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Russell City Council Bans Fireworks, Allows Freedom Fest Display

Fireworks BanThe sale and discharge of fireworks in the city limits of Russell is now illegal following a vote by the Russell City Council on Tuesday at a special meeting to ban all fireworks, with an exception to allow the city's public display during Freedom Fest.

Councilman GJ Long says continued severe drought conditions and fire potential were the determining factors in making the decision.

As mentioned, however, the Council did vote on a separate motion to allow the large public fireworks display on the night of July 4 during Freedom Fest to go on as planned. Russell Fire Chief Shane Preston says even though the public display is much larger, it is also much safer because of how it is regulated.

Following the special meeting, the Council discussed several budget requests and issues during its monthly work study session. Requests from the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center (WKCAC), Prairie Enterprise and the Russell Recreation Commission (RRC) were heard. Prairie Enterprise and the RRC asked for the same amount of funds that they received the previous year, while the WKCAC asked for $5,000 for 2014 as they were making their first appearance and budget request before the Council. The WKCAC is an organization that counsels abused children.

Also during Tuesday's work study, Russell City Manager Jon Quinday talked more about next years budget and detailed the special revenue and reserve funds as well as the water fund. Preliminary talk of a sidewalk replacement program was also addressed.

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