South Fayette approves fireworks ordinance

Published Jun 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm (Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm)

South Fayette Township’s Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance regulating fireworks by a vote of 3-0 at its June 19 meeting. Board member Deron Gabriel voted by phone and board members Joseph Horowitz and Todd Miller were absent.

The ordinance states that fireworks, whether consumer fireworks or professional display fireworks, are prohibited at any location within 400 feet of any structure, property line, vehicle or roadway unless written permission is granted. Consumer fireworks exclude “ground and hand-held sparkling devices” and toy “caps.”

A permit from the township is also required by anyone holding a fireworks display and must be applied for 30 days in advance of the display. Individuals under the age of 18 will not be able to apply for a fireworks permit.

Fireworks displays must also be operated by a “professional, competent pyrotechnican,” and end by 10:30 p.m., according to the ordinance.

Township manager Ryan Eggleston said the ordinance is geared more toward fireworks displays at things like weddings and graduations where the fireworks are controlled by a licensed pyrotechnic contractor.

Anyone convicted of violating the ordinance could be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.

In other business

• PennDOT has granted a request from the township to install a multi-way stop sign at the intersection of Old Oakdale and Battle Ridge roads. Eggleston said the sign should be installed within the next few weeks.

• After a brief executive session, the board voted 3-0 to reject all bids for the 2013 paving program. The board then voted 3-0 to authorize completion of the 2012 paving program at a cost of $472,000. T.A. Robinson Asphalt Paving, with whom the township contracted for the paving program in 2012 will be doing the work. Township solicitor Jonathan Kamin said after the meeting that the township had to cut the contract with T.A. Robinson due to lack of funds in the paving budget. However, Kamin said the contract was held over for this year and T.A. Robinson’s bond was held in place. He said the $472,000 is roughly the same amount as last year’s paving contract. The paving program includes Hickory Heights Drive.

• The board approved subdivision plans and site plans for a proposed Columbia Gas distribution facility to be located along Cecil-Sturgeon Road. Matt Killian, project manager for Columbia Gas, said at a previous meeting the company wants to install pressure monitoring equipment in the building. He said the property will be surrounded by a six-foot tall fence topped with a foot of barb wire for security.

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