There were plenty of fireworks Tuesday night at the New Boston Village Council meeting — not the hostile or dramatic kind, but fireworks that will light up the skies over Millbrook Park on July 4.
Mayor Junior Williams told council that arrangements have been finalized for the annual patriotic celebration and aerial display. The mayor said the fireworks show will begin at dark. The council also discussed that only trained fireworks people would be setting off the pyrotechnics for the night.
The mayor also told council that the new swing sets for both Millbrook and James Warren parks are in, and that he and Village Administrator Steve Hamilton just need to make sure the ground and everything is ready and prepared correctly before final placement.
Hamilton also noted that highway resurfacing in New Boston was expected to begin Wednesday or Thursday night.
Williams said the building for the VA facility would be beginning soon since the preliminaries were all in order, and that officials hope to have it up and running in early 2019. Hamilton told council he has a meeting with FEMA Friday to see what funds the village will be able to obtain. He told the council they, too, could attend the meeting.
Police Chief Steve Goins presented the police report, and brought in one of the bags containing a ballistic helmet and vest so council could see what it had purchased. Council had authorized purchase of five helmets and vests. Goins also said all officers would receive tourniquet training, as that is part of the vest and helmet package in case someone is shot.
The council gave the first reading of the amended 2019 budget. There will be two other readings before the passage of the budget.
Included in other business discussed concerned the wrecked 2018 police cruiser now that the insurance was paid, which council must pay the $1,000 deductible. Councilman Donald Raike addressed a parking problem on Spruce Street and the dangers drivers encounter when pulling. Council said the Street Committee needs to meet to discuss the parking issue and a few other problems.
Finally, the council moved its scheduled July 3 meeting to 6:30 p.m. July 2.
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