POINT PLEASANT — Funding for fireworks at this year’s Sternwheel Regatta has been reinstated by the city of Point Pleasant.
As reported last month, the Point Pleasant City Council unanimously voted to fund fireworks for a July 4 celebration as opposed to the last night of the Sternwheel Regatta, as it has traditionally done for the past several years.
Mayor Brian Billings said Monday he has spoken to people from throughout the community and felt it was evenly divided over whether or not the city should fund the regatta’s fireworks or July 4 fireworks. Billings also said he had spoken to Jacob Hill, one of the regatta’s organizers, who agreed to a meeting to discuss moving the fireworks to the July 4 weekend next year.
With plans already well under way for this year’s regatta, council rescinded its vote to fund fireworks on July 4 this year, then unanimously voted to fund fireworks for the last night of the regatta on June 28.
Some members of council still wanted to see something offered within the community on July 4 of this year. Discussion ensued about booking some bands in the amphitheater at Riverfront Park and contacting organizations to provide concessions. Councilman Bob Rulen also asked about providing a community activity on Labor Day weekend with a suggestion being made that the city partner with the Point Pleasant River Museum’s Tribute to the River, which is also held that weekend, to provide more activities within the city. All of these plans are still in a tentative and talking phase. More details should be known at next month’s council meeting.
Billings said the city continues to support the regatta with not only providing the fireworks this year, which cost around $5,000, but providing water, utilities, trash service, police and city workers (overtime) and utility vehicles.
Council members in attendance and voting were Janet Hartley, Rulen, Charles Garland, Rick Simpkins, Keith Sargent, Allen Moran, Elizabeth Jones, Charles Towner.