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Vancouver Sunday Sounds concert canceled on Aug. 7 - 08/05/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services has canceled the Sunday, Aug. 7 performance of the Sunday Sounds Concert Series due to forecasted extreme heat. Kalimba was set to headline the concert at Columbia Tech Center Park (S.E. Sequoia Circle at S.E. Tech Center Drive). The Sunday Sounds Concert Series is presented by Columbia Tech Center and iQ Credit Union.

The City of Vancouver special events scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5 will continue as planned. The Waterfront Park Concert Series welcomes Mbrascatu to Vancouver Waterfront Park (695 Waterfront Way) at 6 p.m. The Friday Night Movie at Fruit Valley Neighborhood Park will host a screening of Disney’s "Cruella" starting at dusk, with pre-show entertainment at 7 p.m. Both Friday events are free and open to all ages. 

The Waterfront Park Concert Series is presented by Riverview Community Bank with support from Waterfront Taphouse. Free Friday Night Movies in the Parks is presented by HAPO Credit Union and Country Financial with support from Columbia Artists Network.

Information about all City of Vancouver special events is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/Events

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Council Meetings are hitting the road: roundtable format scheduled for Aug. 15 - 08/03/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On Aug. 15, Vancouver City Council will hold its workshops, regular meeting and community communication forum at Clark College’s Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. The community forum is part of a new pilot program to improve the community’s communication experience and opportunities to connect with City Council.

This session will pilot a rotating round table discussion format that encourages and supports a more engaging communication dynamic, with no time limits on speaker comments and the ability for all councilors to participate in a conversation with community members. The first community communication forum was held on July 25 at the Vancouver Community Library.

Scheduled council business will be conducted in accordance with regular council meeting rules. During the time allotted to the community communication forum, the public is welcome to bring topics for rotating small group discussions with the City Council and other members of the community. 

Meeting Schedule

Council Workshop: 4 p.m.

Break: 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Council Meeting: 6:30 p.m.

Community Communication Forum: starts immediately following completion of council business, the forum is slated to run for up to 90 minutes.

The agendas for the council meetings are being kept deliberately light to allow the forum to begin as early as possible. Light refreshments will be available.

Anyone needing language interpretation services or accommodations with a disability at a Vancouver City Council meeting may contact the City Manager's staff at (360) 487-8600 (Voice/TTY 487-8602). Every attempt at reasonable accommodation will be made.

Clark College is served by C-TRAN. Route information and schedules are available online at www.c-tran.com. You also may reach C-TRAN at (360) 695-0123 for more information on times, fares, and routes.

The last pilot round table forum will be held on September 26, location pending. 

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Community Survey Calling Cell Phone Image
Community Survey Calling Cell Phone Image
Vancouver Community Survey: City asks residents to "pick up!" (Photo) - 07/29/22

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is launching its community survey on August 3 and urges residents to “pick up” the phone between August 3-9 to tell the City what they think about livability, city services and community priorities.

“We really want to encourage people to pick up their phones if they receive a call or text inviting them to take the community survey,” said Communications Director Laura Shepard. “The survey provides residents an opportunity to tell us about their experiences with City services, quality of life, and what is important to them as Vancouver residents.”

The City has contracted with DHM Research, a northwest-based research firm to help develop and conduct the survey. Individuals contacted by text to take the survey will know it is the City’s survey by seeing the City’s logo/wordmark in the text. If you are contacted by phone, the surveyor will clearly identify themselves as being from KGS Research.

The survey will be offered in English, Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese to ensure individuals can take the survey in their preferred language. 

The City conducts a community survey approximately every two years. The results will be published on the City’s website. 

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Vancouver waterfront concert canceled, movie modified on July 29 - 07/28/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services has canceled the Friday, July 29 performance of the Waterfront Park Concert Series due to extreme heat. Curtis Salgado was set to headline the concert with special guest Bobby Torres; the performance cannot be rescheduled at this time. The Waterfront Park Concert Series is presented by Riverview Community Bank with support from Waterfront Taphouse.

The Friday Night Movie at Columbia Tech Center Park (S.E. Sequoia Circle at S.E. Tech Center Drive) will continue as planned with a screening of Disney’s "Jungle Cruise" starting at dusk, approximately 9:15 p.m. The pre-show musical entertainment that was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. has been canceled. Free Friday Night Movies in the Parks is presented by HAPO Credit Union and Country Financial with support from Columbia Artists Network.

Information about all City of Vancouver special events is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/Events

Vancouver Fire Marshal issues recreational burn ban - 07/28/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Due to extremely dry conditions, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli has issued a total ban on recreational burning, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 29 for the city of Vancouver. 

The burning ban is based on weather conditions, fuel moisture content in vegetation and community fire safety needs. It will likely remain in effect throughout the summer months or until weather and fire danger conditions greatly improve. Citations may be issued to those who violate the order. An update will be provided when the recreational burn ban is lifted.

These types of fires are prohibited during the ban:

  • Recreational fires and bonfires
  • Campfires
  • Fires in outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and chimney-type devices

Cooking outdoors in propane or charcoal barbecues approved for that type of use is still allowed during the burning ban. Cooking and heating fires in unmanaged situations, such as homeless camps, are illegal under city ordinance and will be extinguished. 

“The risk for fire is high and state officials have said that this year’s wildfire season has the potential to be challenging as the fine fuels continue to cure,” said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. “It is vital that everyone be extra vigilant about fire safety during this time. In addition to not using any recreational fires, we also ask that smokers never put out their cigarettes in bark mulch or planters or toss lit cigarettes out car windows.”

While the recreational burn ban is in place, all fires will be illegal within the city limits. Community members are encouraged to call 9-1-1 and report any fire-related activity so it can be promptly extinguished by the fire department. 

Those who violate the recreational burn ban may be subject to a fire code citation and a $500 fine, which may include criminal penalties.

Learn more about fire and life safety prevention at www.vanfire.org

Vancouver City Council votes to endorse Proposition 11 - 07/25/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 18, Vancouver City Council voted to endorse Clark County’s sales tax increase for public safety and criminal justice programs, Proposition 11. The city council passed Resolution M-4177 to endorse the Proposition.

Proposition 11 would increase sales taxes throughout Clark County by one-tenth of 1%. The County estimates total annual revenue of $12 million in 2023, of which 40% - or $4.8 million, would be distributed to cities on a per capita basis. The County estimates the portion of revenues that would be distributed to Vancouver in 2023 would be approximately $3.38 million.

Pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 42.17A.555), the Vancouver City Council may express a collective position regarding Proposition 11 by adopting a resolution.

Proposition 11 will be before voters during the primary and special election on Aug. 2.

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Emerald Ash Borer Beetle (Credit: Stock Cue Canada; Cropped)
Emerald Ash Borer Beetle (Credit: Stock Cue Canada; Cropped)
Vancouver Urban Forestry monitoring tree-killing beetle found in Oregon (Photo) - 07/22/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Forestry officials in Oregon confirm that the emerald ash borer beetle was recently discovered in Forest Grove, marking the first confirmation of the invasive pest on the West Coast. The invasive, iridescent green beetles have killed up to 99 percent of ash trees in some North American communities since it was first discovered in the Michigan area in 2002. 

Vancouver Urban Forestry is working with the Washington State Invasive Species Council to continue monitoring for the emerald ash borer. At this time, no sightings have been confirmed in Washington.

“Vancouver is reviewing our tree inventory to determine where ash trees are located in parks and on public lands,” said Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray. “Private property owners are encouraged to do the same.”

The greater Vancouver community is home to both the native Oregon ash, which plays an important ecological role near waterways, and ash species from the eastern United States and Europe, which are found throughout the urban forest in parks, along streets and near homes.

Tree owners can remove ash trees that are in poor health and replace them with urban tolerant, long-lived trees. Tree removals may require a permit in the City of Vancouver. Contact Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us for more information. To protect healthy trees, work with a reputable tree care provider to establish healthy plant care programs and preventive treatment options.

While the beetle is harmless to people and animals, it could destroy an entire species of trees. Trees play an important role in fighting climate change, protecting water quality, creating habitat and providing shade across our community. 

To report sightings of emerald ash borer, go online to invasivespecies.wa.gov.

City seeks volunteers to serve on Planning Commission - 07/19/22

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver is seeking volunteers with interest or experience in community planning, urban design, equitable investment, or housing policy to fill two seats on its Planning Commission. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. 

The seven-member Planning Commission makes recommendations to Vancouver City Council on topics related to the future growth and development of Vancouver. The City is committed to ensuring the Planning Commission represents diverse community voices with varied lived and professional experiences. Applicants must be Vancouver residents or live in the unincorporated Urban Growth Area just outside city limits. These seats are for mid-term appointments that expire in December 2025, with the option to seek a full, four-year term.

Applicants who are not appointed through this process may be considered for future Planning Commission vacancies for up to one year from the date of their application submission.

Participation in the Planning Commission requires a time commitment of approximately 15 hours per month. This includes regular attendance at meetings held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. All meetings are currently being held as hybrid with options for in-person and virtual participation.  

Applications may be found at https://www.cityofvancouver.us/pc/webform/boards-commissions-application-form-planning-commission

For a printed application or to request the application in another format or language, contact the Boards and Commission Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us, or by calling 360-487-8600. If you would like to apply using audio or video recording, please contact bc_coordinator@cityofvancouver.us

This news release and commission application materials are also available in EspañolРусский and Chuukese. For more information on the city’s Planning Commission, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/pc

City Council amends camping rules to reduce risk of wildland fire - 07/19/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 18, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved an ordinance amending Vancouver’s Municipal Code pertaining to camping (VMC 8.22) to reduce the danger of wildland fire in Vancouver. 

“One issue of great concern to both individuals experiencing homelessness and the greater Vancouver community is the danger posed by fire,” said City Manager Eric Holmes. “I have walked this area; I have seen first-hand how particularly vulnerable this area is to a dangerous wildfire event.”

The approved ordinance changes the chapter name of VMC 8.22 from “Camping” to “Outside Habitation and Camping” to better reflect the behaviors primarily associated with community members experiencing homelessness and their attempts to shelter themselves from the elements.

The ordinance also bans outside habitation and camping in certain sections of the Burnt Bridge Creek drainage area where fuel load, topography, or limited access make the danger to both the housed and unhoused residents of Vancouver particularly acute. This will allow the City wider scope for removing additional encampments with the purpose of protecting all Vancouver residents from the danger posed by wildland fire.

To help reduce fire risk, Vancouver’s Homeless Assistance Resources Team will begin outreach to campers in the areas impacted by the amendments, informing them of the updates to City Code. The team will also be removing encampments within the designated fire impact areas outlined in the ordinance.

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CORRECTION: City seeks community input for 2023-2024 biennium budget process - 07/18/22

Correction: The virtual meeting with City Manager Eric Holmes will take place Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Vancouver, Wash. – Development of the City of Vancouver's 2023-2024 biennial budget is under way. The budget serves as a plan for the City on how resources will be allocated to provide services to the community. The budget process is also vital for transparency and provides financial accountability to Vancouver residents. 

Shaping Budget Policy Priorities

This spring, the City Manager engaged with City Council on a series of budget topics, seeking their direction and learning their policy priorities to help inform the development of the recommended budget that he’s required to submit to Council no later than October 1. The next step is engaging with the community to learn which of the policy priorities they value most. 

“I’m asking the community to share their thoughts to help shape our budget priorities,” City Manager Eric Holmes said. “I want to learn what matters most to the Vancouver community when it comes to livability and services, as well as economic, social and environmental concerns.”

 The policy priorities (in no particular order) for the 2023-24 budget are: 

  1. Reduce Carbon Footprint  
  2. Grow Economic Opportunity  
  3. Improve Community Safety and Wellbeing  
  4. Build and Maintain Exceptional Public Spaces and Places  
  5. Improve Equity and Inclusion  

How Residents Can Help

Community members are being asked to use the interactive tool on Be Heard Vancouver by August 22, to share how they would rank the policy priorities. The City will use the community input, along with other touchpoints, in developing the 2023-24 biennium budget.  

The community is also invited to a virtual meeting via Zoom led by City Manager, Eric Holmes on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will cover the budget process and include interactive opportunities for attendees to share their opinion on the budget priorities. 

Learn more about the City’s current budget process and watch for future notice regarding opportunities to engage with the City about budget priorities in person.

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