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Lt. Roy Butler
Lt. Roy Butler
Recognizing Battle Ground Police Lt. Roy Butler as he retires from public service (Photo) - 01/11/18

After a 40-year career in law enforcement, Battle Ground Police Lt. Roy Butler is retiring. Two upcoming public events are scheduled to honor and recognize his service - a formal ceremony at the January 16 Battle Ground City Council meeting and a January 26 reception at the Battle Ground Police Department.

LT, as he his referred to by many, was hired as Lieutenant for the Battle Ground Police Department in 1993. The city's population was just over 4,000 and the department consisted of the Chief, LT, and six police officers.

Many programs were implemented during Lt. Butler's tenure -- the Detective Unit, the K9 Unit, the Motorcycle Unit, and the Regional SWAT program. Lt. Butler has contributed to many of the department's technological advances. In 1997 the department implemented its first mobile data system, providing officers the ability have access to vital information in the field. Prior to mobile data access, officers had to place a phone call to office staff to obtain the information they needed. He oversaw the conversion of the department's communications systems from analog to digital and most recently, a new records management system, a complex system critically important to every aspect of the police department. He also planned for when technology might fail; in 1999 he worked to develop the Y2K Disaster Readiness Plan.

In 2007, Lt. Butler attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, a 10-week professional course of study for law enforcement managers.

Prior to serving the Battle Ground community, Lt. Butler worked 15 years for the Mason County Sheriff's Office. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served from 1971 -- 1975.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend events recognizing Lt. Butler's years of dedicated service. He will be formally recognized at the January 16, 7:00 pm Battle Ground City Council meeting located at Battle Ground City Hall, 109 SW 1st Street. On January 26, a reception in his honor will be held from 4:00 -- 6:00 pm at the Battle Ground Police Department located at 507 SW 1st Street. Please join us as we honor his service and wish him well in new adventures.

Attached Media Files: Lt. Roy Butler
Battle Ground converting to energy-efficient LED streetlights - 01/04/18

Battle Ground, WA - This month the City of Battle Ground will begin upgrading the city's 2,300 streetlights to high-efficiency LED (light emitting diode) lighting. The conversion from the current HPS (high-pressure sodium) lighting to LED will reduce power and maintenance costs as well as provide better, more reliable lighting. The cost of the project, nearly $530,000, is fully funded by a WA State Transportation Improvement Board Relight Washington Program grant and Clark Public Utilities' Energy Savings Incentives program.

LED fixtures use about 50% less energy, last four times longer than HPS fixtures, and provide better service reliability. With the conversion of all 2,300 streetlights, the city will realize an annual savings of approximately $53,000 in energy costs and another $15,000 on maintenance costs.

The new lights, rated at a color temperature of 3,000 Kelvin (K), produce a warm-white appearance. LED fixtures improve the amount of lighting on roadways. Unlike HPS fixtures that dump light in a non-directional pool, LEDs emit light in a wider, more focused beam, increasing visibility in dark spots between light fixtures. The more-targeted LED light also means less light waste or light pollution; with the new LED lighting, stars will appear more brilliant on a clear Battle Ground night.

The city has conducted tests of LED fixtures in both cobra-head style streetlights, located on main thoroughfares throughout the city, and in the decorative acorn-style streetlights located in neighborhoods. In 2012, a successful pilot project was conducted on cobra-head lights located on Rasmussen Blvd. Last year, the city collaborated with residents to determine the preferred wattage for the acorn-style neighborhood streetlights. Both 27 and 36-watt, 3000K LED bulbs were installed in several streetlights in a residential neighborhood. Adjacent homeowners, as well as staff and members of the city council, stated their preference for the 36-watt LED bulb. A larger number of Battle Ground residents have already experienced LED lighting -- in September of last year, new LED cobra-head streetlights were installed on South Parkway as part of the road improvement project.

The LED streetlight conversion project will begin mid-January and take approximately four months to complete. Cobra head-style streetlights will be converted first and then crews will focus on converting the decorative acorn-style streetlights in neighborhoods. Multiple crews in bucket trucks with flashing lights will be on local streets as the conversion occurs. Motorists are asked to be cautious and slow down as they pass the work trucks.

More information on the LED Streetlight Conversion project is available on the city's website at www.cityofbg.org/LED-lights. Updates will be posted to the city's Facebook page at www.facbook.com/CityofBGWA.

Taking Oath of Office
Taking Oath of Office
Battle Ground City Councilmembers take oath of office; Mayor selected (Photo) - 01/03/18

Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground Councilmembers Brian Munson, Mike Dalesandro, Adrian Cortes and Cherish DesRochers, elected to office by voters in November, took their oaths of office at last night's City council meeting. They join sitting councilmembers Shane Bowman, Steven Phelps and Philip Johnson who are currently entering the third year of their current four-year terms.

Councilmember Dalesandro was first elected to council in November 2013 and is now serving his second consecutive term. Prior to his first term, he served as an appointed member of the city's Planning Commission.

Councilmember Munson was originally appointed to council in July of 2016 to fill a vacated position. Prior to his appointment, he too served as a member of the city's Planning Commission.

Councilmember DesRochers was also appointed to fill a vacated position on council. She served in that capacity beginning in December 2016. Prior to her appointment, she served as Councilmember Pro-Tem, filling in for then-Councilmember Bill Ganley during his leave of absence. She also served as a member of the Planning Commission.

Councilmember Cortes was previously elected to and served on City Council from 2012 to 2015. Prior to his first term, he served as an appointed member of the Planning Commission.

Also at last night's meeting, the council selected Mike Dalesandro to serve as Mayor and Shane Bowman to serve as Deputy Mayor. Each biennium, at the first meeting of the new council, the council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and one to serve as Deputy Mayor. The Mayor's duties, in addition to having the same authority and responsibilities of all councilmembers, are to serve as presiding officer at council meetings and as the ceremonial representative of council. The Deputy Mayor serves as Mayor should the Mayor be absent.

Battle Ground Councilmembers are elected at-large by voters to serve a term of four years. The City Council is responsible for the legislative function of the city such as establishing policy, passing local ordinances, approving budget appropriations, and developing an overall vision for the city. Under the city's adopted Council-Manager plan of government, City Council appoints a city manager to implement its policies, serve as advisor, and oversee administrative operations of the city.

More information about the Battle Ground City Council, including contact information, council meeting calendar and agendas, is available on the City's website at www.cityofbg.org/council.

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Subjects_Case_17-2626.jpg
Battle Ground Police Seek ID of Subjects in Attempting to Elude Case (Photo) - 12/19/17

Battle Ground, WA - The Battle Ground Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify two subjects, a male and female, associated with an Attempting to Elude case.

On Sunday, December 17, a Subaru Impreza hatchback bearing WA License BGA9065 had eluded Vancouver Police officers and was located later that day, at 11:15 pm, at the Battle Ground Walmart. When Battle Ground Police officers approached the vehicle, the subjects drove away at a high-rate of speed, eluding officers.

The female is described as white, approximately 20 -- 28 years old with red hair and with close-set eyes.

The male is described as Asian, approximately 30 - 45 years old, with a medium complexion, stocky build, and bald with a thin goatee.

Anyone with information pertaining to this case are asked to contact Battle Ground Police Sgt. Aaron Kanooth at 360-342-5254 or email at aaron.kanooth@cityofbg.org. Anonymous tips can be reported online at www.cityofbg.org/tips. Reference Case #17-2626.

Attached Media Files: Subjects_Case_17-2626.jpg
Community Development's Annual Permitting Software Update Scheduled for December 29 - 12/19/17

Battle Ground, WA - The city of Battle Ground's Community Development Department is preparing for the coming year with its annual permitting software update.

The update will occur on Friday, December 29. On that day, staff is unable to receive or issue any permits. The office, however, will remain open and staff available to assist customers with any related questions.

For more information about permitting in the City of Battle Ground, visit www.cityofbg.org/community-development

City of Battle Ground to Provide Fire Permitting & Inspection Services Starting in 2018 - 12/18/17

Battle Ground, WA - Effective January 2, 2018, the City of Battle Ground Community Development Department will issue all fire permits and conduct inspections for projects located within Battle Ground city limits. Prior to the new service, fire permitting and inspections within the city were conducted through the Clark County Fire Marshal's office.

With the addition of a Fire Marshal position to the City of Battle Ground, the service is now available locally. Battle Ground's first-ever Fire Marshal, Chris Drone, began work with Fire District 3 and the city in June of this year. The city contracts with Fire District 3 for fire and emergency services and shares the cost of the Fire Marshal position.

Battle Ground will provide full-service fire inspection, permit processing and plan review. Permitting includes fire extinguishing systems, fire alarms systems, hazardous materials, special processes, smoke removal systems, and other fire permits.

The following services and resources are available on the city's website:
* Fire Permit Application at www.cityofbg.org/fire-permit
* Fire Permit Inspection Request at www.cityofbg.org/inspectionrequest
* Fire Safety Code Information at www.cityofbg.org/fire-code

Questions or concerns regarding fire permits, plans, or inspections may be directed to Fire Marshal Drone at chris.drone@cityofbg.org.