Petaluma City Council members will tackle a half-dozen potentially thorny issues at their meeting Monday night, including adding another day of fireworks sales in July.
Petaluma’s fairgrounds fireworks show struggled for funding the past three years before last-minute donors came forward to save it. But it isn’t money that apparently has done in the popular July Fourth celebration. It’s space.
Efforts to further regulate fireworks in Petaluma appear to be gaining momentum. Mayor David Glass supports a ban on all fireworks in Petaluma, but concedes that there likely isn’t community or City Council support for that alternative. Instead, the city could reduce the number of permits to sell fireworks or require booths to be operated by Petaluma residents.
Times may be tight, but that’s not going to stop Windsor’s free Independence Day fireworks show. The Windsor Town Council agreed Wednesday to plunk down a $7,250 deposit toward the cost of the July 3 fireworks show, although it expects to be reimbursed by community donations that will be collected in the next three months.
Tight times have led the Healdsburg City Council to suspend the payments it doles out each year to nonprofit and community groups with one exception — money for the Fourth of July fireworks show.