Fireworks set to go
JANESVILLE The Jaycees fireworks and Fourth of July celebration will be held at the Youth Sports Complex off Wuthering Hills Drive.
The abutting property owners in the fireworks’ debris zone were to OK the plan. But now that won’t be necessary.
After Monday night’s city council meeting, the Jaycees met with city parks director Tom Presny and adjusted the 500-foot fallout area enough north so it won’t bother nearby businesses, said Jim Knilans, event chairman.
The Jaycees were forced to find a different site for their annual event because Traxler Park is flooded.
The Jaycees, in conjunction with the city parks division, also is drafting a letter the Jaycees will hand deliver today to about a dozen residents whose homes are on Ruger Avenue, between Wright Road and Highway 14 and back up to the sports complex, Knilans said.
“The letter will address the music being played at the festival,’’ he said.
But it also provides other information, Presny said.
That includes making the residents aware of the event, its dates and times, activities taking place and contact information plus asks them if they anticipate any concerns.
“Our hope is to try to accommodate those concerns,’’ Presny said.
Presny said the different entities involved in the complex have agreed to allow the event to be held there. They include the coalition’s four youth organizations—Rock Soccer Club, Janesville Youth Football, Janesville Youth Baseball and the YMCA of Northern Rock County.
The event dates are July 3, 4 and 5. Celebration hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday with fireworks at dusk on Friday.
The Youth Sports Complex is 86 acres, more than twice the size of Traxler Park.
The fireworks will be ignited in the baseball fields on the east portion of the complex.
Spectators will sit on the west side of Wuthering Hills Drive, where the football and soccer fields are located. The football fields will be roped off.
Police have created a plan to control traffic and park 500 vehicles, Presny said.