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Battle Ground Planning Commission encourages public participation in hearing about city sign code - 07/19/18

Battle Ground, WA - The Battle Ground Planning Commission is seeking input from the public on the city’s sign code, specifically as it relates to temporary off-premise signs such as garage sale and other temporary signs used to promote an event or service. The commission will hold a public hearing on the topic at their Wednesday, July 25 meeting.  

The Planning Commission is tasked with making a recommendation to City Council about the sign code as it relates to temporary off-premise signs.   Input from the community is important to the process and the commission encourages those with an interest in the topic to participate. 

The Planning Commission meeting and Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 7pm at Battle Ground City Hall, 109 SW 1st Street.  The meeting agenda is available online at www.cityofbg.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_07252018-314.

Mom Patty pins her badge
Mom Patty pins her badge
Battle Ground Police Sergeant Kim Armstrong promoted to rank of Lieutenant (Photo) - 07/12/18

Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson announced the promotion of Sergeant Kim Armstrong to the rank of Lieutenant at a formal ceremony held on Monday, July 9.   

Kim Armstrong has served in law enforcement for 20 years. She came to the Battle Ground Police Department in 2004 after serving 4.5 years with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and another 1.5 years with the Spokane Police Department.  

In her 14 years with the Battle Ground Police Department she has served as Police Officer, School Resource Officer, and Detective.  She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2010, becoming the first female Sergeant in the history of the department.   She was named Battle Ground Police Officer of the Year in 2014 and has been awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and a Commendation Medal.

Kim’s contributions to the department and to the community are significant.  She guided the department through a successful re-accreditation process in 2014 and is in the process of doing so again this year.   She volunteers for several community outreach programs such as Shop with a Cop, Tip-A-Cop, and other fund raising effort for Special Olympics. 

“Kim’s career in law enforcement embodies the core values of the Battle Ground Police Department - integrity, quality service, respect and accountability,” said Chief Richardson, “It is my honor to promote her to the rank of Lieutenant.”

With her promotion, Lieutenant Armstrong becomes the first female Lieutenant and the first officer to rise to the rank of Lieutenant within the Battle Ground Police Department.   

Kim was supported by several family members, friends and fellow law enforcement officers at the ceremony.  Her mother Patty had the honor of pinning the lieutenant’s badge on her daughter. 

Battle Ground City Council supports plan to increase water capacity to service area - 07/11/18

Battle Ground, WA - The city of Battle Ground is employing a focused strategy to address the current, near, and long-term potable water needs of the community.  The approach incorporates investment in existing wells, a supplemental water source, conservation, and a new source of water that will meet the needs of the community well into the future.

The city’s water well production system is limited to its current 8 wells, including one emergency only back-up well.  To maximize output, the city performs ongoing maintenance and has invested in the rehabilitation of wells producing below standard.  The city supplements its water production by purchasing a limited amount of water from Clark Public Utilities over an intertie.  Water conservation programs, such as this summer’s voluntary odd/even watering schedule, sustains water levels during peak demand.  These efforts support the city’s current and short-term water capacity needs.

Battle Ground’s long-term potable water needs are being addressed through a collaborative and regional approach with the Paradise Point Regional Water Supply System Project.  The Clark Public Utilities project is designed to provide a sustainable source of water to the cities of Battle Ground and La Center, and to unincorporated areas of north Clark County served by Clark Public Utilities.  The project is critical to meet the demands of forecasted residential and commercial growth as well as economic development opportunities in Battle Ground and in the broader north Clark County region.

At full build-out, Paradise Point will include a wellfield capable of producing 14.4 million gallons of water per day – enough to sustain the north Clark County region for many years to come.  The total cost of Clark Public Utilities’ Paradise Point project is approximately $33.5 million.  Battle Ground’s proportionate share is approximately $8.5 million.  

The project will include a transmission line from the new water source northwest of La Center, through Clark Public Utilities’ service area in unincorporated Clark County, to Battle Ground’s west-end water delivery system.  The timeline for completion of the transmission line, however, has not been determined.

In the interim, the city and Clark Public Utilities have collaborated to advance a portion of the project needed to meet Battle Ground’s near-term water needs.  The solution also allows the city to delay its full $8.5 million investment share in the project.  

The city will make an initial investment in the Paradise Point project of $500,000 this year and another $1.2 million in 2019; Clark Public Utilities will provide an additional 1.44 million gallons per day of water capacity through an existing line to a temporary intertie line with the city.  The temporary intertie, expected to be online by early 2020, will meet the city’s water capacity needs for at least 5 years while construction of the permanent transmission line is completed.  The two-year investment totaling $1.7 million will be credited toward the city’s total proportionate share of $8.5 million.

The Battle Ground City Council supports the plan and took formal action on June 18th to fund the initial $500,000 investment with a portion of the Water System Development Charge (SDC) Fund.  Water SDC fees are assessed and collected at the time of new development to offset the cost of the development’s share of water system capacity.

Councilmember DesRochers w/ Mayor Dalesandro
Councilmember DesRochers w/ Mayor Dalesandro
Battle Ground's Cherish DesRochers awarded Certificate of Municipal Leadership (Photo) - 06/22/18

Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground Councilmember Cherish DesRochers was recently awarded a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).  Mayor Mike Dalesandro presented her with the award at the June 18 City Council meeting.

AWC's Certificate of Municipal Leadership program recognizes elected city officials for accomplishing training in four core areas of local governance: roles, responsibilities and legal requirements, public sector resource management, community planning and development, and effective local leadership.

"Cities around the state are continually transforming in light of changing laws and the need to meet new challenges and opportunities, said AWC CEO Peter King.

"The leadership program helps Mayors and councilmembers sharpen the tools they need today to understand the legal landscape, plan for the future, manage their resources, and foster strong relationships. The elected officials who earn this certificate demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and a desire to bring new ideas to their community."

To earn this distinction, Councilmember DesRochers completed more than 30 hours of training credits.

Ms. DesRochers has served the City of Battle Ground since May of 2015 when she was appointed to the city's Planning Commission.  In July of 2016, City Council appointed her to fill then-vacated City Council Position No. 6, and in November of 2017 she was elected by voters to serve the full 4-year term from 2018 through 2021.