JCC Notebook: Holiday Reminders and More

June 30th, 2012 by Desiree Parker

jccnotebook3This week, the county is gearing up for the Independence Day holiday by reminding citizens that owning fireworks without a permit is illegal, and that all county offices and services will be closed to observe the day. Also, the Board of Supervisors recently adopted a few changes to its dangerous animal laws. Read on for more. County Amends Dangerous Animal Laws

The Board of Supervisors this week amended county code on dangerous animals to keep code in line with state law. The changes came at the request of the county Animal Control department.

The Board voted unanimously to the following changes to county code: it defined the word “facility” to mean animal shelters and pounds; it clarified when courts may determine if a dog is dangerous; it gave the courts authority to order dog owners to pay restitution for damages; and also, the amendments make it the responsibility of local animal control officers to provide information to the state’s Dangerous Dog Registry. Read details about the changes on a county memo online.

According to staff, the changes were not a policy issue due to any problems or concerns in the county, but rather housekeeping issues to bring county code in line with state laws.

Ownership of Fireworks not Allowed

In James City County, the use, possession, display, sale or storage of fireworks is illegal.

This includes fireworks that were legally purchased elsewhere. Violators may be jailed up to twelve months and/or fined up to $2,500.

County residents who have purchased or are in possession of fireworks are encouraged to turn them in at any County Fire Station or call the Fire Marshal’s office at 220-0626 for assistance. Individuals voluntarily surrendering fireworks will not be criminally charged.

Fireworks displays conducted with a permit issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office are exempt.

Holiday Closings

Just a reminder: all county offices are closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The James City County Recreation Center and the James River Community Center will also be closed that day, as will convenience centers, and the garbage transfer station, libraries and courts.

There will be no curbside recycling that day, and the makeup day will be July 7.


One Response to JCC Notebook: Holiday Reminders and More

  1. Barrey Camp

    June 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Could you please define “fireworks” as portrayed in this County Law. Certain fireworks are actually sold at local stores.

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