SHAMOKIN — Shamokin City Council unanimously approved the closure of the Lawton W. Schroyer Memorial Pool for the entirety of the 2020 season and voted all in favor of disallowing the Shamokin fireworks show scheduled for July 4.
Music in the Park events were also disallowed for the 2020 season during Tuesday night’s special meeting.
“We’ve been told by our insurance company that liability for the pandemic will fall on taxpayers,” Mayor John Brown said in explaining the moves.
Councilman Scott Roughton said, “Unfortunately, this is the way the ball is rolling and there’s not much we can do to save these events.”
The vote to disallow Citizens for a Better Community to hold its annual July 4 fireworks show from atop the Glen Burn came after no council member made a motion to specifically allow the event.
Brown then asked if any council members chose to make a motion to specifically not grant permission to the organization, to which Councilwoman Barb Moyer made a motion, seconded by Charlie Verano, prior to unanimous approval.
Councilwoman Jennifer Seidel said of the fireworks, “This (event) is our holiday. This is what we look forward to,” adding that the vote to disallow the event was “heartbreaking” and “devastating.”
Solicitor Vincent Rovito said the city had been put “on notice” from its insurance carrier about the council approving events to take place which could lead to people getting sick and the taxpayers facing potential liability.
“The taxpayers can’t afford to pay for this (holding events),” he said. “That’s the problem.”