ROCK SPRINGS — On a near-unanimous vote, the Rock Springs City Council passed a resolution tonight at its regular meeting to allocate $20,000 for the city’s July 4 fireworks display.
Mayor Tim Kaumo said “the community as a whole appreciates the effort” and that some opposition to the city spending that kind of money for a fireworks display is “a very vocal minority.”
“Fireworks are not cheap, and I remember the days when we were spending twice that amount,” Kaumo said. “But on the Fourth of July, we need to commemorate our great nation and do what we can to make sure we provide a display for our community.”
The city will enter into a fireworks production contract with Fireworks West Internationale Inc. Councilman Keaton West said after the meeting that the city had already allocated the money in its budget for the display.
Councilman Tim Savage voted against the measure citing three main reasons for his decision. Savage said after the meeting that his main concerns were post-traumatic stress syndrome that fireworks can cause for local veterans, the stress it puts on dogs and the $20,000 ticket.
“PTSD is probably my biggest issue,” Savage said. “I like the fact that they’re having it out at the Lake’s Course (at White Mountain Golf Course) rather than at the college like they did a few years ago. It helps with the PTSD and people having their dogs run away because it’s a little further away.”
Savage said scaling the show back to the size of Green River’s July 4 display might be more reasonable from a cost standpoint. Green River spends $10,000 on its fireworks show according to Mayor Pete Rust.