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June 18, 2014

Council approves Fourth of July fireworks display

ALTO — Local citizens will have the opportunity to see a July 4 fireworks display this year, thanks to the local city council.

On Monday the Alto City Council voted to approve a request by a local church seeking a one-time exception to an ordinance banning fireworks within city limits.

Alto Community Fellowship Church will host the event, which begins at dark, said City Secretary Cindy Murray.

“They did tell us they also were having food, and invited everyone to attend,” she said, adding it was the first time in awhile that such a display was being held.

“It hasn't been done in the last few years because it's been so dry,” she said.

Also during Monday's meeting, the council agreed to replace a missing fire hydrant on Palestine Street, but tabled replacing another pair of hydrants missing on state Hwy. 21, agreeing to discuss the issue during upcoming council workshops, according to Murray.

Additionally, council members voted to put up old city vehicles up for bid. Murray will do an inventory of the utility department's fleet to determine which will be sold, then report back to city leaders, she said.

The department recently acquired two new Dodge trucks for their fleet.

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