Fireworks rules win final council OK

A much-discussed proposal to impose a minimum separation distance between buildings and tents, trailers and shipping containers full of fireworks for sale won the final approval of the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.

The measure requires at least 100 feet between anything that contains fireworks and any buildings.

It was approved on a 5-2 vote with no debate.

Councilmembers Kim Alstott, Neven Conrad, Dave Flattery, Dean Hill and Terry Moehnke voted yes. Councilmembers Jeff Halter and Lydia Schuur voted no.

Halter has said previously that he wants a 150-foot distance requirement. And at previous meetings, Schuur has said she thinks the council should hold off on any action regarding fireworks until it sees what, if anything, Gov. Kim Reynolds and the legislature do on the subject.

The council also unanimously approved the final reading of a measure that gives the city manager and heads of city government departments more spending authority.

The department heads will now have the authority to approve purchases costing up to $5,000.

The city manager will now have the authority to approve purchases with a price between $5,000 and $25,000.

All purchases costing more than $25,000 require City Council approval.