SUMMERVILLE -- The boom is back. Fourth of July fireworks will be held at Gahagan Park.
Mayor Berlin G. Myers broke a 3-3 tie Wednesday to approve going ahead with the popular tradition, putting an end to a Town Council dispute that had caused council member to twice table an earlier vote.
"I'm going to vote for it," he said with a small rap of the gavel.
Council members Ricky Waring, Kima Garten-Schmidt and Aaron Brown voted in favor of spending $10,000 for the event. Councilmen Walter Bailey, Bob Jackson and Mike Dawson voted against .
Council members have been divided whether the event was worth the cost during a recession that has sapped town revenues. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people attended in 2009.
Town staff have proposed expanding concession sales at the park to help recoup the cost.
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