Astoria City Council avoids fluoride debate

Officials voted narrowly against a ballot measure that would scrutinize the need for fluoride in the city’s drinking water.

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Last August, Astoria City Councilor Zetty Nemlowill suggested the City Council discuss putting the issue on the ballot. But the idea did not surface again publicly until City Councilor Drew Herzig brought it up Monday night as one of several possible ballot questions for November.

Mayor Arline LaMear and Councilors Cindy Price and Russ Warr said the city is working through several significant issues and predicted that a debate over fluoride would be time consuming and divisive.

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