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City seeks volunteer for the Clark County Mosquito Control District board - 10/16/19

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to serve as the city’s representative on the Clark County Mosquito Control District Board of Trustees. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

The ten-member board of trustees is comprised of one member from each city within Clark County, and three members appointed by the Board of County Councilors. The board of trustees oversees the administration and operation of the county’s Mosquito Control District, including adopting the district’s work plan, preparing and approving expenditures, and contracting for services.

Board members are appointed to two-year terms. Applicants for this recruitment must be city residents and must be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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

Regular board of trustees meetings are held in February, May, August and November on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Mosquito Control Shop, 8115 N.E. St. Johns Road. 

To apply for this vacancy online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, artley@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

Visit www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/mosquito-control-district-board-trustees for more information about the board of trustees, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas, or call Kathryn Bump at Clark County Health Department at 567-397-7277.

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City seeks applicants for Planning Commission vacancy - 10/09/19

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one mid-term vacancy on its Planning Commission. Applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.

The Vancouver Planning Commission serves as a volunteer citizen advisory body and makes recommendations to Vancouver City Council on land use issues, including the City’s Comprehensive Plan, individual district plans, and zoning and development regulations.

The commission membership 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 experience in community planning, urban design or housing development, and who are active in business, neighborhood or community affairs.

In order to be eligible to serve on the Planning Commission, applicants must be a Vancouver resident or live in the unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area (VUGA). Applicants must also be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Participation in the Vancouver Planning Commission requires a significant time commitment of approximately 15 hours per month. This includes regular attendance at bi-monthly meetings at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Attendance at other sub-committee or City Council meetings may be required. Commissioners prepare for meetings by reviewing a variety of staff reports, maps and technical information, and by making site visits.

Applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To receive a paper application or to get additional information, please contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by phone at 360-487-8607, or by email at artley@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us.

For more information about the City’s Planning Commission, including links to meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pc. To view video of past meetings, visit www.cvtv.org./program/vancouver-planning-commission.

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Follow up statement on Oct. 3 shooting incident in Vancouver - 10/04/19

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON --

From Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle:

“Yesterday, the city of Vancouver was unfortunate to have experienced a shooting incident that resulted in the death of one resident and injury to two others at the Smith Tower apartment building. It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of one of our residents and extend our condolences to the victims, their families and friends, and the residents at Smith Tower who experienced this tragedy.

Thankfully the incident came to a peaceful resolution yesterday evening when the suspect was taken into custody. We appreciate the excellent work done by our police, fire and EMS personnel. Our police officers’ swift and professional response ensured the safety of residents who were still in the building and the public in the surrounding area.

I am proud of the way our community came together so quickly to help. Thank you to C-TRAN for providing transportation and to the Trauma Intervention Program volunteers who mobilized to provide assistance to the residents that were evacuated from the building. I also want to acknowledge the residents, businesses and visitors who were impacted during the response. 

I know that our community will wrap its arms and hearts around the family and friends of the victims and all the residents of Smith Tower who were touched by this tragedy.”

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Statement on Oct. 3 shooting incident in downtown Vancouver - 10/03/19

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON --

From Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle:

“While we are still learning about what happened surrounding the shooting incident this afternoon in downtown Vancouver, our hearts go out to the victims and their families as they deal with this tragedy. I commend our police officers, fire and EMS personnel who quickly responded to the scene. I have the utmost confidence in our officers as they work to resolve the situation.”

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City seeks volunteers to serve on Downtown Redevelopment Authority Board - 10/02/19

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for two vacancies on its Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) Board of Directors. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

The DRA serves as a volunteer citizen advisory body to the Vancouver City Council. It owns the Vancouver Hilton Hotel and Convention Center and is responsible for overseeing its operations, finances and promotion.

The DRA has no employees. It contracts with an asset management firm specializing in lodging, restaurant, and convention facilities to monitor the ongoing operations of the hotel and convention center and advise board on operational, financial and budget issues. The City’s Chief Financial Officer serves as the Executive Director of the DRA, with financial, administrative and legal support provided by City staff.

Candidates with broad business experience are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have experience in property management, project financing, financial management and contracts. Additionally, experience in the lodging and restaurant fields would be helpful. There is no residency requirement to serve on the board. However, applicants must be available for an interview with city councilmembers Monday, Nov. 18.

Board members serve four-year termsand may be eligible for reappointment. The two open positions are currently held by individuals whose terms are expiring. These individuals may or may not reapply for their positions. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants.

Regular DRA meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Vancouver City Council Chambers at City Hall. Additional special meetings are advertised and held as needed, typically once or twice per year.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or additional information, contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St., P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, artley@cityofvancouver.us">Michelle.Bartley@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8607.

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

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City seeks volunteers to serve on City Center Redevelopment Authority - 10/02/19

Vancouver, Washington – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants for two vacancies on its City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) board. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, 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 Monday, Nov. 18.

Board members serve four-year terms. Regular CCRA board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month starting at noon in the Vancouver City Hall Council Chambers, 415 W. Sixth St. Additional special meetings are 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 being presented at workshops and public meetings.

The two open positions are currently held by individuals whose terms are expiring. These individuals may or may not reapply for their positions. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, artley@cityofvancouver.us">Michelle.Bartley@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

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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Columbia River water feature closing for the season Sept. 30 - 09/27/19

Vancouver, Washington – The Columbia River water feature at Vancouver Waterfront Park (695 Waterfront Way) will close for the fall and winter seasons at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation staff will begin winterizing the feature Oct. 1. The heavy rain, leaves, tree needles and other debris that comes with fall and winter weather can overwork and damage the internal workings of water features. Seasonal use helps ensure that Vancouver Parks and Recreation can keep this community resource running smoothly for years to come. The architectural portion of the Columbia River water feature will remain fully accessible to the public during the closure.

Both the Columbia River and Esther Short Park water features will be turned on again in May 2020, weather permitting. Exact dates and times will be announced closer to that date. Sign up for the Vancouver Parks and Recreation monthly email newsletter to get updates on the water feature schedules and receive other Vancouver Parks and Recreation news.

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About Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Vancouver Parks and Recreation builds upon the City’s strong legacy of parks, natural areas and recreation dating back to the dedication of Esther Short Park in 1853. Each month, the Parks and Recreation Department provides hundreds of recreation opportunities for youth, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities at its two community centers. Parks and Recreation operates 1,600 acres of parkland at 113 sites, including 91 parks, 20 miles of trails and many natural areas for the City of Vancouver. The Parks and Recreation Department cultivates community in the City and beyond through on-going special events and volunteer programs that celebrate the City’s natural spaces.

Free disposal coupon helps Vancouver and Clark County residents keep leaves out of streets - 09/26/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Fall brings vivid colors and piles of leaves. The popular Fall Leaf Coupon Program, courtesy of City of Vancouver and Clark County public works, is back to help.

The annual coupon program allows local residents to bring leaves to a designated drop-off site for free disposal. Keeping leaves out of streets helps the City and County prevent clogged stormwater drains and localized flooding.

From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, Vancouver and Clark County residents can drop off up to 5 cubic yards of leaves at the designated sites, at no charge. Loads of leaves must be covered, and all bags of leaves must be emptied out at the disposal site. Branches and other yard debris, including those with a mix of leaves, are not covered by the coupon and will be charged at the regular disposal price.

Coupons are required and must be filled out to be eligible for free disposal of leaves. Drop-off sites don’t have spare coupons, so be sure to get your coupon before going.  Here’s where to get your coupons:

  • Clip it out of the Waste Connections Recycling newsletter, sent to all households in Clark County this fall.
  • Print it out from the City of Vancouver Solid Waste webpage: www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste.
  • Print it out from the Clark County Green Neighbors webpage:  https://bit.ly/2m6BfHB
    • Please note: Coupons in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese are also available from webpages, above.
  • Pick up a printed coupon from Vancouver City Hall, City of Vancouver Utility Services, and other City offices.

There are four participating designated disposal sites this year, shown below and printed on the coupon. Please check with these sites for holiday hours.

  • H & H Wood Recyclers, 8401 NE 117th Ave. Phone: 360-892-2805. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, in October; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, November/December; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, all months.
  • McFarlane’s Bark, 8806 NE 117th Ave. Phone: 360-892-6125. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday October/November; Closed Sundays in December.
  • Triangle Resources, 612 S.E. Union St, Camas. Phone: 360-834-7253. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
  • West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 NW Old Lower River Road. Phone: 360-737-1727. Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays.

In Vancouver, property owners are responsible for managing the leaves from their trees. The City does not have a service to pick up leaves. Deliberately raking or blowing of leaves into the street and leaving them in the street is unlawful. Street sweepers are generally no match for big, wet, heavy piles of leaves. The free leaf disposal program is intended to provide options for residents with a lot of trees, while also protecting stormwater systems and streets from localized flooding.

Other options for leaf disposal include on-site composting or subscribing to Waste Connections’ optional yard debris service, available in portions of Clark County, or organics services, available within the City of Vancouver. Visit www.wcnorthwest.com or call 360-892-5370 to subscribe or learn more. 

View our video showing how the City of Vancouver and residents can work together to manage fall leaves: https://youtu.be/jr3ogvYlY6E.

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City of Vancouver launches energy-efficient LED street light upgrade - 09/24/19

Starting late this fall, contractors for the City of Vancouver will begin upgrading 13,500 of the city’s 18,000 street lights to energy-efficient LED technology.

The switch from high-pressure sodium fixtures in ‘cobra-head’ style street lights to LED (light emitting diode) is anticipated to be completed by August 2020. Eventually all of Vancouver’s street lights, including the ‘acorn’ style along downtown streets, are expected to make the transition as decorative style LEDs become more cost-effective.

On Monday, City Council awarded a $1.11 million contract for replacing the light fixtures to On Magnum Power, LLC, of Kelso. Council has already approved purchase of the LED fixtures, a cost not to exceed $2 million.

The project benefits are many and proven: LED lights consume about 50 percent less energy than their high-pressure sodium predecessors. They have an estimated useful life of 20 years, so they last far longer and require less maintenance. And they have a reduced carbon footprint that’s environmentally friendly.

Light output from the new LED fixtures will be equivalent to the city’s existing street lights, but with improved light distribution and a soft white color that increases visibility while reducing impacts related to glare, sky glow and wildlife.

Funding for the LED project is supported by a low-interest loan from the Washington State Public Works Board. Energy savings from the new LED fixtures - an estimated $500,000 per year – will be used to pay off the loan and set aside reserve funds for future fixture replacement expenses. Clark Public Utilities' incentives for low-energy fixture usage - currently estimated at about $1.4 million - will also support the project.

Installation of the LED fixtures is expected to have minimal impacts, with the typical conversion of each streetlight taking about 15 minutes. Residents may experience short-term lane closures or other traffic control in place during work. Removed fixtures will be salvaged, where possible, or recycled.

In the meantime, streetlight outages within the City of Vancouver can be reported to Public Works Operations Center using the following options:

MyVancouver Appwww.cityofvancouver.us/MyVancouver
Public Works Service Request Webformwww.cityofvancouver.us/servicerequest
Public Works Operations Center Phone: 360-487-8177

Please note: When reporting an issue with a street lights, you will be asked to provide a detailed location and asset tag number, which typically begins with a V and is located on a yellow tag on the pole. Not sure if the location is within the city? Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/citylimitsmap for help.

More information about City of Vancouver street lights and the LED project is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/streetlights

Vancouver Fire Marshal's Office receives $224k federal grant for Project Home Safe campaign - 09/20/19

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the City of Vancouver’s Fire Marshal’s Office an approximately $224,446 Fire Prevention and Safety grant.

The grant will support the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Project Home Safe campaign to reduce the frequency and severity of residential fires through fire and life safety education and outreach. It is the fourth FEMA grant the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office has received since 2012 for its community risk reduction activities supporting fire and life safety.

“Project Home Safe unites zero fire ignition strategies that focus on stopping fire before it happens with reactionary fire safety education, like fire escape planning, free home safety surveys and smoke alarm installation,” said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli.

The City launched Project Home Safe in 2015. Vancouver Deputy Fire Marshals and Fire Corps volunteers go door-to-door, showing residents simple ways to reduce the risk of home fires. To date, this program has reached more than 1,700 households annually. 

FEMA’s Fire Prevention and Safety grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

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About the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office:

The mission of the City of Vancouver’s Fire Marshal's Office is to protect life and property by preventing emergencies before they happen. This is done through education, enforcement of fire, building and life safety codes, investigation of fire causes and the application of adopted codes to construction projects. View a home fire prevention checklist at www.cityofvancouver.us/PreventHomeFires.  

City seeks volunteer to serve on Portland airport noise advisory committee - 09/18/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Portland International Airport (PDX) Citizen Noise Advisory Committee. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

The PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee is the official forum to address the community's aircraft noise concerns. Local jurisdictions and the Port of Portland appoint members of the committee to represent residential and business concerns within their jurisdiction. The City of Vancouver has two members on the committee.

The PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee reports, in an advisory capacity, to the General Manager for Airport Operations at PDX, through the Manager of Noise Management Office. The committee acts on behalf of local cities and counties to:

  • address community noise concerns
  • monitor and provide input on the implementation of the current PDX Noise Compatibility Plan
  • review airport noise issues and provide advice on issue resolution and follow-up action
  • enhance citizen understanding of airport noise management through the work of the committee as a whole
  • periodically brief the Port of Portland Board of Commissioners and the Vancouver City Council on the work of the committee

The committee typically meets from 5:30-8 p.m. on the second Thursday of every odd numbered month at the airport. PDX provides dinner to members starting at 5:30 p.m.

Eligible applicants must be Vancouver residents, and must be available for an interview with Vancouver City Councilmembers on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager’s Office by mail at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by email at artley@cityofvancouver.us">Michelle.Bartley@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pcnac to learn more about the PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee, or visit www.portofportland.com/Committees/CNAC to review past meeting agendas and summaries.

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