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CEDAR FALLS — The City Council Monday night will vote on the third and final reading of an ordinance banning use of fireworks in the city.

The Iowa Legislature legalized the sale and use of consumer fireworks this year, allowing them to be shot off on private property from June 1 through July 8 and again from Dec. 10 through Jan. 3. Cities can restrict their discharge but not their sale.

After considerable debate and a series of back-and-forth votes over the past several months, a 4-3 majority of the council ultimately voted for a total ban.

Council members Dave Wieland, Mark Miller and John Runchey and Frank Darrah support the ban, citing concerns about debris and disruption to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and others.

Council members Tom Blanford, Susan deBuhr and Nick Taiber voted against the ban. They supported a limited period for legally discharging fireworks.

On a separate matter, the council is scheduled to award a contract to Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck for nearly $3.5 million for the third phase of the reconstruction of University Avenue, generally between Grove and Main streets under Iowa Highway 58, including a double roundabout at the Highway 58 interchange.

PCI was the apparent low bidder last past week, well under the estimate of $4.2 million.

University Avenue is being narrowed from six lanes to four throughout the city and six of its eight previously signalized intersections replace with roundabouts. The project’s first phase in front of College Square is completed and the second phase, generally between McClain and Midway Drives is under construction. It and project’s third phase are to be completed in 2018

The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


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