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Reynoldsburg takes measures to keep fireworks company
Mayor Brad McCloud has requested that the finance committee waive competitive bidding for the city's Fourth of July fireworks display and solely use Pyrotecnico going forward.
At the March 1 council committee meetings, McCloud cited safety as the reason for the request.
Referring to Pyrotecnico as "highly professional and very safe," the mayor said he would like to continue to foster a relationship with the company "that we already know is a good and safe one," he said.
City attorney Jed Hood was asked to comment by Finance Committee Chairman Fred Deskins on the subject and stated that he felt the request was warranted.
Hood cited several additional reasons as to why he felt the ordinance was a good idea.
Pyrotecnico exceeds our expectations, Hood said, as he discussed the stringent rules that are entailed in a fireworks display such as the one on the Fourth of July.
"We budget for and spend the same amount of money on fireworks every year," he said. "We have very specific specifications for the fireworks that we allow to be set off in Reynoldsburg on the Fourth of July. They are more restrictive than the state code allows. Pyrotecnico is well aware of those restrictions."
It also would guarantee that Pyrotecnico would be able to provide fireworks for the city each year because "they would understand to put us on their calendar," he said.
The ordinance was declared an emergency and was sent to council for approval.
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