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Council OKs use of Hapgood Park for July 4 fireworks


Residents of Henrietta looking for a place to discharge fireworks to celebrate Independence Day will be able to do so at Hapgood Park on Wednesday, July 4.

The Henrietta City Council chose to open the park for fireworks during Monday’s meeting.

Alderman Mike Roberts, chief of the Henrietta VFD, said the fire department would have five trucks on hand to put out any grass fires. The City of Henrietta will have a motor grader at the park.

Roberts asked that no alcohol be brought to the park, which is not allowed by city ordinance.

Aldermen also approved the closure of an alley between the 800 block of Crafton and Commerce streets. No utilities are located in the alley, and a petition signed by the owners of all properties along the alley was presented.

City Secretary Cathy Mills noted that structures have been located on the city right-of-way for many years.

The council made no change concerning replacement of former mayor Rob Robinson, who resigned in April. The council decided to continue with Howard Raeke serving as mayor pro tem.

The council approved participation in a steering committee for cities served by Oncor Electric Delivery Company, and a payment of 10 cents per capita to fund price negotiations with Oncor.

Aldermen approved a rate increase requested by city electrical inspector Sonny Bates. The inspector asked for $40 per inspection, a 100 percent increase. Mills said fee is in line with what other inspectors charge, and $20 less than Henrietta’s plumbing inspector, who is also licensed for electrical inspection.

Aldermen discussed current lake levels and elected to keep the city at stage 2 water restrictions.


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