Washougal opts for safe and sane fireworks only

first_imgWASHOUGAL — The Washougal City Council’s first attempt at a vote to restrict personal firework use in the city fizzled out, but Councilor Brent Boger re-lit the same fuse later in the meeting to more success.The council voted to allow only the use of “safe and sane” fireworks, which the city identified as ones that are neither projectile or explosive, such as fountains, sparklers, smokeballs and pinwheels. The vote comes after a year of discussion about the issue, in which councilors were looking at banning fireworks outright, restricting the times residents can use fireworks or keeping the regulations the same as they are. Currently, the city allows the discharge of fireworks on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight and Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.At Monday’s meeting, the first time the council voted for the “safe and sane” option, it failed with Councilors Michelle Wagner, Ray Kutch, Dave Shoemaker and Dan Coursey voting against it. The vote came a week after the council voted 4-3 in favor of banning them altogether. Shortly after that meeting, Mayor Sean Guard announced he was vetoing their vote. The mayor has 10 days to veto a council decision, and then the council has a chance to override the veto if a majority of the council plus one vote to override. Since Washougal has seven councilors, they needed five to vote to override.At Monday’s meeting, the councilors were deciding whether to try to override Guard’s veto — which would cancel out any action regarding fireworks and revert the city to its current regulations — or to vote for the “safe and sane” option.After the “safe and sane” option failed, councilors voted on whether to override Guard’s veto, but that motion failed, with Wagner, Paul Greenlee, Kutch and Coursey voting against it. Boger then asked Shoemaker if he’d consider changing his vote on the “safe and sane” option, and Shoemaker said he would, since the council has “discussed this to death.”last_img

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