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Council split on firework opinions

Caitlin Rickard • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Lebanon City Council met Tuesday where most councilors made sure to share their opinion on the Sept. 11 firework show.

Councilor Fred Burton started the conversation when he brought up the notion of possibly changing the date of the firework show; an idea that has made it’s way to the council on other occasions.

“I’ve gotten some horrific emails about the date so I’d like to see about changing it,” Burton said. “People don’t want to be celebrating on 9/11.”

Mayor Philip Craighead said a lot of planning has already gone into the current event and official had already obtained the firework permits.

“We’ve already gotten everything lined up,” Craighead said. “I’ve been getting a lot of support for this day because we’re going to do it right.”

Craighead said the fireworks on Sept. 11, which is a national holiday, would be used to recognize how far the country has come in the last 12 years.

“Like I’ve said, we’re not going to be shooting fireworks just to be shooting fireworks and everything will be very respectful and done in a way that would make people proud,” Craighead said.

Craighead also said because of the backlog of the fairgrounds he thought this date would coincide well with the national holiday.

Councilor Rob Cesternino said the feedback he’d received was the exact opposite of Burton’s.

“I have received overwhelming support for this date,” Cesternino said. “I think Sept. 11 is the perfect day to commemorate what has happened in this country. For me, as a former soldier in the United States Army, 9/11 is the perfect day to celebrate.”

Councilor Tick Bryan also echoed his opinion saying that as along as things were done in a respectful way he was all for it, too.

Councilor Kathy Warmath on the other hand took side with Burton.

“I think there’s a lot of unrest in our country right now,” Warmath said.  “I certainly don’t want to salute the unrest, I want to honor the heroes.”Warmath said she’d like to see the money saved and spent on a firework show for the Fourth of July.

“I don’t know why the money is burning a hole in our pockets,” Warmath said.

The Lebanon firework show that was canceled due to rain on the Fourth of July will be held Sept. 11 at the Ward Ag Center.

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