Shenandoah Police Chief Josh Gray told city council Tuesday, July 9, the number of fireworks complaints during the Fourth of July holiday were fewer than last year, the first year Iowa municipalities could allow them.

“It was better this year,” he said. “There were a few complaints after the fourth.”

Gray said his department received nine complaints, three which happened during the legal time fireworks could be used. There were other complaints during the time which fireworks were not allowed.

According to Shenandoah records, fireworks are allowed until 10 p.m. July 1 through July 3. Fireworks were allowed until 11 p.m. on July 4.

Gray, whose department also patrols Essex, said there were no complaint calls in Essex.

Gray said some people claimed fireworks debris caused damage to their vehicle. .

In other council news…

Approval was given to approving pay for part-time employees for reserve police officers, Jay Doss and Logan Roberts each at $10 an hour.

The passage of title to the property at 1005 8th Ave. to

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Mike and Peg Bryant was tabled for further review.

A public hearing for 6 p.m., July 23, was scheduled to amend the code pertaining to tree service permits. The code was changed for legal purposes.

Council approved the purchase of a 2020 Chevrolet pickup for the water department from Doug Meyer for $29,200.

Council approved to block Church Street from Thomas to 5th Avenue and the alley behind St. Mary’s Parish Hall and the United Methodist Church from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 through Aug. 7.

A bank account at Bank Iowa for West Tarkio Watershed Planning was closed because of inactivity. The $357 in the account will be transferred to the city’s general fund.

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