City Council Meeting Summary 08-25-16:

Study Session:
City Council conducted a study session on introduction to the 2017 baseline budget.

Council Business Items:

  1. Presentation – Salary Commission Chair David Kelly presented update on Salary Commission.
  2. Presentation – Finance Director Kirk Johnson presented second quarter 2016 financial report.
  3. Public Hearing and First Reading on Ordinance No. 1216 – Petition to Annex the Brown Property: City received Notice of Petition to Annex on June 22, 2016. The annexation notice is for 107.28 acres (111.42 acres with adjacent right of way) contains within 18 parcels. Staff provided the Petition to Annex to the Clark County Assessor’s Office for review, Assessor’s Office issued a certificate of sufficiency certifying that the signatures represent 60% of the assessed property value within the annexation area, which meets the state annexation minimums. (Council conducted public hearing and first reading of the ordinance).
  4. Ordinance No. 1213 – Second Reading on Brown Development Agreement: The City, during the development of the 2016 Ridgefield Urban Area Comprehensive Plan, requested the subject area be considered by Clark County for an Urban Growth Area expansion.  The Clark County Board of Councilors considered the requested expansion for inclusion and ultimately granted the request at a duly noticed public hearing on June 21, 2016.  Clark County Ordinance 2016-06-12 was adopted by the County on June 28, 2016 and is effective ten (10) days following adoption, or July 8, 2016. The development agreement proposes a number of items that will control development of the property. (Council conducted second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 1213 as presented).
  5. Ordinance No. 1214 – Second Reading to Authorize Condemnation Process: The City of Ridgefield has determined that current facilities for the public library no longer meet the needs of a growing community. As a result the City has been looking for property for an expanded public library facility that will meet the needs of the community now and into the future. The only remaining site vetted by the City Council as a potential location for expansion of the Ridgefield Community Library, based on the needs analysis, site evaluation, and community input , is properties located at the corner of Mill and Main, and extending west along Mill to Railroad Ave. The City has every intention of working with the current property owners of the selected location to come to an agreement on purchase of the property. City has mailed notice to the property owner of record via certified mail to provide required notification per RCW 8.25.290. (Council conducted second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 1214 as presented).
  6. Ordinance No. 1217 – First Reading of Repealing Ordinance No. 753 – RMC 3.64: City Council approved RMC 3.64 to set aside funds in the water and sewer funds for the purpose of repairing and replacing existing capital facilities. At the time of approval, rates collected for these services, were used to support operations and maintenance. It was determined that 5% of rates needed to be set aside to repair and replace the existing infrastructure. The City transferred the sewer collection system to Clark Regional Wastewater District in 2014 and the treatment system to Discovery Clean Water Alliance in 2015. The City is no longer responsible for repair and replacement of the capital facilities for sewer. Staff is requesting to repeal Ordinance 753 removing the requirement from code. (Council waived the second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 1217 as presented).
  7. Resolution No. 512 – Approval of Amendment to Financial Management Policies: Finance staff recommends removing all reference from code relating to reserve policies and incorporating applicable reserve policies in the financial management policy document approved by Council. A companion recommendation, Ordinance No. 1217, has been submitted to Council to repeal RMC 3.64 Water/Sewer Capital Facilities and Equipment Replacement Fund. (Council approved Resolution No. 512 as presented).
  8. Resolution No. 513 – Approval of Debt Management Policies: Industry standards and best practices for debt management policies suggest a comprehensive policy document that addresses all aspects of issuance and management of City issued debt. The Finance Department has developed a document that addresses the purpose and objectives for debt management for the City of Ridgefield. (Council approved Resolution No. 513 as presented).
  9. Motion – Approval of City Manager 2016-17 Employment Compensation Agreement: City’s employment agreement with the City Manager provides the City Council with the option of granting the City Manager a bonus based on his previous year’s performance and the extent to which his performance exceeds established goals and specific criteria. The agreement calls for the Council to assess the City Manger’s performance in these areas no later than the end of April 2017. Council will use the results of the assessment, along with the City Manager’s annual performance evaluation, to determine any compensation adjustment effective in April 2017 for 2017-18. (Council approved motion as presented).
  10. Motion – Approval of Land Purchase for Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex: City Council approved an amended 2008 development agreement with the Kennedy family and Urban NW Holdings, LLC that includes a provision to purchase 5 acres of land and receive 2.5 acres of land by donation. The City will be using the 7.5 acres of land for the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. The purchase is being funded through a combination of Park Impact Fees ($755,000) and Real Estate Excise Taxes ($370,000). The City has added a claim for the full purchase amount, which includes $100,000 in earnest money and the remaining $1,025,000 due at closing, to the claims and payroll consent agenda. (Council approved motion as presented).
  11. Appointment of Planning Commission Member: City Council approved Mayor’s recommendation to appoint Paul Young to the Planning Commission, Position No. 1.

For more information, see the City Council webpage (Detailed minutes will be posted following approval by the City Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting on September 8, 2016).



The housing growth around Ridgefield is exciting to be a part of, and many great new families are becoming part of our community.  This growth opens the door for opportunities for growth in our schools and community facilities. Here are some numbers to ponder.

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Thought for the Week

To those who walk in darkness there is no black or white or red or yellow – he sees nothing.

To those who walk in light there is no black or white or red or yellow – he sees everything.   – Author unknown

Farm to Table Dinner

This is the way the tables were arranged

This is the way the tables were arranged

A good time was had by all last night at the 1st annual Farm to Table Dinner, sponsored by a number of local businesses. The Refuge Chef prepared the hors d’oeuvres and Herb N’ Roots provided a dinner of salad, pork shoulder, mixed vegetable mash and strawberry rhubarb bread pudding.


Mayor Ron was there in sartoriall splendor

Mayor Ron was there in sartoriall splendor

The weather even co-operated: even though it threatened rain early in the evening, the clouds disappeared and diners watched a nice sunset and then danced under the stars.

One view of the crowd

One view of the crowd

What an evening!

What an evening!

Local products were from Cascade Farm, Quackenbush Farm, 3Peaks Public House, Koi Pond Cellars, Bethany Vineyards, and Cloud Nine Farm.

Thanks to sponsors Urban NW Homes, 3Peaks, Cascade West Development, NWCDPA, Parr Lumber, A Merry Hearts Events, James McPhee of State Farm and the City of Ridgefield for a lovely evening.

Compassion Ridgefield Today

Free dental and medical care, social services, clothing, haircuts, food and children’s activities will be offered today at View Ridge Middle School during Compassion Ridgefield from 9am to 3pm. Sports physicals and vaccines will be offered, as well as vision and glassses, chiropractic, physical therapy and massage.

The event is sponsored by six local churches: Christ Community Church, Messiah Lutheran North Campus, Mt. View Christian Center, Pleasant View Nazarene Church and Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene.

Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation helps fund new mobile scientific research equipment

collecting samples

High school students use the equipment to test safety of Wapato potatoes growing within the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation, with support from the Ridgefield Booster Club and Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, funded a Science Technology grant to support the Ridgefield High School science program during the 2015-2016 school year. In total the $15,100 grant funded 14 laptop computers, 24 Vernier sensors and a laptop storage cart.


RHS science teacher, Kara Breuer, put the new equipment to use in the field last spring. Through a partnership with the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, students from RHS science classes were able to collect and investigate soil and water samples from the Refuge’s Duck Lake and Boot Lake to determine if the Wapato potatoes that grow nearby were safe to eat.

wapato potatoes

Using equipment purchased with the Foundation grant and a visit to a chemistry lab at the University of Portland, the students determined that the soil and water located around the two lakes were all within typical limits for health risk factors and concluded the area was safe for the harvest of the Wapato potato. Breuer stated that the new equipment and the partnership with the University of Portland “made this a unique and hugely successful learning experience”. She is already making plans to use the equipment for a follow-up experiment next year.

Foundation Board Member Audri Bomar commented on the collaboration that made the grant and the experiment possible. “The Foundation was one of many partners that made this possible. When we all work together we can help dedicated teachers like Ms. Breuer create meaningful learning experiences right in our back yard.”

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation is a private 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting programs and activities for students in Ridgefield public schools. To learn more about the Foundation go to To make a donation mail a check to RPS Foundation, PO Box 1402 Ridgefield, WA 98642 or donate online at

Contact: Paul Lewis, Board President, Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation,

Ridgefield Educator Works to Connect the Generations


Ridgefield School District has a reputation for creating unique learning opportunities for students.  Ellen Ferrin, a first grade teacher at Union Ridge provided her students the opportunity to partner with residents of the Mirabella Retirement Community in Portland, Oregon throughout last school year.  Students in Ferrin’s were matched up with Mirabella residents as pen-pals.  Over the course of the year, the students and seniors exchanged correspondence, developing a relationship.

This is not the first time Ferrin has reached out to senior citizens to establish connections for students.  In fact, the veteran teacher, who spent many years teaching in the Issaquah School District, has reached out to senior citizens and students from other schools across the country many times to develop pen pals.

“I believe that authentic writing and reading are important for students’ development as scholars and community members.  And the kids really enjoy reading the letters they receive in return,” said Ferrin.

Union Ridge 1st Grade Teacher, Ellen Ferrin

Union Ridge 1st Grade Teacher, Ellen Ferrin

Late in the school year, Ferrin arranged to have Mirabella residents travel to Ridgefield to visit her students at school.  Ferrin timed the visit to coincide with the release of autobiographies written by the students.  Over the course of three months, the students compiled a 13 page book, entirely written and illustrated by the first graders.

The visit started with the students reading their autobiographies to their Mirabella pals, many of whom were former educators.  The pals were thoroughly impressed with the students’ writing, drawing and reading skills, and during a tour of the school that followed, they were equally impressed with all that Union Ridge Elementary had to offer to the Ridgefield community.

Elizabeth Jones and Jaidyn Ruzicka, with Jane Wachsler.

Elizabeth Jones and Jaidyn Ruzicka, with Jane Wachsler.

Back in the classroom, pals and students exchanged gifts.  Over the course of letter-writing, Mirabella pals really got to know their first-graders and surprised each of them with a copy of their favorite book.

Later, Ferrin received numerous emails from the Mirabella pals–each one with a sincere thank-you and comments about how wonderful the pen pal experience had been.

Marge Carothers, a Mirabella resident, shared the sentiments that summed up how all the Mirabella pals felt toward their buddies.  “I can’t begin to tell you what an absolutely delightful time we had with Mrs. Ferrin’s students.  Ellen is an amazing teacher and the students were so thoughtful and darling–I am so in love with dear little Addie.  Talk about thoughtful!!!  Addie took my hand so I didn’t have to use my cane.”

Addison Wallace with Marge Carothers

Addison Wallace with Marge Carothers

Make it a Million (Plus)

Imagine logo crayon colors

Friends of the Ridgefield Library are busy collecting new and gently used items for a Golden Elephant Sale to be held during Hometown, December 3, at the Community Center. If you have something to donate, please call Ilia at 727-3387. The money raised at the sale will go towards the building fund for the new library.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

2nd Annual Oktoberfest

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Saturday, September 10, 2nd annual Oktoberfest at Ridgefield Refuge Overlook Park, hosted by Ridgefield Main Street.

This year everything is bigger and better – expanded hours, expanded kids’ carnival games, expanded food and entertainment, bigger bier garten with more selections, more entertainment and the addition of activities for the “tweens”.

11 am – Gates open – Bier Garten and Food all day, ongoing entertainment throughout the day and evening

11 am – 5 pm -Carrnival games: play all day, win prizes

12-1 pm – Free Family Magic Show on Main Stage: Alex Zerbie’s Zaniac Comedy Show (always a hit in appearances at the Liberty Theatre)

5 pm – Wiener Dog Races – registration 4:45 pm, free and open to all Dachshunds (sponsored by Plush)

10 pm – Close

Volunteers Needed for Oktoberfest Bier Garten

Saturday, September 10, starting at 10 a.m. – 2 hour shifts. Must be minimum 21 years old. Please contact Sandy Schill – – for scheduling and more information. Volunteers for other areas also needed.

Volunteer at the Refuge

Work alongside fellow conservationists at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge while learning about native wildlife management this Saturday, Aug. 27. Volunteers are key to helping biological staff keep wetlands healthy by searching for and removing invasive plants. All work days begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine.

Participants should wear waterproof boots (some are available on‐site) and dress for the weather. Gloves, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Volunteers will meet at the visitor kiosk on the River ‘S’ Unit of the Refuge. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, click here or email

Concerts at Suinlight Supply Amphitheater

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater will host more than a few big concerts between this Thursday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 4. Upcoming concerts include:

  • Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.: Journey and The Doobie Brothers
  • Saturday, Aug. 27, at 6:60 p.m.: Heart with Joan Jett and Cheap Trick
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m.: 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.: Snoop Dog and Wiz Khalifa
  • Sunday, Sept. 4, at 6:45 p.m.: Counting Crows and Rob Thomas

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield. It has lawn seating prices that start around $40, zone seating, packages, and meet-and-greets. For more information and to purchase tickets, search for Sunlight Supply Amphitheater and and choose from a number of ticket sellers. Tickets can also be purchased through the performer’s websites.

Thought for the Week

Every time you read a book a tree smiles, knowing there’s life after death.    ~ Author unknown

Overview of Compassion Ridgefield 2016:

WHEN: Saturday August 27, 2016, 9am-3pm

WHAT: A day of free dental care, medical care (including vision & glasses, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage), huge social services & information fair, free family photographs, free clothing & haircuts, free lunch, and children’s activities.

WHERE: View Ridge Middle School in downtown Ridgefield

WHY: Compassion Ridgefield is a collaborative effort between 5 local churches to meet the needs of our community.  (Christ Community Church, Messiah Lutheran North Campus, Mt View Christian Center, Pleasant View Nazarene Church, Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene)

EXTRA! Compassion Clinic is one month earlier this year!  We will be able to meet most back-to-school needs, including vaccines, sports physicals, school supplies, haircuts, clothing.

The website with additional information is


Make it a Million

Imagine logo crayon colors

Have you donated to the library building fund yet? Would you like to be recognized when the new library is built? People who donate $1,000 or more will be memorialized on a plaque in the new library. You don’t need to give the money all at once: you can make monthly payments as low as $25, or sign a donor form and give the money as it’s available to you.

Donations of $10,000 or more will be matched by an anonymous donor.