Town of Holly Bans Fireworks

Press Release from Marsha Willhite, Town Administrator

In a rare occurrence, on Thursday, June 16, 2011, Holly Mayor Viola Melcher signed Emergency Order 2011-1 declaring that an emergency exists within the corporate limits of the Town of Holly due to the threatening danger of fire. This is the only emergency order to come out of the Office of Mayor since Melcher’s tenure began nearly two years ago.

The Order was precipitated by the decision of Sheriff Jim Faull, County Fire Marshall, to ban the setting off of all fireworks in all unincorporated areas of Prowers County. Traditionally, the governing body of the Town of Holly follows suit with directives issued by the County Board of Commissioners and other elected public officials with respect to the safety of all county residents.

In the Order, Melcher notes that all violators of the ban will be ticketed and fireworks confiscated. The Emergency Order will not expire until the danger of fire ends and drought conditions cease, and a condition of stability and safety is restored within the municipal boundaries. The Order was in full force and effect immediately upon the Mayor’s signature on the document.

Holly is a Statutory Town in Prowers County, governed by a Board of Trustees and Mayor.

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