A resolution was passed by the Russellville City Council on Tuesday providing for an exemption of ordinance 2012-06, allowing Jakes Fireworks to proceed with a demonstration one evening in April between the hours of 7:30-10 p.m. to be conducted by commercial fireworks distributors.
Jakes will pay a $250 preparation fee for the presence of the Russellville Fire Department on that evening in the case they are needed during the demonstration. Jakes also takes on full liability for the demonstration.
“We did this last year, but we only did it for one time. This time we went in and changed the amendment to allow the exemption each year,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton, adding that Jakes will still have to provide the necessary paperwork annually for liability purposes. “This will keep us for having to go in and do this every year,” said the mayor.
The city of Russellville entered into an agreement to sell the former Red Kap property to Fireworks, LLC for $300,000 in 2006. With corporate offices in Kansas, Fireworks, LLC is one of several companies owned by the Marietta family. The founding company, “Jake’s Fireworks,” has been a nationwide distributor of consumer fireworks for over 70 years.
The building is one of the regional distribution centers for the Kansas-based fireworks company. The facility warehouses and distributes fireworks, which according to the city “are not explosives.”