July 29, 2014 11 Photos

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA