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Public Health adds Lacamas Lake to blue-green algae advisory - 10/18/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health has added Lacamas Lake to the blue-green algae advisory issued Tuesday afternoon for nearby Round Lake.

The public should avoid direct contact with water at Round Lake and Lacamas Lake in Camas due to cyanobacteria blooms, also known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water.

A citizen reported a bloom at Round Lake earlier this week. Public Health collected water samples from Round Lake on Tuesday afternoon and posted caution signs at the lake. Results from those water samples are pending.

On Thursday, Public Health staff found a cyanobacteria bloom at nearby Lacamas Lake and collected water samples to test for toxins. Caution signs have been posted at the lake.

For Lacamas and Round lakes, health officials are recommending:

  • No water contact for people in areas of scum.
  • Keep pets away from lake water.
  • Clean fish well and discard organs.

The appearance of the blooms may grow and dissipate as temperatures fluctuate throughout the day and overnight. Public Health will continue to monitor the lakes, and signs will be updated as conditions change. Additional information and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website.

Lacamas Regional Park and Heritage Park remain open. Water within the restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink.

Volunteers sought for cigarette butt cleanup, ivy pull on Make a Difference Day - 10/17/18

Vancouver, Wash. –  Volunteers will celebrate national Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, by picking up discarded cigarette butts from Clark County and Vancouver parks and by removing English ivy from a county park.

Clark County and the city of Vancouver will coordinate the eighth annual “The Butt Stops Here” cleanup. Volunteers will meet at 9 am in the Bud Van Cleve Community Room at Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 NE 78th St. After a brief orientation, volunteers will break into small groups and fan out to parks throughout Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided, but volunteers must have their own transportation. At 11:30 am, volunteers will return to Luke Jensen Sports Park to weigh bags of cigarette butts and enjoy lunch, provided by Blind Onion Pizza. Volunteers can sign up online at https://bit.ly/DifferenceDay.

Since the first The Butt Stops Here cleanup in October 2011, volunteers have removed more than 105 pounds of cigarette butts – each butt weighs about one-tenth of an ounce – from our parks and public spaces. More than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts worldwide are discarded as litter each year, making them the most common litter in the world.

Clark County Public Works also will partner with the Vancouver Ivy Near Elimination squad and Portland Parks and Recreation for the 15th annual No Ivy Day. Volunteers throughout the region will remove non-native English ivy from various parks, trails and green spaces.

Volunteers are needed to remove ivy at Tenny Creek Neighborhood Park, 3105 NE 91st St., from 9 am to noon Saturday, Oct. 27. Volunteers can sign up online at http://bit.ly/NoTennyIvy.

Remember to dress for the weather and wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes for both events. Youth 13 and younger can volunteer with a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 years old need to have signed minor consent forms to volunteer without a parent or guardian.

More information on Clark County Public Works’ volunteer program is available on the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/volunteer.

Board of Health seeks applicants for Mosquito Control District board - 10/17/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Board of Health is requesting applications for a volunteer position on the Mosquito Control District Board of Trustees.

The position represents residents living in east Clark County. Applicants must live within the Position 2 boundaries, which include portions of east Vancouver, the cities of Camas and Washougal, and unincorporated areas of east Clark County. For a map of position boundaries, visit the Board of Trustees website.

The position term begins Jan. 1, 2019, and runs through Dec. 31, 2020.

The Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Clark County Mosquito Control District. The board establishes policy, manages expenditures and approves contracts for services. Clark County Public Health provides administrative services for the district.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of one member from each city or town in Clark County and three at-large members appointed by the Clark County Board of Health.

The board meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of February, May, August and November. The meetings begin at 7 pm at the Mosquito Control Shop, 8115 NE St. Johns Road.

Applicants should send a résumé and letter of interest to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000. Applications also can be sent by email to auch@clark.wa.gov">Alyssa.Weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov or fax to 360.397.6058.

The application deadline is 5 pm Monday, Nov. 12.

Public Health issues blue-green algae advisory at Round Lake in Camas - 10/17/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is advising the public to avoid direct contact with water at Round Lake in Camas due to a cyanobacteria bloom, also known as blue-green algae.

Blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water. Public Health collected water samples from Round Lake on Tuesday afternoon and is awaiting results to determine if toxins are in the water.

Health officials are recommending:

  • No water contact for people in areas of scum.
  • Keep pets away from lake water.
  • Clean fish well and discard organs.

The bloom was reported by a citizen this week, after the recent stretch of warm weather. The appearance of the bloom may grow and dissipate as temperatures fluctuate throughout the day and overnight.

Caution signs were posted at the lake Tuesday afternoon and will remain in place as long as the bloom is active and present. Public Health will continue to monitor the bloom, and signs will be updated as conditions change. Additional information and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website.

Lacamas Regional Park remains open. Water within the restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink.

Oct. 16 Commission on Aging meeting canceled, rescheduled for Oct. 22 - 10/15/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Commission on Aging meeting scheduled for 4:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 16, is canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled for 4:30 pm next Monday, Oct. 22, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The Clark County Commission on Aging is focusing this year on transportation, especially for people 60 and older. Transportation allows residents of all ages and abilities to connect with others and maintain independence. It is a hallmark of a livable community.

At the Oct. 22 meeting, Matt Hermen, a transportation planner with Clark County, will describe how multiple modes of transportation; biking, walking, vehicles and buses; are planned for locally to meet the needs for present and future populations.  He also will discuss the county’s transportation successes and challenges.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members.

For more about the commission, visit www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging.

County seeks applicants for Portland International Airport Citizen Noise Advisory Committee - 10/15/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking applicants for the Portland International Airport Citizen Noise Advisory Committee, PDX CNAC. The county has one appointment to the 15-member committee.

The term begins Dec. 1, 2018, and expires on Nov. 31, 2021.

 This committee is charged with:

• Acting on behalf of local jurisdictions as the official forum to address community PDX aircraft noise concerns;

• Monitoring and providing input on the implementation of the current PDX Noise Compatibility Plan;

• Reviewing aircraft noise issues and providing advice on issue resolution and follow-up action;

• Developing ideas and recommending proposals for consideration in future airport noise plans;

• Participating on advisory committees involved in long-range airport facilities and capital improvement planning;

• Enhancing citizen understanding of aircraft noise management through the work of the CNAC as a whole; and

• Periodically briefing the Port of Portland Board of Commissioners and other appointing jurisdictions on the work of the committee.

The committee generally meets 5:30-8 pm on the second Thursday of every odd-numbered month at the Portland International Airport. Dinner is provided beginning about 5 pm, and parking will be validated.

Given the technical nature of noise, it is not expected that any volunteer appointee be an expert on the topic. Port of Portland staff will take all necessary steps to on-board new committee members and help them be prepared to participate. CNAC appointments are asked to regularly report back to their appointing jurisdiction on the work of the committee.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5pm Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Green Neighbors celebrates six years of sustainability programs with a birthday party - 10/15/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health’s Green Neighbors program is turning 6 this year, and the public is invited to help celebrate!

Green Neighbors is throwing a birthday party 2-4 pm Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. Register to attend the free party at www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/birthday.

In addition to fun giveaways and prizes, the party will feature a special guest: Portland blogger Jenica Barrett of Zero Waste Wisdom. Jenica will talk about her “zerowaster” lifestyle and share how she fits all of her trash for an entire month into one pint-size jar. Then, party attendees will be encouraged to take the #onejarchallenge themselves.

Green Neighbors will distribute free jars to party attendees, who will try to fit all of their trash for the week into one jar and share their experiences on social media. Participants can minimize their waste by refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling and composting as much as possible.

Participants who complete the weeklong challenge will be entered into a drawing for an iPad.

The Green Neighbors program helps citizens create sustainable lifestyles. The program promotes green living through a variety of community events, such as WasteBusters, the Natural Garden Tour and the Recycled Arts Festival.

To stay up to date on green tips and local events, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at: http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/newsletter-signup/modify.

County seeks veterinarian to serve on Animal Control Advisory Board - 10/11/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is accepting applications for an open position on the volunteer Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board.

The opening is for a licensed veterinarian who practices in Clark County.

The term begins immediately and ends Oct. 31, 2022.

Advisory board members meet quarterly at 6:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at Clark Regional Wastewater District Headquarters, 8000 NE 52nd Court.

Duties of the 10-member board include:

    • Reporting to the county council and Vancouver City Council at least once a year on general operations of the Animal Protection and Control Program.
    • Recommending potential modifications to code.
    • Acting as an appeals hearing board.
    • Volunteering at outreach and fundraising events.
    • Promoting the program and its licensing of all dogs and cats.

For more about the board or to download an application, please go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/animal-control-advisory-board.

Applications and a résumé should be mailed to Animal Protection and Control, PO Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810 or dropped off at the department office on the third floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.

New Seasons Market to host next Green Business Morning Blend - 10/11/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County’s Green Business program will hold a Morning Blend networking event 8-9 am Thursday, Oct. 18 at New Seasons Market, 2100b SE 164th Ave.

Morning Blend is an opportunity for business representatives to network and discuss green business efforts in an informal setting. The monthly event is held at different local businesses on the third Thursday.

For the October event, New Seasons staff will give a presentation about their green solutions and innovative, community-focused programs.

This free event is open to all Green Business participants and anyone who is interested in learning about the Green Business program. Please register for the event in advance at https://clarkgreenbiz.com/morning-blend/october-green-business-morning-blend.

Clark County’s Green Business program recognizes and celebrates the achievements of local green businesses. The program helps businesses develop and implement initiatives that can improve efficiencies and benefit the environment.

To learn more about the Green Business program, visit www.clarkgreenbiz.com.

Clark County Public Health expands online permit services - 10/10/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health now is providing more permit services online, saving residents and business owners from making a trip to the department office.

Throughout the summer, Public Health has rolled out several new features on its website that allow users to submit permit applications, renewals and payments online. Beginning in June, people seeking permits for temporary food establishments could submit applications online. Since then, more than half of those applications have been submitted electronically.

Beginning Sept. 1, food establishment and mobile unit operators could submit information for their annual plan reviews and permits on the website. Website users now also can pay for annual health permit renewals and other existing fees on the Public Health website.

Public Health will continue to add website features throughout the rest of the year.

The website soon will have capabilities for submitting individual well and small drinking-water system applications. The review and permit processes for water recreation facility plans also will be available online in the coming months.

Later this year, website users will be able to submit applications for on-site sewage treatment system site evaluation, design, installation and releases. A portal for making vital records requests also will be available online, and Public Health soon will update its website features for submitting complaints and reviewing restaurant inspection scores.

For project updates, visit www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/online-permitting.

Clark County Permit Center closing Oct. 31 for construction work - 10/09/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Permit Center will be closed for business Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Friday, Nov. 2, for remodeling. It will reopen 8 am Monday, Nov. 5.

The county’s online building permit system, Clark County Land Management System, will be available during the office closure. Anyone needing building permits during the closure is encouraged to use online system on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/permit-center.

“Remodeling the Permit Center is one of the goals in our action plan in response to the evaluation of Permit Center operations published earlier this year,” said Community Development Director Mitch Nickolds. “Our objective is to enhance customer service by improving our permitting processes.”

“We are looking forward to having an updated, one-stop shop to take care of the needs of our customers,” said Mike Curtis, Permit Center manager.

The Permit Center in Community Development issues permits for residential and commercial construction. In 2017, staff in the Permit Center issued 2,800 buildings permits and served more than 19,000 walk-in customers.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee offers opportunities to serve - 10/09/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking applicants to fill three positions on the 13-member Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Volunteer service will be a four-year commitment. Residents living anywhere in Clark County can apply. People with experience and expertise in advocating for biking, walking, transit, active transportation, mobility issues, public speaking or serving on boards and commissions are encouraged to apply.

Meetings typically are 6-8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.  Committee meetings and other community-involved activities may require an additional four to six hours per month.

The committee serves as an advisory group to the Clark County Council on matters relating to bicycle and pedestrian planning and funding as well as implementation of the county’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan. The group reviews future road construction and private development projects to ensure safety for people who travel on foot or by bicycle.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applicants also may send information by fax to 360.397.6058 or email to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct, 26, 2018.

County seeks applicants for three-year terms on Clean Water Commission - 10/08/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is seeking applicants for three openings on the Clean Water Commission.

Terms are for three years, beginning in January 2019 and ending in December 2021.

The nine-member advisory group makes recommendations to the Clark County Council about clean water services, policies and financing needed to meet federal and state requirements for water quality and to improve county stormwater management.

Applicants can live anywhere in Clark County. Unincorporated residents and people with analytical skills and experience with environmental issues are encouraged to apply.

The commission meets 6:30-8:30 pm the first Wednesday of every other month, beginning in January. Meetings usually are in the sixth-floor Training Room in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Interested residents must submit a letter and résumé by mail to Dean Boening, Clark County Clean Water Division, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or by email to oening@clark.wa.gov">dean.boening@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Nov. 16.

More information on the Clean Water Commission is available on the county's website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/clean-water-commission.

County manager seeks applicants to serve on Clark County Arts Commission - 10/08/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is accepting applications to fill two positions on the Clark County Arts Commission.

One position is for a member of the business community. The other position is for a commission member at large.

Both terms are four years in length. The commission meets at 5:30 pm the third Tuesday of the month on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

The Arts Commission is made up of 11 volunteer members. Each participating city appoints one member and the county manager appoints three members representing the arts, arts education and business communities.

The commission advises and collaborates with the county council and city councils and reports accomplishments to the community. Members advocate for the arts in the community, at public hearings, budget hearings and other public forums.

Anyone interested in serving should submit a letter and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also can be faxed to 360.397.6058 or emailed to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

County appoints Ahmad Qayoumi as Public Works director - 10/08/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Manager Shawn Henessee has named Ahmad Qayoumi director of the county’s Public Works department, effective immediately.

Qayoumi last month was hired as Public Works deputy director. He has served as interim Public Works director since Sept. 12, after former Director Heath Henderson accepted a job with Clark Regional Wastewater District.

Qayoumi has more than 29 years of public sector experience. He most recently worked as Regional Rail Division manager for the San Jose, Calif., Department of Transportation. His earlier positions include Pasco Public Works director and Vancouver Transportation Division manager.

Qayoumi earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Portland State University.

“Clark County is fortunate to have a Public Works director with the breadth of experience and knowledge that Ahmad brings to the position,” Henessee said.

Public Works provides many services to the community. The department has more than 300 employees who work in seven divisions: Administration and Finance, Clean Water, Engineering and Construction, Fleet Services, Parks and Lands, Road Maintenance and Safety, and Transportation and Development.

Learn more about Public Works on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works.

Clark County Council to consider speed limits on county road sections - 10/03/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Residents will have a chance next week to offer their thoughts before Clark County considers changing or setting speed limits on eight sections of county roadway.

The Clark County Council reviewed speed limit recommendations during a work session today. A public hearing has been scheduled for 10 am Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

In some cases, the council will be asked to lower speed limits. In other cases, the council will consider setting speed limits on roads that currently are unposted or have posted speed limits but the county does not have formal resolutions supporting those posted limits.

The maximum speed limit on unposted county roads is 50 mph.

Public Works routinely evaluates speed limits based on comments from residents, requests from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, observations by county traffic engineers and changes in development and road conditions.

State law prohibits driving at a speed faster than what is “reasonable and prudent” given conditions, commonly referred to as the “basic rule,” and sets a maximum 50 mph speed limit on county roads.

The county council next week will consider speed limits on the following road sections:

  • Northeast 124th Avenue, from Northeast 99th Street to Northeast 119th Street – The existing speed limit fluctuates between 25 mph and 40 mph. The county proposes to set a consistent 30 mph speed limit.
     
  • Northeast 114th Street, from Northeast 124th Avenue to Northeast 132nd Avenue – The existing speed limit is 40 mph. The county proposes to set a 25 mph speed limit.
     
  • Northeast 132nd Avenue, from Northeast 114th Street to Northeast 119th Street – The existing speed limit is 40 mph. The county proposes to set a 25 mph speed limit.
     
  • Northeast 164th Street, from Northeast 182nd Avenue to Northeast 205th Avenue – The posted speed limit is 40 mph, but there is no resolution to support it. The county proposes to formally set the speed limit at 40 mph.
     
  • Northeast 202nd Avenue, from Northeast 164th Street south for 500 feet – The posted speed limit is 40 mph, but there is no resolution to support it. The county proposes to formally set the speed limit at 40 mph.
     
  • Northeast 262nd Avenue, from Northeast Bradford Road north for 0.63 miles – The road section currently is unposted, which means it defaults to the state’s basic rule. The county proposes to set a 35 mph speed limit.
     
  • Northeast 312th Avenue, from Northeast Ireland Road south to the end of the road – The road section currently is unposted, which means it defaults to the state’s basic rule. The county proposes to set a 25 mph speed limit.
     
  • Northeast Borin Road, from Northeast Hughes Road to Northeast 412th Avenue – The road section currently is unposted, which means it defaults to the state’s basic rule. The county proposes to set a 30 mph speed limit.

More information is available in the PowerPoint presentation prepared for today’s work session.

Commission on Aging October speaker to focus on how local governments plan for community transportation needs - 10/03/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Finding effective ways to meet the transportation needs of the increasing numbers of older residents will be critical for our local governments. Learn more about what goes into planning for all modes of transportation and how we can improve the mobility options for seniors who want to remain independent as long as possible at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, 4:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The meeting will be in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public.

Matt Hermen, a transportation planner with Clark County, will describe how multiple modes of transportation; biking, walking, vehicles and buses; are planned for locally to meet the needs for present and future populations. He also will discuss the county’s transportation successes and challenges.

The Oct. 16 discussion is the seventh meeting this year focused on transportation, especially for people 65 and older. Transportation allows residents of all ages and abilities to connect with others and maintain independence and is the hallmark of a livable community. For a schedule of topics, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2018-transportation-speaker-series.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members.

For more about the commission, visit www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging.

Applications available for 2019 Homeless Crisis Response System and Community Action funds - 10/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Community Services is seeking applications for anti-poverty programs that help people reach self-sufficiency and programs providing Homeless Crisis Response System services.

There is approximately $390,000 available for Community Action anti-poverty programs in the following categories: health and social/behavioral health, income and asset building, employment, education and support services. Services provided must be in line with the Clark County Community Needs Assessment.

Approximately $1,500,000 is available for Homeless Crisis Response System services in the following categories: permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, targeted prevention assistance, interim housing, and outreach and engagement services. Applications also will be accepted to provide core system programs Rent Well and SOAR. All services provided must be in line with the Clark County Homeless Action Plan.

Applications and instructions are available beginning today, Oct. 1, 2018, through ZoomGrants on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/applications. To be added to the stakeholders list, or if you need assistance or program information, contact Rebecca Royce at ebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov">rebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov.

Pre-submittal meetings will be:

  • Homeless Crisis Response, 10:30-11 am Monday, Oct. 8
  • Community Action programs, 11-11:30 am, Monday, Oct. 8

Both sessions will be at the Public Service Center, room 679, 1300 Franklin St. Anyone interested in submitting an application is strongly encouraged to attend the pre-submittal meetings.

Other important dates:

  • Mandatory pre-applications are due by 11:59 pm Wednesday, Oct. 31 through ZoomGrants.
  • Full applications are due Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, through ZoomGrants.
  • Homeless Crisis Response presentations to the Community Action Advisory Board will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
  • Community Action presentations to the CAAB will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
  • Application recommendations will be made by the CAAB at its May 2019 meeting.
  • Contracts will begin July 1, 2019.

Second-installment 2018 property tax payments due Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 - 09/27/18

Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, stated that second-installment 2018 property taxes are due on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. “If you have not received your 2018 second-installment tax statement or have lost it, you can visit our website at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 564.397.2252 for a duplicate statement.”

The Treasurer’s Office is located on the second floor of the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin St. one block north of the Clark County Courthouse. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Taxpayers may pay their property taxes online using a credit or debit card or from their checking or savings account. While credit and debit card payments are assessed a 2.39 percent convenience fee, there is only a $1 per transaction fee for using your electronic checking or savings account. To make a payment, go to www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer/payment-options, or call 1.877.778.4606.

To register to receive your tax statement electronically and manage your property taxes online, go to www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer  and select “Make a Payment.” Payment transactions must be completed by midnight, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, to avoid interest charges.

Payments also can be mailed to Clark County Treasurer, Caller Box 35150, Seattle, WA 98124-5140. Tax payments must be postmarked by Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, to avoid interest charges. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the return envelope and payment coupon provided with their statement to mail their payments.

Land clearing, yard debris burning ban to be lifted Oct. 1 - 09/26/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway will lift a burning ban for all land clearing fires on Monday, Oct. 1. 

The risk of wildfires being caused by an escaped land clearing fire has significantly declined because of recent rainfall and the forecast for more rain and cooler temperatures. A regional ban typically is in place from July 15 to Oct. 1.

Residents must follow all local outdoor burning regulations and burning permit requirements. Recreational campfires are allowed in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those found in local, county and state parks.

On private land, recreational fires must comply with the following regulations:

  • Fires must be built in metal, rock or masonry-lined pits, such as those in established campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores.
  • Fires cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • Fires must be at least 25 feet from structures or combustible materials and have at least 20 feet of overhead clearance from tree limbs, patio covers and carports.
  • Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person, at least 16 years old, who can extinguish the fire using a shovel and at least 5 gallons of water in one or more containers or a connected hose with the water turned on.
  • Fires must be extinguished by pouring water or shoveling moist soil onto flames and coals and stirring until all areas are cool to the touch.

The use of burn barrels is illegal in unincorporated Clark County.

For more information, go to www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html.

These regulations pertain only to areas outside city limits. Residents in cities should check with their municipality for regulations on recreational fires and other outside burning.

County seeks applicants for volunteer Animal Control Advisory Board positions - 09/26/18

Vancouver, Wash. ??' Clark County is accepting applications for two open positions on the volunteer Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board.

One position is for a member at large who resides in Clark County. The second position is for a licensed veterinarian who practices in Clark County.

The term begins immediately and ends Oct. 31, 2022.

Advisory board members meet quarterly at 6:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at Clark Regional Wastewater District Headquarters, 8000 NE 52nd Court.

Duties of the 10-member board include:

  • Reporting to the county council and Vancouver City Council at least once a year on general operations of the Animal Protection and Control Program.
  • Recommending potential modifications to code.
  • Acting as an appeals hearing board.
  • Volunteering at outreach and fundraising events.
  • Promoting the program and its licensing of all dogs and cats.

For more about the board or to download an application, please go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/animal-control-advisory-board.

Applications and a résumé should be mailed to Animal Protection and Control, PO Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810 or dropped off at the department office on the third floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

County Council seeks volunteer for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board - 09/25/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking a person with interest or expertise in early childhood education and services for young children to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board.

The three-year term begins immediately.

The advisory board makes recommendations to the county council relating to developmental disabilities services and issues.  Members provide leadership to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of community programs.

Clark County values diversity and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply.  

The advisory board meets at 5:15 pm the first Wednesday of every month at the Center for Community Health, conference room C210, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Monday, Oct. 24, 2018.

County council seeks applicants for three vacancies on volunteer Planning Commission - 09/25/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is accepting applications to fill three vacancies on the volunteer Planning Commission.

Two positions are for four-year terms; one position is for a six-year term. All three terms begin Jan. 1, 2019.

The Planning Commission is a seven-member group that makes recommendations to the council on land-use planning, zoning and development in areas outside cities and about issues such as growth management, roads, public facilities, development regulations and applicable county ordinances.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also can be emailed to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.