Recent cool, wet weather has local Rotarian Ken Sherbenou optimistic about the local service club being able to put on the annual 4th of July Fireworks display on Sunset Mesa this Independence Day. The display was cancelled by the Sheriff and Fire Department officials last year due to extremely dry conditions and high fire danger.
Sherbenou appeared before the Montrose City Council on Tuesday and the Rotary Club was granted a permit to stage the display, weather permitting. The city has already budgeted $3-thousand from its General Fund to kick-in for the cost of the show, and agreed to contribute an additional $2-thousand on Tuesday to help defray the approximate $15-thousand price tag on the display. Sherbenou says contributions are still needed and residents can mail them to Rotary or keep an eye out for Rotary’s white bucket brigade.
Both the Sheriff and Fire Department officials will continue to monitor weather conditions leading up to Independence Day and will likely make a determination on whether it is safe to allow the fireworks to be launched the week leading into the 4th of July.