If you don't already have a neighborhood association in your area, you may want to form a new organization.
Talk with a few of your neighbors and see if they would like to assist with the formation of your new group. The Clark County Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator will guide you through the process. For more information please call the Public Information and Outreach Office at (360) 397-6012 ext. 2 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clark County recognizes the value of working with its citizens by supporting neighborhood associations and working together to build a sense of community. Although Clark County has been offering various services to neighborhoods since 1991, it established the Neighborhood Outreach Program in August 1996 to serve citizens who live in the unincorporated areas of Clark County. This program formalizes the relationship between the neighborhood association and the county and provides assurance to the public that the neighborhood association is operating in a democratic and inclusive manner.
To receive services from the Neighborhood Outreach Program, associations must meet the following standards.
- Define, with assistance from the county, the boundaries of the association.
- Adopt bylaws for your organization that meet the administrative guidelines for the Neighborhood Outreach Program, and keep one copy on file with the county.
- Maintain a current roster of board members and keep one copy on file with the county.
- Hold at least one annual meeting per year.
Your neighborhood association will receive a number of benefits by participating in the Clark County Neighborhood Outreach Program.
* Services exclusive to county neighborhood associations.
Some programs or services are subject to availability of resources.
Assistance with organizing* and building your neighborhood association, including labels and postage for three annual neighborhood association mailings within your boundaries.
Online weekly updates including such items as:
- Meeting notifications of the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, and any advisory board or commission whose decisions may affect the neighborhood.
- County activities, projects, or news events.
- Special services such as yard debris clean-ups and recycling contests.
- Opportunities for involvement in county projects and processes.
If you do not have Internet access, weekly information packets will be mailed to you. *
Free printing* of your monthly neighborhood newsletter and meeting flyers.
Seasonal events,* such as the use of the county chipper and special events. We can also assist you in receiving these services from other county agencies.
Posting of neighborhood association identification signs.* Four neighborhood signs fabricated and installed around the boundary area.
An appointed Clark County Sheriff's Office deputy* who will be your neighborhood liaison. Their mission is to provide assistance and answer questions. They can also "keep their ear to the ground" at the county regarding issues that may affect you, or help coordinate partnership projects with your organization and the county.
Free mediation services from Community Mediation Services. They will assist in resolving neighborhood conflicts such as barking dogs, harassment, vandalism, noise complaints, etc.
Guest speakers for your neighborhood association meetings.
Neighborhood Watch, Crime Watch, Church Watch and other programs offered by the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
It is fun and easy, as well as rewarding, to participate in your local neighborhood association. Most neighborhood associations advertise their meeting times, dates, and locations in The Columbian newspaper in the Neighbors section. Or feel free to call your neighborhood association president and introduce yourself and find out how you can get involved.
Volunteering to help can be as easy as delivering meeting notices and newsletters in your area, or helping to identify projects that can improve your community.