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Quote of the Week
"I don't want to see any more of the forest burned."
- Larry Mitchell  
Councillor   
   

 

 
Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council passed the first reading of a newly proposed Fireworks Bylaw at the Council meeting which was held last Tuesday, March 6th.
The bylaw, which was prepared in response to a section of Council’s Strategic Plan which indicated the need for review and redevelopment of Rum Runner Days and Thunder in the Valley, would effectively ban the sale, purchase, possession, storage and use of fireworks within the boundaries of the municipality by any person not in possession of appropriate permits.
Interim Manager of Enforcement Services Donna Tona informed Council that as no such bylaw has ever been in place, under the Alberta Fire Code, the sale and use of fireworks has in fact been illegal in Crowsnest Pass to date.
Interim Fire Chief / Director of Protective and Community Services Ken Brands said that if Council were to continue to allow the sale of fireworks by local retailers, it would be a very onerous process for those business owners, as they would be required to keep detailed records of each sale for a period of two years and provide those records to a Safety Codes Officer.
The municipality would also be liable for damages resulting from any fire caused by fireworks being set off within municipal boundaries.
 

Both Brands and Tona informed Council that several other municipalities - particularly those in forested areas - are developing similar bylaws to ban the use and sale of fireworks.
If the bylaw were to be passed, special permits could still be attained for special events such as Thunder in the Valley, provided proper safety measures are adhered to and protocols are followed.
Councillor Brian Gallant said he would prefer that enforcement be increased, as opposed to issuing a ban.
“My preference would be to have a method of control and compliance rather than an outright ban,” said Councillor Gallant.
Councillor Andrew Saje agreed, adding “to ban it all together is too restrictive.”Councillor Larry Mitchell said he would support the bylaw.
“A lot of people in the valley aren’t responsible with their fireworks,” said Councillor Mitchell.
“They could start a large fire and I don’t want to see any more of the forest burned.”
After much discussion, Councillor Jerry Lonsbury moved first reading of the proposed bylaw.
The motion was carried 4-3, with Councillors Lonsbury, Mitchell, Saindon and Mayor Bruce Decoux in favour and Councillors Gallant, Saje and Gail opposed.
The proposed bylaw will be presented for second and third reading at the March 20th Council meeting.
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