By: Anna Wozniak
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Bryan City Council met on August 7, 2023, first approving the minutes of the July 17, 2023 meeting and the July 17, 2023 joint special meeting.
Then council heard details on an ordinance that would amend the Bryan zoning map to re-zone Parcel Number 063-170-002 from R-2 to C-3.
This parcel has been announced to be intended for business use for what will be Gallery 317, thus the need for rezoning.
Then discussed were ordinances that authorized the clerk / treasurer to issue a change order and final order for the 2023 Asphalt Program Project and the 2023 Pavement Marking Program Project, these projects have been completed and these ordinances closed out the accounts that were provided for their completion.
Then council accepted a $48,801 donation from the Bryan Girls Softball Association to the Parks and Recreation Department for the Field #5 Press Box Project.
The first reading on an ordinance providing for annual appropriations for the fiscal year ending in December of 2023 was declared an emergency and approved, as were two resolutions authorizing Mayor Schlade to prepare and submit applications to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) State Capital Improvement and the Local Transportation Improvement Programs and enter into these contracts if beneficial for city sanitary sewer maintenance and repair.
Details around approving a building permit for Power Train Components, Inc. for a building permit for their current renovation were discussed before the date and time for the community Halloween celebration.
The community “Hollerween” Party will be at the Ice Rink, while the Community Trick or Treat will be at Parks & Rec.
It was decided that October 28, 2023 will see the party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the trick or treat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The fire department then took to the podium to make a public service announcement, sharing what this last year of new firework allowances has taught city officials.
The regulations cover 1.4G consumer grade fireworks, which includes aerial devices, ground devices, and fountain devices.
Bryan days of discharge for fireworks were then announced to the public as: the first day of January; Chinese New Years; the 5th of May; the last Monday in May, and the Saturday and Sunday Immediately preceding said Monday; Diwali; and the 31st of December.
Residents are reminded that fireworks are only permitted to be discharged between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., with the exception being until 1 a.m. on January 1st.
It is regulated that ground and fountain fireworks must be discharged at least 50 feet away from spectators under 18, at least 100 feet away from hospitals, facilities, railroads, airports, storage areas, etc., and at least 150 feet away from multi-tenant properties.
It is regulated that aerial devices be discharged at least 150 feet away from spectators under 18, at least 300 feet away from hospitals, facilities, railroads, airports, storage areas, etc., and at least 450 feet away from multi-tenant properties.
It is also stated that aerial fireworks must have a trajectory so that the shells fall with at least 25 feet of clearance from overhangs, buildings, vehicles, etc., as well as an open area for shell fallout.
Fireworks may only be discharged on private property with express permission from the owner, and discharge of fireworks must cease if any unsafe condition is detected until remedied.
Any debris that is not cleaned up is considered littering, and all litter must be recovered at first opportunity.
Anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed to hold any 1.4G fireworks. Fireworks are only to be discharged in a trajectory that is empty and clear, and discharging fireworks in a manner that is hazardous to any animal or person is strictly prohibited.
Residents are reminded that no fireworks are to be discharged on public property, near those under the age of 18, and are strictly regulated as to how far away they should be from certain structures.
Failure to comply with these regulations could result in both criminal and civil punitive measures.
The Committee for the Friends of the EMS Levy will be attending the meeting on the 21st with a power point presentation, and Mayor Schlade thanked everyone behind the Flair on the Square, sharing that it was a great success.
Council thanked the Combs for their interest in opening their art gallery in Bryan, as well as the Bryan Girls Softball Association for their continued support.
Power Train Components was then thanked for their interest in expanding their Bryan-based business, and everyone involved with completing the sidewalks for the students to walk to school was congratulated on a job well done.
The engineer’s office was thanked for their continued effort in applying for grants that save Bryan taxpayers money on infrastructure improvements, like the fabulous new athletic facility improvements.
Safety meeting has been held with the August 19th concert in mind, and Mayor Schlade is confidant in the level of safety the team is ready to provide the community during the Girl Named Tom concert and shared that registering for your free ticket helps the city account for how many emergency personnel to provide for the event.
Fire Chief Douglas Pool was thanked for his efforts in compiling the regulations around fireworks, and residents are urged to remember that with school starting soon, so resumes the necessity for drivers to look for school buses and students.
Anna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org