An ordinance permitting the storage of explosives in specific commercial areas of the City of Delta became law at last week's council meeting upon second and final reading. The vote was 3-2, with Mayor Ed Sisson and councilmember Robert Jurca voting against the measure.
Jurca has been opposed to the conditional approval of explosives since it was first proposed on Nov. 20, but Mayor Ed Sisson twice cast votes in favor of moving forward before bowing to his constituents.
Councilmember Ray Penick was initially opposed to the idea but said he "came about face" after a work session where he learned how much oversight is provided by state and federal agencies.
"I don't like the idea of storing explosives in the city but if they meet the state and federal standards, I'm not totally opposed," Penick said. "Planning and zoning has the ability to review applications and make sure all safety issues are met."
According to the ordinance, the city will consider only "known materials" that have been identified, classified and regulated by a state or federal agency such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.blog comments powered by Disqus