Pittsfield Township Clamps Down on Light Night Fireworks, Approves State Road Rezoning

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 04/20/2019 - 02:34

The Pittsfield Township board clamped down on late-night fireworks.

The new fireworks amendment, which received unanimous approval during Wednesday’s board of trustees meeting, will limit the number of holidays and hours fireworks are permitted to be discharged, as well as an increase in penalty fees for violations. Township attorney James Fink told trustees the fireworks amendment would bring Pittsfield into compliance with new statewide firework regulations.

In December, Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, sponsored a bill that would decrease the previously allowed 30 days for commercial grade fireworks to be discharged down to 12 days. The bill also allowed communities to restrict available hours for fireworks from the current deadline of 1 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The bill was passed and signed into law at the beginning of this year.

According to the amendment, fireworks will be allowed up until 1 a.m. between December 31 and January 1. Similarly, fireworks will be allowed until 11:45 p.m. during the weekend preceding Memorial Day, between June 29 and July 4, and the weekend preceding Labor Day. If July 5 is on a Friday or Saturday, fireworks will be allowed until 11:45 p.m. The amendment removes several holidays the township previously allowed fireworks during, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Penalties for violating the ordinance could receive a fine of $1,000, up from the previous $500 penalty fee. Also included in the amendment is a $500 penalty fee if a minor is found in possession of consumer fireworks.

Rezoning approved

The board unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to conditionally rezone three acres of land on South State Road from agricultural to moderate density multiple-family residential land. With its second reading approved by the trustees, a site plan application will be submitted for final review by the Pittsfield Planning Commission. The property is located at 6511 and 6527 South State Road, just north east of the intersection of State Road and Old State Road..

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