Licking County News

Pataskala July 4

Mayor enlists groups to help organize celebration

Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton has asked the two Lions International chapters to help organize and raise donations for a July 4 celebration.

Monday, March 17, Compton told Pataskala City Council he has been speaking with members of the Pataskala Lions Club and the Summit Station Lions Club about raising enough money for a fireworks display.

He said the two groups have received an estimate from a fireworks company that it could cost $5,000 to shoot fireworks from the Thomas J. Evans Foundation Park for 20 to 30 minutes.

He said local groups could serve food and people would be invited to the park, where they could eat and relax before watching a fireworks display.

Compton said it would not be a large celebration and would not include a parade and entertainment in the first year.

City Councilman Bryan Lenzo said he supports organizing a celebration.

"I think it provides a sense of community and I think it's important," Lenzo said.

City Councilman Mike Fox challenged council members to donate $100 each to the cause, which would help start the fundraising.

Compton said he's working with the Lions clubs to also enlist the help of churches or other organizations, who could help with the event.

-- Lori Wince