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City seeks volunteer to serve on regional library district board - 10/17/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

The seven-member board of trustees oversees the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District system whose service area includes Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties, plus the city of Woodland. Board members are responsible for setting library policies for the district’s 15 libraries, bookmobiles, online services and centralized headquarters. The board also adopts the budget, encourages effective service programs, and ensures the public has equal access to information.

Applicants for this vacancy must be city residents. The position is currently held by an individual whose term is expiring. This individual may or may not reapply for their position. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants. This recruitment is for a seven-year term that would begin Jan. 1, 2019 and expire Dec. 31, 2025.

The Vancouver mayor and city council recommend two of the seven positions on the board. Any recommendations must be approved by joint action of the Clark, Skamania and Klickitat county legislative boards. Library board meetings are generally held the second Monday of each month.  Meeting locations rotate to the various library branches throughout the three-county area. 

Applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For an application or additional information, contact Michelle Bartley by mail at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by phone at 360-487-8607, or by email at artley@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us.

For more information about the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees, including links to meeting schedules, minutes and bylaws, visit www.fvrl.org/about-us/trustees.  

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City seeks applicants for two Salary Review Commission vacancies - 10/10/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on its volunteer Salary Review Commission. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

The five-member Salary Review Commission is responsible for reviewing and re-establishing or adjusting the salaries of the Vancouver mayor and city council every two years.

Salary Review Commission members are appointed by the mayor, subject to approval of the city council. These appointments are for two full-term vacancies, which will begin Jan. 1, 2019, and expire Dec. 31, 2022. The Salary Review Commission last met in early 2018. It will again convene to review mayor and council salaries from January to May 2020.

Applicants must be Vancouver residents and registered voters. City officers, officials, employees and their immediate family are not eligible to apply.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application be mailed to you or for additional information, please contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by phone at 360-487-8607 or by email at artley@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us.

For more information about the Salary Review Commission, including agendas and minutes from past meetings, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/src.

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City seeks volunteers for Planning Commission vacancies - 10/10/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on its volunteer Planning Commission. Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9.

Both of the open positions are currently held by individuals whose terms are expiring. These individuals may or may not reapply for their positions. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants.

The City’s seven-member Planning Commission serves as a citizen advisory body, and makes recommendations to the Vancouver City Council on the comprehensive plan, sub-area plans, zoning and other land use matters.

The Vancouver Planning Commission reflects a broad range of neighborhoods, professional and community experience and perspectives, and seeks to be representative of the cultural diversity of the Vancouver community. The commission is seeking candidates with interest and experience in community planning, urban design or housing development, and who are active in business, neighborhood or community affairs. Applicants must also be city residents.

Participation in the Planning Commission requires a significant time commitment of approximately 15 hours per month. This includes regular attendance at meetings at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at City Hall (415 W. Sixth St. Vancouver). Attendance at other sub-committee or city council meetings may also be required. Commissioners prepare for meetings by reviewing a variety of maps and technical information, and making site visits.

Applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For an application or additional information, contact Michelle Bartley by mail at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by phone at 360-487-8607, or by email at afus@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us.

For more information about the City's Planning Commission, including links to meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pc. To view video of past meetings, visit www.cvtv.org/program/vancouver-planning-commission.  

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Vancouver's Old Apple Tree turns 192!
Vancouver's Old Apple Tree turns 192!
Vancouver celebrates the Old Apple Tree this Saturday, Oct. 6 (Photo) - 10/02/18

Trees, apples, cider and fun for the family

Vancouver’s legendary Old Apple Tree – strongly rooted in our community – turns 192 this year.  

The community is invited to celebrate at the annual Old Apple Tree Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the Interstate 5 Bridge within the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

This family-friendly, free event offers live music, tree care workshops, Vancouver Land Bridge tours, kids’ hands-on arts and crafts, and food for purchase. The popular free apple pressing also returns to the event; the public is encouraged to bring clean apples and clean containers to take home fresh juice.

For the second year, the Old Apple Tree Festival is teaming up with Slow Food Southwest Washington, which will be hosting a hard cider garden, complete with sales of hard cider and tastings of hard cider, cheese, and heirloom apples.

Want an Old Apple Tree of your own? The City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission will be giving away a limited number of tree cuttings from the venerable old tree during the festival.

Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest, the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit.

The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry, a Public Works Department program; Bartlett Tree Care; Slow Food Southwest Washington; and the National Parks Service.

For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver’s efforts to enhance the community’s trees and the benefits they bring to residents and businesses, please call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

"Winged Woman" by Elizabeth Heron (formerly Kohler)
New home brings sculpture garden to life (Photo) - 10/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. – A ribbon cutting to commemorate the Mary Granger Sculpture Garden public art collection’s move to a new, more visible home at the downtown Vancouver Community Library (901 C. Street) will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.

“The Sculpture Garden at the downtown branch of the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries represents the continuing efforts by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and the City of Vancouver to install works of art by regional artists that beautify public spaces,” said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

The celebration will be held in parallel with Downtown Vancouver Association’s First Friday Art Walk and will include a brief speaker program followed by a ribbon cutting. Speakers include:

  • David Granger, Sculpture Garden donor (son of Mary Granger)
  • Amelia Shelley, Executive Director, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District
  • Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor, City of Vancouver

The garden was originally established at 9th and Broadway in 1997 thanks to -many donations from generous community members and the vision of local philanthropist Mary Granger and consists of four original sculpture art pieces:

  • “Winged Woman,” by Elizabeth Heron (formerly Kohler)
  • “Glyph Singer No. 3” by James Lee Hansen
  • “Wheel Series” by the late Don Wilson
  • “Spike Flower” by the late Manuel Izquierdo

Vancouver, Wash. – A ribbon cutting to commemorate the Mary Granger Sculpture Garden public art collection’s move to a new, more visible home at the downtown Vancouver Community Library (901 C. Street) will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.

“The Sculpture Garden at the downtown branch of the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries represents the continuing efforts by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and the City of Vancouver to install works of art by regional artists that beautify public spaces,” said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

The celebration will be held in parallel with Downtown Vancouver Association’s First Friday Art Walk and will include a brief speaker program followed by a ribbon cutting. Speakers include:

  • David Granger, Sculpture Garden donor (son of Mary Granger)
  • Amelia Shelley, Executive Director, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District
  • Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor, City of Vancouver

The garden was originally established at 9th and Broadway in 1997 thanks to -many donations from generous community members and the vision of local philanthropist Mary Granger and consists of four original sculpture art pieces:

  • “Winged Woman,” by Elizabeth Heron (formerly Kohler)
  • “Glyph Singer No. 3” by James Lee Hansen
  • “Wheel Series” by the late Don Wilson
  • “Spike Flower” by the late Manuel Izquierdo

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ABOUT THE ART:

Winged Woman

Winged Woman was Elizabeth Heron’s second piece of commissioned public art. It was purchased for the Sculpture Garden by a private donor through the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington in 1997. “Winged Woman” was designed and cast in Ms. Heron’s studio. The sculpture is bronze, which Ms. Heron prefers for its historical aspect. Ms. Heron has degrees in art from Portland State University, and has taught art and welding in Vancouver. Early in her career, Ms. Heron was an assistant to James Lee Hansen, another artist with work in the Sculpture Garden.

Wheel Series

The Wheel Series by sculptor Don Wilson is an interlocking limestone piece. The five pieces of the sculpture each represent a different element of the community: people, government, business, schools and religion. The wheel element represents Vancouver’s forward movement, from a historic settlement to a modern-day city. Much of Mr. Wilson’s work was completed in the 1970s and is currently located in public spots across the Portland metro area, including the South Park Blocks, the downtown transit mall and the Portland State University campus, where he taught. Mr. Wilson was born in Ocean Park, Washington, in 1934. He died in Portland, Oregon, in 2007.

Glyph Singer No. 3

Glyph Singer No. 3 is a bronze sculpture, cast in 1976 as part of James Lee Hansen’s “Ritual” series. Mr. Hansen’s career started in Vancouver in 1950, after he graduated from the Portland Art Museum School. He attended college on the GI Bill after serving in World War II. Mr. Hansen had the first bronze casting facility in Vancouver, which he built near the Burnt Bridge Creek where Highway 500 is now. Mr. Hansen currently lives and works in North Clark County. He was born in Tacoma and lived there until he moved to Clark County at age 11. He has been a lifelong resident of Clark County ever since.

Spike Flower

The Spike Flower was donated to the City in 1991 by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Manuel Izquierdo was a sculptor and woodcut artist born in Madrid, Spain. His family fled after the Spanish Civil War in 1936, settling in Portland in 1942. He was first introduced to welding while working at the Kaiser Shipyards during World War II. He graduated from the Museum Art School (now known as the Pacific Northwest College of Art) in 1951, and taught there for nearly 50 years. Mr. Izquierdo has several other sculptures installed in public places in the Portland metro area. In 1991, he received the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award. He died in Portland, Oregon, in 2009.

City seeks applicants for vacancy on Downtown Redevelopment Authority Board - 10/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for two vacancies on its Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) Board of Directors. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The DRA board serves as a volunteer citizen advisory body to the Vancouver City Council. It owns the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center building and is responsible for overseeing its operations, finances and promotion. Board members serve four-year termsand may be eligible for reappointment. There is no residency requirement to serve on the board.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or additional information, contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, artley@cityofvancouver.us">Michelle.Bartley@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8607.

Candidates with broad business experience are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have experience in property management, project financing, financial management and contracts. Additionally, experience in the lodging and restaurant fields would be helpful.

The DRA has no employees. It contracts with an asset management firm specializing in lodging, restaurant and convention facilities to monitor the ongoing operations of the hotel and convention center and advise the board on operational, financial and budget issues. The City’s Chief Financial Officer serves as the Executive Director of the DRA, with financial, administrative and legal support provided by City staff.

Regular DRA meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Vancouver City Council Chambers at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St. Additional special meetings are advertised and held as needed, typically once or twice per year.

For more information about the DRA, including links to current and past meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/dra.

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City seeks volunteers to serve on City Center Redevelopment Authority - 10/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for two vacancies on its City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) board. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The CCRA board is responsible for overseeing downtown redevelopment consistent with the Vancouver City Center Vision (VCCV) plan. The board advises the mayor and city council on public-private partnerships, public assistance to private developments, and the business aspects of redevelopment projects and agreements in downtown Vancouver.

Consistent with the CCRA’s charter, board members must be civic or business leaders with experience relevant to the CRRA’s purpose in fields such as finance, real estate development, law or construction management. Applicants are not required to live within the city limits. Board members serve four-year terms.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, artley@cityofvancouver.us">Michelle.Bartley@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

Regular CCRA board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month starting at noon in the Vancouver City Hall Council Chambers, 415 W. Sixth St. Additional special meetings are held as needed, historically four to six times per year. Board members prepare for meetings by reviewing financial projections, legal documents and other technical information related to the projects being presented at workshops and public meetings.

For more information about the CCRA, including links to current and past board meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ccra.

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CORRECTION: Up to $1.3 million in city community development, housing grants available - 09/27/18

CORRECTED HEADLINE: The word "million" was missing from the original version

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Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver estimates there will be up to $1.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding available for local projects in 2019.

Detailed grant application guidelines and a link to the online application will be available at www.cityofvancouver.us/cdbg by Monday, Oct. 1. Mandatory pre-applications are due on or before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. Final applications will be due on or before 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

Funds are available for construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of housing or public facilities; public/social services; economic development programs; and tenant-based rental assistance programs targeted to benefit low and moderate-income areas and families. Local governments and non-profit organizations and agencies may apply.

The City will hold an optional informational workshop for interested applicants from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Aspen Conference Room in City Hall (415 W. Sixth St.). City staff will go over the application guidelines and the online application process at the workshop. 

Funding decisions will be made by Vancouver City Council in May 2019.  Funding awards and contract negotiation will occur between July and October 2019.

For more information about CDBG and Home Investment Partnership Program, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/cdbg. To request the application guidelines in another format or language, please contact Peggy Sheehan at 360-487-7952, TTY: 360-487-8602, WA Relay: 711 or by email at peggy.sheehan@cityofvancouver.us.

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Free disposal coupon helps residents keep leaves out of streets - 09/25/18

Leaves will fall. With cooler weather and changing seasons fast approaching, residents are encouraged to bring in their leaves for free disposal at a designated drop-off site. The popular fall leaf coupon program, provided by City of Vancouver and Clark County public works, is back to help residents keep leaves out of streets, preventing clogged stormwater drains and localized flooding.

This year’s coupons are good from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, allowing extra time to take care of fallen leaves, even during the holiday season. Vancouver and Clark County residents can drop off up to 5 cubic yards of leaves at the designated sites listed on the coupons. Loads of leaves must be covered, and bags must be emptied out at the disposal site. Please note: Branches and other yard debris, as well as mixed loads of leaves and other yard debris, are not covered by the coupon and will be charged at the regular disposal price.

Printed coupons are required and must be filled out to be eligible for free disposal of leaves. Remember: Drop-off sites don’t have coupons, so residents should plan ahead and get their coupons before heading out with a load of leaves. Coupons can be found at a variety of locations:

?-–?Printed in the Waste Connections recycling newsletter sent to all households in Clark County this fall

?-–?Available for printing from the City’s Solid Waste webpage at: www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste. Coupons in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese are also available from the City website.

?-–?Available for printing from Clark County Public Works’ webpage: www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/leaf-disposal

?-–?Printed coupons available at Vancouver City Hall, City of Vancouver Utility Services, and other City offices.

Below are the designated disposal sites for this year's leaf coupon program. Please call ahead for holiday hours.

H & H Wood Recyclers, 8401 NE 117th Ave. Phone: 360-892-2805. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, in October; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, in November/December; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, all months.

McFarlane’s Bark, 8806 NE 117th Ave. Phone: 360-892-6125. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, in October/November. Closed Sundays in December.

Triangle Resources, 612 S.E. Union St, Camas. Phone: 360-834-7253. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 NW Old Lower River Road. Phone: 360-737-1727. Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Closed Sundays.

In Vancouver, property owners are responsible for managing the leaves from their trees. The City does not pick up leaves or offer a for-fee service to do so. Deliberately raking or blowing of leaves into the street and leaving them in the street is unlawful. Street sweepers are no match for big, wet, heavy piles of leaves, which lead to stormwater pooling in streets when fall and winter rains return.

The free leaf disposal program is intended to provide options for local residents with a lot of trees. Other options for leaf disposal include on-site composting or subscribing to Waste Connections’ yard debris collection services at www.wcnorthwest.com or by calling 360-892-5370. 

View our video showing how residents and the City of Vancouver work together to manage fall leaves: http://youtu.be/GnYLr6EpERs.

City to present Tower Mall redevelopment concepts Oct. 6 - 09/25/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver invites the public to a community workshop being held as part of the Heights District planning process Saturday, Oct. 6.

The workshop is an opportunity for the community to review and provide feedback on three preliminary design concepts for the Tower Mall Redevelopment Area, the focal point of the Heights District Plan.

The workshop will be held in the McLoughlin Middle School cafeteria, 5802 MacArthur Blvd. in Vancouver. There will be no formal presentations, so people may arrive anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Refreshments and children’s activities will be provided.

Those unable to attend the workshop can review the concepts and provide input online during the month of October. To be notified when the online version of the workshop is available, please sign up for the Heights District Plan email list at www.cityofvancouver.us/TheHeights.

The 205-acre Heights District is roughly bounded by East Mill Plain Boulevard, MacArthur Boulevard and Andresen Road. The redevelopment plan encompasses a 63-acre area consisting of properties owned by the City of Vancouver, including the former Tower Mall site (Towne Plaza), a water facility, Vancouver Fire Station 3 and the Vanco Golf Range, as well as several privately-owned properties.

The Heights District planning process will develop a future vision for this area that reflects the needs and aspirations of the people who live, work and play there. The finished plan will address the connectivity, safety and infrastructure needs of the entire 205-acre district, and make recommendations for future housing, office, retail, transportation improvements and other amenities in the district.  

The plan’s goals include increasing mixed-income housing options, adding accessible public open space, increasing connections that allow people to walk and bike to and through the area, and integrating public transit.

Public engagement is a vital component of the development of the Heights District Plan. The City hosted the first public open house in June and expects to present a draft plan at a third public forum in March 2019. A community advisory committee for the project also continues to meet regularly.

To learn more about The Heights District Plan, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/TheHeights.

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