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City of Battle Ground Earns Clean Audit Reports - 06/25/20

Battle Ground, WA - The office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) recently completed its financial and accountability audits of the City of Battle Ground.  The city earned clean reports on both audits with no findings and no management letters.  This marks 20 consecutive years of clean audit reports for the city.

The independent audits covered the city’s 2019 fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.  The accountability audit examines and reports on how the city manages, uses, and safeguards public resources.  The financial statement audit examines and reports on whether the city’s financial statements are accurate and complete and comply with provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements.

“The City of Battle Ground is committed to responsible stewardship of public resources,” said Mayor Adrian Cortes, “the result of this independent audit reflects the work of our dedicated staff and our ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency.” 

The SAO’s audit reports for the City of Battle Ground as well as the city’s 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, are available on the Financial Reports page of the city’s website. 

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The City of Battle Ground, located in the heart of Clark County, WA serves 21,520 residents.  The surrounding natural beauty, access to recreation activities, and close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area make Battle Ground a desirable place to live and has created a period of considerable growth. The City functions under a Council-Manager form of government and provides vital public services such as police, planning and development, roads, parks, utilities and others. City leaders operate under guiding principles that were created with community input through a recent visioning process. More information about the City can be found at www.cityofbg.org.

Battle Ground Police Chief Mike Fort Responds to Statewide Face Mask Requirement - 06/24/20

First of all, I am very proud of the men and women of the Battle Ground Police Department.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the national narrative about police reform, the officers and staff have responded with dignity and compassion to every question, every concern.  I am also thankful to the citizens of Battle Ground who have shown overwhelming support for our police officers.  We receive letters and gratitude nearly every day. Those symbols of appreciation mean the world to our officers and staff, and truly emphasize that we are all navigating through these events together, and that we all care about each other. Thank you!

A note about the new statewide face mask requirement:  I realize there are a lot of questions about the new mandatory face masks required by the State.  Please know that our officers care about every one of you, and we truly want for your safety as well as ours. We are all part of the community, and I have every confidence that our officers will continue to exercise the compassionate judgement you have come to expect.  Since we have at the beginning of the statewide restrictions, BGPD officers will continue to do their best to educate and inform people about the information coming from our public health officials so that we can all return to economic and social norms as soon as possible.

I also want to address the perception that local police are going to start arresting people for COVID-19 related health violations. I think the Police Department has an obligation to educate people the best we can, but I believe the statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure, it is not a mandate for law enforcement to detain, cite or arrest violators but rather an evidence-based and safety focused directive meant to slow the spread of a potentially deadly disease.  Governor Inslee himself stated, "We don’t want to have enforcement of this. Ideally, there won’t be any criminal or civil sanctions for individuals. We just think people will respond, as they had to the first stay home order.”  I agree with the Governor and I’ll add that as a general matter we do not have the capacity to respond to complaints of “COVID-19 virus” violations, whether they are business violations, social distancing, or mask violations.  I trust that people are fully capable of exercising good judgement about their personal health and the health of their neighbors.

It is also important to recognize that some people have a variety of medical conditions that make them extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. As Washingtonians, I believe we will continue to respect their need to be healthy by wearing masks when possible.  However, as stated on the Washington State Coronavirus Response website page regarding face masks, if you see someone not wearing a mask – do nothing,“Some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous. Just wear your mask and stay six feet away.”

There are important resources available to anyone with additional questions regarding COVID-19 or wearing of face coverings and masks. I strongly suggest you avail yourselves of these important community resources:

Stay Healthy in “Partnership with the Community,”

Chief Mike Fort
Battle Ground Police Department

 

Fireworks Sales & Discharge Regulations in the City of Battle Ground - 06/24/20

Fireworks regulations in the City of Battle Ground allows residents to use fireworks two days over the Independence Day Holiday – July 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight.  The sale of fireworks within the City is permitted July 1 through July 4.

Regulations for the sale and use of fireworks vary in individual municipalities within Clark County, including unincorporated Battle Ground.  An online interactive map allows the public to easily determine  fireworks use regulations based on any street address within Clark County.  Additionally, fireworks stands in the City will have signs posted outlining when fireworks can be used legally within the City and in neighboring unincorporated areas of Clark County.  

“Improper use of fireworks can lead to unintended injuries and structure or grass fires,” said Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone, “Being prepared, safe, and responsible is key to a fun and worry-free 4th of July celebration.”   

Fireworks stands are inspected by the Fire Marshal.  Residents are encouraged to purchase fireworks locally; fireworks purchased outside the City or Clark County’s jurisdictions may not be safe or legal for use locally.  

Fireworks regulations, safety tips and helpful links, including information on how to identify illegal fireworks, is available on the City’s website at www.cityofbg.org/fireworks.  The use of fireworks in City parks or on school district property is prohibited. 

We think Independence Day is worth celebrating.  If you celebrate with fireworks, do so safely.  Know the regulations in your area, be prepared with a safety plan, and be respectful of your neighbors and surroundings.

City of Battle Ground Offering Tourism Grants - 06/11/20

Tourism creates opportunity and a positive economic impact in the local community.  The City of Battle Ground is offering tourism grants for the 2021 calendar year. Grant applications are being accepted for the marketing or operations of special events, programs, and activities designed to attract tourists to Battle Ground. 

Grant funding is available by state law that requires the city's lodging tax revenue be used for events and activities that promote tourism in the city. 

Those interested in applying for a grant should submit a completed application summarizing the activity or event, how it supports tourism, and a proposed budget indicating how lodging tax dollars will be used.  Applications are due by Monday, August 31 at 5:00 pm.

Previous projects funded by lodging tax dollars include wayfinding signs, marketing materials, and special events designed to attract visitors to Battle Ground. 

The estimated amount of grant funding for the 2021 is $40,000. The City’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will review proposals and forward recommendations to the Battle Ground City Council for final determination of awards in November of this year. Grant awards are distributed on a reimbursement basis. 

Questions regarding tourism grants may be directed to Finance Director Meagan Lowery at 360-342-5025 or by email at y@cityofbg.org">meagan.lowery@cityofbg.org

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The City of Battle Ground, located in the heart of Clark County, WA serves 21,520 residents.  The surrounding natural beauty, access to recreation activities, and close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area make Battle Ground a desirable place to live and has created a period of considerable growth. The City functions under a Council-Manager form of government and provides vital public services such as police, planning and development, roads, parks, utilities and others. City leaders operate under guiding principles that were created with community input through a recent visioning process. More information about the City can be found at www.cityofbg.org.