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Vancouver City Council adopts resolution in support of I-5 bridge replacement project - 08/07/18

Vancouver, Wash.  ?   On Monday, Vancouver City Council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of an Interstate 5 bridge replacement project. The resolution urges Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature to provide funding to the Washington State Department of Transportation to advance the bridge replacement project.

“This is an important first step in moving the I-5 bridge project forward,” said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “The replacement of the bridge will be critical to the continued economic growth of the bi-state region.”

The resolution emphasizes the City’s support of efforts to begin a new process for an Interstate 5 bridge replacement, consisting of a replacement bridge and high-capacity transit with a dedicated guideway. The resolution also emphasizes Vancouver City Council’s support of a multi-faceted approach to improve the entire region’s travel needs.

The full resolution can be found at www.cityofvancouver.us.

Vancouver Public Works warns of Utility phone scam - 07/31/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver Utility has been alerted by its customers to scam telephone calls demanding financial information for ‘overdue’ bills.

According to business and residential customers who reported receiving the scam messages, the caller claims to be from the City of Vancouver and falsely insists that a Utility bill is overdue payment is needed immediately. The customers are told to call a toll-free number, which is designed to mimic the City of Vancouver Utility’s normal recorded message. This number does not belong to the City and the person who answers - not a City of Vancouver employee - next tries to pressure the customer for financial information.

Utility customers who receive calls matching this description or otherwise raising suspicions are asked to exercise caution and should not give out personal or financial information. Here are some important things to know and do if you receive such a call:

The official phone number for the City of Vancouver Utility office is 360-487-7999. If you receive a call or message falsely insisting a Utility bill is overdue and demanding payment, make a note of the caller’s phone number, then hang up. Do NOT call the toll free number provided in the voice message. (Currently, the scam is using a toll free number that begins with the prefix 888.) Instead, call the City of Vancouver’s Utility office at 360-487-7999. The City’s customer service representatives will be able to answer questions regarding your account, including your Utility account number, which you also can ask them to provide for additional verification.

If you have any doubts or concerns that a City of Vancouver Utility call is legitimate, please contact the City’s Utility Customer Service directly.

City of Vancouver Utility Customer Services Information:

Phone: 360-487-7999
Office: 2323 General Anderson Rd, Vancouver
Office Hours: 8 am-5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 am-5 pm, Wednesday; closed weekends and official holidays. For after-hours emergency service, please follow the prompts.

Watch live, local election results on CVTV channel 23, CVTV.org - 07/31/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will provide the only live television coverage of local primary election results in Clark County starting at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7. 

Viewers can tune to Comcast channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. Live streaming coverage will also be available to viewers online at www.cvtv.org

CVTV’s election coverage will be hosted by Michael Wilson, senior associate for Westby Associates and former Vancouver City Councilmember, and Kelly Love, public relations and communications consultant for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. They will also conduct candidate interviews from the 6th floor Hearings Room at the Clark County Public Service Center (1300 Franklin St.).   

CVTV is the local government, non-commercial cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County, Washington.

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New cable-stay pier
New cable-stay pier
Vancouver Waterfront Park grand opening event scheduled for Sept. 29 (Photo) - 07/27/18

The public is invited to the grand opening event for the new Vancouver Waterfront Park, located along Columbia Way between Grant and Esther streets, on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The celebration is free and open to the public and will include guest speakers, a ribbon cutting, live entertainment, kids activities and more. Opening remarks will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the pier at 12:15 p.m.

 

A unique, public/private collaborative partnership between the City of Vancouver, Columbia Waterfront LLC and Gramor Development, Inc. created the opportunity to transform the Columbia waterfront west of the I-5 bridge. The 7.3 acre City of Vancouver Waterfront Park is adjacent to a 32-acre, high density, mixed-use urban redevelopment project that will include retail, office and restaurant space, a hotel and residential units.

 

“The new waterfront park is an exceptional project and we are very excited to open it up for the public,” said Julie Hannon, Parks & Recreation Director. “This project reconnects downtown Vancouver with the Columbia River waterfront—access that has been blocked for over 100 years.”

 

The new park features an overwater cable-stay pier, waterfront trail, urban beach, open lawn, play area, and basalt seating areas. The park design is the result of a partnership between internationally recognized designers: landscape architects PWL Partnership, public art designer Larry Kirkland and architectural lighting design firm Fisher Marantz Stone.

 

More details on the grand opening event and the park will be available in early September. Information on the waterfront park and waterfront development can be found on the City’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/vancouverus, and at www.cityofvancouver.us and www.thewaterfrontvancouverusa.com.

Vancouver Fire Marshal issues recreational burn ban - 07/25/18

Due to high temperatures and windy conditions, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli has issued a total recreational burning ban, effective July 26, for the City of Vancouver.

All outdoor burning including recreational fires are prohibited within the City of Vancouver beginning, July 26, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.. This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs. It will remain in effect until weather and fire danger conditions improve.

Recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices are not allowed during this recreational burning ban. Citations may be issued to those who violate the recreational burning ban.

Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecues is allowed during this total burning ban.

An update will be provided when the recreational burn ban is lifted.

City seeks input on five-year housing, community development plan - 07/24/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver will host two public meetings on Aug. 7 and 10 for interested community members to provide input on its draft 2019-2023 Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan.

Tuesday, Aug. 7
5:30-7 p.m.
Firstenburg Community Center
Public Conference Room
700 NE 136th Ave.
Vancouver

Friday, Aug. 10
10-11:30 a.m.
Vancouver City Hall
Aspen Conference Room
415 W. 6th St.
Vancouver

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the City to develop a housing and community development plan every five years to guide its distribution of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships funding.

The plan provides an analysis of community needs and establishes objectives and strategies to increase housing and economic opportunity, revitalize neighborhoods, and address public service and infrastructure needs.

For more information about the 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/consolidatedplan.

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Escape the heat at City recreation, water education centers - 07/23/18

Vancouver, Wash. - The National Weather Service’s has issued a heat advisory for this week, but Vancouver has cool places where residents of all ages can seek some relief. Here are some options where you can splash, learn or simply chill.

Visit the Marshall or Firstenburg community centers to cool off, meet up with friends, or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit. Both centers have swimming pools.

The Marshall Community Center is fully air conditioned, except for the gymnasium. The center is closed on Sundays.

Most of the open areas at the Firstenburg Community Center are ventilated with moving air, but are not air conditioned.

At both Firstenburg and Marshall centers, the Wi-Fi-enabled lobby areas are open to the public, free of charge. Fitness centers and the swimming pools are available to members or by paying a drop-in fee during operation hours. Hours, schedules and other information can be found online at: www.vanparksrec.org (click on Community Centers at the top of the page).

Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned oasis for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits, including the visiting Design Zone. Admission to the Water Center is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Water Center information or directions, please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations. Visit the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency’s (CRESA) website to view a list of Clark County cooling centers and tips for staying cool at http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/heat-stay-cool/.

The City of Vancouver reminds residents that it's important to stay hydrated during heat advisories. Where possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned or cooled building. If swimming outdoors, be aware of river temperatures and currents and take precautions to be safe, including the use of flotation devices.

Children and pets should never be left in a closed, parked vehicle for any period of time, no matter how short. Pet owners are also encouraged to provide cool shelter for animals and plenty of water. Please note that pets are not allowed in the City’s community centers, except for service animals.

Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.
360-487-7001

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Marshall Community Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
360-487-7100

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way
360-487-7111

Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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Night work ahead for several major Vancouver streets - 07/20/18

(Note: Correction to the headline)

City of Vancouver contractors will be working nights to apply an asphalt-rubberized chip seal to preserve and extend the life of pavement on portions of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, Northeast 137th Avenue and Northeast 192nd Avenue. Construction hours are 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The work is part of the City's 2018 Pavement Management Program, the biggest one to date.

Work on Northeast Fourth Plain will take place between Northeast 117th and 162nd avenues. Fourth Plain will remain open, but only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction during the work. Drivers should watch for flaggers at intersections. The work on Northeast Fourth Plain will occur over three nights:
 
- Starting at 8 p.m., Friday, July 20: from NE 117th Avenue to NE 131st Avenue 
- Starting at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 22: from NE 131st Avenue to  NE 147th Avenue
- Starting at 8 p.m., Monday, July 23: from NE 147th Avenue to NE 162nd Avenue

Work on Northeast 137th Avenue will take place between Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and Northeast 76th Street for one night, starting at 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. One lane of Northeast 137th Avenue will be closed during the preservation application. Detour routes will be posted. Drivers should be prepared for delays up to 15-20 minutes.

Work on Northeast 192nd Avenue will take place between Southeast 1st Street to Northeast 18th Street. The current schedule is for application to start at 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. One lane of Northeast 192nd Avenue will be closed during the preservation work. Detour routes will be posted. Drivers should be prepared for delays up to 15-20 minutes.
 
Pavement work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change. Learn more about this summer’s Pavement Management work at www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement, and view tentative schedules and a link to a map showing where work is occurring at www.cityofvancouver.us/pmschedule.