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County commission talks fireworks display, approves two bids at meeting


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Bryan Rumker of the Exchange Club discusses the annual fireworks display with the county commission during the pre-meeting work session earlier this week. Bradley Bennett/DouglasNow.com Bryan Rumker of the Exchange Club discusses the annual fireworks display with the county commission during the pre-meeting work session earlier this week.

In the June 5, 2017 pre-meeting work session of the Coffee County Board of Commissioners, Bryan Rumker of the Exchange Club of Douglas addressed the board. Mr. Rumker related the fact that the Exchange Club has for years organized the annual Independence Day fireworks exhibition at Jardine Stadium. He went on to tell the board that this year the Exchange Club debated whether to discontinue their association with the fireworks exhibition.

Mr. Rumker went on to say, however, that the 2017 fireworks exhibition had been scheduled and financed, and that planning for 2018, 2019, and 2020 shows was almost complete. He went on to say that those three fireworks shows would cost $10,000 each year and that the Exchange Club was $400 shy of that amount. He asked that the board consider providing that amount annually for the three prospective exhibitions.

Mr. Rumker also announced that the fireworks at this year’s show are being displayed by Freedom Fireworks of Dublin and that the Exchange Club would be partnering with 106.7 “The Buck” radio to provide musical performances and vendors at Jardine Stadium. Together the Exchange Club and 106.7 hope to present an all-day festival akin to those presented on the Fourth of July in days gone by, when there were softball tournaments, hole-in-one competitions, and other activities enough to keep families entertained for the entire day.

At the regular meeting there was a public hearing for a rezoning request by Wayne Harper. Mr. Harper requested that the board rezone a six-acre parcel located at 120 Warren Carter Road from agricultural to residential. The board moved to go into a public hearing but there were none present who wished to be heard. The rezoning request was then approved by the board.

The board also approved the purchase of motor grader blades from Iron Peddlers Parts Division, Inc. The price of the blades was $19,579.20. The board then approved a $22,695.00 bid for the installation of an air conditioning system at the courthouse annex. Surrency Heating and Air submitted the bid.

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