At the in-depth city council meeting Thursday, October 12, the council and attendees were given a presentation on the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017. The information from the presentation is available online at open.gov. Overall, city staff and the council agreed it was “a good year” for Muscatine.

Next on the agenda was a discussion on city code changes. Council discussed how they plan to handle changes in city code and updates to the city code book. Council was also presented with proposals to consider for a few city code changes.

The council discussed three projects that had applied for tax credits. Representatives from two of the projects were present and available to answer questions from the council.

The main topic of the evening was fireworks regulations for the city of Muscatine. The Muscatine police and fire chiefs both made suggestions to the council based on calls they received this past 4th of July season. Three citizens also stepped up to voice their concerns and suggestions.

The council cannot ban the sale of fireworks in city limits; however, they can restrict where and when fireworks can be discharged. They also may have the option to regulate what types of fireworks can be sold.

Items discussed at in-depth meetings that require a decision to be made will be voted on at a later date.