Balloon release might soon be illegal in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/5/09

Balloon release might soon be illegal in Lubbock

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The city council proposes this Wednesday to make balloon releases illegal.   Newschannel 11 shot video of the South Plains Child Abuse Coalition event on April 30th at Kastman Park.  Councilman Paul Beane says that each one of the 1,540 balloons released that day became liter when they came back down to the ground.   He says it's a worthy cause but we need to have other things like flags, t-shirts or candles to honor those causes.

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Agenda Item 6.6

Ordinance 1st Reading - City Council: Consider an ordinance amending Chapter 23 of the Code of Ordinances with regard to the intentional release of balloons filled with lighter than air gas within the City of Lubbock.

Item Summary

The intentional release of balloons filled with lighter than air gas creates litter, a safety and fire hazard, and a danger to wildlife and livestock when such balloons and any attachments ultimately fall back to earth.

In the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of Lubbock citizens, the amendment to the Code of Ordinances adds a section, to be numbered 23-34, which reads as follows:

Sec. 23-34. Intentional Balloon Releases.

(a) No person shall intentionally release or cause to be released outdoors:

(1) any balloon made of a non-biodegrable material filled with a lighter than air gas;

(2) any balloon made of an electrically conductive material filled with a lighter than air gas; or

(3) more than 10 balloons made of a biodegradable material filled with a lighter than air gas at one time.

(b) Biodegradable balloons that are attached to any non-biodegradable material or electrically conductive material shall not intentionally be released outdoors.

(c) It shall be an exception to this section that balloons are released by a governmental agency for a governmental purpose.

Staff/Board Recommending

Paul R. Beane, Councilman District 4


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