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City of Vancouver Urban Forestry Seeks to Make a Difference With Annual Yard Tree Giveaway - 10/14/20

Vancouver's Urban Forestry Program wants to help you make a difference that can last for generations. From 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 24, National Make a Difference Day, Urban Forestry will be giving away a limited number of free yard trees to eligible households within the City of Vancouver.

Each fall, Vancouver Urban Forestry, a branch of the City’s Public Works Department, distributes free yard trees through its Yard Tree Giveaway Program to encourage city residents to help grow our community's urban forest by planting trees on their private property. Trees provide natural canopies for neighborhoods, promote clean air and water, and enhance the quality of life for all.

The free trees are available on first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of one tree per eligible household. Advanced registration is required. A variety of types of trees will be available, for as long as supplies last. To register or to determine if you are eligible to participate in this opportunity to receive a free yard tree, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Registered recipients will choose a tree in advance and receive instructions on where to pick up the tree and how to properly plant it. This year’s Yard Tree Giveaway will be a drive-through event to maintain physical distancing and meet state and local health guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Urban Forestry staff wearing proper face covering and protective gear will be placing the tree and a bag of mulch into the vehicle of participants, who will remain in the vehicle to limit contact.

Urban Forestry will provide yard tree delivery and planting for residents with limited physical mobility. Email Urban Forestry at banforestry@cityofvancouver.us">urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us for details.

Based on a 2011 tree canopy study, private property in Vancouver has the most potential to grow our community's urban forest. Vancouver's total tree canopy is only 18.6%, which means the community is missing out on the many environmental, economic, health and social benefits that a healthy tree canopy provides. Planting trees on private property will help meet Vancouver's goal of 28% tree canopy by 2030.

For questions and to sign up, visit the Urban Forestry webpage or call (360)487-8327.

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City seeks volunteers to serve or City/County Telecommunications Commission - 10/09/20

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants with an interest in government and educational access television and cable television franchising to fill an open position on its City/County Telecommunications Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.

The City/County Telecommunications Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Vancouver City Council and the Clark County Council on matters related to telecommunications and cable television. The commission makes reports, monitors compliance with the city and county cable franchise agreements, and establishes rules and regulations regarding cable television and associated telecommunications issues. Four members are appointed by Vancouver City Council and four by the Clark County Council.

Commission meetings are held quarterly on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and are currently being conducted remotely. Commissioners serve three-year terms. Applicants must live in the city and must be available for an interview with Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

This position is currently held by an individual whose term is expiring and may reapply. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any qualifying applicants.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request a printed application or for further information, contact Shannon Ripp at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8600

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/tc to learn more about the City/County Telecommunications Commission, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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Vancouver city manager submits recommended 2021-2022 biennial budget to city council - 10/06/20

Vancouver, Washington – Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes has submitted his 2021-2022 recommended budget to city council. The $1.3 billion two-year budget is balanced, closing a $4 million annual gap resulting from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A series of four workshops with Vancouver City Council will provide highlights of the operating and capital budgets. The first one took place on Oct. 5, 2020. City council will then review and vote on the budget at a regular meeting and hold a separate public hearing in November.  

The recommended budget continues to fund all core city services at existing levels, and recommends increases in the programs of the highest importance to our community in support of the following framework: assuring a firm foundation; implementing current initiatives; advancing key strategic projects and programs; and planning for A Stronger Vancouver.

“While this budget was created during an unprecedented time for our city and world, it reflects the Vancouver community vision, the city’s strategic plan, the adopted financial policies, and was created with input from a variety of sources,” said Holmes.

Those sources include city employees, advisory boards and commissions, robust community engagement associated with the A Stronger Vancouver initiative, the 2019 community survey, and the city’s new online budget education and engagement tool.

Highlights from the recommended budget include:

  • Reduction of costs by freezing 20 existing positions, most of them vacant, for two years. Almost every city department will be impacted.
  • Addition of two positions in the City Manager’s Office: a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to champion and coordinate internal and external efforts to promote social equity and justice causes, and a new Assistant City Manager position to augment strategic city management resources, improve organizational resilience, and focus on succession planning.
  • Continued funding for the city’s efforts to respond to homelessness, including a cross-departmental team to work with the homeless population, and funding to provide mental health services, as well as clean-up efforts.
  • Maintain public safety  uniformed staffing to ensure continued community safety, including the 13 new positions that were added during the 2019-2020 biennium to staff the new Fire Station 11.
  • Continued investment in expansion of affordable housing in Vancouver by recommending adding a new funding source – Sales Tax for Affordable Housing – that will build additional housing units and provide critical services for some of the most disadvantaged members of our community.
  • Advance key strategic projects that will play a transformative role in Vancouver’s evolution, including developing a Waterfront Gateway Master Redevelopment Plan, continued implementation of The Heights District Plan, updating the City’s Transportation System Plan, and building several Complete Streets projects.
  • Building on the A Stronger Vancouver initiative aimed at establishing a long-term strategy for stable, sustainable, and resilient funding approach that assures Vancouver can grow to become a safer, welcoming, vibrant, and prosperous city.

More budget highlights and access to the entire 2021-2022 recommended budget document are available at www.cityofvancouver.us/budget.

The city has also launched a new online interactive budget dashboard that is accessible on the budget web page. This dashboard enables anyone to explore the city’s proposed operating and capital budgets, which can be filtered by fund, department or category. There is also a map displaying the location of all proposed capital projects.

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City of Vancouver Utility crews and private contractor crews repair main break at 9pm 10/03/2020
City of Vancouver Utility crews and private contractor crews repair main break at 9pm 10/03/2020
Vancouver Water Utility continues to assess impacts of broken water main hit by a contractor Saturday (Photo) - 10/05/20

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver’s Water Utility is continuing to assess impacts of flooding Saturday evening after a contractor struck an 18-inch cast iron water main while working on a construction site for the new Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts (VITA) Elementary School at 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd. Total water loss from the break is estimated at 1.4 million gallons.

The contractor, Nutter Corp., had exposed the water main in order to run other utilities for this project underneath. While compacting the trench following the utility installation, the contractor struck the top of the water main, causing a small leak that quickly grew to about 2 feet in length. This same water main was scheduled to be replaced and relocated on the site within the next two weeks as part of the development project.

Vancouver Water Operations crews were called to the scene at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. With the private contractor, they started planning and gathering materials to temporarily repair the pipe, but were unable to do so as the break suddenly grew to roughly 10 feet in length, causing water to flood the area quickly. By 6:30 p.m., the parking lot and basement at the nearby Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries’ (FVRL) Operation Center was flooded.

City crews were able to isolate the area where the break occurred and shut off water. Only Hudson Bay High School and the Library’s Operation Center were affected by the shutdown; all other water customers supplied by this main line remained in service.

Once the water had been slowed, City and contractor crews worked together to repair the line. The repairs were completed shortly before midnight Saturday. 

Water to the 18-inch main is supplied by Vancouver’s Water Station 1, located near Fort Vancouver Way and Fourth Plain Boulevard, which provides about one-fourth of the community’s drinking water, as much as 2 billion gallons per year.

Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries is also in the process of assessing the extensive damage from the broken water main to its Operations Center, vehicle bays and loading dock. Please visit the FVRL website for more information: http://www.fvrl.org.

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Update: Major Vancouver water main break repaired by midnight Saturday - 10/04/20

Vancouver, Wash. – City of Vancouver Public Works Water Operations crews and private contractors repaired a break in an 18-inch-diameter aging cast iron water main near 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd, near Fort Vancouver Way, by midnight on Saturday, Oct. 4. The major water line break occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, in an area just east of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s Operation Center.

Impacts of the break to nearby properties are still being determined, with more follow-up expected this week.

The break appears to have been related to construction activity at a nearby development project. Private contractor crews for that project quickly responded to try to stop the flow, but were unable to do so as a result of the size of the pipe and severity of the break. City Water Operations crews were called to the scene and worked with the contractor to repair the break. This section of water main was scheduled for replacement in the next 10 days as part of the development.

For quick updates to public works events in progress, please follow Vancouver Public Works on Twitter at @VanPubWorksUS. News releases are also posted on the City's website at www.cityofvancouver.us.

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Vancouver Operations crews responding to water main break near E Mill Plain Blvd - 10/03/20

Vancouver, Wash. – City of Vancouver Public Works Water Operations crews are responding to a break in an 18-inch-diameter aging cast iron water main near 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd, near Fort Vancouver Way, at this time. The major water line break occurred shortly after 6 p.m. today, in an area just east of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s Operation Center.

The break appears to have been related to construction activity at a nearby development project. Private contractor crews for that project quickly responded to try to stop the flow, but were unable to do so as a result of the size of the pipe and severity of the break. City Water Operations crews are now on the scene, working with the contractor to repair the break. This section of water main was scheduled for replacement in the next 10 days as part of the development.

An estimated completion time for repair of the line is not known at this time. Likewise, details about impacts of the break to the nearby structures and parking lot are still being determined. Repairs will require shut off of water to this line. However, based on current assessments, the impact to services in the downtown area is expected to be limited, due to recent improvements at the Utility’s nearby Water Station 1, near Fort Vancouver Way and Fourth Plain, that have helped increase reliability of the City's water services.

Please allow crews to complete this repair by maintaining a safe, physical distance away from the construction area. Watch for further updates as information becomes available.

According to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library website, the Library's Operation Center does not include a branch library. The building was constructed in 1963 to house Vancouver Community Library. When the new Vancouver Community Library opened a few blocks away in 2011, district support operations were consolidated into the building. 

City seeks applicants for a position on City Center Redevelopment Authority - 10/02/20

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for one vacancy on its City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) board. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

The CCRA board is responsible for overseeing downtown redevelopment consistent with the Vancouver City Center Vision (VCCV) plan. The board advises the mayor and city council on public-private partnerships, public assistance to private developments, and the business aspects of redevelopment projects and agreements in downtown Vancouver.

Consistent with the CCRA’s charter, board members must be civic or business leaders with experience relevant to the CRRA’s purpose in fields such as finance, real estate development, law or construction management. Applicants are not required to live within the city limits. However, they must be available for an interview with City Councilmembers Thursday, Dec. 10.

Board members serve four-year terms. Regular CCRA meetings are on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 11:30 AM in the City Hall Council Chambers.  Special meetings of the Board are advertised and held as needed - historically four to six times per year. Board members prepare for meetings by reviewing financial projections, legal documents and other technical information related to the projects presented at workshops and public meetings.

The open position is currently held by an individual whose term is expiring and this individual may or may not reapply. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For a printed application or for further information, contact the Boards and Commission Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8600.

For more information about the CCRA, including links to current and past board meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ccra.

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CORRECTION: City seeks volunteer to serve on Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission - 10/02/20

Updated Website Hyperlink for www.cityofvancouver.us/boards

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants interested in serving on its volunteer Culture, Art and Heritage Commission. The deadline to apply for this open position is 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1.

The city’s Culture, Art and Heritage Commission is a nine-member volunteer citizen’s group responsible for undertaking, assisting with and facilitating the development and promotion of a thriving cultural, art and heritage environment in the city through programs, ownership of buildings and public art, and community partnerships.

Commissioners serve three-year terms and meet from noon to 2 p.m. either monthly or quarterly, with meetings currently being held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city is seeking volunteers who are leaders in the cultural, heritage, arts or business community with experience relevant to the purpose of the Commission. Applicants must be available for an online or telephone interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on Friday, Dec. 4.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For a printed application or for further information, contact the Boards and Commission Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8600.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/cahc to learn more about the city’s Culture, Art and Heritage Commission, including current commissioner bios, and links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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CORRECTION: City seeks applicant for Planning Commission vacancy - 10/02/20

Updated Website Hyperlink for www.cityofvancouver.us/boards

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one opening on the Planning Commission.  The seven-member Planning Commission serves as a volunteer resident advisory body and makes recommendations to the City Council on topics related to the future growth and development of Vancouver.

The Vancouver Planning Commission reflects a broad range of neighborhoods, professional and community experience and perspectives and seeks to be representative of the cultural diversity of the Vancouver community. The Commission is seeking candidates with interest and/or experience in community planning, urban design or housing development, and who are active in business, neighborhood or community affairs.

Applicants must be a Vancouver resident or live in the unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area. Applicants must be available for an interview on Friday, Dec. 11. This position is currently held by an individual whose term is expiring and may reapply. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any qualifying applicants.

Participation in the Planning Commission requires a time commitment of about 15 hours per month. This includes regular attendance at monthly meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.  Attendance at other sub-committee or City Council meetings may be required.

Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For a printed application or to request the application in another format or language, contact the Boards and Commission Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, c_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us">bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8600.

 

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Vancouver Fire Marshal lifts city's recreational burning ban - 09/30/20

Vancouver, Washington – Due to changing weather conditions, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli has lifted the recreational burning ban within the city of Vancouver, effective at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

Recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices are now allowed. This order applies to areas within the city limits only.

All outdoor burning of things like brush/vegetation and garbage is still prohibited within the city limits.

The burn ban originally took effect on Sept. 8, due to very dry and windy weather conditions.

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