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City of Battle Ground Lifts Recreational Burn Ban Effective September 20 - 09/19/18

Effective tomorrow, Thursday, September 20, the recreational burn ban in the City of Battle Ground, originally declared on July 26, is officially lifted by Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone. Recreational burning refers to campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices.

The recent rainfall and forecast calling for cooler temperatures has lowered the fire danger levels in the City of Battle Ground.  Regardless of weather conditions, there is always the potential for fires to get out of control. One should exercise caution with any outdoor burning by observing regulations and requirements, remaining attentive, and following safety tips.

* Recreational fires shall not be wider than 3 feet or taller than 2 feet and at least 25 feet away from structures or combustible materials.
* Only firewood or charcoal may be used in a recreational fire.
* Never burn yard debris or trash.
* Ensure that there is a mesh screen in place to keep ash and embers from escaping.
* Keep a bucket of water or a charged garden hose nearby and ready.
* The use of burn barrels is strictly prohibited.
* Portable outdoor fireplaces are required to be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
* Residential burning and land clearing burning of vegetation, yard debris, or branches is prohibited within the Battle Ground city limits. Please refer to the following map provided by Southwest Clean Air Agency at http://www.swcleanair.org/docs/misc/battleground2008.pdf. Those residing outside city limits may contact the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office at 360-397-2186 for permitted burning rules and regulations.

As we transition to colder weather, now is the time to check furnaces, stoves and chimneys to ensure that they are clear and clean for safe use. Follow the tips at www.cityofbg.org/heating-fire-safety to maintain a fire-safe home this fall and winter.

City of Battle Ground launches new website - 09/18/18

Battle Ground, WA - Visitors to the City of Battle Ground’s website  will discover a fresh new look, improved accessibility, and updated content designed to serve and engage city residents, businesses, and the larger community of  website users.   

The website redesign project to replace a site originally launched in 2011 began in February of this year and involved a team of staff from each city department.  Goals for the redesign included improved user experience and accessibility, a commitment to transparency and accountability, easy access to online services, and an aesthetically pleasing site that reflects the Battle Ground community. 

Accessibility to all users was a key component of the redesign project.  With nearly 40% of all users accessing the city’s site via mobile devices, the redesign team focused on technology that is responsive to mobile users.  The site was built using ADA compliance tools and features a third-party translation service. 

The redesign, however, did not simply transfer old content to a new platform.  Each department was committed to improving its website pages with a user's perspective in mind.  For some departments, it meant a comprehensive overhaul with new content and navigation.  All departments worked to ensure users have easy access to information and services. 

The site’s new look reflects the Battle Ground community and its beautiful surroundings.  Graphics are used throughout the site to provide interest and to help guide website users.

A new feature on the website’s homepage - Open Government - provides easy access to information that is often difficult to find.  Examples include a map and list of active development projects; city property, sales, and utility tax information; annual audit and financial reports; City Council meeting minutes; a map and reports of criminal activity; and more. 

“We believe that transparency builds trust, “notes Mayor Mike Dalesandro, “The City of Battle Ground is committed to accessible, accountable and transparent government practices.”

 

Battle Ground Mayor Mike Dalesandro
Battle Ground Mayor Mike Dalesandro
A message from Battle Ground Mayor Mike Dalesandro (Photo) - 09/11/18

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank the more than 2,000 members of our community who participated in the Battle Ground Roadmap Community Survey.  Your input is helping to shape our future!

This community-driven visioning project is led by a steering committee of volunteers – the Navigators – who are guiding the effort to determine Battle Ground’s future direction and identity.  The outcome of the project is a shared vision for Battle Ground and a strategic action plan to achieve it.

Later this year, the Navigators will adopt and present the final Community Vision and Action Plan to City Council.  As the plan unfolds over the years, my hope is the work we have done today will strengthen the fabric of what makes Battle Ground a special place.  The City Council plans to use the Vision to guide city policy and align resources to address top issues: growth, traffic congestion, and public safety. With your support and encouragement, the Vision can become a reality.

If you didn’t get the chance to complete the survey, stay tuned - there will be more opportunities for you to become involved in this important and historic project.  Follow the project at http://www.battlegroundroadmap.org

Thank you for all you do to make our Battle Ground community a special place.  It is an honor to serve you and I’m excited about the work and opportunities we have ahead of us!

Mike Dalesandro

Battle Ground Roadmap - We're Pulling Over and Asking for Direction
Battle Ground Roadmap - We're Pulling Over and Asking for Direction
Battle Ground Roadmap community survey attracts over 2,000 responses (Photo) - 09/10/18

Battle Ground, WA - More than 2,000 people have responded to a community survey that will help community leaders decide Battle Ground’s future. The Navigators, a 12-member group of community volunteers who lead the Battle Ground Roadmap vision and planning process, launched the survey in mid-July and collected 2,002 responses through mid-August.

The survey tested four possible scenarios for Battle Ground’s future:

“Town & Country” – An authentic and unique community supported by a diverse economy that offers a full range of in-town services and amenities serving north county, featuring a traditional downtown district with shops and cafes – all maintaining a commitment to Battle Ground’s rural, small town heritage and history.

“Family Friendly Enclave” – The go-to place in the region, attracting young families, offering an assortment of affordable to executive housing, top-notch schools, superior parks and recreational amenities, gathering places, and multi-use trails providing activities for all ages.

“Gateway to Outdoor Adventure” – The launch pad for outdoor activities through interconnected recreational amenities highlighting the area’s natural resources and wetland features. Reflecting this identity, our community will have a growing recreation sector with adventure and agritourism, new businesses based on recreational products, and outdoor educational programs.

“Future Forward” – A job-generating innovation center with a robust and pace-setting construction industry and trades joined by an infusion of tech startups, cutting edge schools, “green” businesses and products, and a cool, artisanal factor added by new wines, brews, specialty products and local arts and entertainment “crafted in Battle Ground.”

While all four scenarios received the backing of many survey participants, over half of all participants selected “Town & Country” as their preferred vision for Battle Ground’s future.  Participant comments and ideas received with the surveys provide additional input and are being compiled and analyzed for presentation to the Navigators.

The survey was launched in time for Battle Ground’s Harvest Days event giving Navigators the opportunity to engage with hundreds of community members; it was distributed online, accompanied by a Navigator-produced video, to thousands more;  was published in partnership with The Reflector;  and once again, Navigators met one-on-one with community members at Battle Ground’s National Night Out event.    

The community wide visioning and strategic planning process is designed to chart a direction for Battle Ground’s future.  The project began earlier this year with a comprehensive analysis of the area’s demographic and economic trends, and interviews with a cross-section of community stakeholders. 

The goal of the Battle Ground Roadmap project is to develop a shared vision for the future, based on core community values, and build an action plan – a roadmap – to achieve that vision.   The project will result in a formal Strategic Plan that will guide City policy and align resources accordingly.

The Navigators will meet next in September to review survey results.  The meeting is set for Tuesday, September 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Battle Ground City Hall.   Meetings are always open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend.

To learn more about survey results and to follow the Battle Ground Roadmap project, visit www.battlegroundroadmap.org

15 year-old charged in Battle Ground assault case - 09/04/18

Yesterday afternoon (September 3) at about 4:30 pm, Battle Ground Police Officers responded to a report of an assault at 1201 SW 13th Avenue, in the parking lot of the Battle Ground Walmart.

Officers arrived to find a male, aged 17, victim of a stab/slash wound to the stomach area.  The suspect in the stabbing, a 15 year-old male, also suffered injuries during the incident.

Both suspect and victim were transported to hospitals, and are expected to recover. Because both are minors, their names will not be released.

The suspect has been charged with First Degree Assault, referred to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office. 

SE Rasmussen Boulevard and SE Grace Avenue
SE Rasmussen Boulevard and SE Grace Avenue
Battle Ground's SE Grace Avenue & Rasmussen Boulevard Intersection to become All-Way Stop (Photo) - 08/28/18

Battle Ground, WA  -  The intersection of SE Rasmussen Boulevard and SE Grace Avenue will soon transition from a 2-way stop (east-west) intersection to an all-way stop intersection with the installation of a stop sign and painted stop bar on both the north and southbound lanes of SE Grace Avenue.  The all-way stop will facilitate east and westbound traffic and pedestrians entering the intersection.

Both residential and commercial growth has resulted in an increase of traffic in the area – volumes high enough to warrant and require an all-way stop by the Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).   Traffic signage in the City of Battle Ground is regulated by the MUTCD. 

The installation of the stop signs, bars and all related costs is the responsibility of the developer of a new subdivision located southeast of Battle Ground Village.  The projected traffic volume associated with the new subdivision triggered the MUTCD requirement for the fully stop controlled intersection.

At the time of installation, flags and signage stating “New Traffic Pattern Ahead” will be affixed at each leg leading to the intersection.  Both drivers and pedestrians should be extra cautious when using the intersection, as it will take some time for those using the roadways to become accustomed to the change.

The installation is expected to occur within the next few weeks. Updates will be posted to the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofBGWA.