Winters citizens hoping to celebrate Independence Day in town by watching the fireworks are out of luck for the second year in a row after the City announced this year’s show has been cancelled. Plans to relocate the show from the Winters High School stadium—which will be undergoing construction this summer—to the Shirley Rominger Intermediate School would cause logistical problems and an increased fire risk, City Manager John Donlevy said in his weekly update last Friday. The decision marks the second cancellation of the event in a row after smoke from the County Fire affected visibility last year. According to Donlevy, the change in venue would require closing down Main Street, where revelers would likely face traffic and parking problems. Furthermore, dried grass and weeds on the proposed site would have to be removed to avoid starting fires. “The fireworks display is important and finding the balance between the decision to do or not do the show is not taken lightly,” Donlevy said in an email to the Express. “The ability to shoot the show at WHS will alleviate almost all of the issues we have been dealing with, except fire and smoke.” Though Donlevy said the decision was made due to the logistical problems and not funding issues, citizens have raised concerns about the money involved, including the $5,161.38 raised through donations since April 2018. Excluding some logistical and personnel costs, the annual fireworks display costs $10,000, and while donations help fund it, the city has paid $12,376.97 from the General Fund since 2013. Donlevy said the money donated will be carried over to 2020, when WHS will be available, although citizens may request a full refund by bringing a cancelled check to City Hall.]]>
Winters Fireworks show cancelled due to 'logistical problems'
Winters city managers announces the 2019 fireworks display is cancelled, again.