Fireworks, fire pits and a construction contract are a few proposed ordinances that will go before the St. Clair Board of Aldermen Monday.
Shooting off fireworks within city limits is an ordinance to be discussed and possibly be approved, according to City Administrator Travis Dierker.
The current ordinance does not allow residents to shoot off fireworks.
“It’s been a discussion for couple of years now between the mayor, myself, the attorney, some of the board, and previous boards about adjusting that ordinance to allow some fireworks,” Dierker said.
If approved, fireworks could be shot off between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on July, 3, 4, 5, residents must be at least 16 years old to shoot them, and fireworks must be a certain distance away from places such as hospitals and gas stations, according to Dierker.
“If there’s a drought, and there’s not much rain, and it’s very dry and there’s fear of possible fires, the mayor has the opportunity to basically say fireworks aren’t allowed this year,” Dierker said.
He added that fireworks are still not allowed to be bought or sold within city limits.
An ordinance that would allow outdoor burning, which was approved by the planning and zoning commission earlier this week will go before the board.
There will be a public hearing before the aldermen meeting at 6:45 p.m. for community members to address the board about this ordinance.
Currently, residents are not allowed to have fire pits for outside burning, Dierker said.
“This will change that to allow those and allow some small type fires that are contained and meet certain restrictions, certain limitations outlined in the ordinance,” Dierker said.
If passed, a new section will be added to Chapter 10 of the municipal code to allow recreational burning.
A contract to be signed by Mayor Ron Blum with N.B. West Contracting for the Bardot project in the amount of $656,104.93 will also go before the aldermen.
“Once that contract is signed, then we would get a notice to proceed from the state. Then we’ll schedule a meeting for work to begin as soon as possible,” Dierker said.
The Bardot project consists of widening the street to make way for a center turn lane that will extend from Highway 30 south through the Edgar Murray Elementary entrance, as well as 6-foot-wide sidewalks and street lighting. Construction will start in July.
Last month, the city received $400,000 in federal funds from East-West Gateway that will help pay for the project.
East-West Gateway is the metropolitan planning organization for the St. Louis region, which includes Franklin County.
The city and the St. Clair School District have entered into a cost-sharing agreement where they will split the remaining $150,000 balance.
The board of aldermen meeting is Monday, June 19, at 7 p.m. with a public hearing at 6:45 at city hall.