Cool day, warm talk: fireworks
It may have been another mostly foul day in Decatur — you know, the kind we've had way too many of lately: cool, damp and windy — but inside City Hall the talk was of warmer times: the Fourth of July and the city's annual fireworks show.
Chief Organizer Adam Eguia was on hand at the city council meeting to make his annual pitch for the fireworks display and, also as usual, it was quickly and unanimously given.
The show will be held this year on Monday, July 4, in Riverside Park off Jackson St. With the approval given last night, and earlier okays given him by city department heads, Eguia said he can now proceed full steam ahead.
This year's show — the 19th consecutive — will have several new twists. West End restaurant has come on board as a major sponsor and rather than a blanket honoring of the military, two individuals will be honored: Sgt. Philip Jenkins of Decatur, who lost his life in Afghanistan last year, and one of the people most responsibie for the fireworks display, Bob Bombka.
This year's show will, in fact, be the first one that Bombka — who died a few months ago — has not been present for and heading up the handling of the fireworks.
Also at the meeting:
• A resolution was passed that committed the city to its 10 percent share of the $291,000 federal grant to replace all signs in the city. The paper goes to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), which handles the grant, and allows INDOT to proceed with the project.
• Council approved an amendment to the city nuisance ordinance. It adds non-motorized vehicles (bicycles, scooters, etc.) to the city code.
• Fire Chief Les Marckel presented two quotes he received for some new equipment for the fire department: $5,971.45 from Emergency Radio Service of Fort Wayne and Ligonier, and $7,201.50 from State Electronics of Houghton, Michigan. Council approved accepting the low bid, which the Board of Works and Safety had recommended.
The funds were budgeted for.