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Survey gathers citizen input about having public event for 4th of July

 

February 14, 2018 | View PDF



After banning fireworks within city limits Marysville officials have been looking at the possibility of a public event for the Fourth of July.

Currently the city is gathering opinions with a community survey available for community members. The survey is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZY7QJFT.

“Since the fireworks ban went into effect we’ve heard from a lot of people, many of whom who were likely against the ban, that are missing fireworks and want the city to have some sort of Fourth of July event,” said Gloria Hirashima, chief administrative officer for the City of Marysville.

In response to that desire the city has begun to consider the possibility of some type of event for the holiday.

“We created a committee to consider what are our possible next steps,” said Hirashima.

The first meeting of the committee was in December.

It is composed of two city council members, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and two citizens.

“The two citizens were, interestingly enough, both against the ban,” said Hirashima. “So we’re interested in hearing from a variety of perspectives for this."

They want to find out if people would come out to a Marysville event and what the event could look like.

Possibilities discussed so far include a fireworks show, a concert, family activities or some type of celebration for the military.

“Those are certainly not mutually exclusive either, but we want to make sure that it is what the public wants,” said Hirashima.

The city hopes to gather input from residents and other locals about what they would want from a Fourth of July event.

“We want to hear from the general public,” said Hirashima.

“We’re very interested in getting a good response so that we can plan our next steps for this event,” she said.

The survey includes a range of options in terms of cost of the event, which would in all likelihood be funded by the city.

The high-end estimates include a $45,000 to $50,000 fireworks show with live concert option.

“There’s definitely a cost. How much we would spend could vary,” said Hirashima.

The Marysville City Council voted to ban fireworks in the city in 2016 and 2017 was the first year in which the fireworks ban was in effect.

Overall, the number of 2017 fireworks calls for service was an improvement over previous years, according to Marysville Police Commander Mark Thomas.

“The number of firework complaints on the days leading up to July Fourth were half as many as last year, while the complaints on July Fourth were over three times as many as many as last year. The net effect was that patrol officers felt the number of calls for service related to fireworks was significantly down over last year,” said Thomas.

The city’s survey will be open through late February and the results will be reported to the Fourth of July Event Committee in March.

That committee hopes to have a recommendation for consideration to the Marysville City Council in the spring.

 

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