News

• 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. 


• Code Administration

Interim County Manager Kathleen Otto is seeking applicants for several open positions on the volunteer Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board. All the openings are for terms that begin immediately.

The positions are for Clark County residents that represent:


• Public Health

The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for two volunteer positions on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission.

One position represents north Clark County, and the other represents the county at-large. Applicants for the north Clark County position must live north of 179th Street or the extension thereof. The three-year terms begin Jan. 1, 2021. Upon expiration of a term, a member can apply again. There is no limit on how many terms a member can serve.


• Public Health

Clark County Public Health continues to work through an influx of COVID-19 cases. Last week, more than 1,100 COVID-19 cases were reported in Clark County.


• Community Development

The Clark County Council will consider an update to the county’s fireworks rules during a public hearing at 10 am Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The council will consider possibly restricting sales and use of fireworks to “safe and sane” fireworks. If approved, the update to the code will prohibit fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than 1 foot into the air or more than 6 feet on the ground.

Any changes the council makes to the code at this hearing would apply to the unincorporated areas in Clark County and would go into effect on Dec. 1, 2021.


• 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


• Clark County Council

The Clark County Council today adopted its 2021 annual budget. The total expense budget for 2021 is $557 million.

In her remarks to the council, Interim County Manager Kathleen Otto said, “the recommended budget is balanced, sustainable and provides flexibility.”

2020 budget

Like many government entities, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the county budget.

The current 2020 expense budget, which includes everything that the county council has adopted through the 2020 fall supplemental, is $594 million.


• Public Health

Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free sustainable green living webinars this fall.

Here are the upcoming workshops:


• Public Health

In the last month, COVID-19 case numbers in Clark County have increased 50%, with more than 2,000 new cases reported in four weeks. In the last week, Clark County has averaged more than 100 cases per day. Today, Clark County announced 277 new cases.

The dramatic surge in cases has strained Clark County Public Health’s ability to quickly reach people who have tested positive for COVID-19. And that has impacted Public Health’s ability to identify and notify close contacts in a timely manner, which reduces the effectiveness of the contact tracing process.


• Superior Court

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Superior Court will not modify court operations based on information provided by Gov. Inslee during his Nov. 15, 2020, press conference.

The court has instituted safety measures that meet or exceed recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health for the Clark County Courthouse, Juvenile Courthouse and Family Law Annex facilities. Those measures include temperature checks, mandated masking, enforced social distancing, increased ventilation and targeted cleanings of high touch surfaces throughout the day.