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City receives sixteen applications for affordable housing fund projects - 11/16/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver’s voter-approved Affordable Housing Fund has received 16 applications requesting funding for projects that support construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of multifamily housing for low-income residents and people experiencing homelessness.

The Affordable Housing Fund, approved by voters in Nov. 2016, is now in its second year. In 2017, $5.61 million was granted for affordable housing and rehabilitation projects resulting in an estimated 237 new rental units and the rehabilitation of 20 existing units.

“We’re excited to see double the number of applications for affordable housing fund projects this year,” said Peggy Sheehan, City of Vancouver community & economic development programs manager. “We also received applications from for-profit developers for the first time this year.”

A total of $6.04 million is available for the current funding period. In January 2019, the Vancouver City Council will determine which projects will receive Affordable Housing fund dollars. 

For more information about Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Fund and to view a complete list of the project proposals received, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/AffordableHousingFund.

City seeks applicants for Vancouver Housing Authority board vacancy - 11/15/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) Board of Commissioners. The deadline to apply for these open positions is Monday, Dec. 17.

The six-member volunteer board is appointed by the mayor to establish policy for the operation of various low-income rental housing assistance programs and low-income homeownership programs offered in the city and Clark County.

The 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.

VHA board commissioners serve five-year terms. One of the three vacancies is for the Resident Commissioner position on the board. Applicants for that position must be receiving Section 8 or public housing subsidy to be considered, and it is strongly encouraged that they be involved in resident activities.

Regular board meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Thursday of the month, with executive sessions often beginning at 8 a.m. Meetings are customarily held at the VHA office at 2500 Main St., Vancouver. Occasionally, the chair of the board calls special meetings and work sessions with a 48-hour notice and, from time to time, meetings are held elsewhere.

VHA commissioners are identified as public officials under Washington state law. Therefore, people with personal business conflicts of interest may not be eligible to serve. Such conflicts would include landlords with a rental assistance contract, or vendors, individuals or developers doing business with the VHA.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us./board. To request an application or for further information, contact Michelle Bartley by mail at Vancouver 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 https://vhausa.org/about-vha/board-of-commissioners for more information about the VHA Board of Commissioners, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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City extends deadline for applications for Salary Review Commission vacancies - 11/13/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two (2) vacancies on the Salary Review Commission. This five-member volunteer commission studies the relationship of salaries to the duties of Mayor and City Councilmembers and establishes the salary for the Mayor and City Council.

Applicants must be City of Vancouver residents and registered voters. No City officer, official, employee or immediate family member of any City officer, official or employee shall be eligible for membership.

Commission members are appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval of the City Council. These appointments are for full-term vacancy, which will begin retroactively Jan. 1, 2019, and expire Dec. 31, 2022. The Salary Review Commission meetings will be held January-May 2020.

Completed applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office by 5 pm, Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Applicants may apply on-line at: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For an application or further information, contact Michelle Bartley at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St., P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, or by phone 360-487-8607, email, artley@cityofvancouver.us">michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us.

City seeks applicants for Parking Advisory Committee vacancy - 11/07/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on its Parking Advisory Committee. The deadline to apply for this open position is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

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.

The Parking Advisory Committee is a seven-member volunteer body that advises Vancouver City Council and City staff on parking policy and program implementation. Committee members must be either be city residents, own a business or property within the city limits, or be an officer or partner in a business located in the downtown area. Members serve four-year terms. This appointment would begin immediately and end Feb. 1, 2023.

The Parking Advisory Committee meets quarterly, or as needed, at 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.

Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for further information, contact Michelle Bartley by mail at Vancouver 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/pac to learn more about the City’s Parking Advisory Committee, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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Korey and Family
Korey and Family
City launches fourth annual Korey's Joy Drive Nov. 12 (Photo) - 11/06/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Starting Nov. 12, the City of Vancouver invites the community to support the fourth annual Korey's Joy Drive, a toy and warm clothing drive in memory of Korey Cochran, a City employee, who passed away in 2017 at age 38 from brain cancer.

“This annual drive, inspired by City employees and supported by local businesses and individuals throughout Vancouver, honors the legacy of Korey Cochran, a dedicated and loving father who passed away too soon,” said Katherine Nye, IT Technical Services Manager at the City of Vancouver.

The City will collect new, unwrapped toys and new youth and adult winter coats, gloves, sock and hats through Dec. 14. All donations will be delivered to Randall Children's Hospital, Open House Ministries, Children’s Center and other local charities the week of Dec 17.

Those interested in contributing to Korey's Joy Drive can drop off donations at the below locations:

  • Firstenburg Community Center front desk: 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver
  • Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar: 205 E. 39th St., Vancouver
  • Marshall Community Center front desk: 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver
  • Natalia’s Café: 437 NE 4th Ave., Camas
  • Vancouver City Hall lobby: 415 W. 6th St., Vancouver
  • Vancouver Fire Station 5 front desk: 7110 N.E. 63rd St., Vancouver
  • Vancouver Police West Precinct front desk: 2800 N.E. Stapleton Road, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Police East Precinct front desk: 520 S.E. 155th Ave., Vancouver
  • Vancouver Operations Center front desk: 2323 general Anderson Rd., Vancouver
  • Water Resources Education Center front desk: 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver

About Randall Children's Hospital

Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel offers an innovative approach to children's health care. It's a place where complex medical and surgical care is blended with a peaceful environment to create a new world of healing and health. The Randall Children's Hospital provides services for infants, youth and teens. Children at the hospital are treated for cancer, heart disease, and much more. Donations of toys and games will keep kids engaged and happy while undergoing treatment.

About Open House Ministries

Open House Ministries is committed to equipping homeless families with the tools necessary for resolving issues that lead to poverty and homelessness. They provide a holistic, long-term approach to working with homeless families to meet their physical, mental and spiritual needs to break the cycle of homelessness. Donations will help brighten the holidays of homeless youths and teens.

About Children’s Center

Children's Center is dedicated to serving the community by providing quality mental health services to children and families of Clark County. They are committed to serving all children in need within their resources.

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Dancers displaying regalia during Native Runway
Dancers displaying regalia during Native Runway
Vancouver's annual Native American Heritage Month celebration set for Nov. 17 (Photo) - 11/05/18

Native runway and native craft holiday marketplace featured

Vancouver, Wash. – The community is invited as Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center and the diverse native community observe Native America Heritage month on Saturday, Nov. 17. This free, annual celebration is a popular event that has grown over the years, recognizing the many contributions of Native Americans to the larger American cultural mosaic.

A native craft holiday marketplace will return for its second year, sponsored by Native Vendors United and Sacred Waters Fish Company. The marketplace, open from noon to 4:30 p.m., features Native American artists and craftspeople, offering an opportunity for small business vendors, artists and artisans to display and sell their goods and services.

The Native Runway, which begins at 1 p.m., is a celebration of regalia, culture and song. Eventgoers can listen to traditional music as dancers walk a ‘red’ runway in native regalia – clothing and adornment specific to each dancer and his or her heritage. The native dancers will also share their personal stories and invite the entire audience to participate in a friendship dance.

This community celebration is a collaboration between Native American volunteers and the City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center.

Throughout November, many activities in the community help recognize Native American Heritage Month. Along with the Nov. 17 events at the Water Center, community members might also enjoy:

David Lewis Lecture: Colonial Mythologies of the Indian Wars, sponsored by Friends of Ridgefield
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11
Clark County Historical Museum, Vancouver, www.cchmuseum.org

Promised Land Documentary
7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28
Old Liberty Theater, Ridgefield, www.promisedlanddoc.com/schedule

For more information about the Nov. 17 event, please visit the Water Center website at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or contact Cory Samia at 360-487-7111.

ABOUT THE WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER: 

Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area's few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. The Water Center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Water Center. More information is available on the Internet at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or by calling 360-487-7111.

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Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli
Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli
Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli receives state honor (Photo) - 11/02/18

Vancouver, Wash. – On Oct. 25, the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals named Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli the 2018 Washington State Fire Marshal of the Year. The award is the highest honor given to local fire marshals in the state.

Scarpelli has a 27-year career with the City of Vancouver and has served as fire marshal since 2011. As Vancouver’s fire marshal, she manages a team responsible for fire code enforcement and development review, fire and arson investigations, and community education and outreach about fire and life safety.

Scarpelli is a 2018 graduate of the 4-year Executive Fire Officer program offered at the United States National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which provides senior officers in key leadership roles with the skills needed to transform fire and emergency services organizations from being reactive to proactive and to reflect the diversity of America's communities.

Earlier this year, Scarpelli was one of four fire officials selected to present a progressive fire code enforcement initiative for Vision 20/20 in Virginia. Vision 20/20 is a nationally recognized agency known for standardizing progressive fire prevention strategies in fire and life safety.

Scarpelli has also championed a community risk reduction program in Vancouver called Project HomeSafe. The program’s goal is to eliminate potential fire ignition sources in homes, like cigarettes, candles and unattended cooking, using current risk analysis data and fire safety education best practices. This “boots on the ground” project sends Fire Marshal’s Office staff and FireCorps citizen volunteers out into the community, where they conduct in-home fire and life safety education visits, and install smoke alarms in high-risk homes. 

"Heidi has carried a vision for enhanced and more effective fire prevention strategies throughout her career, and she is now leading by partnering with educational institutions to validate the efficacy of our fire prevention programs,” said Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina.

“I am honored to receive this award, and I take great pride in this acknowledgment for my efforts to strengthen and promote fire prevention programs,” said Scarpelli. “I share this award with my team at the Fire Marshal’s Office. The positive impacts of our work in the community are the direct result of their true dedication and commitment to improving fire and life safety for the citizens of Vancouver.”

For more information about the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals, please visit www.wsafm.com.

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Winter hours for city park gazebos, shelters start Nov. 5 - 11/02/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The end of Daylight Savings Time means the beginning of winter operating hours for gazebos and picnic shelters at several Vancouver parks.

Starting Monday, Nov. 5, gazebos and picnic shelters at the following City parks will close to the public each night at 6 p.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. The winter operating hours will remain in place through March 11, 2019, when Daylight Savings Time resumes:

  • Esther Short Park
  • Leverich Park
  • Marshall Community Park
  • Fisher Basin Community Park
  • Shumway Park
  • LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park
  • Evergreen Park
  • Marine Community Park
  • David Douglas Community Park
  • Arnada Park

Advisory signs will be posted on the structures.

“The facilities at the park are best used during the daylights hours,” said Julie Hannon, director of the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department. “We want to ensure that our visitors have the safest and most enjoyable experience at our parks. As it gets darker earlier in the evening during the winter, gazebo and shelter hours at parks will change to reflect that. Come spring, these structures at our parks will be open longer.”

Facilities at Esther Short Park may occasionally be open during evening hours in the winter for permitted special events and programs. For a listing of parks and hours of operation, visit the City of Vancouver’s website at: www.vanparksrec.org.

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Watch live, local election results on CVTV channel 23, CVTV.org - 11/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will provide the only live, local election night television coverage in Clark County starting at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Viewers can turn to Comcast channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. CVTV’s election coverage will also be streaming live online at www.cvtv.org

CVTV’s election coverage will be hosted by Michael Wilson, senior associate for Westby Associates and former Vancouver City Councilmember, and Kelly Love, public relations and communications consultant for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. They will also conduct candidate interviews from the 6th floor hearings room at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver. 

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

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Vancouver's RecycleU classes help residents recycle with confidence - 10/26/18

Whether you're an avid recycler or confused about the options, a free and informative series of classes is here to help Vancouver and greater Clark County residents recycle right.

RecycleU, provided by Vancouver Solid Waste and Waste Connections, offers the latest dos, don’ts and whys about our regional garbage and recycling system. Attend one or all of the classes, the choice is yours.

• Start with the basics in Recycling 101 to improve your curbside cart recycling smarts. This entry level class has been offered for several years and has been popular with neighborhood participants. Next class is scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Vancouver City Hall. 

• For those who want to do more, go beyond the cart with Recycling 201. In this second-in-the-series class, participants will discover a wide variety of other recycling and reuse options available locally. Prior attendance in Recycling 101 is required.

• Wondering where materials go after being picked up at the curb? The Recycling Walking Tour offers a first-hand look at a regional transfer station and local recycling processing.

Class descriptions, schedules and signups are available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/RecycleU.

Need an incentive? Attending a RecycleU class and sharing what you’ve learned may make your neighborhood association eligible for a $120 grant. Note: These grants are available only to officially recognized neighborhood associations in the City of Vancouver and Clark County.

Please remember that space may be limited, so if you see a class you'd like to attend, sign up!  RSVPs are required for tours. Don't see a time that works for you? Check back. A variety of options will be made available throughout the year. Questions? Call City of Vancouver Solid Waste Services at 360-487-7160 or email solidwaste@cityofvancouver.us.

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Southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps at 39th Street to close daily, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, for City water project (Photo) - 10/25/18

Southbound Interstate 5 on- and off-ramps at East 39th Street in Vancouver will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, for a City of Vancouver water main construction project. 

During next week's daily Wednesday-through-Friday closure, travelers who typically use those southbound ramps to and from 39th Street should plan ahead to use an alternate route.

City contractors are installing a new water main line along the south side of East 39th Street, from Washington Street to I-5. The project is funded by the City’s Water Utility in keeping with ongoing efforts to improve, maintain, and protect the community water supply and systems. Pavement will be restored following completion of the new water main.

The water main project began in late September. Project completion is anticipated by the end of November, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Throughout the project, efforts have been made to reduce traffic impacts to the extent possible by shifting traffic lanes and work schedules. Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to be alert to message boards, traffic changes and flaggers in the construction zone. Please drive slowly and be prepared for possible delays.

City seeks volunteer for Civil Service Commission - 10/24/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one mid-term position on the Civil Service Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26.

Vancouver’s Civil Service Commission has three citizen members who oversee the administration of civil service provisions, rules, and regulations that govern City employee hiring practices, disciplinary actions (including termination), and other many important aspects of human resources administration at the City.

Applicants for this position must be city residents for the past three years or more.

The commission meets from 8 to 9 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

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.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/csc to learn more about the Civil Service Commission, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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Vancouver volunteers to make a big difference on nation's largest day of service - 10/22/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Each year, volunteers across the nation gather on the fourth Saturday of October to work towards a common goal: making a difference in their community.

This Saturday, Oct. 27, the city and county will host four different volunteer opportunities for Make a Difference Day. These events are appropriate for large or small groups and individuals of all ages.

This year’s Make a Difference Day events are a great way to get active in the community and meet new people, while helping to beautify our parks, green spaces and more.

Uptown Village Clean Up & Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award Ceremony
9 a.m. to noon
1919 Main St. in Uptown Village

Ryan Woods was a strong community builder and visionary who connected people and built community bonds throughout the Vancouver area during his life. To recognize and build on Ryan's vision, the City of Vancouver and partners will host a cleanup day in Uptown Village and present the 6th annual Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award to this year’s recipient.

Following presentation of the award by Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, volunteers will participate in an Uptown Village clean up supported in part by Waste Connections and Foode Café & Catering.

“The Butt Stops Here” Park Clean Up
9 a.m. to noon
Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 NE 78th St. in Hazel Dell

This project is a partnership between Clark County Public Works and Vancouver Parks and Recreation. Following a short orientation, coffee and snacks donated by Dutch Bros. Coffee and KIND, volunteers will break into small groups then fan out to different parks and public areas in search of cigarette butts and other litter. Gloves, bags, and a list of target locations will be provided. Volunteers need to provide their own transportation to and from the sports park and cleanup sites.

Volunteers will return to the sports park to weigh bags of cigarette butts and litter and enjoy a pizza lunch, courtesy of Blind Onion.

Tree Planting at Leverich Park
9 a.m. to noon
Leverich Park, E. 39th Street and NE Leverich Park Way

Every year, the Watershed Alliance and the City of Vancouver’s Greenways Sensitive Lands Team partner to plant thousands of trees and shrubs along Burnt Bridge Creek in an effort to improve the water quality and habitat of this great natural resource. All ages are welcome to participate. We will meet at the shelter at Leverich Park for registration and snacks. Orientation begins at 9 a.m. From there we will walk together to the planting site. A shuttle will also be available for those who need it. Gloves, tools, and a snack will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

Marine Park Beach Cleanup
9 a.m. to noon
Water Resource Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661

Volunteer with the City of Vancouver’s Water Resource Education Center to remove litter from the Marine Park beach. Training, gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers will meet in the lobby of the Water Resources Education Center and walk to the site.
 

Please RSVP for this year’s Make a Difference Day events by visiting www.cityofvancouver.us/madd and clicking the RSVP link for the event(s) you’re interested in.

Volunteers attending any of these projects should be prepared for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Minors will need a signed guardian consent form (available at each site or online). Volunteers are also urged to bring gloves, water bottles, hand tools and a spirit of service to the community.

For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/MADD.

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