2013-04-25 / Front Page

Fireworks sales are on the way in Flint Township

BY RHONDA S. SANDERS
810-452-2665 • rsanders@mihomepaper.com

FLINT TWP. — With the weather warming up, so is the fireworks season.

Last week, the township board approved the first request for a temporary fireworks stand to James Tueber of B.I.G. Enterprises Inc. to operate in the parking lot at 5197 Miller Road.

The tent sale will operate from June 21-July 7 on the grounds of the Tripoint Automall between Bristol and Dye Roads.

Tueber has permission from the property owner.

Trustee Frank Kasle voted no in the 3-1 decision to allow the sale. He agreed with comments made by a resident who asked why temporary operators are being allowed to come in when the township already has an established taxpaying fireworks business operating year-round on Miller Road.

Supervisor Karyn Miller said Tripoint also is a year-round taxpaying business in the township.

"I still see no reason to allow it,'' Kasle said. "There are enough people selling them year-round."

He added that he opposes the sale of super fireworks which were approved by state law that went into effect last year, creating considerable neighborhood tensions.

The new law allows the sale of bigger, noisier fireworks and stipulates that they may be used by consumers on the day before, day of and day after 10 legal holidays - New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Last year, the township received numerous complaints from residents about neighbors setting off fireworks outside of the permitted hours and at all times of the night during the weeks before and after the Fourth of July. The township’s noise ordinance was largely ineffective during that time.

After the July 4th holiday, the board discussed imposing stricter local rules within the limits of the state law.

Kasle noted then that other municipalities are enacting ordinances to confine fireworks to the state-mandated time frame only and banning them for the rest of the year.

He asked last week for an update on that discussion.

Miller said a proposal had been given to the township attorney. She said she would follow up and bring information before the board in the near future.

Miller also said she would like to see approval of tent sales handed over to the township's Planning Commission because the process is too is time consuming.

Kasle disagreed and said he would prefer the township board to maintain control. People make all sorts of requests for tent sales, he said. The board might be asked at some point to allow a tent sale for marijuana., he said.

A second request for a fireworks tent sale permit was struck from the board's April 15 agenda. It sought approval for a sale the Lincor Park Plaza. No additional information was provided.

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