Two hot topics on the City Council agenda for June 18

There are two complex topics—a fireworks ordinance and a possible Metro Parks levy—coming before the Vancouver City Council at its next meeting at on Monday, June 18, at 415 W. Sixth St. in downtown Vancouver. The public is encouraged to express its thoughts on these issues by testifying at the meeting, sending an e-mail to the City Manager’s Office or City Council, or writing a letter. People can also weigh in at www.cityofvancouver.us. The public portion of the meeting will commence at 7 p.m.

The council is considering possible changes to fireworks regulations in future years. This year’s Independence Day celebrations will not be affected. The proposed ordinance would prohibit the sale and use of aerial devices and limit the horizontal ground movement of devices that include aerial spinners, Roman candles, aerial reloadable tubes, mine/shell devices, and ground devices that travel horizontally over 15 feet. More information is available here.

The council will also consider a proposed Vancouver Metropolitan Park District, funded by a maintenance and operations levy for parks and recreation services. The proposed property tax levy of 35 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value would generate an estimated $4.5 million per year— equating to approximately $70 per year for Vancouver’s average $200,000 home. If approved, this levy would fund certain parks and recreation services that have been cut in recent budget reductions, including restoring and preserving services for citizens with disabilities, youth and teen activities, youth out-of-school opportunities, and maintenance and repairs to parks and facilities.

To testify before City Council, come to the meeting and fill out a comment card. Those who can’t attend in person can watch the meeting live on CVTV Channel 23 at 7 p.m., or online at www.cvtv.org.

To view the evening’s entire agenda, click here.