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Cover of the new Cycling Vancouver & Clark County map
Cover of the new Cycling Vancouver & Clark County map
Updated Vancouver, Clark County bicycle map now available (Photo) - 02/11/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Residents and visitors can learn the best ways to get around Vancouver and Clark County by bicycle with the recently updated version of the City of Vancouver’s “Cycling Vancouver & Clark County” map.

Free hard copies of the maps can be picked up at:

  • Vancouver City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.), available at the kiosk or at the front desk in the lobby
  • Clark County Public Service Center (1300 Franklin St.), available at the front desk in the lobby
  • Bike Clark County’s community bike shop (1604 Main St.), bikeclarkcounty.org.
  • Rollin Right Repairs (11015 N.E. Burton Rd.), rollinrightrepairs.com

An interactive online version of the bike map is also available on Clark County’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) website at https://bit.ly/clarkcountybikeapp. With the online version, bike route conditions can be accessed by either clicking on the individual routes on the map or opening the legend in the top, right-hand corner of the screen.

The map uses a color-coded legend to show paved multi-use paths, and which streets have striped bike lanes or are shared roadways. It also shows areas where new bike routes are planned, where connections are difficult or caution should be used, and where bicycles are not allowed.

The printed map also includes information about sharing the road, explains how loop detectors in the pavement at traffic signals work with bikes, and provides general tips on riding safely.

For more information about bicycling in Vancouver, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/bike.

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Vancouver Water Center's Saturday, Feb. 9, events canceled due to snowy forecast - 02/08/19

Vancouver, Wash. – In light of forecast inclement weather, the City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center will be closed on Saturday, Feb. 9, to help keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe and off the roads. The Water Center’s ‘Love Your Earth’ event, which was to showcase both the monthly Second Saturday activities and a special Recycling 101 for Kids, will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check the Water Center’s website at www.cityofvancouver.us/WaterCenter for a new date for these fun events.

 

 

Vancouver Public Works' deicing effort continues; garbage and recycling services for Tuesday canceled - 02/05/19

A combination of freezing temperatures and light snow are creating slick conditions on Vancouver streets this morning. 

City of Vancouver Public Works Operations crews have worked through the night deicing high priority routes - main travel arterials, overpasses, snow bus routes, hills, and key streets around schools. As of 4 a.m., snow accumulation on Vancouver streets was light – not deep enough to plow – with east Vancouver streets seeing slightly more snow. Residential and side streets, which do not get treated, are slick, but essential routes serving police, fire and medical services remain open.

Crews are continuing to work in shifts around the clock. More snowfall is possible yet this morning, according to forecasts, with icy conditions continuing until temperatures warm up later today. In the meantime, those who must drive are encouraged to go slowly and leave ample room for stops and turns. 

In many areas of Clark County, road conditions were reported to be treacherous, covered with a thin layer of ice that formed before snow arrived. Due to these conditions, Waste Connections has canceled regular Tuesday garbage and recycling service collections for its residential customers within the City of Vancouver and throughout Clark County. Services for residential customers will be delayed a day this week, so that Tuesday collections will occur Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, and so on. More information about service is expected to be posted on Waste Connections’ website at https://wcnorthwest.com.

During severe weather, Vancouver's Operations crews and equipment are employed strategically, to maximize their ability to quickly tackle ice and snow if and when severe weather hits. Efforts are focused on meeting the community's highest priorities, starting with the critical arterials that serve as the community's life-saving public safety network. Public Works crews also work closely with Vancouver Fire, Vancouver Police, and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) to clear the way to specific locations when emergency access is needed. Due to these demands and limited resources, as well as the difficulties presented by driveways and parked cars, neighborhood streets are not plowed or deiced. 
 
Adjacent property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks free and passable. Residents and businesses are also encouraged to lend a helping hand to neighbors where needed.
 
Tips and more about what to do in advance and during severe weather conditions may be found on the city's website at www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather.

Vancouver Public Works crews working through the night, ahead of potential icy Tuesday - 02/04/19

With temperatures diving below freezing and Tuesday’s commute looking potentially icy, Vancouver Public Works crews will be out tonight treating major travel corridors, overpasses and hills throughout the community.

Crews were out at 4 a.m. today deicing streets. Starting tonight, they’ll be working in shifts around the clock.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Southwest Washington and the Portland Metro area, warning of possible black ice for Tuesday morning.

When forecasts call for icy or snowy weather, City of Vancouver crews pretreat streets with deicing solutions of water and sodium chloride, shown to be safe and effective in improving driving conditions during severe winter weather. Rain and snow can dilute and wash away deicer, however, making continued applications necessary under these conditions.

With nearly 1,900 lane miles in the City of Vancouver, Vancouver's crews and equipment are employed strategically to maximize their ability to quickly tackle ice and snow if and when severe weather hits. Efforts are focused on meeting the community's highest priorities, starting with the critical arterials that serve as the community's life-saving, public safety network. Public Works crews also work closely with Vancouver Fire, Vancouver Police, and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) to clear the way to specific locations where emergency access is needed. Next in priority are the remaining arterials, selected collectors, snow bus routes, and key streets around schools and hills. As part of that process, Public Works crews help C-TRAN, schools and other agencies respond to service needs.

During snow and ice storms, the task of keeping these high priority streets open must be repeated many times. Due to these demands and limited resources, as well as the difficulties presented by driveways and parked cars, neighborhood streets are not plowed or deiced.

Pedestrian safety is also key during severe winter weather. In nearly all cases, adjacent property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks free and passable. Residents and businesses are encouraged to lend a helping hand to neighbors where needed. Utility customers are reminded to be prepared for winter weather by disconnecting garden hoses and protecting outside faucets and water pipes from freezing temperatures.

Tips and more about what to do in advance of and during severe weather conditions may be found on the city's website at www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather.

Vancouver Public Works asks Utility customers to be alert to email scam - 01/30/19

The City of Vancouver Public Works wants Utility customers to be alert to an email scam attempting to get the recipient to download a fake file and click on suspicious links.

Several City Utility customers have reported receiving a false email that appears to come from what is an invalid “City of Vancouver Account Payable” email address and asks customers to download a fake invoice file or share account information through a suspicious link. The reported phishing email also includes a ‘Filemail’ logo and a fake invoice number. The City does not use Filemail for billing.

Please Note: Actual City of Vancouver Utility ebills clearly state:  “PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL.” Authentic City Utility ebills provide customer details, such as service address and account number, and a link to the City’s secure WebUtility payment site at https://publicworks.cityofvancouver.us/webutility. The Utility’s email bills will NEVER ask customers to download an invoice, share their account information with others, or provide sensitive information in a response to an email. 

Email fraud, or phishing, typically involves the use of deceptive emails seeking sensitive personal, financial or account information, or attempting to get the recipient to click or download a suspicious file. Anyone who receives a suspicious email should exercise caution and should NOT click on links, reply to the message or download any files. Instead, report and delete the email.

Customers who have concerns about any emails or calls claiming to represent the City of Vancouver Utility are asked to please contact Utility Services directly at 360-487-7999 to speak with a customer service representative. The City representative will be able to assist and provide verification if the contact is legitimate. Vancouver’s Utility Customer Services office is located at  2323 General Anderson Ave. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, except for official holidays. 

Show a little love to your planet at two Water Center events Saturday, Feb. 9 - 01/30/19

Vancouver, Wash. – February is the perfect month to use your superpower of love to help our Earth! Kids and families are invited to Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, to celebrate with two free events – the monthly Second Saturday event and a special Recycling 101 class for kids.

February Second Saturday: Families can discover new ways to reduce waste and treat our planet kindly, including crafting a card for Valentine’s Day using recycled materials. Explore energy and water conservation and learn how to prevent food waste.

Recycling 101 for Kids: Join in this fun, interactive curbside recycling class. Kids and parents will discover what goes in 'Big Blue' and 'Binnie' through hands-on learning stations, games and kid-friendly presentations. Leave feeling confident about improving your household recycling habits. Bonus: FREE Swap! Bring a kid-appropriate clean, gently-used toy, book or game to exchange.

For additional details about the Water Resources Education Center’s Second Saturday events, please visit the website at www.cityofvancouver.us/SecondSaturday. To learn more about the City’s informative recycling series provided by Vancouver Solid Waste and Waste Connections, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/RecycleU.

ABOUT THE WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER: 

Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area's few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. The Water Center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Water Center. More information is available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or by calling 360-487-7111.

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Vancouver's Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program marks seventh year, encourages project proposals - 01/24/19

Vancouver, Wash.—Do you have an idea for a traffic calming project in your Vancouver neighborhood? Concerned residents are invited to submit proposals and champion projects for possible selection through the City of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program marks its seventh year in 2019 and will allocate approximately $270,000 for traffic calming projects.

Pre-applications are being accepted now through May 31. Applications and more program details can be found on the City’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/TrafficCalmingProgram.

Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program works in close partnership with the independent, resident-led Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA). The program offers various resources and project opportunities for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community.

Guidelines for proposals to the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program include:

  • Neighborhoods may submit only one application per program year.
  • Applications will be accepted from City residents, whether representing a recognized neighborhood association or not. Applications will not be accepted from businesses, organizations/institutions, or schools; however, these entities may work with a resident and/or neighborhood association to propose a traffic calming project. All applicants are encouraged to work with their neighborhood associations on traffic calming proposals, as applicable.
  • Preliminary project cost estimates will be capped at $135,000 per project.
  • Infrastructure projects (speed cushions or raised crosswalks) will be limited to only residential and collector arterial streets.
  • Infrastructure and radar/school zone sign projects must meet speed/volume criteria and demonstrate resident support, as applicable.

Two neighborhood projects, along Northeast 141st Avenue and Northwest Lincoln Avenue, were awarded funding as part of 2018 program. Those two projects, along with two projects that were awarded funding in 2017, are slated for construction during the summer of 2019.

Each year, the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program encourages neighborhood residents to get involved by proposing and shepherding projects through the competitive process, working closely with the NTSA and City staff as they proceed. Past projects have included signing and surface striping, speed cushions, pedestrian refuge islands, radar feedback signs, and street trees.

The anticipated $270,000 funding for the City's 2019 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is being made available through a combination of resources, including Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) and Vancouver Street Funding Strategy revenues. Vancouver’s Street Funding Strategy, a long-term solution adopted in late 2015, is designed to improve and take care of the community’s street system.

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City seeks volunteer to serve on Parking Advisory Committee - 01/23/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one mid-term vacancy on its volunteer Parking Advisory Committee. The deadline to apply for this open position is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb 22.

The Parking Advisory Committee is a seven-member volunteer body that advises Vancouver City Council and City staff on parking policy and program implementation. Committee members must be either be city residents, own a business or property within the city limits, or be an officer or partner in a business located in the downtown area. Members serve four-year terms. This mid-term appointment would begin immediately and end Jan. 1, 2022.

The Parking Advisory Committee meets quarterly, or as needed, at 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us./boards. To request an application or for further information, contact Michelle Bartley by mail at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at artley@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8607.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pac to learn more about the City’s Parking Advisory Committee, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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