CRESWELL – Under the potential threat of a rogue parade, caravan, an unpermitted rally and fireworks show, public safety officials are advocating for a “safe-and-legal” holiday and warning about consequences for illegal activity.
The heat, so to speak, is turning up.
With record-setting high temperatures continuing through the holiday weekend, public safety officials are preparing to provide a safe environment.
Aside from the City-sponsored contests and airport activities and the Chamber’s sponsored firework display at Bald Knob property, Lane County Sheriff’s Office plans to keep an eye on any other activity that might rise to the surface.
Police are still monitoring social media posts regarding a political rally that may come to town. After TJ’s Restaurant owner Tom Nelson shut down any plans for the rally and parade on his property, new flyers began circulating naming Tractor Supply Co. as the alternate location.
That was news to Dave Davis, assistant manager of Tractor Supply, who said that a customer first informed him of the advertised plans on Tuesday. He has since notified the district of the possibility of a group coming onto its property. While he said that store enjoys hosting the Creswell Makers’ Market in its parking lot on the weekends, it will not play host to that July 4 activity this weekend. No other location is being identified.
Deputies will also be focusing on traffic and firework mitigation, and Sgt. Scott Denham is sharing information about laws and city ordinances. Violation of the ordinances could reach into thousands of dollars; the highest penalty is “Confederating to Violate Ordinance,” with a $2,500 fine.