A minor glitch in securing a vendor’s services won’t keep the show from going on this July 4th at Smith Lake Park.

The Cullman County Commission recently ensured the park’s annual holiday fireworks spectacle will be ready to go, nullifying a contract with longtime show coordinator Premier Pyrotechnics at its last regular meeting. The commission signed instead with Extreme Pyrotechnics of Texas.

County attorney Tim Culpepper explained the move was simply done to ensure the show would continue, after Premier Pyrotechnic found it couldn’t guarantee it would obtain state-required permits in time for this year’s program.

“We had awarded a three-year bid for Premier Pyrotechnic to conduct the fireworks show at Smith Lake park on the Fourth of July; they ran into some permitting issues about getting a state permit,” Culpepper said at the meeting. “They weren’t able to assure us that they could obtain a state permit, and so we decided to void that bid because of the state permitting issues.”

Commission chairman James Graves said the longstanding July 4th tradition of fireworks in the park has become more popular with each passing year, and there wasn’t a chance this year’s show wouldn’t go on.

“The commission’s been sponsoring that at Smith Lake for a long time, and we get quite a few thousand people down there for the Fourth of July,” said Graves. “Usually they come for like a three- or four-day affair. It’s pretty nifty — we’ve got a bunch of RV spots, and every one of those is always reserved and taken. Hey, the more, the merrier.”

Graves said the new contract with Extreme Pyrotechnics will actually cost the county less than the one it had voided. “In the bargain, we’re getting it cheaper than the other one would have been,” he said. The new contract, good only for this year, came in at $14,750 — more than $2,000 less than the $17,000 the commission was paying under the old agreement.

In other business at its regular meeting, the commission:

  • Approved a bid of $49,800 by Trailers by Dale Sales, Inc. for a 24-unit refrigerated mortuary trailer to be based at the Cullman EMA for the SMORT (State Mortuary Operations Response Team) disaster response unit. The trailer is being funded entirely through a public health grant.
  • Reappointed Linda Cabri to the board of the Regional Housing Authority for a four-year term.
  • Reappointed Pam Nail to the board of the Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled for a six-year term.
  • Reappointed Beverly Wilkerson to the board of the Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled for a six-year term.
  • Donated $1,000 to the Jones Chapel volunteer fire department, a voting precinct.
  • Ratified a memorandum of understanding with the Cullman Electric Cooperative regarding local road widening and improvement projects.
  • Approved a one-year bid for the purchase of new tries for the county vehicle fleet with McGriff Tire Co., Inc. of Cullman.
  • Authorized the creation of the Duck River Reservoir Oversight Committee.
  • Ratified the following personnel actions:
  • New hire — Katelyn R. Bishop part time at Sportsman Lake.
  • Promotion — Douglas Nix at the road department.
  • Demotion — Rebecca Whitehead at CARTS.
  • Resignation — Gina Pugh at CARTS.

The next commission meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 26 in the first-floor commission meeting room at the Cullman County Courthouse.

* Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at bbullard@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

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