Fireworks may just be for New Year’s and July 4th in JeffCo

Published 7:41 pm Monday, January 16, 2017

Some residents’ fireworks season may get a little shorter.

The Jefferson County Commissioners Court will consider amending the sale of fireworks in the county when they hold their regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1149 Pearl St. in Beaumont.

The Legislature did allow fireworks to be sold on Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day and Memorial Day since Dec. 7, 2015. The commissioners court, however, stated they found it is in the best interest of the county to now restrict the sale of fireworks.

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Fireworks can be sold only from the beginning of June 24 ending at 12 a.m. on July 4 and beginning on Dec. 20 and ending at 12 a.m. of January of the year following.

The commissioners court, furthermore, may at any time during periods prohibit the sale of fireworks if the Texas Forest Service Drought Index indicates the county is in a period of drought and the discharge of fireworks would pose a fire hazard in the community.

The commissioners will consider a waiver permitting mosquito control aircraft to fly at low altitudes.

The commissioners will consider applying to the Texas Department of Rural Affairs for a Community Development Block Grant to provide first-time sewer service to qualified homeowners countywide.

This will be for low-to-moderate income households.

Certain conditions exist which represent a threat to the public health and safety and it would be in the best interests of the county to apply.

Lastly, the commissioners will consider a proclamation regarding School Choice Week.

The proclamation reads: “All children in Jefferson County should have access to the highest-quality education possible.”

“Jefferson County is home to a multitude of high quality public and nonpublic schools from which parents can choose for their children, in addition to families who educate their children in the home.”

“Education variety not only helps to diversify our economy, but also enhances the vibrancy of our community.”

“Jefferson County has many high-quality teaching professionals in ally types of school settings who are committed to educating our children.”

“School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options.”

David Ball: 409-721-2427