• Public Works

Neighbors and community members are invited to learn about design activities associated with the reconstruction of the intersections of Northeast 29th Avenue and Northeast 50th Avenue with Northeast 179th Street, at an upcoming open house. This area is anticipated to experience significant growth over the next 20 years. Upgrades to the intersections will accommodate future traffic volumes while maintaining safety and mobility.

• Public Works

The Clark County Council is seeking applicants to fill up to six seats on a fifteen-person board that advises the county on matters related to the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.

Board members serve three-year terms. All open terms begin immediately.

• Community Services

Clark County has implemented and currently operates eviction prevention rent assistance programs to assist people who are low-income impacted by the pandemic. These programs have provided an unprecedented $39 million in financial assistance to 4,744 households, paying for 41,613 months of rent and utilities since August 2020. Approximately $885,000 in financial assistance for rent and utilities is going out to 100 additional households each week.

• Public Works

Neighbors and community members are invited to learn about the Heritage Farm Wetland Restoration project. This project will restore five acres of wetlands and establish two acres of riparian buffer along a channelized section of Cougar Creek’s headwaters on Clark County’s 78th Street Heritage Farm property. The project will also include creating about one acre of wetland, replace a storm sewer pipe under access roads, and resurface the farm’s gravel driveways.

• Community Planning

The Housing Options Study and Action Plan project’s purpose is to identify housing challenges within the unincorporated Vancouver Urban Growth Area and opportunities to encourage development of housing that is affordable to a variety of household incomes through the removal of regulatory barriers and/or implementation of other strategies.

The group’s ninth and final meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 via Zoom. The meeting is open to the public and will be recorded.

• Elections

Beginning Friday, Jan. 21, ballots will be mailed to all registered voters who reside in the city of Vancouver, Evergreen Public Schools district, Green Mountain School District, Hockinson School District, La Center School District, Mount Pleasant School District and Ridgefield School District.

• Public Health

COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in Clark County with more than 6,000 new cases reported in the last week. COVID-19 testing is in high demand and wait times for appointments and results may be several days. People should not go to emergency departments for testing if they do not need emergency medical care.

• Public Health

Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is offering a free training for people interested in becoming program volunteers. Anyone interested in composting and recycling, and who wants to become a sustainability ambassador should consider becoming a Master Composter Recycler volunteer.

• Public Works

Vancouver, Wash. – Neighbors and community members are invited to learn about plans for the Northeast 99th Street corridor. This project will connect Northeast 99th Street between NE 94th Avenue and NE 105th Avenue, at the north end of the closed Leichner Landfill. The project also includes improvements such as widening the roadway and adding shared-use paths, sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

• Treasurer

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey, Assessor Peter Van Nortwick and Treasurer Alishia Topper today announced they are closing the county joint lobby to walk-in customers through the end of January. The closure was prompted by the large increase in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.

In a joint statement, the three elected officials said, “The safety of our customers and our staff is our top priority.”