Galion approves fireworks funding

Galion was back in the fireworks business this year.

City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night authorizing the amount of $8,000 from the Park Department which was spent by the city on Galion’s fireworks show, which was held July 5 as part of the Pickle Run Festival.

“Over the years, it’s been taken care of by the Lions Club, city and Rotary,” City Auditor Brian Treisch said. “But now the city is back to it.”

“They were great fireworks this year,” Councilman Mike Richart said.

The city moved the fireworks display to Galion High School after concerns with wet grounds.

“It was a good idea to move it to an alternative site,” Galion Mayor Tom O’Leary said, adding there was a little consternation.

Councilman Jon Kleinknecht said that in addition to the city’s fireworks show, fireworks at other Galion Graders games have been impressive.

“The post-Graders fireworks were outstanding,” he said.

Council also officially accepted a $115,000 FEMA grant to buy two Jaws of Life units for Galion and one unit for Crestline. Galion’s share was five percent of the grant total.

“It’s a good deal,” Galion Fire Chief Phil Jackson said.

In other news, Richart reported that Galion East Apartments grant request to a state agency was approved in order to renovate the facility.

By Chris Pugh

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