The Quincy Finance Committee rejected a request Monday night to store mortars used in fireworks in the old hangar building at the wastewater treatment plant.
Rob Ebbing, a representative with S&N Fireworks Inc., said the company has lost space where it was storing the mortars and is moving them to a temporary facility.
“It’s not an explosive item that we are looking to store,” he said.
Utilities Director David Kent said he had not heard the plan yet and was concerned about storing materials that weren’t owned by the city.
“I was not approached whatsoever,” he said. “I don’t think our insurance carrier would allow storing anything but our own property.”
The committee originally asked Human Resources Director Doug Olson to check with the city’s insurance provider before it would issue a decision, but the consensus was that there was no interest in leasing out space for storage.
“I don’t know if we need to get into the commercial storage business frankly,” said Chairman Steve Duesterhaus, D-2. “This is a commercial business. This is a private business. It opens the door. If we have spare space that we start storing things, I don’t know if that is our charge.”
Alderman Tony Sassed, R-4, said since the consensus with the committee was that it was not interested in storing the materials, there was no need to check with the city’s insurance provider.
“If the committee here is already against it, then there is no sense in wasting Doug’s (Olson) time,” he said.
Fireworks are already stored on city land. In June 2010, the City Council approved a lease agreement with S&N Fireworks Inc. on vacant land south of the wastewater treatment plant to store fireworks. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms does not allow non-firework mortars to be stored with the explosive fireworks.