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City seeks volunteer to serve on Clark County Arts Commission - 02/03/23

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking volunteers interested in serving as the City’s representative on the Clark County Arts Commission. This appointment would expire Dec. 31, 2026. Applications must be submitted on or before March 5, 2023.

The Clark County Arts Commission is an 11-member volunteer body that works to enhance and support the growth of the local economy through collaborations among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups, schools and cultural groups. The commission works to expand the community’s opportunities to experience and access to art in public places. Guidelines for committee membership are set by Clark County.

Clark County Arts Commission members are artists, businesspeople and arts enthusiasts. The ideal candidate will be active in Vancouver’s arts organizations and passionate about arts advocacy within the community. Applicants must also be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on a date to be determined. 

The Clark County Arts Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. The person appointed by Vancouver City Council to the Clark County Arts Commission will also serve on the City of Vancouver’s Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission, which is a separate advisory group that meets at least quarterly.

This news release and commission application materials are also available in Español, Русский and Tiếng ViệtInterested applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or to get more information, contact the boards and commissions coordinator in the City Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by phone at 360-487-8600, or by email at bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us

For more information about the Clark County Arts Commission, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ccac

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UPDATE: *Deadline Extended* City seeks applicants for Transportation and Mobility Commission - 02/03/23

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking volunteers to serve on its Transportation and Mobility Commission. Applications must be submitted by February 26 (original submission date was February 5).

The volunteer Transportation and Mobility Commission is an 11-member commission that provides advice to Vancouver City Council, the City manager and City staff on a variety of transportation and mobility-related projects, programs and policies. It also provides ongoing feedback and guidance on the development of citywide transportation policy through the update of the City’s Transportation System Plan.

All commission members must live within Vancouver city limits, except up to two members who can live outside the city but within the Vancouver Urban Growth Area. The City is specifically seeking people to serve who represent the following groups:

  • Person who drives as their primary mode of transportation
  • Person with expertise or experience in transportation planning, design, engineering, maintenance or operations

Qualified applicants will be interviewed by City councilmembers on a date to be determined. Applicants who are not appointed through this process may be considered for future Transportation and Mobility Commission vacancies for up to one year from the date of their application submission. 

These vacancies are for mid-term appointments that would have the opportunity to seek out reappointment to a full, three-year term.

Commissioners include community members with a range of interests and lived and professional experiences, and includes members with different primary modes of transportation, e.g., bike, bus or car. The Transportation and Mobility Commission meets at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month and meetings are currently held as a hybrid of in-person and remote participation.

This news release and commission application materials are also available in Español, Русский and Tiếng Việt. To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. Printed applications, including in other languages and formats, can be requested by contacting the Boards and Commissions Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office by mail at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8600.

More information about the Transportation and Mobility Commission, including links to meeting agendas and minutes, is available online at www.cityofvancuver.us/tmc

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City Seeking Public Review and Comment on Draft HOME-ARP Plan for Homelessness Assistance - 02/02/23

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver welcomes the community to review and provide input on the 2023 allocation of approximately $2,496,110 in Home Investment Partnerships Program American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) funding. 

These American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds are administered through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to benefit qualifying individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or in other vulnerable populations. The types of activities that can be undertaken with this funding include: 

  1. development and support of affordable housing, 
  2. tenant-based rental assistance, 
  3. supportive services; and 
  4. acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter.

Funding priorities are based on community need as expressed through the consultation process with community partners. Current priorities include supportive services and housing for people who are experiencing homelessness.

The HOME-ARP Draft Allocation Plan is a substantial amendment to the 2021 Action Plan and can be reviewed here. The community is invited to submit comment via e-mail to cdbg@cityofvancouver.us until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023. The community is also invited to attend our public hearing at City Hall on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. during the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting.  

For more information, please contact Samantha Whitley in the Economic Prosperity and Housing Department at cdbg@cityofvancouver.us | 360-487-7952.

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City of Vancouver officials issue statements following release of Tyre Nichols arrest video - 01/27/23

Vancouver, Wash. – City of Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Police Chief Jeff Mori have issued statements following the release of the Tyre Nichols arrest video:

Statement from Mayor McEnerny-Ogle

“Like many in our community, I am angry and outraged by the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee. On behalf of the City Council, I want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Nichols and the communities affected by the repeated trauma of brutal and inhumane actions such as this. 

The disregard for Mr. Nichols’ life is unacceptable and horrendous. The criminal behavior exhibited by the five Memphis police officers would not be tolerated in Vancouver. 

We know statements cannot heal the pain and unspeakable grief that is being felt at the utter criminal disregard for the life of Tyre Nichols. But we do want to share our outrage at the act and our commitment to this not happening in Vancouver.” 

Mayor McEnerny-Ogle 

Statement from Police Chief Jeff Mori 

“As the video of the beating death of Tyre Nichols, at the hands of five Memphis Police Officers circulates, I want to express the profound sadness that I feel for Mr. Nichols' family and friends and for all those impacted by this tragedy. 

Understandably, this incident has once again brought to the surface the pain, anger, and frustration that many historically marginalized communities across the country are experiencing due to historical inequity and its consequences. 

As the Chief of Police for the Vancouver Police Department, I want to clearly say to the residents we serve the behavior demonstrated by the five Memphis police officers was criminal and completely unacceptable for anyone at the Vancouver Police Department. Our use of force policy speaks clearly to the behavior and compassion we expect from our officers when interacting with the public. 

The degree of force was against the law, egregious and inhumane. The disregard for Mr. Nichols’ life in no way reflects the level of conduct and professionalism that is demanded by those who wear the badge and swear to protect and serve in Vancouver.”

Chief Jeff Mori

Community invited to shape the future of Vancouver's trees - 01/12/23

Vancouver, Wash. – To guide the future of trees in our community, the City of Vancouver is developing an Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP). The City will kick off its community engagement efforts with two online “Let’s Talk Trees” workshops on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at noon and 6 p.m. to share more about the UFMP process and gather the community’s ideas, priorities and hopes for Vancouver’s tree future. 

“Trees are a valuable community asset, enhancing our parks and open spaces, cooling our neighborhoods, capturing air pollution, intercepting stormwater runoff and improving safety in our neighborhoods,” said Charles Ray, the City of Vancouver’s urban forester. “Growing and caring for our City’s urban tree canopy is no small task; a healthy tree canopy is the result of proper planning, management and community involvement.”

The UFMP process will engage the community in creating a vision for the future, so that trees can continue to benefit everyone who lives, works and plays in Vancouver for generations to come.

Project kickoff meetings will be held at two separate times on Jan. 25. Register to attend the session that works best for your schedule using the links below:

Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas and questions about the City’s urban forest and to share the registration links with others interested in providing input on the future of trees in Vancouver. An online community survey is also open throughout the month of January. To learn more and share your thoughts, visit www.beheardvancouver.org/ufmp. Funding to support this project was provided by the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program. 

Vancouver City Council votes to endorse Proposition 3 - 01/10/23

Vancouver, Wash. – On Monday, Jan. 9, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for Proposition 3, the Affordable Housing Levy which is on the ballot for the Feb. 14 Special Election.

If approved by voters, Proposition 3 would replace the City’s expiring affordable housing tax levy. Proposition 3 would provide continued funding for affordable housing and housing services for people with low and very low incomes in Vancouver. The replacement levy is projected to provide rent assistance and housing services to 2,500 households, preserve or construct 2,400 affordable homes, support 550 shelter beds and help 150 households with home ownership over the life of the levy.

The proposed levy replacement would raise $10 million annually, totaling $100 million over a period of 10 years starting in 2024. The property tax levy amounts to approximately $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed value, meaning the owner of a home valued at $500,000 would pay $150 per year ($0.30 X 500 = $150). As the city grows, the levy rate and cost per property goes down.

In keeping with the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 42.17A.555), the Vancouver City Council may express a collective position regarding Proposition 3 by adopting a resolution.

Read the Affordable Housing Fund Report to learn more about the City’s current work to address affordable housing and homelessness in Vancouver. Visit Affordable Housing Levy to learn more about Proposition 3. 

Ballots must be deposited into an official ballot drop site by 8 p.m. on Feb. 14, or they can be mailed if postmarked no later than Feb. 14. If you need to register to vote or check your registration, visit clark.wa.gov/elections. 

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