Park district commits $7,500 toward fireworks show

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ROCHELLE — Last summer Flagg-Rochelle Community Park Board members voted to contribute $7,500 toward Rochelle's Fourth of July fireworks show as part of the district's 50th anniversary and the additional displays were a big hit with the public.

Given the positive response, the commissioners voted unanimously on Monday night to donate the same amount of money again this year and also agreed to partner with the Rochelle Fire Department to help raise more funds so music could also be added to the fireworks displays.

"Jeremy Good of the fire department said the city has a budget of $12,000 for fireworks this year and with our funding they want to make the show even better and include music with it," explained park director Roger Bunger.

"I think that $7,500 is a good number for something that the public really appreciates," said commissioner Bud Norcross.

"Yes, I'd like to see other community groups and businesses get involved to help make our Fourth of July celebration bigger with even more activities at the parks," park board president Mic Brooks added.

Board members sworn in

Early in Monday night's meeting three board members were sworn into office after winning election to the board in early April.

Brooks, Michael Cruz and Brent Carmichael were all officially given the oath of office, while newly elected member Tim Hayden will be sworn in next month.