June 6, 2013 - Office of Neighborhoods Weekly Update

National Night Out


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What will you be doing for National Night Out?

Tuesday, August 6

National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime” will be celebrated on the first Tuesday of August in Vancouver and across the nation. Vancouver neighborhood associations are encouraged to plan activities within your neighborhood to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.

Please let us know about your plans by emailing the Office of Neighborhoods at judi.bailey@cityofvancouver.us, or calling 360-487-8608. Your plans will be shared with the Vancouver Police Department, who will schedule staff to attend as many events as possible. You will also want to register your event at www.natw.org,  to receive your official organizational kit with guidelines, suggestions, and more.

National Night Out, began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood solidarity and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations. For more information visit: www.natw.org

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Construction closes I-5 north of Vancouver, June 7-10

Crews will close both directions of I-5 at the I-205 junction from 11 p.m. Friday, June 7, to 5 a.m. Monday, June 10, while crews set concrete girders to build a section of the new NE 139th Street Interchange.

Closure details

•Southbound I-5 will be closed between I-205 and Northeast 134th Street
•Northbound I-5 will be closed between SR 500 and I-205

Detour routes

•Through traffic: Use I-205 as a detour route via SR 14 or Oregon’s I- 84
•Local traffic: Use I-205 as a detour route via SR 500

Find more information, sign up for email updates and view closure maps on the project website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/ne134thi205/

Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance Meets June 12

The Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance meets at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12 at Vancouver Police Department East Precinct, 520 SE 155th Ave.

The Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance is an independent body of Vancouver neighborhoods and works with the City of Vancouver and the Office of Neighborhoods, to preserve and support the city's neighborhood associations.

Easy Online Application for Traffic Calming Proposals

The City of Vancouver and Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA) has launched a new Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program with tips and possible project ideas for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community. The first step in proposing a traffic calming project is to attend a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA) meeting and present information on the problem and possible solutions. The next NTSA meeting is Tuesday, June 18, so please see the website (www.cityofvancouver.us/NTSA) for details if you are interested in presenting your project idea.

Once project proponents have attended a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance meeting to present their proposal, the next step in the process is to submit a pre-application, due by June 28. The City has just created a new online submission form to further help Vancouver residents wishing to pursue a traffic calming project. More details and application materials for the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program can be found on the city’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/TrafficCalmingProgram.


Neighborhood Leadership Training: Finance 101 for Neighborhood Associations

Thursday, June 20, 6 to 8 p.m., City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street

In this session you will learn:

•The basic financial protocols for a neighborhood association
•The benefits (and the pitfalls) of a 501c3
•Liability considerations for neighborhood association and officers
Guest facilitator is Cynthia Cumfer, an Oregon nonprofit attorney and an historian. Cindy is passionate about using her energies, skills and resources to improve our world by supporting the work of nonprofit organizations. This will be a great opportunity for neighborhood leaders or those considering becoming neighborhood leaders, especially association treasurers, to get information and have questions answered. Cindy has provided these types of educational workshops to Vancouver neighborhood associations in the past, and they have been very well received.

This workshop will be an educational presentation; no legal advice will be given.

For more information contact Judi Bailey at judi.bailey@cityofvancouver.us; or 360-487-8608.

RSVP by June 14 to Kerry Peck at kerry.peck@cityofvancouver.us; or 360-487-8616.


Plastic Bags ~ Nursery Pots ~Aerosol Cans ~ Cardboard Boxes ~Motor Oil ~ Yard Debris ~ Antifreeze

Would you like to learn more about recycling – What goes in the cart, what doesn’t and other places where things can be recycled? Well, you can AND gain some funds for your City of Vancouver neighborhood association treasury at the same time.

Please join us for a free recycling class at one of these times:

•6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,  Thursday, June 20, at West Van Materials Recovery Center
•6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,  Thursday, July 18, at West Van Materials Recovery Center
•9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at West Van Materials Recovery Center   

City-recognized neighborhood associations who send a representative to one of these classes and publish an approved recycling article in their neighborhood newsletter can earn $120 for their neighborhood association treasury. For more information or to pre-register, please call 360-619-4122, and provide your name, neighborhood association and phone number.


Practical Politics for Neighborhood Associations

Excerpt from the Handbook for Neighborhood Leaders:

Neighborhood associations are about involvement and politics, but they are also about inclusion of the many voices that make up a neighborhood -- and not just those voices that are most active or those of the leadership board. While neighbors and neighborhood associations are independent of the City and have rights as individuals and as groups to exercise their rights to speech and association, the practical reality is that political campaigns as well as some ballot measures can drive wedges between neighbors and make people hesitant to participate in the neighborhood association. In general, be cautious about politics; work to serve the long-term interests of your association.

Some practical tips:
• If you are a neighborhood officer or member who is involved in a campaign, be up front about your involvement in the spirit of no conflict of interest or appearance of conflict. This helps maintain trust among association members.
• Candidate and issue forums which provide all candidates/sides the opportunity to share information and give citizens a chance to hear all sides of issues. Hosting or co-hosting such events is a positive way to be involved in politics in a non-divisive way.
• Political candidates are members of the public and cannot be excluded from attending your meeting. Of course it is possible that a candidate may be a member of your individual association or even a board member. Depending on your bylaws, candidates may have a right to participate as well as attend. The neighborhood association does not have an obligation, however, to let them use their participation in the meeting as a platform for their candidacy.
• If yours is one of the neighborhood associations that is recognized as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit by the IRS, partisan or nonpartisan political activity may jeopardize that status.

A final thought for the campaign season: If your newsletter is printed by the City, paid or unpaid campaign advertising, or articles promoting or opposing a ballot measure is not acceptable. Using public facilities – including printing, for such endorsements is against state law. If your neighborhood association chooses to include this type of information in a newsletter, the association must pay for the printing and distribution from its own funds.

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Vancouver City Council Meets on June 10

The Vancouver City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 10 at City Hall Council Chambers, 415 W. 6th Street, 2nd Floor. A Citizen's Forum will follow the meeting agenda. The public is invited to attend and may provide testimony to the council on at this meeting. The Guidelines for Citizen Testimony provides information on how to address City Council with Comments.

Council workshops begin at 4 p.m. at the same location, and are for information sharing on topic of community-wide interest, or issues that may require a future council decision.While the public is invited  to attend council workshops, public testimony is not taken during these work sessions.

Council meetings are televised live on CVTV Cable Channel 23 and may be viewed through video stream from from CVTV website. Past meeting are also archived and available on the website.

View the agenda for the upcoming meeting, as well as past meetings agendas and minutes here.


Boards and Commissions Seeking Applicants

For an applications or further information, contact Alexis Bafus at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W 6th St., P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, or by phone 487.8607, email, alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us.  You may also apply on-line at: http://www.cityofvancouver.us.boardsandcommissions.

Aviation Advisory Committee

The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill two (2) vacancies on the Aviation Advisory Committee.  This nine-member group of volunteers is appointed by the Vancouver City Council to advise the city on matters related to Pearson Field Airport and Aviation in general. There is no City residency requirement for this position.  This recruitment is for a full-term vacancy.

The Committee meets at City Hall, 415 W. 6th St. in Vancouver at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. The time commitment monthly varies from two to six hours, which includes meeting time and other duties. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, June 21.

Parking Advisory Committee

The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Parking Advisory Committee. This recruitment is for a partial term which will begin immediately and expire in February 2015. Applications must be received in the City Manager's Office by 5 p.m., Friday, June 21.

The Committee is a seven-member volunteer body that advises the Vancouver City Council and City staff on parking policy and program implementation. The Parking Advisory Committee meets once a month on the fourth Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall or as scheduled, January through October. From November through December the committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 a.m., in the City Hall Aspen Conference Room.


Personal fireworks sales, use laws and safety tips

The City of Vancouver fire marshal is urging residents to keep Fourth of July fireworks celebrations safe and legal. The sales season for fireworks is seven days long. The fireworks discharge season is four days long.

Purchase: Legal fireworks may be purchased for a seven day period beginning at noon on June 28 and continuing through July 4.

Use in the city of Vancouver: Legal fireworks may be discharged on:

  • July 1 to July 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 4, from 9 a.m. to midnight

Illegal fireworks: If they aren’t legally sold in Vancouver please don’t discharge them in Vancouver. Illegal fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters can cause serious injury or death.

1. Illegal fireworks: Violations start at a $500.00 penalty.
2. Legal fireworks: Violations start at $250.00 for a first time violation. A second violation is $500.00 and a third is $1000.00

  • Use in a public park is prohibited.
  • Use, possession or sale outside the legal dates and times is prohibited.
  • Modifying legal fireworks is prohibited.

Click here for the full press release  and safety tips

Bike Safety Tips

There are many great reasons to ride your bike.  It offers fun, freedom, exercise, and it’s good for the environment.  Here are some tips so that you will be as safe as possible while you are riding your bike. Wear a Helmet, Every Ride, Helmet Fit Matters, Proper Equipment and Maintenance Are Important, Keep an Eye Out, Model and Teach Good Behavior, Be Bright, Use Lights, Enjoy the Ride!!!  Click here for the flyer.


Six month progress report: Vancouver Fire Department moves quickly, acting on panel’s advice

Acting on the recommendations of a citizen panel empowered by Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes, changes are already well underway at Vancouver Fire Department in the first half of 2013. Click here for more information


Upcoming City Events

National Get Outdoors Day/Water Center Second Saturday

Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1115 E. 5th Street

Families are invited to the fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day, a free event packed with a variety of activities and ideas for enjoying and exploring the natural world that waits outside.

Be sure to visit the City of Vancouver booth at Fort Vancouver as you discover your gateway to the great outdoors. Find out about all of the great camps that are happening through Vancouver Clark Parks and Recreation. Kids can participate in a water obstacle course and an agility course. The Water Resources Education Center’s regular June Second Saturday event moves to the site in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities to help get you and your family outdoors! 

Here are more fun events throughout the day: 

* Take the 'Passport Challenge' and enter to win a complete camping package from Coleman.
* Have your picture taken with Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, Ranger Rick or Buddy Beaver.
* Learn about forest fire prevention with Smokey Bear.
* Send an arrow flying with Archery World or try disc golf.
* Get information about walks and hikes for local trails, state parks and national forests.
* Prepare for a summer splash with water safety tips.

National Get Outdoors Day is brought to you by the City of Vancouver, National Park Service, Parks Foundation of Clark County, US Forest Service and Vancouver Parks and Recreation. This event encourages residents, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands and waters. Learn more about National Get Outdoors Day at http://go.usa.gov/Rts  or www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.


Heritage Tree Bike Tour

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6 p.m. Esther Short Park

Join Vancouver Urban Forestry for a leisurely tour of the City's finest Heritage Trees. Beginning and ending at Esther Short Park, this tour will visit 11 of Vancouver's celebrated Heritage Trees on an enjoyable 4-mile guided bicycle ride. The tour will stop to discuss trees whose legacies connect us to the history of our region. 

Participants on the ride must respect private property, wear helmets, and obey all traffic laws. Space is limited, RSVP to (360) 487-8308 or email Urban Forestry.


Tree Pruning...by Bike!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 5:30 p.m., Carter Park

This free workshop will take a leisurely ride through the Carter Park neighborhood and prune street trees planted with Friends of Trees. Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning measures while they are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature.
Focusing on tree structure, clearance, and making proper pruning cuts, participants will gain pruning skills and confidence. The ride will meet at Carter Park at 5:30 p.m.
Participants on the ride must respect private property, wear helmets, and obey all traffic laws. Space is limited, RSVP to (360) 487-8327 or IanB@FriendsofTrees.org.


Sunday Streets Alive, Vancouver’s first open street event!

Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver will be hosting Clark County’s first open street event on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 11am to 4pm.  People of all walks of life, organizations and businesses are encouraged to take to the streets, have some active fun and meet your neighbors.  Sunday Streets Alive will open up a series of streets for the community to walk, bicycle, skate, run, dance, play games and more.  There will also be six activity areas along the route that will have food, vendors, entertainment, and activities for everyone.

This year’s route will be on the west side of Vancouver and features a route that will take you through downtown, past Fort Vancouver, up to Clark College and Marshall Center, over to Uptown Village and John Ball Park, and then back downtown.  You can hop onto the route at any spot along the way and the event is free.  We are currently looking for volunteers, activities, and vendors so if you would like to help make Sunday Streets Alive a huge success you can learn all of the details and get involved at www.sundaystreetsalive.org and at www.facebook.com/sundaystreetsalive.

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Historic Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours

Every Friday from May 31st, 2013 through August 30th, 2013 from noon – 1 p.m.

Each week, one of seven distinct tours will be held as the tours progress geographically and chronologically up through the downtown Vancouver area; tours will return for a second run beginning July 19th. Each set of seven tours will feature the following areas, in order: Esther Short, Lower Main, Uptown Village, Hough, Arnada, Middle Main, and Carter Park. Museum tour guide Brad Richardson will talk about the development and highlights of each of these areas. Visit http://www.cchmuseum.org/events/walking-tours/ or call 360/993-5679 to see where each tour begins.

Dig Into Reading through the Summer Reading Program

Children and teens can “Dig Into Reading”, have fun and earn rewards while keeping their reading skills sharp with free summer reading programs at Fort Vancouver Regional Library District libraries and bookmobiles. The district's summer reading programs run June 1 through the end of August. All activities, events and rewards are free. Two grand prizes will be awarded at each of 12 library locations for both the children’s and teens’ Summer Reading program. All rewards must be claimed by Aug. 31.

Information about Summer Reading is available at any FVRL library or bookmobile, by calling (360) 906-5106, or online at www.fvrl.org.


C-TRAN Proposes Service Changes for September 2013

The C-TRAN Board of Directors recently adopted Service Performance and Design Standards that provide the agency with an evaluation process to measure where service is currently needed, or where it may no longer be required. This process provides a solid basis for proposed service changes, and allows the agency to better match available resources with services that have greater passenger need.

Provide Your Feedback
C-TRAN is currently soliciting public feedback on this proposal. Written comments can be submitted through 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 in the following ways:
Online: www.c-tran.com,  Phone: (360) 695-0123, or  Mail: PO Box 2529 Vancouver, WA 98668

Public Hearing Date
A public hearing on this proposal is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2013 starting at 5:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. C-TRAN will provide more information as it becomes available.

STASHA youth drug prevention team seeks to fill vacancies

Strong Teens Against Substance Hazards and Abuse – peer education program is recruiting youth to fill vacant positions for the 2013-2014 program year.

STASHA peer educators are dedicated to addressing alcohol and other drug issues among youth in Clark County. Program goals include: Promoting awareness through outreach and educational programs. Advising county groups how best to address substance abuse at the community level. Supporting programs and policies that minimize abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

Aged 12-19, peer educators live throughout the county. Up to 20 youth serve at one time. They represent youth who never have used drugs or alcohol, youth with past experimentation or use and those who have completed treatment and are in recovery. Each serves a one-year term, committing to attend meetings the first and third Mondays of each month.

Youth interested in applying must complete an application and interview. The application can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/youth-family/prevention.html.
Deadline is Friday, June 14.

For more information or to request an application, contact Tiffany Schwieterman at (360) 397-2130 ext. 5841 or tiffany.schwieterman@clark.wa.gov.

StreamTeam Summer Opportunities

StreamTeam Knotweed Survey
Saturday, June 15
, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Location: TBD
Saturday, July 13, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Location: TBD

Do you hate Knotweed?  Well, help eradicate it!  Volunteers are needed to help locate knotweed on our project sites. You will need to be able to navigate uneven terrain and through occasional thick vegetation.  Training, equipment, and refreshments are provided. Pre-registration is required.

StreamTeam Knotweed Treatment
Saturday, August 17
, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Location: TBD

Do you hate Knotweed?  Well, help eradicate it!  Volunteers are needed to help inject knotweed using injection “guns.” You will need to be able to navigate uneven terrain and through occasional thick vegetation.  Training, equipment, and refreshments are provided. Pre-registration is required.

For more information contact: Ashley King, StreamTeam Program Coordinator
Clark Public Utilities, Phone: (360) 992-8585, Office hours:  Tuesday through Friday or StreamTeam online!


Free Special Waste Collection - June 15

Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lowe's (18801 SE Mill Plain Boulevard)

For detailed information on what you can recycle click here.


Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood

Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Clark College

The Northwest Marriage Institute is offering the Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood program on Sat, June 15th from 9am-5pm at Clark College in both English and Spanish. This program is better than free: it includes free lunch, childcare, and books/materials. As an additional incentive, male participants who complete the program will receive a $40 gift card. See attached flyers for more info or call 360-260-1100. Online registration: www.northwestmarriage.org


Composting Workshops: A Rind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Get ready for gardening season with a Master Composter/Recyclers composting workshop!  These workshops teach how to be earth-friendly and save money by turning organic yard and kitchen waste into a rich garden amendment. Registration is required for all workshops and is available at www.columbiasprings.org/programs/mcr/.  Those without internet access may call 360.882-0936 x 224 to register.

Backyard Composting Workshops - FREE
Have questions about composting? Want to learn how to get your compost cooking? Wonder how to tell when your compost is finished, or what type of bin is best? Then this free workshop is for you. Class includes classroom introduction to basic composting science, and a visit to a composting demonstration site.
Workshop dates and locations:

Saturday. June 15, 10 a.m.-noon, Held at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Highway, Vancouver, WA, 98683


Sharing Your Garden With Your Best Friend

Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pacific Park

Love your garden? Love your pets? Enjoy them together with pet-friendly landscape design.
Landscape professionals Melinda Frey and Anne Taylor will share techniques for pet friendly garden design. They will discuss which plants are harmful to pets and which can stand up to rugged dogplay. Their garden designs emphasize organic practices.
Class is limited to 20 students.  ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: http://bpt.me/378127


WSU Master Gardener On the Road Tour - REAL FOOD: CSA Tour -- Community Supported Agriculture in Clark County

Tuesday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 9319 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell

If you want to know what you eat, consider a CSA program. As a subscriber to a CSA, you buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Our tour explores three local farms: Red Basket Farm grows vegetables and flowers which thrive on the caldera’s volcanic soil. They grow a wide variety of unusual and heirloom varieties for both produce and floral CSA shares.
COST: $30 LUNCH: On your own at Pacific NW Best Fish, Ridgefield
ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY JUNE 13: https://ocrs.wsu.edu/Signup/?eventid=899


Garden Bugs – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Heritage Farms, 1919 NE 78th Street

Join Todd Murray, WSU Extension Skamania County Entomologist, for a fascinating workshop on how to identify the beneficial and harmful bugs in your garden and for easy techniques that will help to tip the balance in favor of the good guys.
Registration is REQUIRED!  ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY JUNE 16: http://bpt.me/370648


Landlord Training: Creating Healthier Communities

Saturday, June 22, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m., Clark County Center for Community Health (1601 E 4th Plain Blvd)

Presented by John H. Campbell, a nationally-recognized expert on landlord-tenant problem-solving. In this course you will get answers to all of the following questions and much more:

  • What are some effective applicant screening techniques?
  • With marijuana legalization in Washington, may a landlord regulate its use in rentals?
  • How can prohibiting tobacco smoking, limiting guest stays, and other rules in lease language make maintenance easier, reduce tenant disputes, and improve community health?
  • How can a partnership with local public health agencies support property management goals?

Questions? call 360.397.8126


Gardening Workshop Series – Maintaining Your Summer Garden

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Vancouver Community Library located at 901 C Street

WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners will share tips on keeping your summer garden at its best. Topics will include watering, weeding, fertilizing, tomato pruning, disease and pest awareness, and more. Didn’t start a garden this spring? It’s not too late! Come and find out which crops you can start now for a fall harvest.
This is a FREE workshop and no registration is required. http://clark.wsu.edu/volunteer/mg/index.html

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