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City of Battle Ground Annexation to Fire District 3: Next Steps - 02/19/20

Thank you again for allowing the City of Battle Ground to annex to Clark County Fire District 3. We appreciated the questions and dialogue over the past several months and hope that it will continue. 

We want to share with you next steps to finalize the annexation. By state law, the annexation will take effect on January 1, 2021. This provides us with the time needed to finalize administrative details, such as working with the county to certify the new boundary of Fire District 3. 

Property owners in the City will see a new fire levy on their property tax statements in February 2021. The utility tax decrease will take effect for all City water, sewer and stormwater customers beginning with their January 2021 billing. 

District property owners already pay a fire levy. Their property tax statements will continue to reflect this.

Under the annexation agreement, Fire District 3 will continue to lease the City-owned fire station for $1 a month. The City will transfer ownership of its two fire engines to the District and will convey unimproved property within the city to the District for a future station at the appropriate time. The city will maintain ownership of the existing station as part of its public safety complex. 

The City will move forward with planning for improvements to police, roads, parks and trails and begin to implement those improvements as revenue is received in 2021. We are excited to share information with you as these projects take shape, and provide enhanced services for our community.

As always, please let us know if you have questions. Thank you!  

https://www.cityofbg.org/470/Fire-Emergency-Medical-Services

 

 

Battle Ground Chief of Police Mike Fort
Battle Ground Chief of Police Mike Fort
Mike Fort takes Oath of Office as Battle Ground's Chief of Police (Photo) - 02/14/20

Mike Fort took his official oath of office this afternoon as Battle Ground’s new Chief of Police.  Chief Fort, who has served as Battle Ground Police Lieutenant the last two years, was named successor to retiring Police Chief Bob Richardson by City Manager Erin Erdman in October of 2019 when Chief Richardson announced his retirement.  

“Chief Fort’s extensive knowledge, experience and proven leadership, along with the relationships he has developed in our community, prepare him well to serve in this new role,” said Erdman.

Chief Fort is a 28-year veteran of law enforcement.  He served the Portland Police Bureau for 26 years working in the Youth Services Division, as Patrol Watch Commander, as a member of the Rapid Response Team, in the Traffic Division - Motorcycle Detail.  He planned law enforcement detail for Special Events and served in the Standards and Accountability Unit.  He has served as Lieutenant for the Battle Ground Police Department since 2018. 

A native Texan, Chief Fort grew up on a farm and attended Texas A & M University. In 1988 he moved to the Pacific Northwest.  He earned a B.A. in English, with a minor in Spanish from Western Oregon University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy - a professional course of study for law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities.  In 2016 he earned a Graduate Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia.

 

Chief Fort resides in north Clark County on a small farm.  He enjoys many of the recreational opportunities the area offers -- fishing, backpacking, snowshoeing, biking, motorcycling, running and camping. 

 

A ceremonial oath of office will take place on Tuesday, February 18 during the 7:00 p.m. Battle Ground City Council Meeting.  The public is invited to attend and meet Chief Fort.  Council meetings are held at Battle Ground City Hall, located at 109 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground and are always open to the public. 

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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, including a list of its guiding principles can be found at www.cityofbg.org.

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Calling Arts and Crafts Vendors for Battle Ground's Spring Community Craft Fair (Photo) - 02/13/20

Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground Parks & Recreation is inviting artists and crafts persons to show and sell their unique creations at the 1st Annual Spring Community Craft Fair on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Battle Ground Community Center.  

The event is designed to showcase the hand and homemade work of local artisans and will not include direct sales.  The Battle Ground Community Center (912 East Main Street in Battle Ground, WA) is located in the city’s historic Old Town district, known for its vintage and artisan shops, and distinctive restaurants. 

Vendor space at the Community Craft Fair is available for $35 and $55 depending on the preferred space size and access to power.  The event will be open from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on April 4, 2020.   

A vendor application, with detailed information, is available online at www.cityofbg.org/809/Spring-Community-Craft-Fair.   Vendors should submit the application by March 15, 2020 to reserve their spot; space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first served basis.  Community Center staff is available at 360-342-5380 to answer any questions. 

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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, including a list of its guiding principles can be found at www.cityofbg.org.

 

 

Battle Ground Veterans Memorial
Battle Ground Veterans Memorial
Commemorative Bricks Honor U.S. Veterans at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial (Photo) - 02/05/20

Those who would like to honor and recognize a U.S. veteran with a commemorative brick to be installed at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial will want to be aware of an approaching deadline.  Bricks must be ordered no later than March 1st to be installed by Memorial Day of this year. 

Commemorative bricks are engraved with the veteran’s name, branch of service, and dates of service. They are an enduring gift to honor the service of a family member or loved one.  Bricks are engraved and installed annually in time for the city’s Memorial Day ceremony.  

The cost of an engraved and installed brick is $250. Proceeds support the ongoing maintenance of the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial. The beautiful memorial, located in Battle Ground’s Kiwanis Park, was fully funded and constructed by donations - evidence of the community’s commitment to recognizing those who serve.  The names of thirty-one Honored Veterans, local service men who died in service, are engraved on the memorial’s wall.

More information on ordering a commemorative brick, the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial and the thirty-one Honored Veterans  is avaialable at: www.cityofbg.org/417/Battle-Ground-Veterans-Memorial

Battle Ground Chief of Police Bob Richardson
Battle Ground Chief of Police Bob Richardson
Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson to be Honored at Retirement Celebration (Photo) - 01/30/20

The public is invited to a community celebration of Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson who is retiring February 14th after nine years leading the Battle Ground Police Department and 40 years of service in law enforcement.

The free event is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12 at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 East Main Street in Battle Ground.  The event includes open house social time as well as a program scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. 

Chief Richardson’s career in law enforcement began with the Irvine Police Department where her served for 30 years rising in the ranks to become Police Commander.  In January of 2011, he took his official Oath of Office as Chief of Police for the City of Battle Ground.

“Chief Richardson is to be commended for his leadership, professionalism and dedication to this community,” City Manager Erin Erdman said, “Under his direction the department has made tremendous strides in service and in relationships with the community.  I want to personally thank him for his service to the City of Battle Ground.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the men and women of the Battle Ground Police Department in this noble profession”, said Chief Richardson, “they provide quality police services with integrity, respect and accountability.”

Under Chief Richardson’s leadership, the Battle Ground Police Department has placed special emphasis on building a strong relationship with the community through a commitment to integrity, quality service, respect and accountability.  

Chief Richardson implemented a victim’s advocate program within the department and supported juvenile justice reforms including school based diversion and detention alternatives.  He has been a strong advocate youth, serving as founding member and co-chair of Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance.  He was honored with an award from the Northwest Justice Forum and received the WA State Public Health Association’s Public Health Leadership Award for implementation of restorative justice practices within the Battle Ground Police Department.

He has ensured that every police officer has access to AED’s, Naloxone, and the training to use these lifesaving tools. Chief Richardson expanded the less-lethal weapons systems, and training for police officers in areas of mental health, adverse childhood experiences, and adolescent brain development, making officers better prepared for the challenges they face every day. 

Several cost-saving measures were realized under Chief’s Richardson’s leadership.  He moved the department toward a regional police records management system, privatized the court bailiff program, expanded digital evidence collection, and utilized other technologies to make the department more efficient during staff reductions.

He is a member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs, the International Association of Police Chiefs, and the Police Executive Research Forum. 

Richardson earned a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. 

He is a proud U.S. Army veteran, having served from 1976 to 1979 as an MP (Military Police) and MPI (Investigator) in the 571st and 54th MP Companies at both Fort Ord and Fort Hunter Ligett.

“I learned respect for our country,” remarked Chief Richardson of his time in the military, “and most importantly, service to others before self.”

2018 City of Battle Ground Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
2018 City of Battle Ground Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
City of Battle Ground Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting (Photo) - 01/27/20

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Battle Ground by the Government Finance Officers Association.

The award recognizes the city for demonstrating a spirit of transparency and full disclosure in its 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“The City of Battle Ground is committed to maintaining a standard of excellence in financial reporting, accountability and transparency,” said City Manager Erin Erdman, “this is the 17th consecutive year the City has earned this recognition.”   

The City of Battle Ground Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2018 is available on the City’s website at www.cityofbg.org/165/Financial-Reports.