Henderson commissioners finalize changes in fireworks ordinance

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – The City of Henderson Board of Commissioners has finalized changes in its fireworks ordinance.

After an ordinance review in August, a change was requested by commission members to expand the distance for the use of fireworks to 400 feet away from an animal shelter, nursing home or hospital.

Other changes include restrictions on structures at fireworks retailers and sky lanterns will be prohibited. The lanterns are considered a fire hazard and banned in several states.

The ordinance change passed on its first reading in September.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd at 5:30 p.m. at the Henderson Municipal Center in the Assembly Room.

In other business, the board:
• Finalized an ordinance creating a shift pay differential incentive for police officers.
• Heard a report from Henderson Tourist Commission Executive Director Abby Dixon about a possible future use for The Depot Community Room on the Henderson County Historical Society relocates its collections to the Henderson County Public Library next year. The proposal is to turn the space into a dedicated arts space with gallery, workshop and events space. The commission voted approval for moving forward with plans.
• Passed resolutions amending the funding agreement with Henderson Tennis Club, authorizing participation in a litter abatement program and accepting a public transportation grant.
• Heard a proclamation recognizing Public Natural Gas Week and honoring Henderson Municipal Gas.
• Heard a report from City Manager Buzzy Newman on the proposed housing development at Constanza Drive and Copper Creek Drive and a second report on a proposed ordinance for solar energy systems. Following a review of the proposed solar energy ordinance by City Attorney Dawn S. Kelsey, the commission voted to send it to the Planning Commission for approval.

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(This story was originally published on October 8, 2019)

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