The Oro Valley Town Council will hold a special meeting June 29 to consider the passage of an emergency ordinance to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks, and appoint a sub-committee to answer questions on the city’s transit system.
The planned action to prohibit fireworks follows measures already approved by the City of Tucson, and most recently by Pima and Pinal counties.
Following warnings from local fire officials, Oro Valley Acting Town Manager Greg Caton said the council will consider passing an emergency ordinance that would ban the use of fireworks by consumers.
With the emergency designation, if passed, the ordinance would go into effect immediately.
Caton said it’s important to get the measure passed and in place before the 4th of July holiday weekend.
Fire Chief Randy Karrer, of the Golder Ranch Fire District, warned council members during the June 15 meeting that he is extremely concerned about the dangers of residents being allowed to legally set off ground fireworks this year.
Caton said the ordinance will not impact professional displays planned for the holiday, noting that they have already obtained the required permits to set off the public displays.
Fire officials in Marana are still asking residents to think about the extreme fire conditions, and not use any fireworks this season.
The Marana Town Council has not joined regional efforts to prohibit fireworks. Town spokesman Rodney Campbell said the council has not called a special session to discuss the issue.
On June 21, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a temporary resolution banning the use of all fireworks until weather conditions improve. This includes all personal and commercial use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Pima County.
All requests for commercial permits for fireworks have been denied. All permits previously approved have been rescinded.
All violators of the law will be charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor, and all will be physically arrested and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center or Pima County Juvenile Detention Center.
The City of Tucson already banned firework use inside city limits, passing an ordinance after the Arizona Legislature voted to legalize them in 2010.
Caton said the town council also will vote during the June 29 meeting on creating a sub-committee to work on answering transit questions before the regular July 20 council meeting.
The committee will address issues surrounding the town-operated Coyote Run Transit System and the Regional Transportation Authority.
On July 20, the council will discuss Coyote Run and vote on whether to keep the service running or turn over transit services to the RTA. It also will host another public hearing during this meeting.
The council had voted to keep Coyote Run during the June 1 meeting, but opted to reconsider the measure during the June 18 meeting.