From Fireworks To Fences At Watertown City Council MeetingPosted: Updated:
Organizers of Watertown's Mt. Carmel Feast are concerned that they won't be able to have a fireworks show this year.
The feast, held on the grounds of St. Anthony's Church, has been around for over a century and fireworks have become a tradition.
But at Monday night's city council meeting, organizers say the city codes department is poised to block fireworks this year.
It seems to have to do with safety.
Watertown lawmakers say there was an incident last year at the fairgrounds involving a fireworks ordinance that didn't go off and was later run over by a lawnmower.
Mt. Carmel Feast organizers say the incident had nothing to do with them and they stand to lose thousands of dollars if they cancel those fireworks.
City council members say they're looking at options.
Also at Monday night's city council meeting, lawmakers voted to change the city's fence code.
Originally, the code said there needed to be 80 percent transparency between fence slats, which meant people couldn't have a picket fence.
The rule change allows for 80 percent transparency -- or less transparency -- if the homeowner cuts the fence's corners near sidewalks for safety reasons.