POINT PLEASANT — Fireworks will return to Point Pleasant on July 4.
In Friday’s article about the fireworks funding issue in the Point Pleasant Register, it was stated Point Pleasant City Council was still deciding on whether or not to fund the fireworks for the Sternwheel Regatta or for a July 4 event in town. This was incorrect. Point Pleasant City Council voted unanimously to fund the fireworks for July 4, not the Regatta, at Monday’s council meeting. The Point Pleasant Register apologizes for the error.
The discussion about unresolved details concerning the particulars of the event which still need to be hashed out, led to mistakenly reporting the decision had not yet been made to move the fireworks to July 4. Again, the Point Pleasant Register apologizes for the error.
As reported yesterday, Mayor Brian Billings mentioned he would like to, potentially, include some food vendors, a few bands and the fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 4. All of that, except the fireworks, is still undecided and contingent upon available funds which will be discussed in the upcoming budget meeting later in the month.
The motion to move the fireworks to July 4 was made by Councilwoman Janet Hartley and was seconded by Councilman Keith Sargent.
Councilman Bob Rulen mentioned typically the fireworks are held as a finale to the regatta, but he also remembers when fireworks were hosted on July 4 in Point Pleasant. Hartley added she’s heard both sides concerning the fireworks and the Regatta but felt it would be nice to hold them on July 4 this time. This year July 4 falls on a Friday night.
Billings said this new July 4 celebration may start out small but he wants to work on the event. Sargent said he felt the churches may want to be involved and should be contacted as well.
Voting yes on the motion were Council members Hartley, Rulen, Charles Garland, Elaine Hunt, Sargent, Allen Moran, Bob Doeffinger, Elizabeth Jones.
It’s not known if the Regatta Committee will find funding elsewhere for fireworks for its event in June at Riverfront Park and downtown Point Pleasant. The city typically spends around $7,000 on fireworks for the Regatta.