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City of Battle Ground joins national remembrance of lives lost to COVID-19 - 01/14/21

The City of Battle Ground will join cities across the nation on Tuesday, January 19th in a national moment of unity to honor and memorialize the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In Clark County, over 150 people – family members, neighbors, and friends – have lost their lives to this pandemic,” said Mayor Adrian Cortes, “It is important we remember and honor their lives and keep their loved ones in our thoughts.”

The city is participating by placing ceremonial white flags, one for each Clark County resident whose life was lost to COVID-19, at Battle Ground City Hall the morning of January 19.  At that evening’s City Council Meeting, scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Mayor Cortes will lead a moment of silence in remembrance of the lives lost and invites the community to join him. 

City Council meetings, currently held virtually, are always open to the public.  Information on how to join the January 19 meeting is available on the meeting agenda

Applications Available for City of Battle Ground's 2021 Fireworks Sales Lottery - 01/04/21

Eligible organizations interested in obtaining a permit to sell fireworks in the City of Battle Ground this year must complete and submit a Fireworks Stand Lottery Application by January 31.

The sale of fireworks is regulated by the City of Battle Ground as authorized by Washington State law.  The city allows for the placement of fireworks stands for the Fourth of July and New Year’s sales seasons. 

Organizations eligible to apply for a City of Battle Ground fireworks sales permit are non-profit service clubs or charitable organizations currently designated and recognized by the State of Washington as a non-profit organization.  

City regulations limit the number of sales permits issued to a maximum of five.  In order to determine which five organizations may apply for a fireworks sales permit, a lottery is conducted.

The lottery application and additional information is available online at, by contacting the City of Battle Ground at 360-342-5047, or by emailing Fire Marshal Chris Drone at">

Battle Ground City Council Adopts 2021 Budget - 12/30/20

The Battle Ground City Council adopted the city’s proposed 2021 budget in a unanimous vote on December 21 after months of budget planning, meetings and public hearings.

The budget was developed with a focus on service level improvements, efficient use of public resources, and the commitments made with voter approval of annexation to Fire District 3.  The fire annexation eliminates the need to contract for fire and emergency medical services and allows the city to better fund and improve city services. 

  • The Streets Fund, used for the maintenance and preservation of streets, sidewalks, traffic signals, street lighting, increased by $1.2 million in the 2021 budget. Of that amount $935,600 is dedicated specifically to street maintenance and repair.   
  • The Law Enforcement Fund increased by $582,077 in order to maintain and enhance police services including increased traffic patrols, investigations, proactive policing, community outreach and re-implementation of the K-9 program.  
  • The budget includes an additional $77,800 for maintenance in city parks and streets. The city is committed to creating a more welcoming environment for residents and visitors. 
  • A one-time investment of $100,000 is included in the budget to create a master plan for the city’s parks and recreation resources of the future.  Battle Ground residents place a high value on well-being and the sense of community that parks and recreation resources offer.
  • The 2021 budget will utilize Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) funds to pay off an existing parks bond at its earliest payoff date of December 1, 2021. Doing so will save $140,160 in interest.  

In addition to funding service level improvements, City Council committed to reducing the utility tax rate on water, sewer and stormwater drainage on January 1st of 2021.   That promise was delivered earlier than expected in June of 2020 as a way of providing relief to residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the budget process, City Council is required to establish the amount of property taxes to be collected in the upcoming year.  For the 2021 budget, the Battle Ground City Council opted to not increase the property tax levy (the total amount of property tax collected).      

New growth that occurred in the city in 2020 will provide an additional $122,776 of property taxes collected for the 2021 budget.  With additional property owners sharing the cost of city services, the property tax levy rate will decrease from $1.35 per thousand of assessed value in 2020 to $1.29 per thousand in 2021.  

Property tax revenue, along with sales and utility tax revenue, pays for city services such as police, streets, planning, and parks and recreation. 

The formal 2021 Budget document is being prepared and will be available online by mid-January.

Temporary Closure of SE Grace / NE 142nd Avenue to begin January 4 - 12/23/20

Battle Ground, Wash.  -  SE Grace / NE 142nd Avenue, between NE 159th Street and Eaton Boulevard, will be closed to through traffic for approximately 4 weeks beginning January 4.   Access to local traffic will remain open.

Rotschy, Inc, a private contractor, will be installing sewer lines and manholes within the roadway and has met all city requirements for the temporary road closure and work within the public right-of-way.  Construction will take place between NE 178th Street and NE Cedar Drive. 

Through northbound traffic will be detoured west on NE 159th Street to northbound Caples Road and SR 503.  Through southbound traffic will be detoured west via Eaton Boulevard to southbound SR 503 and Caples Road.  Detour signage will be placed to assist travel. A map of the road closure and detours is avaialable here.  

For questions regarding the road closure contact the City of Battle Ground Engineering Department at 360-342-5070.

Winter Break Crafts for Kids
Winter Break Crafts for Kids
Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Offers Winter Break Crafts for Kids - 12/22/20

Free craft project supply packets for curbside pickup and video instruction makes crafting during winter break fun and easy! 

Free Winter Break Craft supply packets for projects to build a snowman, a polar bear, to make a paper icicle, and create a party popper to ring in the new year are available for curbside pick-up on Tuesday, December 29 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Battle Ground Community Center located at 912 East Main Street. 

Video instruction for the projects will post to the city’s Facebook page and YouTube channel beginning at noon of the same day.

Battle Ground Parks & Recreation remains committed to providing programs and activities that engage and connect the community.  Virtual and curbside programs in 2020 included Yard Appreciation Week, the 8-week Summer Playground program, Halloween in the Park, and most recently the Holiday Tree Lighting, Window Wonderland, Holiday Banners on Main Street, and Read-Along with Santa.  

More programs and activities are being planned for 2021.  Register for Parks & Recreation Events calendar notifications here.

Attached Media Files: Winter Break Crafts for Kids
CARES dunded equipment at Battle Ground HealthCare
CARES dunded equipment at Battle Ground HealthCare
City of Battle Ground supports North County Community Food Bank and Battle Ground HealthCare through Allocation of CARES Funding - 12/17/20

The City of Battle Ground allocated $86,000 of CARES funding to support two local community organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The city reached out to the North County Community Food Bank and Battle Ground HealthCare to ask how funding could support their COVID-19 related needs.  The two organizations serve the community’s most vulnerable populations.

The North County Community Food Bank said their greatest need was Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use by their volunteers and to distribute in food bags to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The food bank provides food and assistance to residents of Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Heisson and Yacolt zip codes.  The city allocated just under $5,000 of CARES funding to purchase the requested PPE.  72,000 disposable masks and 4,000 pair of disposable gloves were ordered and delivered to the food bank.   

Executive Director Liz Cerveny expressed how the donation supports food bank efforts.

“The donation of PPE through the CARES funding received by the City of Battle Ground is a tremendous cost savings for the North County Community Food Bank and those who are most in need and highly susceptible to COVID-19 and other viruses due to their own health issues and immunity disorders. In receiving a donation such as this, the Food Bank can remain focused on sourcing the growing level of food supplies necessary to address the growing need in North Clark County.”  

Battle Ground HealthCare provides no cost medical, dental and physical rehabilitation services to those who are uninsured or under-insured and unable to access care.  Their request included PPE, vinyl chairs and clinic equipment including no-touch thermometers, a spirometer, and an RD II UVC sterilizer – a high tech unit that that disinfects surface areas using ultra-violet light. The city allocated just over $81,000 of CARES funding for the purchase of the requested items, supporting Battle Ground HealthCare's efforts in responding to the COVID-19 virus.

“Battle Ground HealthCare is so very grateful to the City of Battle Ground for the generous grant,” said Executive Director Sue Neal, “this amazing grant has enabled us to improve and provide a safer environment of care for our patients, volunteers, and staff as we journey through the pandemic and the future. The new chairs, spirometer, thermometers, and RD II UVC sterilizer are all pieces of equipment that we could not afford without this generous support.  The additional funding for PPE has also provided us with the ability to serve the community in a safe and caring environment. Our deepest gratitude for your support of not just BGHC but for all of those seeking access to health care in the community who cannot afford it.”