Back Issues: December 18, 2017

LSW Architects, PC hires Amanda Taho

Monday, December 18, 2017

LSW Architects recently added Amanda Thao to its team as an Intern I. In her new position, she will use her drive and passion for story telling as a tool to convey the individual and unique stories of each project. Thao previously worked in New York City at Lawrence Group. LSW Architects offers a full range of architectural, interior design, and planning services. LSW has extensive experience in new construction, renovation, feasibility studies, and master planning for private and public projects in the educational, recreational, multi-family housing, and office sectors.

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Vancouver’s TBD board meets to consider license fee and projects this evening

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Vancouver Transportation Benefit District (TBD) Board will meet this evening, Monday, Dec. 18, to consider an increase in the vehicle license fee and approval of 2018 projects funded by the fee. The meeting will take place immediately after the City Council meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 415 W Sixth St. Vancouver currently has a $20 vehicle license fee that helps pay for improving: pavement conditions; substandard travel corridors; mobility, safety and accessibility; neighborhood traffic calming; and traffic signal and lighting. A proposed increase, from $20 to $40, was among the recommendations made by the Street Funding Commission. If approved, the increase would take effect on July 1, 2018. More information is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/vehiclefee.

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Voters’ guide for Feb. 13 special election missing opposing statements

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Clark County Auditor’s Office will produce an online voters’ guide for the Feb. 13 special election. It usually includes local ballot measures with supporting and opposing statements written by citizens. A legislative body placing a measure on the ballot can appoint a committee to write a supporting statement, and another committee to write an opposing statement.

If the Elections Office does not receive a supporting or opposing statement for a local ballot measure, the staff attempts to identify citizens interested in authoring such a statement. For the Feb. 13 special election, the Elections Office has only received supporting statement committee information for: a ballot proposition from La Center School District for a general obligation bond; and a ballot proposition from the City of Camas for an emergency medical services levy.

The districts have not been able to identify people to write statements against the measures. To review the complete text of the resolutions and ballot language, click here. Any resident living within the district, who wants to write an opposing statement to one of these measures, is asked to contact the Clark County Elections Office at 360-397-2345. The deadline is 4 pm Friday, December 22.

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City installing new wayfinding signs in downtown Vancouver

Monday, December 18, 2017

Visitors to downtown Vancouver are being greeted with colorful new wayfinding signs thanks to the work of community stakeholders and a $75,000 Lodging Tax Program grant.

Throughout December and January, City of Vancouver Public Works crews will install 38 pedestrian wayfinding signs throughout downtown Vancouver, including 34 smaller post-mounted signs, two large kiosk signs at Esther Short Park and Turtle Place and two corridor map signs along primary north/south walking routes.

The city was awarded a $75,000 Lodging Tax Program grant in 2016 to pay for design, fabrication and installation of the first batch of signs. In November 2017, the city was awarded a second $85,000 Lodging Tax Program grant for installation of 28 more signs in the downtown, Uptown Village and waterfront areas in late 2018.

The signs are part of the Downtown Vancouver Pedestrian Wayfinding Plan, which was developed by the city in 2014 with the help over 20 community stakeholders representing different organizations, neighborhood associations and businesses. The plan developed preferred sign designs, a sign hierarchy system and potential destinations to be included on the signs.

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