News

• Community Services

Clark County Community Services is partnering with the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) and the City of Vancouver to open a shelter for people who are unhoused. All three entities will contribute funds to the acquisition, and Clark County Community Services will oversee a contract with a yet-to-be determined non-profit service provider for the day-to-day operations.

The VHA is working on acquiring a site.


• Auditor

Clark County announced the Joint Lobby, Licensing and Elections Offices will be closed to the public at 1 pm on Thursday, Dec. 24.

The Clark County Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer agreed to support an early closure on Dec. 24. “It will have a minimal impact on the public and be greatly appreciated by our staff,” said Greg Kimsey, Clark County Auditor.

There are reduced transactions and demands on services during the afternoon of Christmas Eve day.  The offices will reopen on Monday, Dec. 28 and resume normal business hours.


• Public Health

During the holiday festivities, Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach encourages people to take steps to reduce their holiday waste.

Household waste in the U.S. increases by more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Trash cans fill up with holiday food waste, shopping bags, bows and ribbons, packaging, and wrapping paper that contribute an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfill. But by taking a few simple steps to reduce, reuse and recycle, the holiday season can be a little greener.


• Superior Court

 

Vancouver, Wash. - Concerned that a large influx of residential evictions may hit communities and courts after state and federal moratoria on evictions are lifted, Clark County has joined several other counties in adopting an Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) that requires problem-solving steps before the cases come to court.

Clark County Superior Court is one of six pilot counties which experience the majority of the state’s eviction cases – Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Thurston counties.


• Code Administration

The fees to reclaim a lost pet picked up in unincorporated Clark County by Clark County Animal Protection and Control or community members will increase on Jan. 1, 2021, by $15 per animal.

The county partners with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington to provide high-quality, full-service sheltering and care during impound periods.

Fees are set on a graduated scale and increase with the number of times an animal is picked up. The increases are as follows: 


• Superior Court

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Superior Court has suspended jury trials through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

All hearings will be conducted via Zoom. It is expected that litigants will appear via video or telephonically. Zoom hearing login can be found at https://www.clark.wa.gov/superior-court/zoom-information. If a litigant must appear in-person, hearings will take place with strict observance of social distancing and other public health measures.


• Code Administration

The Clark County Council today adopted an ordinance updating county code restricting sales, possession and use of fireworks to “safe and sane” fireworks. The update to the code prohibits fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than 1 foot into the air or more than 6 feet on the ground.


• Public Works

Vancouver, Wash. – Annual parking passes for four of Clark County’s biggest, most popular parks will go on sale starting today.

2021 passes cost $30 and will be valid at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park, Lewisville Regional Park, Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake Regional Park.

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, passes can be purchased online at: www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/parking-fees.


• Public Health

Clark County’s Green Business program is hosting a virtual event on Dec. 8 for businesses to learn about the upcoming statewide plastic bag ban.

Beginning in 2021, single-use plastic carryout bags will be prohibited, and a fee will be charged for approved carryout bags at all retail, grocery and convenience stores. The ban also applies to restaurants offering takeout or delivery food or goods.


• Community Services

Remaining funds to be dedicated to waitlist

Clark County has expended its initial Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) funds, providing more than $3.4 million dollars in rental assistance to 1,042 households, for a total of 2,875 months of assistance. With a waitlist of more than 1,800 households still awaiting assistance, the program is closing to new referrals and calls.