From the Mayor's Desk - July 2017

As we celebrate the 24th anniversary of our nation’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence this July 4th please be careful when discharging fireworks. It is hot and dry which makes it easier for fires to start and grow quickly.

Our Fire Chief has instituted a burn ban for all debris piles and other outdoor burning. He has made an exception for fire pits but we ask that even when using a stone or metal fire pit that you exercise extra caution to keep yourself and your neighbors safe.

This year also marks the last year that buying, selling, and discharging fireworks will be allowed from June 28th to July 5th. Beginning in 2018, fireworks will be allowed only on July 4th and New Year’s Eve.

Our City Council approved Ordinance 1080 at their June 27, 2017 meeting to effect the above changes to our municipal code, but they will not take effect until next year. Every year we hear from residents who feel 8 days of fireworks is excessive and in many cases cause issues with their ability to get a good night’s sleep. Many pets are also frightened by the noise and concussive blasts produced by many fireworks.

Reducing the number of days firework use will be legal inside the city limits puts the focus of the holiday back on the actual holiday; we do call it “4th of July” for a reason, much like New Year’s Eve it only happens one day per year.

The even bigger news for July is, of course, Gorge Days. On July 7th and 8th our city will fill up with visitors, cool cars, food and merchandise vendors, magicians, dancers, the famed book sale, live music, and more. Did I mention great food? There will be a dinner Friday night at the basketball court and food vendors all day just east of City Hall.

More details are on the other side of this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you there.

As always, we welcome your input and ideas regarding our city. City Hall is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Our phone number is 427-8182 and you can contact me by don [at] northbonneville.net (subject: A%20message%20from%20North%20Bonneville%20website) (email.)