Yukon preps for fireworks

City council OKs contracts for July 3-4 holiday displays

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The City of Yukon is known for having spectacular fireworks’ displays that highlight the annual “Freedom Fest” celebration at the Yukon City Park complex. The Yukon City Council has agreed to pay ARC Pyrotechnics, Inc. $39,900 for two performances July 3-4. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Two fireworks’ displays will return to Yukon for the Independence Day holiday.

The nighttime fireworks highlight the City of Yukon’s annual “Freedom Fest” celebration at the Yukon City Park complex.

The Yukon City Council has inked contracts with ARC Pyrotechnics, Inc. to perform two fireworks’ shows on the evenings of July 3-4. Cost is $39,900, based on a 2020 bid.

City Manager Tammy Kretchmar requested city council members exercise the City’s 2021 option on contracts with ARC Pyrotechnics, a Guthrie company.

The City of Yukon will pay $17,400 for a fireworks’ display lasting about 15-18 minutes at the July 3rd Yukon Veterans’ Tribute and $22,500 for a display lasting about 20-23 minutes on July 4th to close out Freedom Fest 2021.

The contracts specify services ARC Pyrotechnics will provide, specifically setting up, operating and tearing down the displays.

Freedom Fest 2020 was scaled back due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the event still featured the two traditional fireworks shows and live music.

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ONG FRANCHISE VOTE OFFICIAL

The city council has approved a resolution “canvassing the results” of the March 2nd special election that granted One Gas Inc. – through its Oklahoma Natural Gas division – a 25-year franchise in the City of Yukon.

The Canadian County Election Board recently certified results of the election, which passed by a 241-65 vote margin across 10 polling places in Yukon city limits.

Yukon voters approved the proposition by a 78.8% majority to grant the ONG franchise and give the utility company the right to “sell, transmit and distribute” natural gas in the City of Yukon.

Approval of the ONG franchise agreement does not affect rates that customers pay.

The “non-exclusive” franchise is for 25 years and the City of Yukon will be compensated through a 2% royalty.

The franchise agreement – which replaces a gross receipts ordinance in place since 1942 – clarifies ONG’s responsibilities in the City of Yukon. The document lays out detailed rights and responsibilities between the city and ONG for the next 25 years.

This franchise allows ONG to work within the City of Yukon’s public ways to place, maintain and operate a natural gas system.