On Tuesday, the Neosho City Council approved a $6,505 bid for a grand finale fireworks display at the annual Celebrate Neosho, to be held June 28 at the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport.
Two pyrotechnic companies bid on the project: AM Pyrotechics of Buffalo, Mo., submitted two bids for $5,369 and 6,505, while J&M Pyrotechnics of Yarmouth, Iowa, submitted four bids for $6,900, $7,500, $8,500 and $9,500. Bidders were asked to submit bids for an approximately 25 minute show.
Wes Franklin, events coordinator for the city, recommended the city go with the $6,505 bid from AM Pyrotechnics.
“AM Pyrotechnics was the low bidder, has a good past working relationship with current city staff, is a Missouri company, and many of the fireworks to be used in the show are manufactured in Missouri and are reputed to burn longer than Chinese-made fireworks,” Franklin wrote in a proposal included in the city council packet.
Steve Hart asked Franklin how much the city cost on last year’s fireworks show, which drew some complaints that it was too brief. In reply, Franklin said the show was nearly $5,000.
“Is there any idea how long it will be this year?” Hart asked, with Franklin replying the bid specs stated the show must be at least 25 minutes in length.
“Some of the shells in the $6,500 show are bigger,” added Troy Royer, city manager.
According to the bid, AM’s more expensive show includes 823 shells ranging from 2.5 inches to 10 inches in diameter.
In other action, the council:
• Approved on second and final reading a measure to declare a 1979 Boardman fire truck as surplus property. The truck has been in service for the past 34 years;
• Approved on second and final reading a number of office supplies and other equipment used by the city’s public works department;
• Authorized the Neosho Police Department to seek grant funds to replace equipment;
• Approved an agreement with Newton County Central Dispatch for dispatching services. City dispatching services have been farmed out to Central Dispatch since 1995, and will cost approximately $83,000 in 2014;
• Appointed Vance Keaton to the airport industrial development board; Andrew Hamby to the city’s ethics board; Don McBride and Mary Vansandt to the historic district committee; and Doug Skaggs to the parks, recreation and golf course board.