The Douglas County Commission will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Sunday to discuss the possibility of imposing a fireworks ban on county property.
The meeting was announced Saturday night despite a forecast for rain. Commissioners began discussing a burn ban in their Wednesday afternoon meeting, when the director and associate director of emergency management said it was unlikely that a ban would be needed but that commissioners should plan to call a special meeting if conditions worsened.
Craig Weinaug, county administrator, said Saturday night that owners with land near county property had contacted the county with concerns, which led to the decision to hold the meeting. Fireworks are already banned on township roads, though many people have used them there in the past.
The proposal that will go in front of the commission on Sunday, Weinaug said, would ban fireworks except on private property outside the city limits of Lawrence, Baldwin City and Eudora, where the commission does not have jurisdiction. If passed, it would be effective immediately and also ban fireworks use near Lone Star Lake and Wells Overlook Park, the two county-owned public spaces.
The measure wouldn't be a burn ban, nor would it affect the public display planned for Lawrence on the Fourth of July.
The meeting is open to the public and will be on the second floor of the county courthouse, 1100 Mass.