From the Mayor's Desk - March 2015

We still have a few weeks to go before spring officially arrives, but you wouldn’t know it by looking around our city. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and I even had to mow the lawn last weekend, breaking my previous first mowing of the year record by at least two months.

If you’ve been to the post office or City Hall lately, you’ve probably noticed some other colorful additions to our community. Our City Administrator, Steve Hasson, has been brightening up the commons area between the post office and city hall by applying some cheery new paint to the planters, trash can and the kiosk. We are already hearing lots of positive feedback on the improvements and will continue to spruce things up.

Other news of note includes the official licensing of the North Bonneville Public Development Authority’s (PDA) retail recreational marijuana store. It will be called The Cannabis Corner and it is the first such business being operated as a municipal corporation in America. The PDA board members have been toiling for over a year to reach this milestone and deserve our thanks for a job well done. Their work is not over yet, however, as they will continue their efforts to ensure a successful and positive business operation that adheres to the legal requirements of Washington law and benefits our city.

The PDA is already working with us on ways they can provide assistance with our community health and safety programs and projects. Initial talks have included offers to help with improvements to our kids’ playground area and our tennis courts as first steps in demonstrating their value to our community. Defraying some of our law enforcement costs and helping with bigger projects are also under discussion.

North Bonneville’s relationship with our PDA is truly groundbreaking and while we all know it’s not easy being the first one out of the gate, I am sure the work we are doing now will become a model for other cities and municipalities to emulate in the future. We are involved in something historic here and our goal is to make it a positive experience for all our residents.

If you have questions or comments about colorful flower planters, recreational marijuana or anything else to do with our city you can reach me at 427-8182 or via don [at] northbonneville.net (subject: A%20message%20from%20North%20Bonneville%20website) (email).