Radcliff crafting fireworks ordinance
By Ben | 2017-08-09

When it comes to impromptu neighborhood fireworks displays, Radcliff City Council wants to join the “ban” wagon.
In a work session discussion Monday led by council members Chris Yates and Barbara Baker, the council is moving toward limiting the use of consumer fireworks to the Independence Day holiday season and part of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Several options, including specific times, were mentioned and City Attor-ney Mike Pike is responsible for sorting through the discussion and crafting an ordi-nance, which could be ready for the council’s next voting meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15.
Radcliff’s proposed ordinance is a response to indiscriminate use of fireworks almost nightly for weeks after the July 4 holiday.
In June, Elizabethtown City Council passed an ordinance limiting the detonation of consumer fireworks to specified times on Memorial Day, July 3-5, Labor Day and a 2½-hour window beginning at 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve.
As discussed Mon-day, Radcliff would allow fireworks usage July 3 and 4 plus the weekends before and after the holiday. It further would prohibit all usage of consumer fireworks from 1 to 11 a.m. The ordinance also allows fireworks late on New Year’s Eve up to 1 a.m. New Year’s Day.
Yates had a copy of the Elizabethtown ordinance in hand as he referred to language for possible Radcliff regulations.
As part of the permit process for seasonal vendors placing fireworks tents, Radcliff also would require the business to prominently post its ordinance to help advise residents of the limitations.
The ordinance would have no impact on commercial fireworks displays operated as part of a community celebration or other licensed show. Pike said that is a separate permit process not impacted by the proposal.
Among other matters raised in the two-hour work session, the council:

  1. Discussed revising an ordinance regarding the storage of vehicles on private property. The objective is to remove excess cars parked in front yards. It would require the vehicle wheels to be on a hard surface plus use of a drip pan to prevent oil or other liquids from entering the soil.
  2. Reviewed a five-page standard operating procedure document for Radcliff police on the use of Narcan, a nasal spray administered in the event of opioid overdose. Police Chief Jeff Cross, who introduced the addition to the department’s procedures, said the department has a supply on hand thanks to local EMS and Communicare. In addition to public safety, Cross said the policy is needed to safeguard officers who might be exposed to chemicals in the process of making drug arrests.
  3. Decided to delay consideration of changing collection of the transient room tax placed on hotels and used for operation of the tourism commission. Since its inception, the Radcliff-Fort Knox Convention and Tourism Commission has collected the tax and the council decided to maintain that arrangement last year. Switching to city collection and dissemination was suggested again by Coun-cilman Ed Palmer. The matter was postponed to await input from Palmer, who was not present at Monday’s meeting.
  4. Reviewed a draft of an ordinance requiring the city budget to show a cash reserve of 26 to 30 percent annually. The draft was developed based on a request by council members during budget meetings this year.