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. For more information about the city or the City Manager position contact Lee Knottnerus at 360.857.5001 or at

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!

Meet Lee Knotterus

Lee Knottnerus

Last week I spoke with Lee Knottnerus, our new City Clerk and Administrative Service Director, who took Kay Kammer’s place, and I thought you’d like to know a little about her.

Lee graduated from law school and spent many years in private practice doing mostly employee law. She worked for the City of Vancouver in Human Relations, mostly working with the Police Department.

Lee and her husband, who she met in law school, moved to Ridgefield 16 years ago from Tigard. They have a daughter who’s a freshman at the University of Washington, and a son who’s a sophomore at Ridgefield High School. Lee loves the outdoors and is sports-minded – they have a boat, and she both water skis and snow skis.

We’re happy to have such a capable person for our City Clerk. Welcome Lee!

Registering to Vote

Thanks to Mark Eaton of Ridgefield Junction Auto License for sending the following information:

In case customers ask about registering to vote for the general election, the deadline for mail and online voter registrations is Monday, October 8, 2012. However, since the post office will close for Columbus Day, the last day to mail registration applications is this Saturday, October 6.

Any new registrations and updates after October 8 will not take effect until after the election. Citizens who are not already registered to vote in Washington may register in person at their county elections office through Monday, October 29, 2012.

Summary of Dates:

10/06/2012 – Last day to mail in voter registrations (or updates) for the November general election.  Mail in forms can be picked up at Ridgefield Junction Auto License

10/08/2012 – Last day to register online.

10/29/2012 – Last day for voters not currently registered in Washington to register in person.

Some License Fees to Increase

Mark Eaton of Ridgefield Junction Auto License sent me this:

Several fees related to driver and vehicle licensing charged by the Department of Licensing will increase on October 1. These fee increases, passed by the 2012 State Legislature, are required to continue to fund the operation and maintenance of the roads, streets, bridges, ferries, transit systems, and other services that make up our vital transportation system.

Fees related to driver licensing increasing October 1:

Fee prior to Oct. 1       Fee on/after Oct. 1

Driver license fee (original and renewal)   $25 ($5/yr)              45 ($9/yr)

ID card fee (original and renewal)                $20 ($4/yr)             $45 ($9/yr)

CDL fee (original and renewal)                       $61 ($12.20/yr)     $85 ($17/yr)

Driver instruction permit (original and renewal)     $20                 $25

Driver license application/examination                $20                        $35

Duplicate driver license or ID card                          $15                         $20

Abstract of driver’s record                                          $10                         $13

DUI hearing (for administrative suspension)     $200                      $375

Fees related to vehicle licensing increasing Oct. 1:

Fee prior to Oct. 1       Fee on/after Oct. 1

Certificate of Ownership application (title)          $5                       $15

Original issue license plate (except motorcycle)  $0                       $10

Original issue motorcycle license plate                   $0                        $4

Motorcycle replacement plate                                    $2                        $4

Late title transfer penalty                                  $25 to $100         $50 to $125

Save time and renew online

Watch Local Election Results

You can watch live, local election night television on CVTV, local government cable channel 23 starting at 8:30 pm Tuesday, August 7.

Viewers can turn to Channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. Live CVTV election coverage is also available online at

Kim Kapp, CVTV special correspondent, and Barbara Kerr, Clark College executive director of communications and marketing, will conduct candidate interviews from Clark College’s Gaiser Hall.

Clark/Vancouver Television is the local government, non-commercial cable access channel operated and funded by the city of Vancouver and Clark County.

Update on City Manager Position

There were 47 applications for the job of City Manager of Ridgefield. The next step is going through the applications to eliminate the names of people who did not fit the requirements listed, and then interviews will start.

One of these days we’ll have a new City Manager!

Cortes Withdraws

I’ve learned that Adrian Cortes has withdrawn from the race for State Representative, 18th district, position #1. I’ve verified this with Mr. Cortes, so even though his name still appears in both the voters’ pamphlet and on the ballot, he is not a candidate.

However Brandon Vick is not running unopposed because Peter Silliman is running as a write in candidate.

Did You Get Your Ballot?

If you have not received your mail ballot, you should contact the Elections Office at 360-397-2345 and request a replacement ballot. Replacement ballots can be requested in person, by e-mail to, by mail to P.O. Box 8815, Vancouver WA 98666-8815, or by calling the above number.

Ballots for the August 7 primary and special elections are now available at the Clark County Elections Department, 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver. Election Department office hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mail ballots were mailed to registered voters.

Ridgefield Waste Treatment Plant Rated ‘Outstanding’

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has identified the City of Ridgefield Waste Water Treatment Plant for a “Waste Water Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance” award for operations during the 2011 calendar year.

Of approximately 300 waste water treatment plants statewide, the City of Ridgefield’s plant was among 108 that achieved full compliance with the discharge permits in 2011. This is the fifth time in eight years that the City of Ridgefield has received this award.

A May 23, 2012 letter from Kelly Susewind, Water Quality Program Manager, stated “It takes diligent operators and a strong management team, working effectively together, to achieve this high level of compliance. It’s not easy to operate a waste water treatment plant 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without violations.  Ecology appreciates the extraordinary level of effort your plant operators demonstrated throughout 2011. Talented and proficient operators are critical to successful plant operations and protecting the health of Washington’s water.  Your excellent record proves that dedicated operators run the City of Ridgefield Waste Water Treatment Plant and their combined efforts lead to outstanding compliance”.

Boater Education Cards

State law requires vessel operators to carry a Washington State Boater Education card when operating motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater  (including personal watercraft or any motorized watercraft). The fine for not having one is $87.

To get a card, boaters must:

– Take an approved boater education course in the classroom,  classroom/hands-on, online or at home
– Complete and submit the Boater Education Card Application, along with $10 and a legal copy of proof of course completion

For more information about the mandatory boater education card program, vessel owners may visit the Mandatory Boater Education website at

Sewer Partnership

Under terms of a recently signed memorandum of understanding, Clark County, Clark Regional Wastewater District and the Cities of Battle Ground and Ridgefield have agreed to form a new partnership, the Discovery Clean Water Alliance, by the end of summer 2012.

The alliance would not replace existing sewer providers but instead regionalize major sewer lines and treatment plants, thus eliminating the need for duplicate facilities in each service area. Customers would continue to receive service and bills from their existing provider. Each provider would pay for its proportional share of wholesale conveyance and treatment costs to the alliance based on actual sewage flows.

This shared approach would enable partners to manage capital costs through more efficient use of existing sewer capacity and shared funding of future expansions. Financial modeling suggests this would help protect customers from future rate spikes associated with large projects, thereby promoting more stable rates over the next 20 years.

The agreement also protects ratepayers from having to foot the bill for projects that do not benefit them. Any repair, replacement or capital cost would be shared by only the partners who use that part of the system.

The partnership also should make it easier to complete infrastructure projects faster and at less cost for employment lands throughout the regional service area. One example is the Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission System along Interstate 5 in north Clark County. A recent feasibility study indicated that providing sewer service in this area could encourage development of multiple employment centers and potentially create thousands of jobs, consistent with the recently released Columbia River Economic Development Council’s Economic Development Plan.

Over the next several months, elected officials from each agency will work together on a “Transition Board” to complete legal agreements, establish financial policies and take other steps toward formal creation of the alliance.

Additional information about the Discovery Clean Water Alliance is available at or upon request from the participating agencies.

Renewing Vehcile Registration

News from Mark Eaton at Ridgefield Junction Auto License:

I am pleasantly surprised at how busy the businesses at the junction are, given the construction of the roundabouts.  The delays are short and traffic has been moving right along. It is great to see that people still value the services of these businesses enough to visit them during this construction.

However, if you wish to avoid the construction and still support your local community, you can renew your registrations online at  As always, you can still visit us in person, or save time by picking up your prepaid registration, or simply allow us to mail it to you.  Selecting the Ridgefield office on the website will not cost you any more than if you were to renew in person.

What you’ll need:

Make sure we have your current address. If you’ve moved, change your address before you renew.

License plate number of the vehicle.

Each registered owner’s driver license number.

MasterCard, Visa, or American Express (No gift cards). Visit

Renew your vehicle tabs in 5 easy steps

    1. Tell us which vehicle you’re renewing
2. Decide how you want to get your tabs and, if necessary, your replacement license plates (
3. Choose whether you want to:
– Purchase a 12-month Discover Pass
– Donate to a cause
4. Pay your fees
5. Print your receipt

Information: (360) 887-2345

Thanks, Mark, for sending along this important information.