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County Council seeks volunteer for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board - 09/25/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking a person with interest or expertise in early childhood education and services for young children to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board.

The three-year term begins immediately.

The advisory board makes recommendations to the county council relating to developmental disabilities services and issues.  Members provide leadership to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of community programs.

Clark County values diversity and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply.  

The advisory board meets at 5:15 pm the first Wednesday of every month at the Center for Community Health, conference room C210, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Monday, Oct. 24, 2018.

County council seeks applicants for three vacancies on volunteer Planning Commission - 09/25/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is accepting applications to fill three vacancies on the volunteer Planning Commission.

Two positions are for four-year terms; one position is for a six-year term. All three terms begin Jan. 1, 2019.

The Planning Commission is a seven-member group that makes recommendations to the council on land-use planning, zoning and development in areas outside cities and about issues such as growth management, roads, public facilities, development regulations and applicable county ordinances.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also can be emailed to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

Below the surface: the art of Kobie Moore at the Rebecca Anstine Gallery - 09/21/18

Vancouver, Wash. – An exhibition of Kobie Moore’s artwork Below the surface is on display at the Rebecca Anstine Gallery in the Clark County Public Service Center through November 2018.

Moore paints on wood and allows the grain, knots, and imperfections from that surface show through the paint. She uses a thoughtful color palette and creates texture by adding layers of paint and then scraping away areas.

Kobie Moore received a bachelor’s of fine art from Oklahoma State University where she discovered a love of painting. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 12 years and the natural landscape has been an influence on her work.

There will be a reception for the artist 11:30am to 1pm Friday, Nov. 16 at the Anstine Gallery is located in the Clark County Public Service Center sixth floor, 1300 Franklin St.

You can learn more about Kobie Moore at KobieMoore.com.

The Rebecca Anstine Gallery is named in honor of Rebecca Anstine, a local artist and founding curator of the public exhibit space in the Public Service Center. She served as a Clark County Arts Commission board member.

The Anstine Gallery is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Burn ban modification to allow recreational fires beginning Thursday, Sept. 20 - 09/19/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Rain and cooler temperatures have prompted Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway to lift the ban on recreational fires in unincorporated Clark County, effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The city of Battle Ground is set to do the same, and other cities within Clark County are considering lifting the ban as well. 

The burn ban took effect on July 26 because of extreme fire danger due to dry conditions and hot temperatures.

Under the modified ban, burning yard debris and material from land clearing will continue to be prohibited until at least Oct. 1, if not longer, depending on fire conditions.

“Please keep in mind that just because we’ve had some rain, fires are still possible,” said Dunaway. “Don’t let down your guard.”

Beginning Thursday morning for the unincorporated county areas and those lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, recreational fires will be allowed in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds. 

On private land, recreational fires must comply with the following regulations:

  • Fires must be built in metal, rock or masonry-lined pits, such as those in established campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores.
  • Fires cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • Fires must be at least 25 feet from structures or combustible materials and have at least 20 feet of overhead clearance from tree limbs, patio covers and carports.
  • Fires must be attended at all times by a responsible person, at least 16 years old, who can extinguish the fire using a shovel and at least 5 gallons of water in one or more containers or a connected hose with the water turned on.
  • Fires must be extinguished by pouring water or shoveling moist soil onto flames and coals and stirring until all areas are cool to the touch.

The use of burn barrels is illegal in unincorporated Clark County.

These regulations pertain only to areas outside city limits. Residents in cities should check with their municipality for regulations on recreational fires and other outside burning.

County seeks applicants for Community Action Advisory Board - 09/18/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The county manager is seeking applicants to fill several vacant positions on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board.

Positions are based on county council districts. Open seats include elected officials from the county’s second and third districts and a low-income representative from the county’s third district.

Term periods are three years, ending on a staggered basis. Incumbents have the opportunity for re-appointment to two additional three-year terms. Board members of agencies receiving money administered by the advisory board are not eligible to apply.

The twelve-member board makes recommendations about local government funding for basic needs, self-sufficiency, and housing programs. Members also advocate for services supporting low-income communities, families and persons.

Clark County is looking to diversify the board composition and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply, especially those from historically underserved communities.

Interested residents must submit an application and résumé to Rebecca Royce, Clark County Community Services, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or ebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov">rebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov.

Application information can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/community-action-advisory-board or by calling Rebecca Royce at 564.397.7863.

Deadline is Friday, Sept. 28.

Susan Anderson to lead county's Animal Protection and Control, Code Enforcement - 09/18/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Mitch Nickolds Clark County Community Development director announced last week he has tapped Susan Anderson to manage the county’s Animal Protection and Control and Code Enforcement Services departments.

Susan began working in this new position Monday, Sept 17.

Most recently, Susan has served 13 years in the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office as Senior Deputy Fire Marshal. She has 22 years of experience in code administration and 10 years in the local animal welfare community.

Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oregon State University and is currently pursuing a master of public administration.

“Clark County is fortunate to have found a member of our own team with the breadth of experience and knowledge that Susan brings to this position,” said Nickolds.

“I look forward to fostering partnerships that will support our agency in providing quality services to enhance the lives of people and their animal companions,” said Anderson.

Learn more about the county’s Animal Protection and Control and Code Enforcement offices on Community Development’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/community-development.

Board of Health seeks applicants for Public Health Advisory Council vacancy - 09/17/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Board of Health is seeking applicants for a position on the volunteer Public Health Advisory Council.

The board is accepting applications from Clark County residents representing the educational community. The three-year term begins as soon as the position is filled and ends Sept. 30, 2021.

The council meets 6-8 pm on the third Tuesday of every month. The meetings are in the main conference room on the second floor of the Center for Community Health, 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd.

The Public Health Advisory Council makes recommendations to the county councilors in their capacity as the Board of Health. The advisory council identifies needs and suggests ways to enhance community health. Among the council's top priorities are addressing adverse childhood experiences, community health improvement planning and support for healthy children.

Clark County Public Health protects the community’s health by preventing disease, responding to health threats and reducing health disparities. The department promotes healthy communities and environments, health equity, and disease and injury prevention. With community partners, Public Health works to promote healthier choices; ensure the safety of food and water; reduce environmental waste and contamination; and protect people from disease outbreaks through monitoring, early detection and swift response.

Those interested in an appointment to the advisory council should submit a letter and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000.
Applications also can be faxed to 360.397.6058 or emailed to auch@clark.wa.gov">Alyssa.Weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

County Council seeks volunteer for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board - 09/11/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking a person with interest or expertise in early childhood education and services for young children to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board.

The three-year term begins immediately.

The advisory board makes recommendations to the county council relating to developmental disabilities services and issues.  Members provide leadership to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of community programs.

Clark County values diversity and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply.  

The advisory board meets at 5:15 pm the first Wednesday of every month at the Center for Community Health, conference room C210, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or email to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 pm Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

Businesses, citizens to be honored for employment of and services to people with developmental or intellectual disabilities - 09/11/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Businesses and individuals making a difference in the lives of people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Disability Employment Awareness Awards.

Five awards will be presented at the event, which will be 4-6:30 pm at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive. The event also celebrates October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Awards will go to a private sector employer, a public sector employer and an employee with a developmental or intellectual disability, as well as people being honored for their extraordinary service to those with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

The Clark County Disability Employment Awareness Awards honor the role people with developmental disabilities have in helping achieve a dynamic, productive workforce. They also recognize those in the business community who have demonstrated leadership in employing people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

The event is sponsored by Clark County in conjunction with the Vancouver Business Journal, Umpqua Bank, New Seasons Market, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the Clark County Development Disabilities Advisory Board.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Ryan Farrow at 503.799.6926 or yan@gowise.org">ryan@gowise.org.

Arts Commission to host celebration for new Clark County Poet Laureate - 09/10/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Arts Commission has named Gwendolyn Morgan as Clark County Poet Laureate. Morgan takes over for the county’s inaugural Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, who served from 2013 to 2017.

The Arts Commission invites community members to a “passing of the pen” ceremony for Morgan Sunday, Sept. 30, 2–4 pm in the Columbia Room at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.

The event will feature readings and performances demonstrating the creative energy of collaboration among art forms including poetry, song, dance and more.

Morgan earned a master’s in fine art in creative writing from Goddard College and a master’s in divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union. Her first book, Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea was a winner of the Wild Earth Poetry Prize. Another book, Snowy Owls, Egrets and Unexpected Graces is a Nautilus Gold Winner in Poetry. Morgan and her spouse Judy live in the Salmon Creek area.

Morgan says she “celebrates collaborative work for equity and inclusion while encouraging integration of literary and expressive arts, music and holistic modalities.”

The poet laureate enriches our community by promoting appreciation and practice of writing and reading poetry. Through speaking engagements and teaching opportunities, the poet laureate demonstrates by example and encouragement the art of language as a powerful means of self-expression.

Sept. 22 shred event lets residents safely dispose of sensitive documents - 09/10/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County residents can safely dispose of sensitive materials at a free document shredding event this month. The event is 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, Sept. 22, at Salmon Creek Park & Ride, 1112 NE 136th St.

“This event is intended only for documents with personal information, such as phone numbers, Social Security numbers and bank account information,” said Jill Krumlauf, Clark County Public Health outreach specialist. Examples of such documents include financial statements, invoices, medical bills, pay stubs and tax records.

Each person is limited to two banker boxes, or file storage boxes, of documents to shred. Participants should not bring receipts, office paper, magazines, junk mail or other documents that do not reveal their identity or contain personal information. Most of these other materials can be recycled in curbside recycling carts.

All shredded materials from the event will be recycled. Residents are reminded that documents shredded at home can be taken to the transfer station for recycling. Shredded paper should not be put out for curbside recycling because the pieces are too small for the sorting equipment.

For more information, visit ClarkGreenNeighbors.org

County seeks volunteers to fill two positions on Noxious Weed Control Board - 09/07/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County is accepting applications to fill two seats on a five-person board that advises the Clark County Council on controlling noxious weeds.

The Noxious Weed Control Board meets four times a year. Two board positions will be open, beginning in January 2019, in the following districts:

  • District 1: Bounded by the East Fork Lewis River on the north, Northeast 50th Avenue on the east and the Columbia River on the south and west.
  • District 5: Bounded by the Clark/Cowlitz county line on the north, the Clark/Skamania county line on the east, the East Fork Lewis River on the south and a line running from Heisson Bridge north to the Clark/Cowlitz county line.

People interested in serving must live in one of the two districts. A map showing the five districts is available on the Weed Board’s webpage, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/weed-board.

Board members serve four-year terms. Upon expiration of a term, a member can apply to serve again. There is no limit on how many terms a member can serve.

Application packets are available by calling 360.397.6140 or sending email to: oard@clark.wa.gov">weed.board@clark.wa.gov.

Applications must be submitted to the Weed Board, 4700 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA 98665, no later than 3 pm Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

Public Health lifts algae advisories at Vancouver Lake; Routine monitoring of swim beaches has concluded for the season - 09/05/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is lifting all advisories for Vancouver Lake. Cyanobacteria blooms are no longer present at any areas of the lake that are easily accessible to the public.

Public Health has been monitoring algae blooms at the lake since July, when blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, formed at the Burnt Bridge Creek inlet and the flushing channel near the swim beach. Public Health issued an advisory for the lake after the blooms were detected, and park staff posted caution signs.

On Thursday, Public Health upgraded the advisory to a warning after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water at the Burnt Bridge Creek inlet. While blooms were also present at the swim beach and flushing channel, those areas did not have elevated toxin levels.

Public Health staff visited the lake Tuesday and today. Blooms are no longer present at any of the locations. As a result, Public Health is lifting all advisories for Vancouver Lake, and park staff is removing warning signs.

End of swim season

Public Health has concluded its routine monitoring of local swim beaches for the season. While Public Health will no longer routinely sample the water, staff will respond to reported health concerns.

To report algae blooms or fecal contamination that may warrant a public health response, visit the Public Health website.

Arts Commission seeks lifetime achievement award nominations - 09/05/18

Vancouver, Wash.  ?  The Clark County Arts Commission is seeking nominations for its annual Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an artist who lives or works in the county and has made a significant contribution to local, national or international arts and culture. Individuals or groups may be nominated.

To be eligible, a nominee must be:

  • A current resident or previous longtime resident of Clark County
  • At least 60 years old
  • Active in or recently retired from a field such as visual arts, dance, filmmaking, acting, music, architecture, literary arts, graphic arts, art education or art advocacy 

A nomination packet should include the artist’s relevant biography, name, address, contact information and one personal reference with contact information. It must discuss the following topics:

  • The quality and quantity of distinguished service that has influenced the development of cultural life in Clark County
  • Arts advocacy that indicates leadership, inspiration and innovation
  • Vision of future arts development in Clark County
  • Initiative and implementation

The submission also must include any relevant supplemental materials such as a website, brochures, galleries, studios, books, videos or films. Include photographic representations of work only if the artist does not have a website.

A committee of current commission board members will review the nominations and select a recipient.

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Please send all nominations to awwrightseta@hotmail.com">bawwrightseta@hotmail.com.

Each person submitting a nomination will be contacted no later than Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, regarding its status. For questions, please contact awwrightseta@hotmail.com">bawwrightseta@hotmail.com.

County appoints Ahmad Qayoumi as interim Public Works director - 09/05/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Manager Shawn Henessee has named Ahmad Qayoumi interim director of the county’s Public Works department.

Qayoumi will take over the position on Wednesday, Sept. 12, after current Director Heath Henderson leaves for a new job with Clark Regional Wastewater District.

Qayoumi last month was hired as Public Works deputy director. Tuesday was his first day at the county.

Qayoumi has more than 29 years of public sector experience. He most recently worked as Regional Rail Division manager for the San Jose, Calif., Department of Transportation. His earlier positions include Pasco Public Works director and Vancouver Transportation Division manager.

“I’m really passionate about public service and public works,” Qayoumi said. “I’m happy to be back in Clark County since this is home for me and my family.

Qayoumi earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Portland State University.

“Clark County is fortunate to have an interim Public Works director with the breadth of experience and knowledge that Ahmad brings to the position,” Henessee said. “I appreciate his willingness to step up on his first day on the job to fill this vital leadership role.”

Public Works provides many services to the community. The department has more than 300 employees who work in seven divisions: Administration and Finance, Clean Water, Engineering and Construction, Fleet Services, Parks and Lands, Road Maintenance and Safety, and Transportation and Development.

Learn more about Public Works on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works.

Commission on Aging September speaker to focus on designing walkable communities - 09/04/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Most suburbs are not designed with aging residents in mind. Homes are separated from other buildings, goods and services, increasing dependence on driving. The distances between residential and commercial areas, combined with the absence of sidewalks, discourage walking as a mode of transportation or physical activity.  

Learn more about designing walkable communities at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, 4:30 pm Tuesday, Sept 18.

The meeting will be in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public.

Gary Pagenstecher, a planner with the City of Tigard in Oregon, will discuss how land use decisions can determine our mobility options and how Tigard is planning to become the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest.

The Sep. 18 discussion is the sixth meeting this year focused on transportation, especially for people 60 and older. Transportation allows residents of all ages and abilities to connect with others and maintain independence and is the hallmark of a livable community.  For a schedule of topics, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2018-transportation-speaker-series.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members.

For more about the commission, visit www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging.

County council seeks applicants to represent businesses on Solid Waste Advisory Commission - 09/04/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for a volunteer position on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission.

The position represents the local business community. The three-year term will begin once the position is filled.

The commission advises the county council on solid waste issues, such as recycling, garbage collection, landfills, transfer stations and waste-reduction programs.

The commission meets at 6 pm on the first Thursday of February, May, August and November. Meetings are at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd.

Members of the Solid Waste Advisory Commission represent a variety of interests, including the solid waste industry, the business community, agriculture, and city and county residents.

Applicants should send a résumé and letter of interest to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, PO Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000.

Applications also can be sent by email to auch@clark.wa.gov">Alyssa.Weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov or fax to 360.397.6058.

The letter of interest should include:

  • How you represent the business community.
  • Your personal or professional experience related to solid waste.
  • Your vision for the future of solid waste management in Clark County.

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Sept. 21.

Visit the Solid Waste Advisory Commission website for more information.

Public Health issues warning for Vancouver Lake due to elevated toxin levels - 08/30/18

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is issuing a warning for Vancouver Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water. The elevated toxin levels were detected at the Burnt Bridge Creek inlet to the lake where Public Health identified a bloom of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, in July.

Public Health has been monitoring the inlet, as well as the swim beach and the flushing channel near the swim beach, and regularly sampling the water to test for toxins. Blooms are currently present at all three locations.  

Results from water samples taken at the inlet on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above threshold levels recommended by Washington Department of Health. Public Health is awaiting test results from water samples taken this week at the swim beach and flushing channel.

Due to the elevated cyanotoxin levels, Public Health is upgrading its advisory for the lake from caution to warning. Blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people, especially young children, and deadly for small pets that drink the water.

Health officials recommend:

  • No swimming or water skiing in the lake.
  • No drinking lake water.
  • No water contact for animals.
  • Avoid areas of scum when boating.
  • Clean fish well and discard organs.

Parks staff will post warning signs at the lake today. Public Health will continue to monitor the lake, and signs will be updated as conditions change. Additional information and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website.

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

Auto licensing agents will close for system update, Labor Day holiday - 08/28/18

Vancouver, Wash. – All Clark County auto licensing subagents will be closed Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 to accommodate an update to the state licensing system. Subagents also will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day.

Licensing offices will reopen at their normal times Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Clark County Auditor’s Auto Licensing Department, located at 1408 Franklin St., will be open to the public for limited services on Friday, Aug. 31. Staff will not have access to the state licensing system and will only be able to issue 15-day permits with proof of expired tabs, registration required, and proof of vehicle purchase, bill of sale required.

The Washington State Department of Licensing is making the update to replace its outdated licensing system.

A list of the locations and hours of licensing subagents throughout the county is on the county website at, www.clark.wa.gov/auditor/licensing-locations.

County seeks applicants for Community Action Advisory Board - 08/28/18

Vancouver, Wash. – The county manager is seeking applicants to fill several vacant positions on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board.

Positions are based on county council districts. Open seats include elected officials from the county’s second and third districts and a low-income representative from the county’s third district.

Term periods are three years, ending on a staggered basis. Incumbents have the opportunity for re-appointment to two additional three-year terms. Board members of agencies receiving money administered by the advisory board are not eligible to apply.

The twelve-member board makes recommendations about local government funding for basic needs, self-sufficiency, and housing programs. Members also advocate for services supporting low-income communities, families and persons.

Clark County is looking to diversify the board composition and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply, especially those from historically underserved communities.

Interested residents must submit an application and résumé to Rebecca Royce, Clark County Community Services, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or ebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov">rebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov.

Application information can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/community-action-advisory-board or by calling Rebecca Royce at 564.397.7863.

Deadline is Friday, Sept. 14.