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Investigation of Battle Ground Collision Continues; Police seek additional witnesses - 07/11/19

**July 11, 2019 Update**

The Battle Ground Police Department has been notified that motorcyclist, John Christianson, has died from the injuries he sustained in the collision.   

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Battle Ground, WA  -  The Battle Ground Police Department, with support from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, continue their investigation of a collision that occurred Monday morning at the intersection of SR 503 (10th Ave) and Eaton Blvd in Battle Ground, WA.

Emergency responders from Battle Ground Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Fire District 3 and AMR were called to the scene of a collision that occurred at approximately 8:00 am on Monday, July 8. 

Two vehicles had collided in the intersection - a 1992 Lexus sedan driven by Daniel S. Berry, 34 of Vancouver, WA and a Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by John A. Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield, WA.   Christianson was transported from the scene to Peace Health Hospital with life threatening injuries. His condition is unknown at the time of this release.

The initial investigation, including reports from witnesses, indicate that Berry was driving northbound on SR 503 and failed to stop at the red light at Eaton Blvd.  Christianson was traveling east on Eaton Blvd and was crossing the intersection when he was struck by Berry.  Debris from the collision struck two nearby vehicles. 

Just after the collision, the Lexus driver, Berry, stopped on the north side of the intersection.  He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.  Berry advised a Battle Ground Police Officer that he had no injuries and did not require medical attention.  He remained on scene and cooperative with officers during the investigation. 

The intersection remained closed for several hours allowing law enforcement officers to conduct a thorough on-scene investigation.  A complete investigation is ongoing.  

Battle Ground Police would like to speak with any witnesses to the incident that they have not already interviewed.  The number of 9-1-1 calls received indicate there are additional witnesses.  Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has any information should contact Battle Ground Detective Neil Seifert at 360-342-5244 or by email at t@cityofbg.org">neil.seifert@cityofbg.org.

Because the investigation is ongoing, no citations or charges have been issued.  The results of the completed investigation will determine appropriate citations/charges. 

Tuesday Nights are Free Family Movie Night at the Battle Ground Community Center! - 07/02/19

Battle Ground, WA  -  Battle Ground Parks & Recreation presents FREE Family Movie Night!   Each Tuesday through August 13, we’ll be featuring a blockbuster, family-friendly movie in the cool comfort of the beautiful Battle Ground Community Center located at 912 East Main Street.  Doors open at 6 pm with showtime time at 6:30 pm.   Bring your favorite lawn chair and/or blankets, snacks and get comfy. 

Weekly movie themes connect with our Summer Playground Program themes…. while we are unable to publicize movie titles, we’ll provide some hints along the way.  It’ll be fun to guess!   Or, simply call or stop by – our friendly and helpful Community Center staff has permission to release the name of the movie by phone or in person.    

Today, July 2 is opening night!  We’re presenting a fun family film that speaks to courage, confidence, and patriotism!  It features a fictional superhero during a time of conflict around the world.  Think you know the movie?  

Join us every Tuesday during the summer break at the Battle Ground Community for free Family Movie Night!

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Battle Ground PD Seeks the Public's Help in Kubota Excavator Theft (Photo) - 07/01/19

Battle Ground, WA  -  In the mid-afternoon of Sunday, June 23, a Kubota Excavator valued at $65,000 was stolen from a construction site just south of the Cedars Golf Course clubhouse located at NE 152nd Ave and NE 181st St.   Battle Ground Police Officers investigating the theft believe the excavator was hauled away by a pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer between approximately 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm that Sunday afternoon.   

Police are seeking witnesses who may have seen a tuck with a flatbed with the Kubota Excavator on it (or without) during that timeframe in the general area.   The subject vehicle is believed to have traveled on NE 152nd Ave along the golf course and likely approached the intersection of 159th St and 152nd Ave.   Officers are also interested in any security video from neighboring residents that may have captured an image of the vehicle. Please help us return this equipment to its owner, and bring the thief(s) to justice.

The Kubota Excavator is a 2018 model with serial number 31563 and engine serial number 7JM7983.  

If you saw the subject vehicle or have any information regarding the case,  please contact:                           

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Battle Ground City Council Adopts Guiding Principles - 06/25/19

Battle Ground, WA -    The Battle Ground City Council has adopted a set of Guiding Principles that will serve as a foundation for policy decisions as the city begins the 2020 budget-planning process. 

The Guiding Principles were developed by City Council at their March 2019 Workshop following the completion of last year’s Roadmap community visioning process and the resulting Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan. City Council relied on the plan and its five community-identified focus areas of Community, Well-Being, Growth, Identity, and Prosperity to develop and adopt their Guiding Principles.  

“We were very purposeful in our deliberations,” said Mayor Mike Dalesandro, “we listened to what is important to the community and we are applying those core community values to our policy-making decisions.”

The Guiding Principles, formally adopted on June 3rd, are:

  • Public Safety - Continue to invest in public safety efforts maintaining or increasing level of services and community outreach programs to ensure community well-being.
  • Livability -  Preserve city infrastructure and services, and promote livability through multimodal transportation and interconnected parks and trail networks. 
  • Beautification -  Protect and promote the City of Battle Ground by improving the presentation of city facilities and land to create a more welcoming environment for residents and visitors.
  • Efficiencies - Adopt financial initiatives that streamline government to ensure government services are delivered in a cost effective manner that is affordable and efficient.
  • Economic Development and Tourism - Put efforts towards expanding the city’s economic base.  Work on implementing the Community Vision by focusing on redevelopment of the downtown core, branding of the city, and targeting commercial and industrial sectors that will be successful in Battle Ground.
  • Managed Growth - Be strategic about future growth and annexation.  Ensure a balance of housing types and services are provided.  Continue to expand infrastructure needs to accommodate growth.Future growth should be balanced, and diverse, including future housing development.
  • Strategic Planning/Partnerships - Implement Community Vision initiatives and continue planning and budgeting for the future need.  Boost community partnerships to create cohesive programs and plans that are fiscally responsible and beneficial to the community as a whole.
  • Community Vision/Strategic Action Plan - Implement the Community Vision and Strategic Action plan that was adopted in January 2019.  Ensure that council and staff revisit and update the Community Vision as needed and focus on initiatives identified for both the city and the community. 

Over the next several months, the City Manager will lead staff in developing a recommended budget for 2020 that reflects City Council’s Guiding Principles and ensures financial sustainability for the city.  The recommended, balanced budget will be presented to City Council who will provide opportunity for public input before final adoption.

The budget cycle continues throughout the year with regular monitoring to ensure efficient and effective use of resources, to verify City Council objectives are being met, and to identify and address any changing economic indicators.   

The City of Battle Ground is committed to accessible, accountable and transparent government practices.  The current budget plan, financial reports (including financial and accountability audits), taxpayer information and the Community Vision & Strategic Plan are readily available on the city’s Open Government page at www.cityofbg.org/35/Open-Government

City of Battle Ground Earns Clean Audit Reports - 06/24/19

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 the 19th consecutive year of clean audit reports for the City.

The independent audits covered the City’s 2018 fiscal year ending December 31, 2018.   The accountability audit examines and reports on how the City manages, uses, and safeguards public resources.  The financial 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 Mike Dalesandro, “the results of the independent audit confirm that commitment and reflect the work of our dedicated and professional staff.”

The SAO’s audit reports for the City of Battle Ground as well as the City’s 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, are available at www.cityofbg.org/165/Financial-Reports.

City of Battle Ground Offering Tourism Grants - 06/17/19

Battle Ground, WA -   Tourism creates opportunity and a positive economic impact in the local community.  The City of Battle Ground is offering tourism grants for calendar year 2020 and is seeking grant applications 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. 

Tourism Grant applications, avaialable at www.cityofbg.org/tourism-grant, are due by Friday, August 30 at 5:00 pm. Applicants must 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. 

The estimated amount of funding for the 2020 budget year is $40,000. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) will review proposals and forward recommended awards to the Battle Ground City Council. Final determination of awards is anticipated in November of this year. Grant awards are distributed on a reimbursement basis. 

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

Questions regarding tourism grants may be directed to Accounting Supervisor Meagan Lowery at 360-342-5026 or by email at y@cityofbg.org">meagan.lowery@cityofbg.org