The Family Fourth Celebration in Rosenberg is officially canceled.
But a fireworks show could still happen in the future.
At the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, council members discussed rescheduling the fireworks show.
The meeting was conducted via Zoom because of a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the community.
“I want to ask y’all, are y’all aware that locally we have had a tremendous spike of the COVID?” Mayor Bill Benton asked council.
“Prior to a week ago, no one I knew personally has had it. Since then, six people I know have it.
“The thing we have to consider is everything we do is for the citizens. Everything. All of the employees we hire provide municipal services. At the Family Fourth, we have a lot of city employees that go there and work.
“I’m concerned that a lot of the party goers will get the virus. What’s going to happen if our employees get the virus? How are they going to provide municipal services for the citizens?”
According to City Manager John Maresh, six city employees have contracted the potentially deadly virus as of Monday.
Before discussion began, Rosenberg resident Carlos Garcia spoke in favor of canceling the Family Fourth Celebration.
“Reconsider this event,” he told council in a letter. “The safety and health of our citizens is more important than 30 minutes of fireworks.”
Garcia has tested positive for the virus, he told his Facebook friends on June 22. He said he is recuperating in home quarantine.
Benton said he agreed with Garcia. He asked council if they would be amenable to moving the fireworks show to the contracted rain-out date, Sept. 24.
“I think we should go with the September rain-out day for now,” council member Jacob Balderas said. “As it approaches, if we see a spike in COVID or a monsoon is coming, then at that point, we figure out if we re-issue the permit. Let’s take the September date and hope for the best.”
City Manager John Maresh said the fireworks contract states that it must be a true rain out in order to utilize the rain-out date. He said he will get in contact with the fireworks provider and get back to council.
“Translation: John will get back to you,” Benton said.
The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held July 7.
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