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Portion of Vancouver's Burnt Bridge Creek Trail to be repaved/repaired.
Portion of Vancouver's Burnt Bridge Creek Trail to be repaved/repaired.
Section of Burnt Bridge Creek Trail to close for repaving Saturday, Aug. 8 (Photo) - 08/03/20

Vancouver, Wash. – A western segment of the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail, between Northwest Lakeshore Avenue/Fruit Valley Road and Alki Road, will be temporarily closed from 7 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, while Vancouver Public Works Operations crews repave and restore the trail surface. 

During the one-day project, all public access to this western segment of the greenway trail, in an area west of Interstate 5, will be temporarily restricted. Signs alerting the public to the closure will be posted at access points leading into the segment where work is occurring. All other segments of the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail east of Alki Road will remain open.

The project addresses a stretch of trail where the pavement had worn away and had to be removed. Operations crews have been busy with street paving preparations and repairs throughout the city during the current dry summer weather. Completing the trail repaving on Saturday allows this project to continue forward under the current workload and be done quickly to address safety for walkers and bicyclists on the trail.

Click here to learn more about the 8-mile trail and view a map.

Vancouver Fire Department awarded $439k from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program - 07/31/20

Vancouver, Wash. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Vancouver Fire Department a $439,676 under FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The grant will support the purchase of thermal imaging cameras (TIC) to help firefighters see through smoke during fires and sending fire department staff to specialized training in hazardous materials response and incident management.   

“These grant funds are an essential part of improving the life-saving capabilities of the Vancouver Fire Department, allowing us to move forward with replacing vitally important equipment and provide specialized training to our first responders," said Joe Molina, fire chief.  

The grant funding will be used by the Vancouver Fire Department for two projects:

  • $185,861 to purchase 21 thermal imaging cameras. In addition to identifying potential victims in a fire, these cameras help firefighters locate where the fire started and reduce firefighter exposure. Incident commanders at the scene of a fire can also make better informed decisions about where to direct resources when using these cameras
  • $253,816 to support specialized training in hazardous materials (e.g. chemical spills, gas leaks) response and incident management. Training outcomes will also include the development of response plans for addressing hazardous materials incidents.

"The City of Vancouver is grateful for the support of our congressional delegation in securing this grant," said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. "Thank you to Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for the important advocacy and outreach to FEMA in support of the grant application.”

The AFG program is administered by FEMA for the purpose of enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards, providing critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhancing operational efficiencies, fostering interoperability and supporting community resilience.

City extends duration of emergency order regarding COVID-19 safety requirements for landlord entries into residential properties - 07/31/20

Vancouver, Wash. -- On July 30, Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes issued Emergency order No. 2020-16, extending the duration of Emergency Order No. 2020-09 through Oct. 15, 2020. This order is effectively immediately. It will be reviewed by Vancouver City Council at their regular meeting Monday, Aug. 3.

Emergency Order 2020-16 extends the provisions of Emergency Order 2020-09 through Oct. 15, 2020, requiring all landlords, or their agent(s), who enter the interior of a residential property or dwelling unit to:

  • wear personal protective equipment, including a non-medical grade face mask that covers the nose and mouth; and
  • adhere to social distancing requirements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Clark County Department of Public Health.

The full text of all City emergency orders can be viewed online at www.cityofvancouver.us/coronavirus

Watch live, local election results on CVTV channel 23, CVTV.org - 07/31/20

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will provide the only live television coverage of local primary election results in Clark County starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. 

Viewers can tune to Comcast channel 23 or HD 323 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. Live streaming CVTV election coverage will also be available to viewers online at www.facebook.com/cvtv and www.cvtv.org

CVTV’s election coverage will be hosted by Michael Wilson, senior associate for Westby Associates, a local, non-profit fundraising consultant and Kelly Love, chief communications officer for Clark College. They will also conduct candidate interviews remotely.   

CVTV is the local government, non-commercial cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County, Washington.

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Watering bags around trees help reduce hot weather stress and keep trees healthy
Watering bags around trees help reduce hot weather stress and keep trees healthy
Watering thirsty trees helps relieve stress of hot, dry weather (Photo) - 07/24/20

Stretches of hot, dry weather can place a great deal of stress on trees. Fortunately, just a little extra care will provide the relief needed to prevent drought damage and keep your trees healthy.

The Urban Forestry branch of the City of Vancouver Public Works reminds residents to mulch around the base of trees and water regularly. Young trees need 10-15 gallons of water once per week during the summer months. Older trees may need extra water during dry summer months, too. The amount of water your tree needs depends on the tree size. A general rule of thumb is to use approximately 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter each time you water.

Water slowly, dispersing the flow of water to get deep down to tree roots. Watering for short periods of time tends to encourage shallow rooting, which can lead to more drought damage.

Several options are available to prevent wasteful runoff and assure deep watering. These include:

  • Turning a hose on low and letting water flow for 15 minutes at the base of the tree
  • Filling 5-gallon buckets with holes in the bottom and placing those at the base of the tree
  • Installing and filling a slow-release watering bag around the tree

To reduce evaporation, water in the morning and mulch your tree. Bark chips make good mulch, using the 3-3-3 rule: 3 inches of mulch in a 3-foot ring with a 3-inch space around the tree trunk.

The City of Vancouver is proud to have been recognized as a “Tree City USA” for the past 31 years. Trees provide natural canopies for our neighborhoods, clean our air and water, and enhance the quality of life for all of us. Please help preserve and protect this important feature of our community by watering your trees during hot, dry summer months.

For questions and a list of tree care tips, visit the Urban Forestry webpage, or www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry or call 360-487-8308.

Vancouver community survey shows satisfaction, areas for improvement - 07/16/20

Vancouver, Washington – At a recent online retreat, Vancouver City Council received an overview of the results of a community survey conducted in early 2020, before the COVID-19 outbreak. The city conducts a community survey every two to three years. 

The survey results show that residents are generally satisfied with livability, safety and the public services provided by the city. However, overall satisfaction levels dropped when compared to the 2017 survey results, in addition to areas such as delivering services efficiently, keeping citizens informed, managing the public’s money, and focusing on the priorities that matter most to residents. 

“The number of residents who feel that Vancouver is a good place to live remains very high, even compared to the 2017 survey results, which is encouraging,” said Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes. “Although we’ve made some gains, there is still work to be done to meet our residents’ expectations in several other key areas as we strive to make Vancouver one of the most welcoming, safe, prosperous and vibrant cities in the state.” 

The full survey report is available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/2020CommunitySurvey

Key findings include:

  • 70% of respondents who had an opinion rated the overall livability of Vancouver as excellent or very good
  • The things residents said they liked best about living in Vancouver included recreational opportunities, social offerings (events, restaurants, things to do), safety, basic services and education.
  • 67% of respondents who had an opinion said they believe the City of Vancouver is doing an excellent or good job delivering services efficiently.
  • Residents said the five most important city government services or functions were maintaining streets, fire and emergency medical services, police services, managing traffic flow and protecting our natural environment.
  • The five least important city government services or functions were enforcing city codes related to property maintenance, zoning and land use, community events, support for arts and culture, and recreation classes and programs.
  • The five city government services or functions that residents were the most satisfied with were fire and emergency medical services, recycling and garbage collection, police services, protecting our natural environment and parks maintenance.
  • The five city government services or functions that residents were the least satisfied with were support for neighborhoods, managing traffic flow, maintaining streets, enforcing city codes related to property maintenance and zoning and land use.
  • Residents indicated the highest priorities for city funding should be:
    • Fire and emergency services (96% indicating very high or high priority)
    • Police services (94% indicating very high or high priority)
    • Maintaining streets and medians (92% indicating very high or high priority)
    • Maintaining sidewalks (87% indicating very high or high priority)

The City of Vancouver hired ETC Institute, a market research and public opinion survey company based in Kansas, to administer this year’s survey. The ETC Institute surveyed a random selection of 454 Vancouver residents by mail and online with a 95% level of confidence and a precision of at least +/- 4.6%.

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