News

• Public Health

Clark County Public Health is urging everyone to take steps to reduce their risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 this holiday season.

COVID-19 case numbers are increasing at an alarming rate in Clark County. Eight weeks ago, Clark County averaged 28 cases per day. Four weeks ago, we averaged 42 cases per day.

In the last week, we’ve averaged 116 cases per day, and this week our COVID-19 activity rate increased to more than 171 cases per 100,000 residents.


• County Manager
County Council public hearings scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 16

Interim Clark County Manager Kathleen Otto has presented her recommended 2021 balanced budget to the county council for consideration.

“All budgets require prioritization and I affirm that this recommended budget sustains current operations, may result in future efficiencies, and is consistent with council priorities,” Otto said in a statement to the county council.


• Public Works

Vancouver, Wash. – With the uncertainty around how public-gathering regulations will unfold over the next several months, Clark County Public Works has made the difficult decision to extend the temporary pause on new picnic shelter reservations and park use permits until Feb. 1, 2021. As part of Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, gatherings for those counties in Phase 2 must remain under five. Not accepting new reservations for park areas helps ensure those guidelines are being followed.


• Community Planning

The Commission on Aging will hear from local housing organizations on how COVID-19 has impacted older adults and housing. Seniors have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic around the country. In addition, older adults experiencing homelessness are a growing population that is particularly vulnerable to contracting and dying from COVID-19. Amid this emergency, affordable housing and service providers have had to adapt the way they assist seniors and other vulnerable populations.


• Public Health

The Clark County Council is requesting applications for a volunteer position on the Mosquito Control District Board of Trustees.

The term for the at-large position begins Jan. 1, 2021 and runs through Dec. 31, 2022.

The Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Clark County Mosquito Control District. The board establishes policy, manages expenditures and approves contracts for services. Clark County Public Health provides administrative services for the district.


• Treasurer

The Clark County Finance Committee is scheduled to meet at 9:30 am Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. 

Due to COVID-19, and in support of Washington State’s extended Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the meeting will be held via FreeConferenceCall.com.  

Here is how to join the meeting: 


• Community Planning

Interested Clark County residents are invited to apply for a position on the Clark County Housing Options Study and Action Plan Project Advisory Group (PAG). The PAG will help the county develop recommendations to encourage the creation of additional housing types that are affordable to a variety of households within the unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area.

Learn more about the project at www.clark.wa.gov/housingoptions.

Project Advisory Group


• Code Administration

Young will step away from Community Development Director role for new position

Interim Clark County Manager Kathleen Otto this week appointed Dan Young to serve as the county’s Fire Marshal. Young has been serving as Interim Fire Marshal since October 2019.


• Community Planning

The Clark County Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the volunteer Planning Commission.

The opening is for an unfinished four-year term that begins immediately and goes through Dec. 31, 2022.

The Planning Commission is a seven-member group that makes recommendations to the council on land-use planning, zoning and development in areas outside cities and about issues such as growth management, roads, public facilities, development regulations and applicable county ordinances.


• Elections

Beginning at 9 am Wednesday, Nov. 4, elections officials will perform a hand count of approximately 600 ballots randomly selected as part of a manual comparison against machine results.

The selected ballots will be counted in the total returns on Election Day. But for this comparison, the President of the United States race will be counted by hand, to check the accuracy of the ballot tabulation equipment.