Mayor encourages folks to attend fireworks meeting

MARYSVILLE – Although he personally favors a fireworks ban, Mayor Jon Nehring said he encourages citizens passionate about the issue to come to the Jan. 25 City Council meeting.

MARYSVILLE – Although he personally favors a fireworks ban, Mayor Jon Nehring said he encourages citizens passionate about the issue to come to the Jan. 25 City Council meeting.

A decision could be made that night. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Nehring said he has never seen an issue polarize the community as much as this one. People seem to be strongly before or against it. At the last council meeting, new council president Kamille Norton suggested coming up with a compromise.

“You owe it to yourself to contact your council members,” Nehring said. “But the most powerful way is coming to the meeting.”

The mayor said even though it was officially just an advisory vote, almost 60 percent of those who voted in November favored a ban.

“If I won an election by that amount it would be a mandate,” he said.

At the mayor’s Coffee Klatch Jan. 14 at the Baxter Community Center, participants also discussed a number of other topics.

Redevelopment of downtown was talked about in detail.

Chief Administrative Officer Gloria Hirashima said the city is trying to attract the right kind of development.

The city realizes, “Wow, this could really be something,” she said, but the image of the area needs to change.

One thing already helping is downtown is a Stay Out of Drugs Area. Anyone with a drug background can be arrested if they are caught there.

Also, Hirashima said in March a consultant will present some ideas to the city on how to change its image.

The mayor said the city would like to develop 10 things people can do downtown.

“Then there would be all types of things for folks to enjoy,” he said.

Walking trails along the waterfront to the estuary will be constructed soon.

“It’s magnificent,” Nehring said of that nature area. People wonder, “Am I even in Marysville anymore?”

One improvement already helping downtown is the city taking over the historic Marysville Opera House.

“Marysville lacks culture. People are hungry for it,” Nehring said.

Nehring said when he first became mayor people wanted him to bring in commercial businesses so they could shop at home. Since that has happened, now people want to improve their quality of life, with parks and cultural events.

Hirashima said a new Highway 529 interchange off of Interstate 5 in the next decade will bring a new gateway to the city, which will make development along the waterfront even more attractive.

Hirashima also talked about the effort to fix up the State Avenue corridor. The old Highway 99 is mostly strip commercial, “very old and low rent,” she said. “It tends to get rundown.”

The city is doing an online poll to see what the community wants to do to improve it.

The mayor was asked about illegitimate massage parlors in town.

Police Chief Rick Smith stepped up to answer that question.

“We find it, and we root it out,” he said, adding those businesses often don’t follow code enforcement laws so police can get them to move out of town.

Another concern was pawn shops. But Smith said police have a great relationship with those businesses in town in getting stolen property.

Still another crime concern had to do with trails and homeless near Wal Mart.

While crime is down in the city overall, Smith said if crimes flare up, people need to report them so police can refocus on those areas.

“It’s a prime function of government, to drive criminals out of here,” Nehring said.

 

 

More in News

Inslee: Stay home for 2 weeks

By Jerry Cornfield and Zachariah Bryan The Herald OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay… Continue reading

Fences have been put up around Marysville playgrounds to keep kids off. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Marysville leaders concerned as (almost) everything’s closing

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MARYSVILLE – Within hours of Gov. Jay Inslee’s… Continue reading

Briefly

Beware of coronavirus scams SEATTLE – U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran is… Continue reading

Jennifer Thompson, left, and her father Ron Thompson secure a new remembrance plaque to the Oso slide site gate on Sunday, near Oso. Ron Thompson handcrafts a new plaque for the gate every year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Community remembers Oso slide victims, survivors

By Ben Watanabe The Herald OSO — The power of remembering the… Continue reading

People gather to pick up special allergy meals before leaving Lakewood High School on Wednesday in Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Districts taking meals to students since schools are closed

By Stephanie Davey The Herald LAKEWOOD — Children wearing pajamas stood outside… Continue reading

Jon Nehring
Letter about coronavirus from Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring

This is an edited version of a letter Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring… Continue reading

DOUGLAS BUell/Staff Photos
                                Lead cook Keina Gowins with Presidents Elementary hands out free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches to students and parents outside the school Wednesday. Presidents and AHS serve as central kitchen sites for preparing meals, which starting next week will expand to 12 delivery sites from Silvana to Oso. Right, Arlington Food Bank executive director Carla Gastineau and Mike Simpson, food bank board president and owner of Arlington Grocery Outlet, partnered with the district with their Meals Til Monday program, and gave a woman a box of donated food while at Presidents.
Arlington students won’t go hungry during the COVID-19 school closures

ARLINGTON – Arlington schools are closed through April 24 to help fight… Continue reading

Scott Beebe hands out Chromebooks to people in their cars. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Marysville parents anxious to pick up school materials for kids

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MARYSVILLE – A few days ago Marysville schools… Continue reading

Jon Nehring
Marysville leaders’ trip to D.C. productive

MARYSVILLE – City leaders recently obtained advice on how to get more… Continue reading

Crews will blow garbage into the street and sweep it up over the next few weeks. The city is asking people to move their cars, trash cans and recycle bins when they come around to help them do a thorough job. (Courtesy Photo)
Marysville shuffles workers due to virus, seeks public’s help for sweepers next week

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe. MARYSVILLE – From working from home to teleconferencing… Continue reading

Arlington closed until April 24 amid COVID-19 outbreak: what’s next?

ARLINGTON – When Arlington public school leaders met for a special meeting… Continue reading