June 28, 2016

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Brunswick fireworks donations explode

Maria Kacik | The Gazette

BRUNSWICK — The city’s annual July 3 fireworks are on for Friday. The show will be funded by donations received from businesses, organizations and private individuals.

“It was really great to see the community pull together for this,” John Piepsny, parks and recreation director, said Friday. He ordered an $8,500 fireworks show for this Friday’s annual Patriot Party. The Brunswick Old Fashioned Days committee will pick up $1,000 of the bill for the fireworks. The remainder will come from donations.

Piepsny said he may order an even larger fireworks show if more donations come in to the city.

During the 2009 budgeting process last fall, City Council decided not to allocate any tax money for fireworks this year. In the past, the city spent $10,000 annually on the July 3 show. Council, however, made a motion at its Committee-of-the-Whole meeting last week to allow up to $7,500 in donations for fireworks.

Piepsny petitioned local businesses and organizations for donations. Contributing groups include The Hoffman Group of Medina Township, Nerone and Sons of Warrensville Heights, Asphalt Specialists LLC of Valley City in Liverpool Township, Brunswick Eagles, Republic Waste and Brunswick Hills Township.

On Monday, City Finance Director Bill White said he couldn’t say how much the city had received in contributions because some money was still coming in.

But Piepsny said last week he had received around $2,500 in donations and more were expected.

Four council members — Ron Falconi, at-large; Pat McNamara, at-large; Gary Werner, at-large; and Chuck Ricco, Ward 1 — each have promised to donate about $1,000 of their Council pay toward the fireworks. They had given that money to the city’s general fund in April and requested last week that it be used on the fireworks.

In addition, Council authorized $800 from Mayor Dale Strasser’s wedding fund toward the fireworks. Strasser receives a gratuity of $35 or more from couples when he performs weddings. Strasser said he tells the couples the money is used on fireworks, as it has been for at least eight years.

While there is currently only $250 in the wedding fund, the city allowed $800 to go toward the fireworks this year since the wedding fund is expected to bring in that amount by the end of 2009.

Friday’s fireworks will be preceded by the city’s annual Patriot Party at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, 3637 Center Road. There is no admission to the recreation center that day.

The Brunswick Community Band will perform at the rec center’s outdoor stage at 7 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. and conclude the festivities.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.