• Community Development

Clark County Interim Fire Marshal Curtis Eavenson has lifted the ban on outdoor debris-burning fires in unincorporated Clark County effective immediately. Eavenson previously lifted the ban on recreational fires on Sept. 23.

Eavenson urges residents to be vigilant when burning and always attend a fire until it is completely extinguished and cold to the touch.

• Public Works

Clark County is accepting applications to fill three open positions on the Clean Water Commission. Terms begin January 2024 and end December 2026.

• Community Services

Businesses and individuals who are making a difference in the lives of people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities will be honored at the Disability Employment Awareness Awards.

Award recipients will be honored at the 23rd Annual Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration which will a hybrid event on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The in person/ virtual ceremony runs from 5 to 6 p.m., with in-person networking taking place 4:30-5:00 p.m. The in-person event will be at Gaiser Hall at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

• Public Health

Clark County Public Health’s Vital Records office will be closed Thursday, Oct. 5 to perform testing of the office’s new records management system. All other Public Health offices will be open regular hours.

The Vital Records office will reopen at 8 am Friday, Oct. 6. Orders for birth and death certificates can continue to be made online through the Public Health website.

• Public Health

As colorful leaves begin to fall from trees, Clark County Public Health is encouraging residents to properly dispose of leaves to keep them out of streets and the landfill.

Leaves should not be raked or blown into streets. Fallen leaves can clog storm drains and create areas of standing water on roadways, making roads unsafe for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Instead, Public Health encourages residents to take advantage of local disposal options that use leaves to create compost.

• Community Services

Applications for Clark County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 2. In 2024, Clark County expects to award approximately $3,000,000 to community development and housing activities.

• Public Health

Clark County Public Health’s Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free online and in-person workshops aimed at teaching participants how to reduce their impact on the planet.

The Composter Recyclers will host eight workshops – each focused on a specific topic, from backyard composting to green living – and two in-person field training events where participants can construct compost piles and view demonstration compost bins. All workshops are provided at no cost.

Here are the online and in-person workshops offered this fall:

• Public Health

The Clark County Board of Health is seeking applicants for two open positions on the volunteer Public Health Advisory Council.

One opening is for the position held by a dentist practicing in Clark County. The three-year term begins as soon as it’s filled and ends Sept. 30, 2026.

The second opening is for the position held by a medical doctor practicing in Clark County. The selected applicant will fill the remainder of a three-year term that begins Nov. 1, 2023 and ends Sept. 30, 2025.

• Law Library

The Clark County Law Library this week announced the addition of a new sealed name change kit to its array of self-help kits.

“This kit is to ask the court to change a name under seal so that other people don’t have access to the court file,” said Law Librarian Maria Sosnowski. “This is for specific situations included in the law, for example domestic violence, harassment, gender expression, emancipated minors, or refugees.”

• Community Services

The county manager is seeking applicants to fill several positions on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board.

Positions include elected officials from the county’s second and third councilor districts, low-income representatives from the county’s first, third and fifth councilor districts and a community representative from the county’s fifth councilor district.

Term periods start Jan. 1, 2024, and are three years, ending Dec. 31, 2026. Incumbents have the opportunity for re-appointment to two additional three-year terms.