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Mayo Free Press

May 29, 2014

Lafayette County contributes to 4th of July fireworks fund

Mayo — The Lafayette County Commissioners unanimously approved partial funding for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show at the Edward Perry Sports Complex.

Peggy Grill from the Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce addressed the commissioners at their May 12 meeting to solicit their help.

“On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, we are seeking monetary donations for our 3rd Annual Fourth of July fireworks,” said Grill.

Grill explained that the price of fireworks has gone up since last year. She also said she’d like to see local residents stay in Lafayette County for a fireworks show, rather than traveling to other counties.

Chamber member Leta Hawkins said the price went up to $5,000 and if they don’t get the donated funds there won’t be fireworks this year. Hawkins said in comparison, Branford’s cost is $15,000. She explained that rules have changed and tons of liability paperwork has to be filled out, signed and submitted before anyone can buy such large amounts of fireworks. The Chamber, Hawkins added, puts in $1,500 toward the cost.

With so much money being spent on fighting flooding issues, the commissioners were reluctant to match the Chamber’s contribution of $1,500 that Grill asked for. Commissioner Gail Garrard suggested the county put in $500, which was already budgeted for, and then each of the five commissioners would contribute $100 each of their own money, for a total contribution of $1,000. The board approved the recommendation.

Meanwhile, the Chamber will be soliciting other businesses in the community for donations so they can meet their $5,000 goal.

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