Job Opportunity

The City of Ridgefield, a rapidly growing community in Southwest Washington, seeks a dynamic and self-motivated individual for the following position:

TEMPORARY FACILITIES MAINTENANCE WORKER

$15/hour

The Facilities Maintenance Worker is a full-time, temporary, non-exempt position with a work schedule of 40 hours per week. This position may remain filled from July-October depending on available work.

Successful applicants will be responsible for performing a variety of streets, stormwater and park labor duties to maintain roadways, outside grounds, park properties and stormwater facilities. Duties may include but are not limited to operating motorized and non-motorized equipment to perform mowing, weed removal, planting, garbage removal, and other projects as assigned. Applicants must be 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, be able to work in a variety of extreme weather conditions, and be able to lift a minimum of 60 pounds.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates must submit a completed Employment Application to: Lee.Knottnerus@ci.ridgefield.wa.us

Or send/deliver to: City of Ridgefield, ATTN: Lee Knottnerus, P.O. Box 608, Ridgefield, WA 98642

Employment Application form is available on the City’s website at www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us or by calling 360-887-3557. The final candidate will be required to successfully complete a drug screen.

Get Permits Online

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The City of Ridgefield is pleased to offer our citizens, businesses and visitors access to online permitting for all residential plumbing, mechanical, and irrigation permits, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new on-line permitting systems require you to have a unique – free and private – account. You can set up an account at https://ci-ridgefield-wa.smartgovcommuni….

Permit services are also available at the City’s Community Development Department Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM.

On-line Permitting

The City of Ridgefield is pleased to offer our citizens, businesses and visitors access to online permitting for all residential plumbing, mechanical, and irrigation permits, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new on-line permitting systems require you to have a unique – free and private – account. You can set up an account at https://ci-ridgefield-wa.smartgovcommuni….

Permit services are also available at the City’s Community Development Department Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM.

Planning Commission Meeting Time Change

The City of Ridgefield Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for 7:30 pm, November 4 at the Ridgefield Community Center

The agenda includes: Floating Structure Code for Marinas, Parks Capital Facilities Plan and Urban Downs Comprehensive Plan Amendment. For more information, see http://www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us/pc/page/p….

This meeting was originally advertised for 6:30PM and has been rescheduled to 7:30PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused

The Four Stormwater Facilities of the Apocalypse (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second of two articles about storm water by Paul Snoey. Thanks Paul, for all your hard work in preparing this information.

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The City of Ridgefield accepted the four stormwater facilities for Bellwood Heights in 2004. From that time, until late 2009, no one ever went into them, not even once. From the summer of 2005 until March 2009 no catch basins in the city were cleaned either. I brought this to the attention of the Gee Creek Committee and we began to confront the city in the fall of 2008. Because of neglect and not cleaning catch basins, they were loaded with sediment and weeds. A contractor was hired to refurbish these units at a cost of $110,000. The sediment was removed and new sod put down. One facility, at Riemann Road, began to have problems of sediment from the hillslope to the west of it and a hole opened up on the slope above.

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In mid-December 2010, sediment began appearing in the Riemann Rd. facility. The cause was a drain line from the park above was not reconnected and it gouged a hole mid-slope. In late winter, the drain line to the facility was reconnected, but the hole on the slope was left alone through summer and fall of 2011.

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On November 22 of 2011, the hillslope began to dissolve from a heavy rain, loading the pond with sediment and sending a plume of bright yellow discharge down Riemann road. To my astonished disbelief, facilities supervisor Tad Arends drove by without stopping. Even after repeated phone calls and e-mails to city hall no one came for over a week. Ignoring damage to city property and damage to the environment is against state law. It was an emergency demanding at least erosion control.

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In early December of 2011 the city hired a consultant and then a contractor to clean the facility and make a road into the back. Rip-rap was dumped and community corrections crews from Battleground and city employees carried rock up the hill and threw it into the hole. There was no erosion control done at the site of erosion and rip rap was the wrong material.   I sent an e-mail to the city manager that the effort reminded me of Sisyphus from Greek mythology. (A king, punished by the gods, doomed to roll a rock up a hill only to have it roll back down forever)

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January of 2012: After a heavy rain the repair once again blew apart and undid everything. Rip-rap this size has large voids so water flowing through it easily carried sediments on down and into the pond. If at any time the void on the hillslope had been filled with soil, compacted, and then new sod laid of top, it would have solved the problem. You don’t need a consultant or contractor for that. If catch basins had been cleaned and proper care had been given this facility perhaps none of this would have been necessary.   A geo-consultant was hired and then a bid awarded, and in October of 2012 the entire slope was redone with terracing and hydro-seeding. The sediment was removed and the remaining sod was replaced with Carex, a very water tolerant plant. The contractor told me he was getting $100,000 for the work.  All in all, there were two consultants used and two contractors. It’s possible that with all that was done the total costs were over $250,000. Something I truly believe was unnecessary.

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In September of 2013 a plume of sediment was flowing from the hillslope into the pond.   It meant that something was still wrong and that the Riemann Road facility was no longer releasing clean water. This facility had over $200,000 in repairs and still wasn’t right. I sent this photo as an e-mail attachment to the city but nothing was done. Later, I noticed a new hole had appeared on the hillslope.   Earlier this year, I sent an e-mail to new public works director Tim Shell about the problem and in February some erosion control was done. My comment to Tim Shell was that these things should be noticed and taken care of without someone like me being involved. In fact, many problems should be taken care of without the city manager or public works director even knowing. Letting little things become big failures and then having consultants and contractors solve the problem is happening too often.

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Riemann Road Facility in March 2015: Cattails are displacing Carex and sediment build up below the sediment trap is due to catch basins not being cleaned and sediment not being removed from the trap. Because of this, this facility and the other three at Bellwood heights will fail again unless there are changes in how the Ridgefield Stormwater Utility is operated.

We will have a new Community Development Director!

City Manager Steve Stuart announced the hiring of Jeffrey Niten as the new Community Development Director for the City of Ridgefield. Jeff will join the City beginning March 3. “Jeff’s experience, enthusiasm, customer focus and excellent problem-solving skills make him a great addition to the Ridgefield team,” said Mr. Stuart.

Jeff has extensive experience managing and completing planning projects for economic and community development, as well as future infrastructure planning. He worked as a planner in Clark County for nearly ten years, after gaining broad-based experience in community development positions elsewhere around the region. As Ridgefield’s Community Development Director, Jeff will assume full management responsibility of the City’s long-range planning, development review and permitting, code enforcement, and building services.

From a family of fourth-generation Ridgefield residents, Jeff has strong ties to the community and is excited to provide leadership in preserving the quality of life that brings and keeps people in Ridgefield. He is equally committed to ensuring high-quality growth and development for one of the fastest growing cities in Washington State.

Two Positions at City of Ridgefield

The City of Ridgefield is accepting applications to fill two positions in its Community Development Department: A Director/Planner and a Permit Technician.

The Community Development Department consists of Planning and Building Divisions that work together to implement the community’s vision for the city, plan for the future and regulate development. The Department’s responsibilities include land use, long range and comprehensive planning, building services and developer support activities; development review, inspection and permitting and code enforcement.

The Community Development Director–Planner will assume full leadership and management responsibility for department services and activities. Competitive candidates will have at least five years of progressively responsible experience in planning; a bachelor’s degree in a job-related field and membership in a professional standards organization such as AICP.

The Permit Tech performs a wide variety of technical administrative responsibilities for the department including receiving, logging and distributing development plans; checking and reviewing permit applications for proper form and sufficiency of information; and issues permits as authorized. Qualified candidates should have an associate’s degree or equivalent and two years job related experience involving interaction with the general public.

Please contact City Hall or visit the City’s website at www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us on the “Jobs” page for the complete job announcements and application information.

Growth in Clark County

Clark County is holding open houses about planning for development and studying potential impacts as the next step in updating the local Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. The meeting in Ridgefield will be August 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Ridgefield Community Center.

The current focus is on determining what will be included in a formal analysis to supplement an environmental impact statement used to update the growth plan in 2007. The county is considering options that include not deviating from the 2007 plan, changing some land uses planned in existing urban growth areas and expanding urban growth areas around Battle Ground, La Center and Ridgefield at the request of city officials.

This is a chance for you to let County officials know your ideas about these subjects.

 

Kirk Johnson Becomes Finance Director

Kirk Johnson has accepted a promotion to Finance Director for the City of Ridgefield. Kirk began work with the City in August 2012 as an Accountant and is excited to continuing serving the community in his new position. “This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the employees and citizens of Ridgefield as we face the challenges of this growing community.”

Kirk graduated cum laude in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Washington State University. He brings thirteen years of experience in the banking industry and has experience working for the State Auditor’s Office. As Finance Director Kirk will assume full management responsibility for all Finance Department services and activities including maintaining the City’s accounting systems, fiscal records and supervising the Finance Department staff.

City Manager Steve Stuart is enthusiastic about the promotion. “Kirk has strong accounting, systems and leadership skills, and has tremendous potential for successful growth and development, similar to the City that we serve.”

Interviews for City Manager are Complete

Ridgefield, WA, February 28, 2014 – The City of Ridgefield completed interviews with the three City Manager candidates today. The three finalists were Nelson Holmberg, Executive Director at the Port of Woodland; Steve Stuart, Clark County Commissioner; and Chris Sutter, Assistant Police Chief at the City of Vancouver.

The candidates were interviewed by the Ridgefield City Council, City staff, managers from local agencies and representatives from the community. The City will complete a more detailed background check over the next week or so prior to making an offer of employment.

Mayor Onslow noted: “The interview process was very thorough and confirmed that we have three very qualified candidates. We look forward to completing our due diligence in the next week or so.” The Council will likely hold a special executive session to receive the results of the background check prior to their next regularly scheduled meeting on March 13th.

City Manager’s Position

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The City of Ridgefield will interview three finalists for its City Manager position on Friday February 28, 2014. The three finalists include Nelson Holmberg, Executive Director at the Port of Woodland; Steve Stuart, Clark County Commissioner; and Chris Sutter, Assistant Police Chief at the City of Vancouver.

The candidates will be interviewed by the Ridgefield City Council, City staff, managers from local agencies and representatives from the community. If the City Council identifies a preferred candidate the City will complete a more detailed background check prior to making an offer of employment.

The advertised salary range for the position is between $105,000 and $125,000. The City Manager will be responsible for a total of 33 full time equivalent employees and oversee an annual budget of $10.4 million. The City’s 2013 population was 5,545 and the City’s population growth between 2012 and 2013 was the third fastest in the State of Washington.

City Manager Deadline Extended

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The City of Ridgefield has extended the deadline for applications to fill its vacant City Manager position. The new deadline is February 10th with the selection process scheduled to be completed by early March.

The City initiated an expedited recruitment process on January 3rd and the initial application deadline was January 21st. The City received twenty applications but has opted to extend the application period to give more time for other potential candidates to apply.

The City plans to review the full set of applications the week of February 10th and interview finalists the last week of February. If a successful candidate emerges from the interviews the City Council will consider extending an offer of employment targeting a start date in April 2014.

Mayor Onslow added, “We wanted to take a little more time to get the word out and to give potential candidates the opportunity to apply. Ridgefield has a strong sense of community and tremendous potential. We look forward to finding the right person to help us achieve our vision of a city that supports businesses and delivers a high quality of life for our residents.”

The community is invited to provide input on the skills, knowledge, and abilities important for a successful City Manager. A survey is available on the City’s web site (www. ci.ridgefield.wa.us). For more information about the city or the City Manager position contact Lee Knottnerus at 360.857.5001 or at Lee.Knottnerus@ci.ridgefield.wa.us.

More on the Outstanding Citizen Award

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Thought you would be interested in knowing who’s won the Outstanding Citizen award in past years, so you don’t nominate someone who’s already been honored. Here’s the list of past recipients:

2001 – David Dynes

2002 – Gladys Doriot

2003 – Allene Wodaege

2004 – Ralph Kraus

2005 – Roy Garrison

2006 – Tevis Laspa

2007 – Helen Maul

2008 – Marie Wilcox

2009 – Don & Earlene Griswold

2010 – Jerry Stallings

2011 – David Standal

2012 – Bruce Crockett

It’s no secret – I’m going to nominate Ron Onslow for this year’s award.

City Council Meeting

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Here’s a short report on the City Council Meeting of September 12

Ordinance No. 1136 – First reading of Uniform Emergency Medical Services – Phil Messina, City Manager

Resolution No. 450 – Approval of Emergency Medical Services Interlocal Cooperation Agreement – Phil Messina, City Manager

Resolution No. 447 – Approval of the 2013 General Sewer Plan Update – Steve Wall, Public Works Director

Resolution No. 448 – Approval of the Clark Regional Wastewater District Comprehensive General Sewer Plan – Steve Wall, Public Works Director

Resolution No. 449 – Approval of the 2013 Water System Plan Update – Steve Wall, Public Works Director

Resolution No. 451 – Declaring Certain Office Equipment and Miscellaneous Items as Surplus –

Lee Knottnerus, Administrative Services Director

Motion was made to award the bid for manufacturing the LED (luminaries) bulbs to Crescent Electric Supply Co and installation will be done by Clark Public Utilities. This work is being done with monies from the TIB.  It is a grant given to Ridgefield to change out the old street lamps with the new LED lamps.

The ordinance, the motion and all resolutions were passed, 7-0

The Council asked Phil Messina to send a letter to the County Commissioners in support of the Flume Creek Habitat Area.

Mayor Onslow made the following Proclamations:

Constitution Week: September 15th to 21st

Suicide Prevention Week: September 8th to the 14th

Community Development Report: 124 permits have been issued to date, 9 are waiting for pick-up, 7 are ready, and 13 are in review.

 

CCFRC Confusion

I was confused when I saw the many side-by-side outdoor ads for Larry Bartel and David Town, who are both running for Clark County Fire & Rescue Commissioner. It appeared to me that they were running for the same position. What the signs don’t say is that Mr. Bartel is running for Position #5 and his race is uncontested, therefore his name does not appear on the ballot. Mr. Town is running for Position #1, and has two opponents, therefore his name is on the ballot.Hope this helps!

By the way – send in your ballot asap. Wouldn’t it be great if Ridgefield had the largest percentage of voters in the state? We can do it!