Monthly Archive: October 2019

Centralia Fireworks Poll!

On October 22, the Centralia City Council may vote to change the Centralia Municipal Code (CMC) 5.98 regulating the sale and discharge of Fireworks.

In addition to doorbelling and personal interaction, I created an online poll to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.

Current Law

Purchase and Sale

Centralia currently follows RCW 70.77 which states it is legal to sell and purchase consumer fireworks: June 28 from 9am to 11pm; June 29 – July 4 from 9am to 11pm; July 5 from noon to 11pm; and December 27 – 31 from 9am to 11pm.

Discharge

Centralia currently follows RCW 70.77 which states it is legal to discharge consumer fireworks: June 28 from Noon to 11pm; June 29 – July 3 from 9am to Midnight; July 4th from 9am to Midnight; July 5 from 9am to 11pm; and December 31 – January 1 from 6pm to 1am.

Proposal Before City Council

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High Utility Costs: What Can We Do?

The cost of staying warm is a struggle for many in our community. And, it is that time of year again. There are a number of reasons for increased utility costs; including the cost of purchasing power from Bonneville Power Administration, cost of living increase, shortages in energy sources, capital improvements, etc. There are also TAXES!

Unfortunately, in 2016 the Centralia City Council by a 5-2 vote approved an increase in Centralia City Light rates by 4.8% each year for the next three-years, followed by smaller increases, in addition to an increase in the kilowatt usage rate. This increase was not limited to working families in our community. The increase impacted small business owners and increased the cost of living and doing business in our community.

Abbarno voiced similar concerns (as Councilmember Barnes), stating he does not think all options were explored thoroughly before the rate increase was proposed. He said many in the community, including small businesses, struggle already, and an increase could put them into the red.

The Chronicle, June 29, 2016

What Can We Do?

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