City Council to Vote on Arts Quarter Tonight

Ridgefield City Council will vote on Ordinance 1263 at their meeting tonight, designating an “Arts Quarter” in downtown Ridgefield.

THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!!! And very exciting for our town.

If you can find the energy to attend tonight’s city council meeting (and even speak if you are feel moved to do so), this will show the city council how much we really care about having art in the forefront of this growing town.

The meeting starts at 6:30 in the community center. I hope to see you there!

Meeting on Gee Creek Sub-Area Plan

Ridgefield Development Code Amendments: Gee Creek sub-area plan
Notice is hereby given that the Ridgefield City Council will hold a Public Hearing on
Thursday November 16, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM, at the Ridgefield Community
Center, 210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, Washington.

The proposal is to adopt a sub-area plan for the Gee Creek Plateau area generally
bounded by Gee Creek to the south and west, South 45th Avenue to the east and
the alignment of S. 5th Way to the north.

This notice is intended to invite interested persons to appear at the public hearings
and submit written or oral comments on the proposed amendments. Written
comments should be directed to the Ridgefield City Clerk, PO Box 608, 230 Pioneer
St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, no later than 4:30 PM on November 16, 2017.
Comments may also be submitted into the record at the public hearings.

Information regarding the proposed amendments is available to the public on
request at Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal
weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM.
The staff report will be available November 9, 2017.

City of Ridgefield
Published: October 11, 2017

City Wins Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Ridgefield by the government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program which include demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The GFOA also recognized the City’s Finance Department with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement as the department primarily responsible for preparing the CAFR.

The City has received the Certificate of Achievement for three consecutive years. This significant accomplishment was driven by the Ridgefield City Council’s commitment to transparent government, promoting accountability, and being conscientious stewards of public funds. “The City is constantly striving to improve how it communicates with the public and this award recognizes our progress in that effort,” said Mayor Ron Onslow. “I am very proud of the Finance Department team for preparing financial statements that inform, enlighten and communicate the City’s financial story to the public,” said Kirk Johnson, Finance Director.

Board and Commission Volunteers Needed

The City is Accepting Applications for Its Boards and Commissions

The City of Ridgefield is seeking applicants to fill vacant positions on its volunteer Planning Commission, Salary Commission, Parks Board and Civil Service Commission. All positions will be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Completed applications must be received by the end of business on October 31, 2017.

Each Commission and Board serves as a citizen advisory body, and makes recommendations to the City Council. The time commitment includes regular attendance at meetings and preparation for meetings by reviewing written materials. Attendance at other sub-committee or City Council meetings or research may be required.

For an application or additional information about the qualification requirements, see the Job Opportunities page or contact Julie Ferriss, City Clerk at (360) 887-3557, at City Hall, 230 Pioneer Street in Ridgefield, or by email at Julie.Ferriss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us.

For more information about a particular Commission or Board, including links to meeting agendas and minutes, please visit Boards and Commission page.

Councilors File for Re-Election

Don Stose, John Main, and Ron Onslow all filed this morning for reelection to Ridgefield City Council seats, and Emily Enquist filed for a position on the Ridgefield School Board.

Hillhurst Highlands Planned Unit Development project.

The City will conduct a public hearing on the proposed subdivision of 25.05 acres on land on 3 tax lots at 24304 NW Hillhurst Road on May 15, 2017 at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA beginning at 6:30 PM. The public is invited to present written comments or to testify.

The land is now zoned RLD-r and the proposal is to build 79 housing units, including open space, parks, trails, road and utility improvements. The applicant is Hinton Development Corporation.

If you are concerned about too many new homes being built in Ridgefield this is the time to make your views known.

The application materials are available for inspection on request at City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM. Printed copies of the application materials are available at a reasonable cost. A staff report will be available for review on May 8, 2017.

 

 

Ridgefield’s Community Development Report

I you are interested in reading Ridgefield’s Community Development Report for April, follow this link: http://ridgefieldwa.us/wp-content/uploads/4-2017.pdf

Hillhurst Highlands Planned Unit Development project.

The City will conduct a public hearing on the proposed subdivision of 25.05 acres on land on 3 tax lots at 24304 NW Hillhurst Road on May 15, 2017 at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA beginning at 6:30 PM. The public is invited to present written comments or to testify.

The land is now zoned RLD-r and the proposal is to build 79 housing units, including open space, parks, trails, road and utility improvements. The applicant is Hinton Development Corporation.

If you are concerned about too many new homes being built in Ridgefield this is the time to make your views known.

The application materials are available for inspection on request at City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM. Printed copies of the application materials are available at a reasonable cost. A staff report will be available for review on May 8, 2017.

Save the Date!

Mayor Ron Onslow will give the State of the City address February 7th at 6pm in the Performing Arts Center at Ridgefield High School. The subject is: “Growth/Inspiration/Opportunity”. He is  inviting everyone and including a first grade and third grade class.  Our growth, businesses, projects and future will be featured.

New Officer in Ridgefield

Last night I attended the City Council meeting, where Officer George Turkov was sworn in as a new member of the Police Force.

City Clerk swears in Office Turkov

City Clerk swears in Office Turkov

Officer Turkov was born in part of the former Russia, and moved to Sacramento as a child. He has been through training, and will be a welcome addition to our city.

Please welcome Officer Turkov and his wife Christine.

City Council Meeting Summary 11-03-16:

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  1. Study Session: Cheyenne Robinson with Buxton conducted presentation to City Council on Retails Recruitment and Retention Solution.
  2. Public Hearing on 2017 Property Tax Levy and Revenues: The total 2017 Revenue Budget totals $18,631,192, including $4,993,296 associated with internal transfers from existing funds.  In comparison, the 2016 final Revenue Budget was $22,796,922, with $6,579,722 associated with internal transfers from existing funds.  The overall net decrease in the proposed revenue budget when compared to the 2016 Budget is approximately $4.2 million an 18.3% decrease from the 2016 budgeted revenue. (Hearing conducted).
  3. First Reading on Ordinance No. 1222 – 2017 Property Tax Levy: The 2017 budget includes a statutory maximum 1% increase in the current property tax levy exclusive of additional revenue resulting from new construction, improvements to property annexations, and any increase in the value of state assessed property. The 2017 General Fund expense budget has increased 2.86% over the 2016 final expense budget to account for contractual and inflationary increases. Adoption of the 1% property tax levy increase does not match current inflation, but is needed to maintain a balanced budget. (First Reading Conducted).
  4. First Reading on Ordinance No. 1223 – 2017 Storm Water Utility Rate Code Amendment: City staff contracted with FCS group, one of the most preeminent consultants in our region, to conduct a rate analysis as required by the City’s Budget Policy. The rate analysis was conducted in 2016 and looked at expenses and revenues for the next 10 years for the Storm Water Utility. As a result of the rate study it was determined that rates for 2017 should increase $1.46 per bi-monthly billing cycle per equivalent dwelling unit. (First Reading Conducted).
  5. Second Reading on Ordinance No. 1221 – 2016 Budget Amendment: The total budget amendment request is for $534,926 which includes $371,453 in new expenditures, $109,750 in additional revenue recognition, and $163,473 in net transfers from both special revenue and operating funds. The total fund balance reduction is $261,703. (Adopted).
  6. Motion – Approval of Community Garden Regulations: The City is developing regulations for community gardens to more transparently and comprehensively manage ongoing operations of the garden. The proposed regulations were developed based on examples from other cities and feedback from current gardeners, and reviewed for consistency with existing park regulations in RMC 8.18. (Approved).
    For more information, see the City Council webpage (Final minutes will be posted following approval by the City Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting on November 17, 2016).

City Council Meeting Summary 10-13-16:

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Council Business Items:

  1. Study Session – Finance Director Kirk Johnson conducted presentation on 2017 budget – initiatives and capital projects.
  2. AWC Director and Washougal Mayor Sean Guard presented City with 2016 Small City Success Municipal Excellence Award for Ridgefield First Saturdays program.
  3. Public Hearing and First Reading of Ordinance No. 1219 – Ridgefield Mixed Use Overlay: The purpose of Ridgefield Mixed Use Overlay is to encourage development of mixed-use nodes outside the central city in the Pioneer & 45th and Ridgefield Junction subareas. Mixed-use sites are intended to combine commercial, residential and office uses on sites distinguished by high-quality architectural and site design that integrate common open areas, connections between uses and to adjacent sites, and a sensitive response to environmental features. (Public Hearing and First Reading conducted).
  4. Public Hearing and First Reading of Ordinance No. 1220 – Commercial Design Standards: The purpose of Commercial Design standards is to develop regulations that ensure commercial property is developed in a way that suits Ridgefield’s unique character and identity. (Public Hearing and First Reading conducted).
  5. Resolution No. 515 – Parks and Trail Standards: Standards are intended as a tool for developers to use in identifying locations and amenities for parks and trails, and as a guide for discussions between the City and developers to ensure that the projects will best meet the City’s long-term recreation needs. (Approved).

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City Council Meeting Summary 09-22-16:

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Council Business Items:

  1. Presentation – Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency Update provided.
  2. Presentation – Planning Commission Quarterly Update on 2016 Work Plan.
  3. Second Reading on Ordinance No. 1218 – Stephenson Vista Development Agreement: The Stephenson Vista subdivision (then known as Stephenson Manor) received preliminary approval on August 14, 2006.  The current developer acquired the property in 2015 and has been diligently pursuing development of the parcel since acquisition.  The applicant has requested a two year extension of the preliminary plat approval to August 14, 2018.  As part of this agreement the applicant has agreed to provide LED lights, the establishment of a Home Owners Association, and has agreed to meet the architectural design guidelines contained in the Ridgefield Development Code.  (Approved).
  4. Resolution No. 514 – Approval of Bonding Reimbursement for Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex Project: City is currently underway on a project, the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, to design and create a master plan document for a shared recreation complex between the City and the Ridgefield School District. The City recently purchased property for the project and would like to add flexibility in funding sources for the recent purchase. In the event the City issues tax-exempt bonds for the construction of the project, IRS regulations allow the City to reimburse prior expenditures with the proceeds of that bond. (Approved).

Mayor Report: Proclamation on National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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 October 13, 2016).

City Council Meeting Summary 09-08-16:

Council Business Items:

  1. Presentation – Parks Board Chair Marie Bouvier presented Parks Board quarterly update on 2016 work plan.
  2. Presentation – Public Works Director Bryan Kast presented final draft update on water and storm water rate study.
  3. Public Hearing and First Reading on Ordinance No. 1218 – The Stephenson Vista subdivision (then known as Stephenson Manor) received preliminary approval on August 14, 2006.  The current developer acquired the property in 2015 and has been diligently pursuing development of the parcel since acquisition.  The applicant has requested a two year extension of the preliminary plat approval to August 14, 2018.  As part of this agreement the applicant has agreed to provide LED lights, the establishment of a Home Owners Association, and has agreed to meet the architectural design guidelines contained in the Ridgefield Development Code.  (Public Hearing and first reading conducted).
  4. Ordinance No. 1216 – Second Reading on Petition to Annex Petition the Brown Property: The City approved the Notice of Intent to Annex for the Brown property on August 11, 2016, the first step in the direct petition method for annexation.  The City received a Notice of Petition to Annex on June 22, 2016, the second step in the process.  The annexation notice is for 107.58 acres (111.42 acres with adjacent right of way) contained 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 second reading and adoption of the ordinance).
  5. Motion – Approval of Amendment to Comprehensive Plan Map: During the sub-area planning process, the Council adopted the 45th and Pioneer sub-area plan on December 17, 2015.  The preferred sub-area plan map for the 45th and Pioneer sub-area plan shows the zoning boundary following the natural topography of the land north of the proposed 15th Street/11th Street alignment east of 45th Avenue. While finalizing the documents for the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update, inadvertently followed the parcel lines to apply zoning controls in compliance with the adopted sub-area plan.  In order to correct this error staff is presenting this item to Council so that Council can affirm that the 45th and Pioneer sub-area map was intended to control application of zoning controls within the sub-area. (Motion approved).
  6. Motion – Approval of Bid Award for N. 4th Place Project: In 2015 the City applied for and received a CDBG Grant for reconstruction and drainage improvements on North 4th Place between Mill Street and Division Street. This project will re-open the alley to through traffic and will connect to the Mill Street Improvements Project and the 5th Avenue Improvements project, both previous CDBG funded projects. City received eight bids on the project, with the lowest bid submitted by Advanced Excavating Specialists (AES) of Longview. (Motion approved).
  7. Motion – Approval of Bid Award for Reiman Guardrail Project: In 2015 the City identified a project to extend and add additional guardrail along Reiman Road. The roadway is adjacent to a creek and in some areas there is a slope down to the creek that could pose a hazard to cars if they were to leave the roadway. The project was bid via the small works roster and the City received two bids on the project, with the lowest bid submitted by Peterson Brothers of Sumner WA. (Motion approved).
  8. Motion – Approval of Bid Award for Division Street Storm Water Project: The City’s 2008 Stormwater management plan identifies the upsizing of the Division Street Storm line as the number one project. A majority of the runoff from the northeast section of down-town flows to this storm line. In 2015 heavy rain from a thunderstorm overwhelmed the pipe causing flooding on Division Street. This project will increase the pipe size from 12 to 24-inches and will include provisions to allow a stormwater treatment facility to be retrofitted to the line in the future. The project was bid via small works roster and the City received two bids on the project, with the lowest bid submitted by Tapani, Inc. (Motion approved).

Mayor Report: Mayor appointed Beth Wills to Parks Board, Position No. 7.

Proclamation on Legendary Teacher Day and Constitution Week was read into the record by Mayor Onslow.

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 22, 2016).

City Choses New Chief of Police

The City of Ridgefield is pleased to announce that John Brooks has been selected to serve as its new Chief of Police. The City is enthusiastic about Mr. Brooks’ qualifications and his personal ties to Clark County. He worked his way through the ranks from police officer to Captain during his 25 years of service at Portland Police Bureau. He is a graduate of Washington State University, an FBI National Academy Graduate and has been a resident of Clark County for 15 years.

Mr. Brooks is excited to take on the role of Ridgefield Police Chief and become more familiar with the community. “My first priority will be to meet and establish relationships with the citizens of Ridgefield, local businesses, neighborhood groups, the men and women delivering service, and other area leaders with a desire for a safe community and a government leadership worthy of trust.”

City Manager, Steve Stuart, thanked the citizens and staff who participated in the selection process and provided valuable insights in making the final hiring decision. “Our thorough interview process and rigorous background investigation confirmed that Brooks is the right choice for Ridgefield. He has a solid law enforcement background, a high-energy engaged and collaborative leadership style and the vision to plan for the future needs of our growing city while maintaining high levels of service.”

Brooks first day with the City of Ridgefield will be Monday, October 3, 2016. The City will schedule a reception in October to allow all interested community members the opportunity to meet Chief Brooks.