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Weekly public hearings

Many board decisions are made at public hearings. These are usually held on Tuesdays, although hearings on major issues may be scheduled at other times as well. Public hearings provide a way for citizens to offer comments related to an issue directly to the Board of Clark County Commissioners. This is also a time to hear the debate and discussion that precedes a board decision.

The following additional business is generally conducted at the commissioners’ weekly sessions:

Public comment

After the chair of the board calls the meeting to order, one of the first items on the agenda is public comments. Commissioners listen to brief presentations from individuals who want to comment on existing county policies, to propose new policies, or to address other relevant issues.

If you’d like to make a presentation during the public comment portion of the board’s hearing, you may schedule a presentation by calling the Clerk to the Board at (360) 397-2232 or e-mail boardcom@clark.wa.gov. The clerk will arrange to have the necessary county staff present to respond to your questions.

Bid awards and bid openings

Before public comment, the board considers bid awards. This is when contracts are awarded to vendors or service providers. Questions or comments from the public are welcome.

Consent agenda

After bid awards, the board reviews the consent agenda. The consent agenda is comprised of routine requests by county departments that do not require a public hearing, such as contracts for services or agreements with outside agencies. Often these agenda items officially confirm actions that the commissioners approved in prior public meetings or hearings. Although the board does not typically ask for public input, the consent agenda is available in advance for citizens to review and comment on at this time.

Public meetings and public hearings

This portion of the agenda usually generates the greatest levels of interest with citizens. Major board decisions are usually made during the public meeting/public hearing portion of the agenda.

There are often several items considered during this portion of the agenda. Citizen comments are allowed during the public hearing portions of the agenda but not during the public meeting portions.


Public hearings for other county boards and panels, such as the Clark County Planning Commission, follow the same type of public hearing process as the commissioners.

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Director: Mary Keltz

Street address: 1300 Franklin Street, Floor 6, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
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