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Public Health issues danger advisory at Vancouver Lake due to elevated toxin levels - 06/11/21

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health has issued a danger advisory at Vancouver Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water at the swim beach and flushing channel.

Results from water samples taken from Vancouver Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. Danger signs are being posted at the swim beach and other public access points to the lake. Public Health is advising against all recreating in the lake, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and water skiing.

Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are currently present at the swim beach, flushing channel and the south entrance by the Shillapoo Wildlife area.

Blue-green algae can pose a significant health risk if the cyanobacteria or toxins are ingested, inhaled or come into contact with skin. Inhaled bacteria or toxins can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Skin contact can lead to rash, itching, blisters and eye irritation.

If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness. The toxins can be fatal to pets that drink the water.

Public Health has been monitoring cyanobacteria blooms at Vancouver Lake since June 1 and will continue to monitor the lake throughout the summer. As long as blooms are present, Public Health will take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.

Vancouver Lake Regional Park remains open. Water in park restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink.

Additional information about blue-green algae and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website. To report algae blooms in other bodies of water, visit the Public Health website.

Charter Review Commission elects Chuck Green to fill open co-chair position - 06/10/21

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Charter Review Commission this week elected Commissioner Chuck Green to fill an open co-chair position. Green joins co-chair Kim Harless and secretary Anthony Vendetti as the three elected officers of the review commission.

The position was open due to a resignation on the commission.

The Charter Review Commission meets 5 pm each Wednesday. The virtual meetings are open to the public. Information on how to participate including providing public comment to the commission is on the county website at https://clark.wa.gov/county-manager/meetings-agendas-archives. Meetings also are broadcast on CVTV channel 23/323 and cvtv.org.

The Charter Review Commission is tasked with reviewing the county’s home rule charter approved by voters in November 2014. This will be the first review of the county’s charter.

The 15 commission members were elected in the Nov. 3 general election. Per the charter, three members were elected countywide and each of the four county councilor districts has three commissioners. Any changes to the charter that the review commission recommends would go to a countywide vote in a general election.

Charter Review Commission seeks applicants for open at-large seat - 06/10/21

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Charter Review Commission is seeking applicants to fill an open position on the commission. The seat is for an at large position. Applicants must be registered voters currently residing anywhere in Clark County.

The unexpired term begins immediately upon appointment and ends Dec. 31, 2021, at the latest.

The commission meets regularly 5-7 pm on Wednesdays. In addition, special meetings, including public open houses, and committee meetings may be scheduled. Meetings are held virtually on Webex and shown on CVTV channel 23/323 and www.cvtv.org.

The Charter Review Commission is tasked with reviewing the county’s home rule charter approved by voters in November 2014. This will be the first review of the county’s charter.

Fifteen commission members were elected in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. Per the charter, three members were elected countywide, and each of the four county councilor districts has three commissioners. Any changes to the charter that the review commission recommends would go to a countywide vote in a general election.

Anyone interested in volunteering should send a biographical statement of 100 words or less allocated between the four section headings below and a general statement limited to 200 words or less as would be required for the Local Voters’ Pamphlet. Section headings are not included in the word count.  

  • Elected Experience or Legal/Judicial Experience
  • Professional/Work Experience
  • Education
  • Community Service

Applicants also may include supplemental information such as a résumé. Application materials should be sent to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, at Michelle.Pfenning@clark.wa.gov. Applications also may be mailed to P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000.

Application deadline is noon Friday, June 25, 2021. The Charter Review Commission will discuss potential applicants at its June 30 meeting. Applicants should plan to be available during the June 30 meeting to answer potential questions and to provide a two-minute dialogue on why they are interested in being on the commission.

More information on the Charter Review Commission can be found on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/county-manager/charter-review-commission-overview

County Charter Review Commission seeks community feedback in online survey - 06/10/21

Commission also has virtual town hall sessions scheduled in June

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Charter Review Commission is seeking community input through an online survey.

Residents can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CharterSurvey2021. The survey will be open until 5 pm Friday, June 18.

Results from this survey will help inform the commission of public opinion regarding specific charter amendment proposals including partisan and non-partisan elected positions, councilor districts and government ethics oversight.

Virtual town hall meetings

The Commission also scheduled a series of virtual town hall meetings that will be held on WebEx.

The town hall meetings will be:

  • 11 am to 1 pm Saturday, June 12
    • Dial: 1.408.418.9388
    • Access code: 187 926 8432
  • 5-7 pm Wednesday, June 16
    • Dial: 1.408.418.9388
    • Access code: 187 576 7506

Charter Review Commissioners will present information on potential changes to the county’s charter and seek feedback from town hall participants. Anyone wishing to provide written comment to the commission may do so via the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/county-manager/meetings-agendas-archives.

Any changes to the charter that the review commission recommends would go to a countywide vote in a general election. The review commission has set a target of July 7 for submitting any potential changes to the charter to Elections.

The Charter Review Commission is tasked with reviewing the county’s home rule charter approved by voters in November 2014. This will be the first review of the county’s charter.

Information on the Charter Review Commission can be found on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/county-manager/charter-review-commission-overview.

Clark County Public Works to close section of Northeast 10th Avenue for 12 months beginning Monday, June 7 - 06/04/21

Vancouver, Wash. – Regular drivers of Northeast 10th Avenue between Northeast 149th Street and Northeast 154th Street will need to find alternate routes beginning Monday, June 7. 

Monday morning, crews with Clark County’s contractor, Tapani Inc., of Battle Ground, will close approximately 0.25 miles of Northeast 10th Avenue. During the closure, contractors will complete work to improve the roadway, starting with replacing an aging culvert. Local access will be maintained from the north for a small number of homes and other properties along this section of roadway.

Through-traffic will use alternate routes for the duration of the project. Alternate routes during the closure include Northwest 11th Avenue to the west and Northeast 20th and Northeast 15th avenues to the east.

The closure is anticipated to be in place for approximately 12 months; however, the work is weather dependent and may be extended in the event of inclement weather.

The two intersections will remain open to traffic at this time. Drivers are urged to use caution for flaggers on the roadway shoulders and should anticipate one-way traffic with flaggers that could cause delays.

The roadway will be improved to include two travel lanes, a center left-turn lane, bike lanes and sidewalks, as well as a signal at the Northeast 149th Street intersection. A new culvert will be installed at the creek crossing just north of Northeast 149th Street. As part of this project, the roadway surface will be raised as much as 15 feet and the intersection of Northeast 149th Street will be raised by approximately eight feet. Other improvements include the construction of retaining walls, stormwater facilities and a sanitary sewer main and water main.

Stay up-to-date with the latest traffic impacts by visiting our website: https://clark.wa.gov/public-works/northeast-10th-avenue-creek-crossing. You can also find real-time information on the Public Works Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and on NextDoor.

 

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - MEDIA RELEASE - 06/04/21

The following information is in response to a media request for information regarding a recent death investigation by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

Date of death: 05/31/2021

Location: Vancouver, WA

 

Decedent Name: Pittman, Therron D.

Decedent Age:  45 Yrs               

Resident of: Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Multiple Gunshot Wounds

Manner of death: Homicide

How injury occurred: Decedent shot by another person(s)

 

Reports and records of autopsies or postmortems shall be confidential as per RCW 68.50.105. No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

 

Nikki J. Costa

Operations Manager

Clark County Medical Examiner's Office - Media Release - 05/28/21

MEDIA RELEASE        

The following information is in reference to a death investigated

by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

This individual died on 5/27/2021in Vancouver, WA.

 

The name of the decedent: Williams, Kent Raymond         Age: 29 Yrs             

The decedent was a resident of: Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

 

Cause of death: Traumatic Asphyxia

Due to: Compression of Torso

 

Manner of death: Accident

 

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

 

Media release issue date: Prepared 05/28/2021

 

Martha J. Burt, MD   

Medical Examiner, Clark County Washington

Charter Review Commission seeks feedback from community at upcoming virtual town hall meetings - 05/27/21

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Charter Review Commission will hold a series of town hall meetings to get feedback from county residents. All meetings will be held in a virtual format on WebEx.

The town hall meetings will be:

  • 5-7 pm Wednesday, June 9
    • Dial: 1.408.418.9388
    • Access code: 187 314 1499
  • 11 am to 1 pm Saturday, June 12
    • Dial: 1.408.418.9388
    • Access code: 187 926 8432
  • 5-7 pm Wednesday, June 16
    • Dial: 1.408.418.9388
    • Access code: 187 576 7506

Charter Review Commissioners will present information on potential changes to the county’s charter and seek feedback from town hall participants. Anyone wishing to provide written comment to the commission may do so via the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/county-manager/meetings-agendas-archives.

Any changes to the charter that the review commission recommends would go to a countywide vote in a general election. The review commission has set a target of July 7 for submitting any potential changes to the charter to Elections.

The Charter Review Commission is tasked with reviewing the county’s home rule charter approved by voters in November 2014. This will be the first review of the county’s charter.

Information on the Charter Review Commission can be found on the county’s website at https://clark.wa.gov/county-manager/charter-review-commission-overview.

Tower Mall COVID-19 vaccination site set to close June 29 - 05/26/21

Vancouver, Wash. – The COVID-19 vaccination site at Tower Mall will operate for another five weeks before closing on June 29. The site will continue to offer first and second doses of Pfizer vaccine through the last day of operations.

Anyone who receives a first dose at Tower Mall through June 8 will be able to return to the site three weeks later to receive a second dose. Those who receive a first dose after June 8 can go to a local Safeway or Albertsons pharmacy, or another local pharmacy or medical office offering Pfizer vaccine, to receive a second dose. Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies are now offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations.

With COVID-19 vaccine now readily available at many local pharmacies and medical offices, Clark County Public Health, the city of Vancouver and Safeway decided to close the Tower Mall vaccination site. More than 36,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine have been administered at the Tower Mall site since it opened on March 5.

“The Tower Mall vaccination site was opened to make COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible to the community,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. “Through our great partnership with the city of Vancouver and Safeway, and with the support of our Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, we’ve vaccinated thousands of people at Tower Mall.”

“Those who aren’t yet vaccinated still have time to take advantage of the drive-thru and walk-up options at Tower Mall,” Melnick added. “We want to vaccinate as many people as possible before closing the site on June 29.”

The Tower Mall vaccination site, 5403 E. Mill Plain Blvd., operates 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Friday, Saturday and Monday, and 8:30 am to 7:30 pm Tuesday. The site is closed noon to 1 pm each day. The Tower Mall vaccination site will be closed on Memorial Day (Monday, May 31).

Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled on the Safeway/Albertsons website. Those who do not have internet access or need help scheduling an appointment can call Public Health at 888.225.4625. Language assistance is available.

Tower Mall also provides vaccinations to those without appointments, as vaccine supply allows. The site is busiest in the morning. Those arriving without an appointment are encouraged to arrive after 10 am, when wait times are shorter.

Anyone 12 years and older can get vaccinated at the Tower Mall site. Consent forms must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for those younger than 18. Minors 12-15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Washington State Department of Health will close the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Clark County Fairgrounds at the end of the day Friday, May 28. Those who received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at the fairgrounds can go to the Tower Mall site for their second dose.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and how to access vaccine appointments, visit the Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.

City/County Telecommunications Commission seeks community feedback on cable television and broadband services - 05/26/21

Vancouver, Wash. – Starting May 28, a random sample of Vancouver and Clark County households will receive mailed surveys from the City/County Telecommunications Commission requesting feedback about their experience with Comcast cable television and broadband services.

Through the survey, the commission hopes to learn what residents think about Comcast's cable service, even if they are not currently a Comcast subscriber, and what they may want related to future cable communications.

Comcast provides cable television services in Vancouver and Clark County as part of a 10-year franchise agreement granted in July 2013. The results of this community needs assessment survey will be used to inform recommendations the City/County Telecommunications Commission will make during cable franchise negotiations with Comcast that will begin later this year or early next year.

Residents receiving the survey may contact the City/County Telecommunications Commission to receive a link to fill out the survey online or to receive a Spanish language version. The contact information will be provided in the mailed survey.

Individual survey responses will remain anonymous, and the information gathered from households will be reported out as a group.

The eight-member City/County Telecommunications Commission is a volunteer board that advises the Vancouver City Council and the Clark County Council on all matters related to the cable television franchise agreement with Comcast.

For more information about the commission, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/tc.

Council seeks applicants for county-recommended position on library board - 05/25/21

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking applicants to fill one of three Clark County-recommended positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District board of trustees.

The position is designated for a Clark County resident living outside the Vancouver and Camas city limits. The unexpired term begins immediately and ends Dec. 31, 2024. The recommendation must be jointly approved by Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

The board meets every third Monday. Meetings currently are being held in a virtual format. A schedule of public meetings is online at http://www.fvrl.org/about-us/trustees.

Library trustees are responsible for policies regarding the district's 15 locations, two bookmobiles, online services at www.fvrl.org and centralized headquarters. The service area includes approximately 464,000 people and covers more than 4,200 square miles in southwest and south-central Washington. It includes all of Clark County except the city of Camas, all of Skamania and Klickitat counties and the city of Woodland in Cowlitz County. Camas is served by the independent Camas Public Library.

The district operates community libraries in Battle Ground, Goldendale, La Center, North Bonneville, Ridgefield, Stevenson, the Vancouver urban area, Washougal, White Salmon Valley and Woodland. It also operates the Mall Library Connection at Vancouver Mall and Library Express in Yacolt. The district provides services to Yale Library Express under contract with Yale Valley Library District.

People interested in serving should mail a letter and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000 or email a letter and resume to michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, June 25.

 

Applicants should discuss their understanding of: current challenges for public libraries; perspectives concerning public library services, facilities and materials such as print and electronic books and magazines, CDs, DVDs and digital resources; and the district’s funding as a junior taxing district.

Take steps to stay safe while swimming and recreating in lakes, rivers and pools - 05/24/21

Vancouver, Wash. – With the likely reopening of public pools and a return to outdoor recreation this summer, Public Health is reminding people to take caution in and around the water. Warm weather may be on the horizon, but area lakes and rivers are still cold, and water may be moving quickly. By taking a few simple steps everyone can stay safe while enjoying the water throughout the summer.

Know the water conditions

  • Lakes and rivers in Southwest Washington are still cold enough to shock and immobilize even the strongest of swimmers.
  • Rivers are high and swift from rain and snow melt and may be carrying debris.
  • Avoid fast-flowing waters. This includes rivers and ocean beaches with riptides.
  • Know your limits. Drowning often occurs when swimmers tire.
  • Don’t swim alone.

In addition to monitoring river conditions, Public Health urges people of all ages to follow these tips for safe swimming and recreating in all bodies of water:

  • Avoid distractions when kids are swimming or around water. Supervision requires complete attention, even if another adult is present. Drowning can happen swiftly and silently.
  • Teach children how to swim. Enroll children in swim lessons whey they are ready. Early and often swim lessons will teach children the skills needed to stay safe while in and around water.
  • Wear a life jacket. Children, teens and adults should wear life jackets while boating, using a personal watercraft, inner tubing or while using other water sports equipment. Life jackets should also be worn while swimming in lakes, rivers or the ocean.
  • Ensure children always wear life jackets. Inflatable toys do not keep children safe. By law, children 12 years and younger must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket or vest on all vessels 18 feet or smaller.
  • Avoid alcohol and marijuana use when swimming or boating.
  • Don’t dive into shallow water or jump off bridges or cliffs.
  • Swim in designated swimming areas only. Signs will be viewable letting you know when and where it’s safe to swim.

Protect yourself, your kids, and your pets from blue-green algae

Cyanobacteria, or more commonly known as harmful blue-green algal blooms, have been known to occur at several waterbodies in Clark County. These blooms may produce toxins that are harmful to animals and people. Pets, especially cats and dogs, are inquisitive and may not hesitate before swimming or drinking water, even if algae is present. Animals may also lick algae caught in their fur after being in the water or eat dried clumps of algae along the shore.  

Be aware of current advisories at local waterbodies by checking the Public Health swim beach webpage and follow these tips to avoid exposure to harmful blue-green algal blooms:

  • Do not drink, wade, or swim in water that looks discolored or appears that algae may be present. Learn more about harmful algal blooms on the Public Health website.
  • Look for posted advisory signs indicating a blue-green algal bloom has been reported and find details about the advisory on the Public Health swim beach webpage.
  • Check for visual signs of a bloom. Water can look like green or blue paint has been dumped in the water, creating the appearance of scum or soup.
  • Never let your dog eat scum or algae.
  • Always shower after water contact and wash pets with clean water.
  • When in doubt, stay out! Cyanotoxins are released as algae cells die off. So even after a bloom has dissipated, toxins may still be present.  

Anyone who has contact with water known to have cyanobacteria and/or cyanotoxins, should rinse off with clean, fresh water as soon as possible. Anyone who might have been exposed to cyanobacterial toxins, especially those experiencing symptoms, should seek medical treatment right away.

Look for new year-round algae educational signs

Blooms most often occur during the summer when the water is warm and the sun is out, but they can occur at any time throughout the year. To help keep people informed about potentially hazardous conditions, Public Health is posting educational signs that will remain year-round at waterbodies known to have harmful algal blooms. The signs provide water contact recommendations for people who come across algae while recreating in the water.

Public Health will continue to monitor waterbodies with reported algal blooms but will only issue an advisory if water testing shows cyanotoxins levels are above the recreational guidance established by the Washington State Department of Health. If toxin testing cannot occur or if toxins are detected below recreational guidance, Public Health will not issue an advisory.

Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board seeks input for comprehensive plan - 05/24/21

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board (DDAB) is seeking community input for its five-year comprehensive plan.

The DDAB is currently prioritizing services for inclusion in the updated five-year comprehensive plan. The DDAB values community members opinions, experiences and history.

The Developmental Disabilities Comprehensive Five-Year Plan provides an overview of programs and initiatives that can significantly benefit Clark County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It emphasizes efforts that enable people with developmental disabilities to be life-long vital, productive members of society.

The DDAB’s response to the plan depends on an accurate understanding of the strengths, needs, issues and trends related to people with IDD and their families. The plan summarizes pertinent information and explains the increasing demand for services and supports that can help people live as independently and fully as possible.

This year the DDAB is more committed than ever to seek as much feedback as possible. Members  are especially interested in the intersectional perspectives from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and family members and who are also from black, indigenous, people of color and people of other groups (e.g. LGBTQIA+). 

Community input is valuable, and residents are invited to have their voice heard by taking part in the survey at https://clark.wa.gov/community-services/developmental-disabilities.

The survey will be available online through 5 pm Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Clark County statement on Benton trial verdict - 05/20/21

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is issuing the following statement regarding the jury’s verdict on the court case involving former county employees Don Benton, Susan Rice and Christopher Clifford.

Clark County thanks the Court and jury for their work and service in this case. The county recognizes and appreciates the time members of the jury spent giving their careful consideration of the facts in this case. County leadership will be carefully reviewing the verdict and evaluating the county’s options moving forward.

The county continues to be committed to providing services that enhance the quality of life for our diverse community in part by supporting and empowering county employees in their efforts to provide excellent public service.

Clark County seeks volunteers for Law and Justice Council - 05/19/21

Vancouver, WA. –  Clark County Council is seeking applicants for two seats on the Clark County Law and Justice Council.  

The Law and Justice Council is established by law to help coordinate activities of the local criminal justice and develop a community corrections plan for local and state corrections services in the county.

The Clark County Council has reorganized and reenergized the Clark County Law and Justice Council.

  • One position will be filled by a resident living in the unincorporated area of Clark County
  • One position will be filled by a resident living in an incorporated city in Clark County  

Residents from throughout the unincorporated and incorporated areas of the county are encouraged to apply.   

Meetings are currently held at 8 am on the second Thursday of every other month online via WebEx. 

To apply, submit a brief letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000.  Applications can also be emailed to michelle.pfenning@clark.wa.gov

Application deadline is 5 pm Wednesday, June 30, 2021.