Omaha residents would have more choices in where to buy fireworks under an ordinance being introduced to the City Council today.
The ordinance would do two things: increase the number of permits granted and change the process in which they are decided.
Omaha received 85 applications to sell fireworks. The city will select 50 of those, up from 35 the past two years. Omaha has allowed fireworks only the past two years.
“Now that we had two years of experience, it was felt by some council members that there's enough of a market out there to increase it this small amount,” Thomas Mumgaard, Deputy City Attorney, said.
The city previously based permit decisions on a point system, but that's changing. Permits will be given out based on what the applicant will do to better the city.
“We will look at how they have used their money in the past, how they use their money now and how they will use money in the future to benefit the city,” Mumgaard said.
The ordinance will be up for a council vote on March 19.
— Haley Dover