Council puts $1,500 toward fireworks

by nathan oster

The fireworks campaign is $1,500 closer to its goal, thanks to the Greybull Town Council.

Councilman Myles Foley, who is leading the campaign on behalf of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce, had set a goal of raising $7,500, which is what it would cost for a 15- to 18-minute display on the Fourth of July.

Back when the fire department was putting on the show, the town would earmark $750 for the fireworks show. Since the fire department quit doing it for safety reasons, there haven’t been fireworks in Greybull on the Fourth.

Citing input gained from last year’s community assessment, Foley and the chamber are working to change that. Heading into Monday’s meeting, the chamber had raised, $2,791 — with the largest chunk of that coming from local businesses which agreed to put up $500 apiece.

Foley asked the council for whatever it felt comfortable donating.

Councilmen Ross Jorgensen and Bob McGuire were not present, so the decision came down to Foley, Councilman Clay Collingwood and Mayor Bob Graham.

Graham said he’s heard from some constituents “who have a hard time with us burning up our money” and some who don’t.

Saying the town needs to support celebrations and events, Collingwood recommended giving the chamber $1,500, and when put to a vote, all three men voted in favor of his suggestion.

“This is part of making our community a better place to live, along with everything else we’ve been doing,” said Foley.

With the town’s commitment and some other donations that trickled in on Tuesday, the total raised to date climbed to around $4,300. Collection buckets are current in place around town for residents who would like to donate.