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Port council refuses to outlaw sky lanterns PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:10

Ban favored by fire commission would have ended community event

   Port Washington aldermen on Tuesday essentially rejected a recommendation to outlaw sky lanterns, a move that would have ended an annual Port Main Street Inc. community lantern launch that attracted hundreds of people last year.

    Taking action just weeks ahead of this year’s Sept. 27 lantern launch from Coal Dock Park, the Common Council tabled the recommendation from the Police and Fire Commission indefinitely despite the fact Fire Chief Mark Mitchell noted other communities around the country are banning the paper lanterns because they are a fire hazard.

    “I have the utmost respect for you, chief, but I’m not buying it,” said Ald. Paul Neumyer, who made the motion that was seconded by Ald. David Larson to table the recommendation.

    Ald. Kevin Rudser voted against shelving the recommendation to outlaw sky lanterns.

    “I propose we ultimately ban these effective after the Main Street event,” he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:16
 
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