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Victoria City Council sets aside funds for July 4 show

By Melissa Crowe
June 3, 2012 at 1:03 a.m.
Updated June 4, 2012 at 1:04 a.m.

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The council is also expected to

• Make a final decision to extend stays at the city's RV Park

• Final decision to grant Hlavinka Equipment Co. a seven year, phased-in tax abatement

• First vote to adopt a 120-day moratorium and prohibition on accepting, processing or acting on any new billboard permits

• Vote on a resolution to bring the Laurent Street Reconstruction Project Phase II contract - Airline Road to Sam Houston Drive - to $6.28 million.

If You Go:

• What: Victoria City Council meeting

• When: 5 p.m Tuesday

• Where: Council chambers, 107 W Juan Linn St.

Victoria City Council is planning its annual July 4 firework spectacular.

The council will vote Tuesday to execute a contract with Zambelli Fireworks, a Pennsylvania-based pyrotechnic company, for the Independence Day show. The main show and grand finale will feature nearly 1,500 firework blasts.

The contract is expected to total $25,000. Of that, the city will pay $14,000 and Hartman Distributing, a Victoria company, will contribute $11,000.

Victoria Communications Director O.C. Garza said Hartman has been a major partner with the city for many years on the July 4 celebration.

"It's about a 20- to 22-minute show fired very professionally and including just about everything from the fireworks with falling tracers and beautiful shapes and patterns, to a lot of the high-volume explosion shells," he said. "It's a blast."

Garza said this is one of the highest attended events in the city.

He expects more than 10,000 people to enjoy the show.

Parks Director Doug Cochran said the partnership with Hartman gives Victorians a "bigger bang for their buck."

The city's $14,000 portion comes from the parks and recreation fund, Cochran said.

The mortars will be fired from Ethel Lee Tracy Park, 701 E. Larkspur St., which will be closed during the program. Spectators can watch the show from Victoria Mall, which has joined the partnership to provide parking, space for vendors and entertainment, and easy access to the show, Cochran said.

The alternate date of the fireworks display will be July 5 in case of inclement weather.

This was not competitively bid because the shells are protected and proprietary to Zambelli Firework, of New Castle, Penn.

The city seeks proposals from companies every four years.



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