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Clark County Advisory Boards

Boards and commissions

Nearly 20 citizen advisory committees and boards help shape Clark County's future. From vegetation management to traffic safety, these groups advise county departments and the Board of Clark County Commissioners.

If you're interested in serving on a committee or board, see "how to apply" on the right.

Meeting times are subject to change. Contact staff for information. All board members are appointed by the Board of Clark County Commissioners unless otherwise indicated.



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Animal Control Advisory Board

Recommends modifications to animal control ordinances and policies. Reviews spay/neuter grant applications and recommends disbursement of grant funds. Makes determinations on appeals to notices of violation of minor offenses. 

  • Members - 10
  • Meetings - Quarterly; January, April, July, and October at 6:30 p.m., location to be determined. Meetings may be cancelled when there is not a quorum or nothing significant on the agenda.
  • Agendas and minutes

Arts Commission

The primary purpose of the Arts Commission is to promote and support the arts in Clark County. The 11-member commission will work to promote awareness of the arts, expand accessibility to art in public places, and support collaboration among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups and cultural organizations. It also will support local artists and arts groups in their efforts to secure grants and other financing, and celebrate the creative talents and diverse skills of Clark County residents. View the Arts Commission's Mission Statement, Bylaws, and Conflict of Interest policy.

  • Members - 11
  • Meetings - Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. in the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. sixth floor training room.
  • Meeting minutes

Assessor Farm Advisory Committee

Advises the Assessor in implementing the guidelines for the assessment of open space, farm, agricultural, and timber land classified under chapter 84.34 RCW.

  • Members - 5 members representing the county's active farm community. Members serve a one-year term. Recommended by the Assessor and appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Meetings - Annual
  • Contact - Dennis Schodt, Assessment & GIS, (360) 397-2092 ext. 4628

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Bike related issues, development reviews and comments on road project impacts

  • Members - 13
  • Meetings - Fourth Tuesday each month, 6 p.m., Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Conference Room 210C, Vancouver
  • Agendas and minutes

Board of Equalization

Hears and decides appeals concerning real and personal property valuations made by the Department of Assessment. In addition, "The Board may review all claims for either real or personal property tax exemption as determined by the county assessor and shall consider any taxpayer appeals from the decision of the assessor thereon to determine (1) if the taxpayer is entitled to an exemption, and (2) if so, the amount there of. "RCW 84,48,010 Reviewed exemptions include; senior citizen/disabled persons exemptions; home improvement exemptions; historic property; forest land exemptions; current use exemptions; destroyed property exemptions; and other claims for either real or personal property tax exemptions or deferrals. The Board also has the jurisdiction to equalize property values on its own initiative in accordance with WAC 458-14-046.

  • Members - 5
  • Meetings - Convenes on July 15 of each assessment year and continues in session as authorized by the State Department of Revenue during regular office hours until all taxpayer appeals are heard or otherwise resolved. Hearings are usually conducted at 500 West 8th St., Suite 19, Vancouver.

Building Code Board of Appeals

Hears appeals of decisions of the county Building Division regarding the International Building Code and the Residential Code.

  • Members - 7
  • Meetings - As needed
  • Contact -  Jim Muir, Community Development, (360) 397-2375 ext. 2470


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Camp Bonneville Advisory Group

Supports community outreach and public participation during Camp Bonneville cleanup and discussion about future use of the site as a regional park.

City/County Telecommunications Commission

As an advisory capacity to the board of county commissioners and the city council on matters related to cable television franchising. The commission establishes rules and regulations for cable television franchises and monitors compliance with franchise agreements.

  • Members - 8, 4 are appointed by the County
  • Meetings - Quarterly on Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Vancouver City Council Chambers, 210 East 13th St., Vancouver

Civil Service Commission

The commission oversees certain employment and personnel matters for the Sheriff's Office. Primary focus is to ensure that pre-employment testing and hiring is fair, valid and non-discriminatory. The commission also presides over appeal hearings.

  • Members - 5
  • Meetings - Monthly or more often as needed.
  • Contact - Leslie Harrington-Smith, (360) 397-2114

Clark County Noxious Weed Control Board

Controls noxious weeds within the boundaries of Clark County in accordance with state law (RCW 17.10) and associated rules, regulations and laws

  • Members - 5 (elected by district)
  • Meetings - 2014 meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. and are scheduled for February 10, April 7, July 7 and December 1, at 11104 NE 149th St., Building C, Suite 200, Brush Prairie.

Clark County Youth Commission

Provides a youth perspective to the work of the board of commissioners and departments while developing skills in leadership, civic engagement, public speaking and shaping public policy. The Youth Commission advises, makes recommendations to, and informs Clark County about issues important to our community, issues important to youth, and advocates effective youth - adult partnerships.

  • Members - 32
  • Meetings - First and third Thursday of each month, 6:45 p.m., Clark County Youth House, 1112 Columbia, Vancouver

Clean Water Commission

Advises and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the focus of SWMP, effectiveness of the SWMP, program service levels, financing, and policies on surface and stormwater issues.

  • Members - 9
  • Meetings - Bi-monthly on the first Wednesday at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth-floor hearing room, Vancouver
  • Meeting notes

Columbia River Gorge Commission

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act authorizes creation of an economic development program in the gorge area.

  • Members - 13, 1 commissioners is appointed by the Board of Clark County Commissioners  
  • Meetings - Second Tuesday of each month. Meeting times and locations vary.
  • Contact - (509) 493-3323

Commission on Aging

Charged with providing leadership in addressing the ever changing needs of the aging population as they relate to county-wide service delivery including, but not limited to, transportation and mobility, housing, healthy community, supportive services, and community engagement.

  • Members - 9 
  • Meetings - Monthly; Third Tuesday each month, sixth-floor training room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver. Meetings may be cancelled when there is not a quorum.
  • Agendas and notes


Community Action Advisory Board

Serves in an advisory capacity to commissioners on matters pertaining to causes and consequences of poverty. Acts as an advocate for low-income citizens in promoting institutional and community changes which remove barriers to self-sufficiency.

  • Members - 9
  • Meetings - Second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September & November
    8:00 - 9:30 a.m., 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. , Vancouver


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Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

Serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Clark County Commissioners on matters pertaining to planning, coordination, administration, program development and financing for DD programs.

  • Members - 10
  • Meetings - First Wednesday of every other month, 5 p.m., Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite C210. Vancouver

Development and Engineering Advisory Board

Works with Community Development, Public Works, and Environmental Services staff to review development-related process improvements, proposed code revisions, and development fee strategies.

  • Members - 9
  • Meetings - Generally First Thursday of each month (2:30 - 4:30 p.m.) at the Public Service Center , 1300 Franklin St., 6th Floor, Vancouver
  • Agendas and minutes

Disability Board

Establishes rules and procedures and administrative policies regarding the conduct of business of the Clark County Disability Board in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of RCW 41.26 (Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Retirement System Act)..

  • Members - 5
    • One member from the County legislative body selected by the County legislative body (County Commissioner)
    • An active or retired fire fighter elected by the LEOFF I active or retired fire fighters;
    • An active or retired law enforcement officer elected by the LEOFF I active or retired law enforcement officers;
    • One member from the public at large who resides within the county to be appointed by the other four members of the Disability Board;
    • One member of a city or town legislative body, selected by a majority of mayors of such cities and towns located within the County, which city or town does not contain a Disability Board (Small city legislative member).
    • The Board also has a legal advisor, who attends these meetings.
  • Meetings - Second Thursday of each month, 1:15 p.m., 1300 Franklin St., 5th Floor, Vancouver
  • Contact - Maria Vergis, Human Resources, (360) 397-2456


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Emergency Medical Service Administrative Board

Administers the competitive process for procuring ambulance service in Clark County EMS District #2 and carries out the ongoing ambulance contract performance oversight on behalf of the participating jurisdictions.

  • Members - 5
  • Meetings - Third Tuesday of pre-scheduled month, (January, February, May, June September, October, November) 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Clark County Public Service center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth-floor training room, Vancouver
  • Contact - Doug Smith-Lee, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, (360) 737-1911


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Fairgrounds Site Management Group

Vested with the authority to manage Event Center properties

  • Members - 5
  • Meetings - First Tuesday of each month, 8:00 a.m., The location varies.
  • Agendas and minutes

Fire Code Board of Appeals

Determines suitability of alternate materials and types of construction to provide for reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the International Fire Code.

  • Members - 6
  • Meetings - As needed
  • Contact - Jon Dunaway, Fire Marshal, (360) 397-2186 ext. 3324

Fort Vancouver Regional Library Board

Responsible for policy that ensures quality library services for all individuals and ensures broad access to information for the people it serves.

  • Members - 7 members jointly appointed by the Clark, Skamania and Klickitat County Commissioners. The board consists of one member each from Skamania and Klickitat Counties and five members from Clark County. Two of the Clark County members are recommended by the Vancouver City Council.
  • Meetings - Third Monday of each month. Location and times vary.
  • Meeting agenda and minutes


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Historic Preservation Commission

This is an historical local review board with the following focus: review applications for tax valuation, maintain the local historic register, identify historic/landmark buildings and sites, and facilitate the process to nominate properties to the national historic register.

  • Members - 5
  • Meetings - First Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. General O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Officer's Row, Vancouver
  • Agendas and notes

Historical Promotion Grants Program Advisory Committee

Serves in an advisory capacity to commissioners to promote historical preservation and historic programs in Clark County in order to increase knowledge, educate, and better preserve, exhibit, and interpret historical collections.



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Jail Industry Advisory Board

Oversees and makes recommendations to the Sheriff's Office regarding current and future Jail Industry program.

  • Members - 8
  • Meetings - Monthly as scheduled or as determined by the Board. Location varies.
  • Contact - Commander Bishop, Sheriff's Office, (360) 397-2211


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Law and Justice Council

Develops a community corrections plan for local and state correctional services in the county

  • Members - 26
  • Meetings - Second Thursday each month. Meeting times and locations vary.
  • Contact - Tina Redline, BOCC, (360) 397-2232


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Mosquito Control District Board

Has authority to perform operations to control mosquitoes

  • Members - 10
  • Meetings - Meets quarterly in February, May, August, and November, 7:00 p.m., second Tuesday of the month, Clark County Mosquito Control District, 8115 NE St. John's Blvd., Vancouver
  • Meeting agendas and minutes


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North Country Emergency Medical Administrative Board

Makes recommendations pertaining to operations of North Country Emergency Medical Services.

  • Members - 9, 1 county representative (Commissioner) and alternate staff (County Administrator)
  • Meetings - Bi-monthly, fourth Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m., Station One, 404 South Parcel, Yacolt.
  • Contact - Tom McDowell, North Country EMS, (360) 686-3271


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Parks Advisory Board

Advises staff and county commissioners on parks-related needs, plans, programs, open space and facilities.

  • Members - 7
  • Meetings - Second Friday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m. Locations vary.
  • Contact - Bill Bjerke, bill.bjerke@clark.wa.gov, (360) 397-2285 ext. 1656

Planning Commission

Serves as advisory board to commissioners on matters related to physical development of county.

Plumbing Code Board of Appeals

Hears appeals and makes decisions when someone wants to deviate from the Uniform Plumbing Code and International Mechanical Code.

  • Members - 7
  • Meetings - As needed
  • Contact - Jim Muir, Community Development, (360) 397-2375 ext. 2470

Portland International Airport Citizen Noise Advisory Committee

Acts on behalf of local jurisdictions as official forum to address community noise concerns; monitors implementation of current Portland International Airport noise plan; reviews airport noise issues and provides advice on issue resolution and follow-up action; develops ideas and recommends proposals for consideration in the future airport noise plans; participates on advisory committees involved in long-range airport facilities and capital improvement planning; enhances citizen understanding of airport noise management through work of the advisory committee as a whole.

  • Members - 15
  • Meetings - Second Thursday of each month, 6 p.m. in Commission room, 121 NW Everett, Portland, OR
  • Meeting summaries

Public Health Advisory Council

Representing a variety of professional, medical, and community perspectives, council members provide recommendations on public health issues and priorities to the county commissioners, who also serve as the Board of Health.

  • Members - 18
  • Meetings -Third Tuesday of each month, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Building 17, 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms B and C, Vancouver


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Railroad Advisory Board

Studies ways to improve the economic stability of the railway along with exploration of recreational opportunities and other types of uses.

  • Members - 15
  • Meetings - Second Monday of each month, 4 - 5:30 p.m., 1300 Franklin St., 6th Floor, Vancouver
  • Agendas and minutes


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Solid Waste Advisory Commission

Advises Commissioners on all areas of solid waste programs, i.e., recycling, recovery of solid waste resources

  • Members - 9
  • Meetings - First Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., 1408 Franklin St., Auto License Conference Room, Vancouver
  • Agendas and minutes

Substance Abuse Advisory Board

Advises and makes recommendations to Commissioners relating to alcohol and drug abuse services

  • Members - 11
  • Meetings - Third Tuesday of each month, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Bldg. 17, Conference Room A, Vancouver
  • Agendas and audio files


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Urban County Policy Board

Provides commissioners with CDBG funding recommendations, adopts procedures and criteria for allocation, and ensures county-wide benefit of CDBG funds to low and moderate income populations

  • Members - All city mayors (with the exception of Vancouver) and one Clark County commissioner
  • Meetings - Second Monday of each month, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Public Service Center, sixth-floor training room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
  • Contact - Pete Munroe, Community Services, (360) 397-2130

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Veterans Resource Committee

The Veterans Resource Committee oversees the Clark County Veteran's Relief Fund which provides emergency relief for the area's indigent veterans.

  • Members - The committee consists of nationally recognized veterans organizations in Clark County and veterans from the community.  The majority of the members must be representatives from service organization; however veterans may join as a Member-At-Large if voted in by the committee.  Service organizations and members-at-large must renew their Letter of Appointment each year in the month of October.
  • Meetings - Second Wednesday of each month, 2:00 pm., Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Conference Room 679, Vancouver.
  • Meeting minutes

 

HOW TO APPLY

Contact Jennifer Clark in the Board of Clark County Commissioner's office,
PO Box 5000,
Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
or email the office.
Indicate the committee or board you are interested in.

VACANCIES

Clark County Arts Commission
vacancy - 1 position
Apply by Aug. 29, 2014

Commission on Aging
vacancy - 2 positions
Apply by August 29, 2014

Animal Control Advisory Board
vacancy - 1 position
Apply by Sept. 12, 2014

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
vacancy - 6 positions
Apply by Sept. 26, 2014

RECENT APPOINTEES

Adam Babuka appointed to CC Parks Advisory Board

Richard Bender appointed to CC Planning Commission

Alex Gall and Shell McKedy appointed to CC Historic Preservation Commission

Holly Blosser reappointed to the Animal Control Advisory Board

Richard Bailey and Lisa Bodner appointed to Board of Equilization

Mandi Schoofield reappointed to Board of Equilization

Renny Christopher, Debbie Luchau and Paige Spratt were appointed to Workforce Development Council

Kelley Foy and Cliff Glass appointed to Workforce Development Council

Paul Dicker reappointed to the City/County Telecommunications Commission

Robert Gaffney, Keith McPhum and Kelly Love Parker reappointed to the Work Force Development Council

Traci Eshelman appointed to the Work Force Development Council

Armando Herrera reappointed to the Community Action Advisory Board

Bill R. Ritchie was appointed to the Commission on Aging

Patti Gray and Kiersten Ware were reappointed to the Commission on Aging.

Traci Eshelman appointed to the Work Force Development Council

Armando Herrera reappointed to the Substance Abuse Advisory Board

Marcia Roi was appointed and Shane Gardner and Roy Pulver were reappointed to the Substance Abuse Advisory Board

Walt Gordon was appointed to the Clark County Developmental Disabilities Board

Cindy Frank and Jackie Marsden were appointed to the Animal Control Board

Maradee Potter, Ted Engelbrecht and Scott Milam were appointed to the Clark county Developmental disabilities Board

Amy Chase, Donna Roberge Nozel and Janice Ferguson were reappointed to the Clark County Arts Commission

Karin Chase was appointed to the Clark County Arts Commission

Pat LaCroix re-appointed to the Clark County Arts Commission

Edward Schmitt and Scott Carroll appointed to City/County Telecommunications Commission

Terry Wollam appointed to Development and Engineering Advisory Board

Ott Gaither reappointed to the Development and Engineering Advisory Board

David Meyer appointed to Clean Water Commission

Dick Rylander appointed to Clean Water Commission

Gary Schaeffer appointed to Clean Water Commission

Melanie Wheeler appointed to Clean Water Commission

Rob McKinney appointed to Clean Water Commission

Steve Valenta appointed to Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Albert Kersting appointed to Diking Improvement District #14

Bill Turlay appointed to the Solid Waste Advisory Commission

Mike Bomar appointed to Workforce Development Council of SW Washington

Eric Golemo reappointed to the Development and Engineering Advisory Board

Anne McEnerny-Ogle appointed to the Community Action Advisory Board

Jim Lucey appointed to Workforce Development Council of SW Washington

William Skidmore appointed to Workforce Development Council of SW Washington

John D. Blom reappointed to the Planning Commission

Ron Barca reappointed to the Planning Commission

Kelly Adams appointed to the Community Action Advisory Board

Judie Stanton reappointed to the Fairgrounds Site Management Group

Elizabeth Grauer reappointed to the Animal Control Advisory Board

Pat Vichas appointed to Animal Control Advisory Board

Lydia Sanders appointed to Community Action Advisory Board

Stephanie Roise-Yamashita appointed to Public Health Advisory Council

Ramona Olson appointed to the Railroad Advisory Board

Roxanne Trusty appointed to Animal Control Advisory Board

 

 

 

 

Board of Clark County Commissioners
Administrator: Mark McCauley
Street Address: 1300 Franklin, 6th Floor, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2232 | FAX: (360) 397-6058
Email: boardcom@clark.wa.gov
Responsible Elected Official: Board of Clark County Commissioners

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