Notes from City Council Meeting 12-18-14

Consent Agenda – Approved the Discovery Ridge Final Plat


Ordinance No. 1172 – 2014 Comprehensive Plan. Change the designation and zoning of the Seton Catholic 38.4 acre parcel from Public Facilities to a mix of Commercial and Residential. Change the designation and zoning of the Laspa property from Industrial to Commercial.   This did not change the Seton Catholic Seton property, just the Laspa property. Passed 7-0.

Mayor Ron Onslow made several appointments:

Planning Commission

Larry Rasmussen – Position #1 – Term expires December 31, 2018

Victoria Haugen – Position #6 – Appointment due to a resignation, effective                  immediately through December 31, 2016

Parks Advisory Board

Thomas Ball – Position #2 – Term expires December 31, 2017

Bianca Streif – Position #3 – Term expires December 31, 2017

Kimberly Stenbak – Position #4 – Appointment due to a resignation effective                immediately through December 31, 2015

David Holcomb – Position #7 – Term expires December 31, 2017

Single Family permits to end October are: 1 issued, 6 in review and 1 ready for pickup. The year to date total is 104 permits.

Information needed!

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Someone asked me if I had been sick or out of town, since nothing new had been put on the blog for a couple of days. No – I’m fine – I just haven’t heard much news lately about our town.

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New laws eliminate seven-year plate replacement and add a fee to fund ferries

The Department of Licensing (DOL) will soon stop requiring vehicle owners to replace their license plates every seven years and will begin collecting new ferry vessel replacement fees when vehicle-related transactions are processed by DOL or county vehicle licensing offices.

Beginning January 1, 2015, ESHB 1129 will make vehicle transactions processed at a DOL or county vehicle licensing office subject to a $5 licensing service fee on vehicle registration renewals and a $12 service fee on title transfers to fund construction of new ferries.

These new fees will result in all vehicle owners paying the same amount of fees regardless of whether they have their title or registration transaction processed at a government-run office or a privately owned vehicle licensing office. Auto licensing fees collected online by DOL and at county licensing offices will help the ferry system replace the state’s 1950s-era Evergreen State Class ferries.

The $5 service fee includes, but is not limited to, annual registrations, temporary off-road vehicle permits, trip permits and snowmobile registrations. The $12 service fee includes, but is not limited to, vehicle title transfers, lien-holder changes and name changes.

Another new law, SB 5785, eliminates the mandatory seven-year replacement period and allows owners to keep their license plates for as long as they own a vehicle.

People must continue to renew their vehicle’s registration every 12 months, but only replace license plates if they are lost, defaced, illegible or when the vehicle changes ownership.

SB 5785 does not apply to vehicle transactions that add or remove a lien holder, transfer ownership to a spouse, or are solely a name change, among other things. The full list of exemptions is available under RCW 46.16A.020 and RCW 46.16A.200.

A Living Nativity

Life Journey Lutheran Church presents a Living Nativity Friday through Sunday, December 19-21 from 6 to 9pm.

Experience the birth of Christ as your family registers for the Roman census, receives Roman coins to shop among the street vendors, makes kids crafts, enjoys Christmas music, partakes of free refreshments and stops by the Live Nativity to see the Holy Family.

Sounds like fun!

Life Journey is at 1912 NE 179th Street, on the east side of the freeway, 838-8860,

Ridgefield Main Street Launches Scrip Program

RMS Scrip

You can win a $25 gift certificate from participating stores in the downtown Ridgefield area!

“Like” the Ridgefield Main Street Facebook page, and for every 100 ‘likes’ one name will be chosen to win scrip worth $25. The script is good for up to $25 in merchandise – if you spend more, you will be responsible for the balance. If you spend less, no change will be given.

Enter now! You will be notified if you win.

A promotion is in the works for when the page has 1000 ‘likes’ – stay turned to find out more.

Ridgefield Junction Auto License Changes Hours

Ridgefield Junction Auto License has changed its hours on Wednesdays to 11am to 6pm.  They are still open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am to 6pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm.

They will be closed over the holidays December 25th through the 1st, closing at 1pm on December 24th.

You may renew online at .  Another reason to shop local, due to ESHB 1129, and support your community.

This Week at the Library

Wednesday December 17

10:00 a.m.-Stitchery
10:30 a.m.-Preschool Story Time-This is the last story time for 2014. We will begin again January 7.
4:00 p.m.-Ridgefield Gaming Group

Thursday December 18

    3:00 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

4:00 p.m.-Beginner Book Discussion-We are discussing Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy books.

Friday December 19

   10:30 a.m.-Toddler Story Time-This is our last story time for 2014. We will begin again January 9.

4:30 p.m.-Blind Soda Tasting-Tweens, teens – think you can guess a Pepsi from a Coke from an RC from a Dr. Skipper? Give it a try at this program.

Saturday December 20

3:30 p.m.-Writers Circle

Looking ahead…

Wednesday December 31, 4-5 p.m.-Preschool New Year’s Eve Party
Join us for stories and crafts to ring in the new year.

Port of Ridgefield is Named Port of the Year

Port of Ridgefield

The Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) named the Port of Ridgefield as the recipient of its annual Port of the Year Award at a Dec. 12 ceremony in Bellevue. WPPA has made this award each year since 1987 to recognize a member port that has demonstrated exceptional success in the industry. There are currently 75 member ports operating within Washington State.

While the port’s nomination application included a host of development projects completed within the last year totaling over $9 million, WPPA cited the port’s extensive, multi-year, $90 million environmental cleanup of the Port of Ridgefield’s 41-acre waterfront site – Millers’ Landing – as the determining factor for the award. The site was cleared for development late last year.

To view the Port of Ridgefield’s complete Port of the Year award application, visit and click on the link in the “What’s New” section on the Home page. For more information about the WPPA, visit

Give Blood on the 30th

Red Cross

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Church of the Nazarene, 747 Pioneer Street, fro noon to 5pm on Tuesday, December 30. Call Diane at 887-3576 to schedule your appointment, but drop-ins are also welcome. All presenting donors will receive a FREE long sleeve tee shirt while supplies last.

Blood supplies are always needed – do your part to help!

Thought for the Week



As we come into probably the busiest time of the year for many people, please take time to pause and be thankful for all the wonderful things that have happened to you this year.

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”       – Jim Rohn

Open House at Sportsman’s

Sportsman exterior 12.14The Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge is having an Open House on Sunday December 14th from 3pm-6pm. Please stop by, say hi, bring something for our Neighbors Helping Neighbors donation barrels.

The whole staff looks forward to seeing you.

This Week (and last) at the Library

Thanks for stopping by the Ridgefield Library during Hometown.  With 1898 people coming through the library’s doors in a festive mood it was contagious, and we enjoyed ourselves.

A big thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library for the fundraising on December 6 and for the cookies and cider. Thanks also to NW Star Photography for donating portrait packages, Johnnie Walker for the donation of the wooden fire truck, Bruce Wiseman of the Tree Wisemans for the large Christmas tree, and for the individuals and groups who decorated Christmas trees.

Patricia Thompson won the Cookie Contest with her scrumptious ginger snap cookies. Too bad we had to share. Judges were Nathan Mazzanti, Caroline Ketman, and Sean McGill.

On Wednesday December 10 at 10:30 a.m. Tim Dawdy, a battalion chief with Clark County Fire & Rescue, will be sharing his children’s book, Francis Goes to School, as guest storyteller at the preschool story time.

Saturday December 13 at 12:45 the library will host a recipe exchange. Bring your recipes to share with others. You might leave with a new favorite. This is the precursor to a cookbook discussion group that will begin in January.

Tueday December 9-6:00 p.m.-Wreath Making

Wednesday December 10-10:00 a.m.-Stitchery, 10:30 a.m.-Preschool Story: Time with special guest Tim Dawdy, 4:00 p.m.-Ridgefield Gaming Group, a program for teens.

Thursday December 11-1:00 p.m.-Mahjongg, 3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle.

Friday December 12-10:30 a.m.-Toddler Story Time, 3:30 p.m.-Tween Book. Group will discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

Saturday December 13-12:45-Recipe Exchange, 2:00 p.m.-Games Galore.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Come see ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ with Jim Carry. The Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue is presenting the movie, and will have free soda and popcorn for the kids.

It’s Sunday, December 21 starting at 2:00, and it’s free! Come prepared to laugh with your neighbors.


Vandalism at Overlook Park

pompomThis past weekend between 11:30 pm Saturday night and the early morning hours of Sunday, the city’s Christmas tree at Overlook Park was vandalized, causing several hundred dollars in damage and requiring extensive time to repair.  The Ridgefield Police Department is investigating the incident and is seeking any information concerning three teenage or early 20’s females that may possibly be associated with a white or light grey, older model, 4-door sedan that was observed in the area during this time.

If anyone has information on these persons of interest, or anything else they observed, please contact the Ridgefield Police Department at 887-3556.

Note from Kathy: Keep you ears and eyes open – Facebook, Twitter, etc. Someone’s talking about this episode and they will be found.



Thank you Kathy!


Did You Know Ridgefield’s elementary students learn to use science and engineering to solve complex problems in Science Olympiad?

Union Ridge students test their rocket boat powered by vinegar and baking soda

Union Ridge students test their rocket boat powered by vinegar and baking soda

Students from Union Ridge and South Ridge Elementary Schools recently participated in the Science Olympiad, an annual competition where teams of elementary students from around Clark County compete against one another in a series of events utilizing science and engineering.

Teams from Union Ridge and South Ridge regularly participate in the annual Science Olympiad with this year’s events including: Glider Golf, Green Eggs Go Blam, Rock Hound, Rocket Boat Rally, and Dynamic Density.

Union Ridge Elementary School

At Union Ridge, a team made of third through fifth graders practiced building rocket boats made from water bottles and powered by the chemical reaction that occurs between vinegar and baking soda. Students calculate the precise amount of baking soda and vinegar that will go into the boat’s release mechanism. “The challenge of this event is to not have the entire payload drop at once,” explained Sharon Floyd, a third grade teacher who volunteers to help coach the team. “The team who wins this event will have their rocket boat stop at a specific spot on the track.”

Anja Felton, a volunteer coach, helps students measure baking soda for their rocket boats

Anja Felton, a volunteer coach, helps students measure baking soda for their rocket boats

The teachers who volunteer as coaches do so to help get students excited about science. “I love having opportunities to get kids into science,” said Anja Felton, a fourth grade teacher who also coaches the team. “We like to enrich their education with fun experiments and give them as many opportunities as possible to experience all the different sides of science.”

Many of the students who participate enjoy science as a subject, and wanted the chance to try more outside of school. “It’s just fun,” said Gavin Meyer, a fourth grader. “You discover and experiment more in Science Olympiad than you would in a regular science class.” Sam Clark, also a fourth grader, agreed, “I like experiments and testing theories to see if they’re right.”

South Ridge Elementary School

The South Ridge Elementary School team experimented with Green Eggs Go Blam, an event where students design casings from recycled materials to protect an egg from a ream of paper dropped from increasing heights. “A big part of the challenge of this event is creating a casing out of recycled paper product,” said Linda Wear, a sixth grade teacher who coaches the South Ridge team, “In addition to the design, there are size restrictions and students can’t use anything pre-formed like tubes or boxes which adds a lot of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts where students have to engineer an effective solution using limited resources.”

The 2014 South Ridge Science Olympiad Team with coach, Linda Wear

The 2014 South Ridge Science Olympiad Team with coach, Linda Wear

To test their casings, Wear dropped a ream of paper from 50 centimeters onto each team’s container. If the egg and container survived unbroken, the ream of paper was raised to a height of dropping from one meter. The team whose casing and egg survive most intact would win the event at the actual competition. “Science Olympiad is such a positive experience for the kids,” said Wear. “The whole event is well-organized and well-run.”

A Science Olympiad team's casing successfully protected the egg from a dropped ream of paper

A Science Olympiad team’s casing successfully protected the egg from a dropped ream of paper

Students raved about their experience just taking part in the practices. “Science Olympiad is awesome,” said Colin Mitchell, a fifth grader. “I really like explosive experiences so I’m looking forward to the Rocket Boat competition.” Sierra Stern, also a fifth grader, agreed, “I like doing things after school and Science Olympiad is really fun – I particularly like the big explosions in the rocket boat experiment.”

Coaching the Science Olympiad team causes Wear to take a different approach than when she teaches classes. “Most of the time, I feel more like a conductor, gathering the materials and guiding the team rather than teaching them,” said Wear. “I feel like I’m creating opportunities for them to create and experience science.”

Science Olympiad took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Clark College. Events took place in different buildings throughout campus so students experienced a variety of different types of classrooms such as the chemistry lab. A total of 24 schools from all around Clark County participated.

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