SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Council passed an ordinance (ORD 2016-1) amending an existing one on the books and thereby opening the door for the township to host fireworks at Scotch Hills Country Club on July 4th weekend. 

"This paves the way for first Township-sponsored Independence Day fireworks in recent memory," Township Manager Al Mirabella said in a phone interview with TAPintoSPF. "Fire Chief Ellis made some recommendations to update an existing ordinance so that fire safety issues would be addressed."

The vote passed, 3-0, with Mayor Kevin Glover, Deputy Mayor Rose Checchio, and Councilman Llewellyn Jones voting in favor. Councilwoman Colleen Gialanella and John Del Sordi did not attend the meeting.

"We are making Scotch Place a place people come and enjoy events. Our town has a history," said Mayor Glover on Tuesday evening. "I think it's good, and I think the community at large thinks it s good thing. It's nice not to have to go to Mountainside to see fireworks."