City to host first Earth Day conversation

Published on Thu, Apr 17, 2008 by ara Nelson

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City to host first Earth Day conversation

By Tara Nelson

Blaine city staff have scheduled an informal community meeting to gather ideas about what a small community can do to help both the global and local environments.

Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic said while large cities across the nation are taking the lead in addressing climate change, energy dependency and other issues, small cities do not appear to be participating. Tomsic said he thinks this is because small cities, like individuals, often believe their impact will be negligible and they don’t have the resources to make a difference.

The city of Blaine, however, is in a unique situation because it operates its own electric utility in addition to water and sewer.

“As a municipal power and water provider we are interested in conserving these resources,” Tomsic said. “We are also interested in hearing from our citizens about what they think we should be doing to be better environmental stewards. We understand that change will come one person, one family and one community at a time.”

The city has scheduled the meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Blaine senior and community center. For more information, visit www.cityofblaine.com.