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City of Battle Ground Seeking Applications for Planning Commission - 07/27/22

The City of Battle Ground is seeking applicants for a vacant position on its volunteer Planning Commission. The current term for this vacant position ends on December 31, 2022, with the potential reappointment for a four-year term. 

Applicants for the position must reside within the City of Battle Ground. The Planning Commission is a 7-member volunteer board charged with advising the city council on all legislative land use matters referred to them by the council including comprehensive planning, capital facility planning, transportation planning, and development codes. 

Commissioners serve four-year terms. The commission typically meets one to two times a month on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, as needed. 

Applications are available online at www.cityofbg.org/PC-Application, and will remain open until filled. 

Visit www.cityofbg.org/Planning-Commission to learn more about the Planning Commission.

City of BG Approves Street Funding - 07/22/22

On Monday, July 18, 2022, the Battle City Council approved Ordinance 22-05; enacting a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), sales and use tax of .1%. The revised tax rate will go into effect January 1, 2023 and will be used to fund critically needed street projects in the City of Battle Ground.

In 2014, the city established a $20 car tab fee as a means to fund the maintenance, preservation and construction of streets in the city.  The tab fee, later repealed by the City Council in June 2020, was collected by the Department of Licensing from residents who live within Battle Ground city limits at the time they renewed or purchased vehicle tabs. 

“Share the Road, Share the Load.” 

The City of Battle Ground serves as the retail hub for North Clark County, to an estimated population of 82,600 people compared to our 21,160 residents. The tab fee only collected funds for vehicles that were registered in the Battle Ground city limits.   A significant amount of the traffic occurring on our streets is by vehicles originating from outside of our city limits.  The increase to our retail sales tax provides an equitable way to share the cost between our residents and the non-resident motorists traveling our roadways.

Revenue Projections

City staff projects that over the course of the next ten years this sales tax increase has the potential to provide over $11.3 million dollars in revenue, which would be invested exclusively into our streets.  This estimate averages out to approximately $1.1 million dollars annually, compared to the roughly $290,000 previously collected per year through the car tab fee.  

All from just an additional 10 cents collected from every 100 dollars spent in the city. 

Investing in Our Streets

The city recognizes that many of our streets are in need of maintenance and repair.  The usable life of a paved street is dependent on when and how it was constructed, how much it is used, its exposure to the elements, and preventive maintenance.  Through a comprehensive assessment of city streets, engineers determine the most appropriate and cost-effective method of maintenance and/or repair and the best use of annual TBD revenue.

The Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is a rating system used to indicate the general condition of a section of pavement.  Currently, the PCI rating for our roads is 72 out of 100. With a total of $23.28 million in deferred maintenance, an annual investment of 1.1 million in pavement preservation is necessary to maintain a PCI of 72, and to avoid further degradation.  

It is our goal to not only maintain, but to improve the “C” rating of our roadways.  In addition to the TBD fund, the city continues to seek opportunities such as grant matches, to leverage and enhance the taxpayer's investment.  

Councilmember Troy McCoy
Councilmember Troy McCoy
City Councilmember Troy McCoy Awarded Certificate of Municipal Leadership (Photo) - 07/22/22

City of Battle Ground Councilmember Troy McCoy recently earned a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). 

AWC’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership program recognizes city and town elected officials for accomplishing training in five core areas:

  • Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements
  • Public sector resource management
  • Community planning and development
  • Effective local leadership
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

“Being a city leader in Washington is a complex job,” said AWC CEO Deanna Dawson. “Through our CML program we are providing our elected officials with the knowledge they need to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, foster strong relationships, and work to build more equitable communities.” 

Councilmember McCoy completed more than 30 hours of training to earn this distinction.  When asked about this achievement, Councilmember McCoy simply stated, “I look forward to a path of continued learning so I can serve in the best way possible.”

Attached Media Files: Councilmember Troy McCoy
Bird Scooter Agreement Not Moving Forward in BG - 07/15/22

Battle Ground city officials were notified on Tuesday, July 12 that the agreement with Bird Scooters would not be moving forward. 

On July 5, the City Council voted to approve the memorandum of understanding to bring the e-scooter rental service provider into the city.  At this time, due to macroeconomic conditions, Bird has made the difficult decision to scale back some of their investments, which affected their agreement with the city.   

Since this decision came so soon after the City Council voted to move forward with the agreement, Bird has not started work on the infrastructure needed to implement their service.  As such, no additional city staff time or resources were devoted to this proposal.  

Vehicle in building - Interior View
Vehicle in building - Interior View
BG Restaurant Damaged in Single Car Accident (Photo) - 07/14/22

Shortly after 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 13, Battle Ground Police Officers and Fire District 3 crews responded to a single car accident at the intersection of N Parkway/ W Main Street where a vehicle crashed into the downtown restaurant, Margarita Factory.

Officers quickly secured the intersection and worked with fire personnel to clear debris to access the driver of the vehicle and to identify any additional victims. The driver was extricated from the vehicle and assessed by medical personnel on scene before being transported to an area hospital for further evaluation.  Two restaurant patrons also sustained non-life threating injuries as a result of this incident; one of which was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. 

The investigation into the accident is still ongoing; however, it is believed that the driver was experiencing a medical emergency at the time of the incident. 

Building Damage

The vehicle struck the southwest corner of the structure causing significant damage to the main support post on that portion of the building.  Fire personnel worked to shore up the structure to ensure the safety of the emergency crews and civilians still inside the restaurant. 

A city building official inspected the structure once first responders had cleared the scene. The damaged portion of the building has been temporarily reinforced and the business has received approval to reopen with restricted access to the west side of the dining room. 

Building officials stated that a new support post is needed on the SW corner of the building. Once the repairs are made and receive an approved inspection, it is expected that the restaurant will be able to reopen to full capacity.