Not many things have been as controversial this year as the state’s decision to legalize fireworks, and then the city of Nevada’s decision to allow fireworks to be used, during certain hours and with certain rules, within the city limits.
Under direction from the Nevada City Council, the city has recently released a survey to gather as much information as possible from residents about how the city handled regulating the issue of discharging fireworks.
“Fire Chief Ray Reynolds spent a great deal of time researching the issue and made recommendation for allowing discharge, although against his professional opinion,” City Administrator Matt Mardesen said. “Due to the compressed time frame of the state legislation, when the council approved the ordinance, they immediately requested we revisit the issue after the fireworks season and evaluate the outcome.”
This survey, Mardesen said, is an attempt to capture the information and opinions of the public about the things that seemed to be discussed most. The council will also have a full, community discussion during its second council meeting in August, on Aug. 28.
The survey will be provided in printed form and found inside your water bill this month, but can also be accessed electronically for those who won’t get a water bill or who would rather submit their survey digitally. The nice thing about the online survey is that after you complete it, you can see the report on how previous survey-takers have answered.
The online survey can be found by going to the city’s website, www.cityofnevadaiowa.org and clicking on the survey link right in the center on the home page.
The survey allows residents to share opinions about the city allowing discharge of fireworks in the city, about the time period that discharge was allowed, about the fine amounts that were set, about the safety criteria that was established by the city and more. Giving your name with your survey is optional. The city will accept your survey anonymously if you desire.
Mardesen stated, “I believe it is critical to get an understanding of where the residents of Nevada stand on this issue, so we can prepare for the 2018 legislative session where our state legislators will most likely revisit the issue due to the controversy it created.”