In the midst of a historic drought, where there is at least one field fire every single day in our Tri-State area, I simply do not understand the delaying of a fireworks ban in Vanderburgh County. As a homeowner, I’m thankful I live in the city where we do have a fireworks ban.
The fact that one of 3 commissioners is out of town is not an excuse in the 21st century. The business of government surely has mechanisms such that all 3 do not have to be in town to get anything done. If not, it’s high time we developed them.
Methods by which a decision could be made without an in person meeting of the 3 commissioners:
- Telephone (ancient technology)
- Fax machine for signatures on documents (old technology)
- Emailed documents
- Skype or other virtual meeting platforms
- Delivery service. If it needed to have an actual document signed and in place today, then the documents could have been prepped yesterday, signed who knows where, and delivered by way of Federal Express early delivery today.
If there is no way that any decisions can be made in Vanderburgh County without the presence of all 3 commissioners, then we need to vote in a requirement that they must stay within the county limits for the term of their office to ensure the business of the county can continue. (sarcasm intended)
We have farmers struggling to survive the worst drought in 50 years, where thousands of acres of crops are dying. Why would we risk burning subdivisions, farms, and fields while at the same time putting people and animals at risk to let someone light a firecracker or a sparkler?
Now, we have the beginning of a water shortage. Hmmm…let’s see. If a firecracker let off in the county starts a fire that burns 200 acres, it just might strain our limited water resources further.
More efficient uses of that water than fighting fires because the county commissioners haven’t issued a fireworks ban:
- Factories that employ local people who are taxed and contribute to our area’s tax rolls.
- Irrigation of farm fields to keep crops from dying.
- Personal use by families – as in drinking, bathing, and laundry water.
- Commercial use by restaurants not only in the preparation of food but also in cleaning those commercial facilities so the food is safe to eat.
- Commercial use by livestock farmers and stables who are working to keep animals alive.
If we can prevent catastrophic damage, and preserve limited water resources, why wouldn’t we?
If a fire happens from a firecracker set off in the county, will the commissioners who chose not to issue a fireworks ban be listed along with those who shot the fireworks in lawsuits? Or will it be our whole county, where we all will pay for their failure to set a ban?
Disclaimer: Eleven years ago, our home and business burned. I know the devastation (personal and economic) that fires cause and simply can make no sense whatsoever of this failure to invoke a ban.