For the 4th of July this year, the dates were set that will suspend the fireworks ban within the city limits.

City commissioners approved July 3-5 as the dates that fireworks will be allowed be shot off with some restrictions.

On those dates, fireworks can be shot off between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.

They are prohibited from being fired on any public property which includes public parks, public baseball fields and soccer fields, any public school property and any public parking areas such as the Dodge City Civic Center or Memorial Stadium.

They will also be prohibited on any real property within corporate limits of the city.

Commissioners also approved to contribute towards the property tax increment for the Sutherland’s home and garden center development, also known as the Power Center Area along 14th Avenue.

According to city officials, the increment is an agreement between the city and Ford County where the property tax would be capped at $760,860 for the county with the city portion not being capped.

The resolution city commissioners passed would formalize the commitment of the property tax.

A public hearing is scheduled on June 11 for the Star Bond project at city hall at 7 p.m.

Commissioners also approved a change order of $217,475 to replace the sanitary sewer system line that is under Central Avenue as part of the recently approved reconstruction.

Funds for the replacement will be from General Obligation Bonds and will be completed as part of the construction of Central Avenue between Comanche Street and Vine Street.

The current sewer line will remain in use until the new one is completed with minimal interruptions of service occurring during the reconstruction process city officials said.

All approvals were made unanimously with a 5-0 vote.

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