City Council Meeting Agenda

September 20, 2021

The City is working diligently to address the threat posed by COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). The City is following the guidance from state and county public health officials to take all efforts to prevent the spread of this virus.

In the interest of the safety and welfare of the public, the community, and our employees and to limit the spread of the virus, this City Council meeting will not be open to in-person attendance. Council will be attending this meeting remotely via video conference.


All City Council workshops and meetings are broadcast (live closed captioning available) on, CVTV cable channels 23 / HD 323, and on the City's Facebook page,


In addition, members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting over conference call may do so by calling: 1-877-309-2073 and entering access code 169-338-917 when prompted (credentials unique to this meeting).



Public testimony will be accepted under Community Communication regarding Consent Agenda items (Items 1-3 on the agenda below), under Public Hearings (Items 4-6), and under the Community Forum (any topic). Advance registration will be required (see details below). 


 Testimony will be accepted in the following manner:


  • Written comments submitted in advance


Comments may be sent to by 12:00 p.m. on September 20. Comments will be compiled and sent to the City Council and entered into the record.


  • Remote testimony during the meeting

    Advance registration is required to testify remotely. Anyone wishing to testify must register by 12:00 p.m. on September 20.

    Visit the following website for more information and to register:, or call the City Manager's Office at (360) 487-8600.


Further instructions for accessing the virtual meeting will be provided upon registration. Each speaker will be asked to limit testimony to three minutes and provide their name and city of residence for the record.




To be conducted remotely.


4:00-5:00 p.m.     Commercial Corridors Strategy - Evergreen and Grand Boulevards


Bryan Snodgrass, Principal Planner, 360-487-7946



5:00-6:00 p.m.     Housing Code Updates


Bryan Snodgrass, Principal Planner, 360-487-7946



6:30 PM

To be conducted remotely

Call to Order and Roll Call
Approval of Minutes
Minutes - August 16, 2021
Proclamation: National Preparedness Month
Community Communication (Items 1-3)
Consent Agenda (Items 1-3)

The following items will be passed by a single motion to approve all listed actions and resolutions. There will be no discussion on these items unless requested by Council. If discussion is requested, the item will be moved from the Consent Agenda and considered separately - after the motion has been made and passed to approve the remaining items.

1.Interlocal Agreement with Clark Public Utilities (CPU) for Overhead Electric Line Relocation associated with the Northwest Neighborhood Connectivity Improvements transportation project (on NW Lincoln Avenue – NW 43rd Street to NW 53rd Street. (Project #PRJ072461)
Staff Report 134-21

Authorize the City Manager or designee to sign an Interlocal Agreement with Clark Public Utilities for reimbursement of expenses for Overhead Electric Line Relocation – Northwest Neighborhood Connectivity Improvements project, currently estimated to be $39,683.66, which includes sales tax.


Ivar Christensen, PE, Senior Civil Engineer, 360-487-7765; Hassan Abdalla, PE, Engineering Manager, 360-487-7704


2.Bid Award for SE 1st Street – 164th Avenue to 177th Avenue transportation improvement project, per Bid #21-20 (Project #PRJ071612)
Staff Report 122A-21

On September 20, 2021, award a construction contract for the SE 1st Street – 164th Avenue to 177th Avenue project to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Lee Contractors, LLC of Battle Ground, Washington, at their bid price of $9,887,587.00, which includes Washington State Sales Tax and authorize the City Manager or designee to execute the same.

Leslie Degenhart, PE, Senior Civil Engineer, 360-487-7710


3.Approval of Claim Vouchers

Approve claim vouchers for September 20, 2021.


Public Hearings (Items 4-6)

The following item(s) are scheduled for public hearing. Members of the public addressing Council are requested to give their name and city of residence for the audio record. Speakers are asked to limit testimony to three minutes.

4.2020 CDBG/HOME Program Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report
Staff Report 135-21

Following a public hearing, approve the 2020 CAPER report for submission to the HUD Region X Office for approval.


Peggy Sheehan, Community Development Programs Manager, 360-487-7952; Bryan Monroe, Associate Planner, 360-487-7958


5.Amendments to VMC Title 10 - Pearson Airfield
Staff Report 131-21


AN ORDINANCE relating to Pearson Field Airport, substantively amending multiple sections of the VMC, re-codifying and amending several other sections of the VMC, and repealing multiple sections of the VMC in order to update and reflect preferred management practices, clarify and update the Aviation Advisory Committee and establish separate stand-alone Rules and Regulations applicable to Pearson Airport; providing for savings, severability and an effective date.



On Monday, September 20, 2021, subject to second reading and public hearing, approve the ordinance.


Jennifer Belknap Williamson, Public Works Director, 360-487-7131; Guy Lennon, Airport Manager, 360-487-8619


6.Amendments to VMC 8.22 - Camping
Staff Report 132-21


AN ORDINANCE of the City of Vancouver, Washington establishing Supportive Campsites to facilitate the provision of temporary shelter incidental to the provision of supportive services to individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness; authorizing the establishment of two Themed Supportive Campsites, one for Families with Children and one for Single-Occupant Females; establishing Camping Impact Areas to protect ecologically sensitive areas and areas within the immediate vicinity of Supportive Campsites; establishing an exemption from the prohibition against daytime camping for individuals who present satisfactory evidence of nighttime employment and obtain a Nighttime Worker Camping Permit; Amending VMC 8.22.010 “Findings”, VMC 8.22.020 “Purpose”, VMC 8.22.030 “Definitions”, VMC 8.22.040 “Unlawful Camping”, VMC 8.22.050 “Unlawful Storage of Personal Property in Public Places”, VMC 8.22.070 “Permit”; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.



On September 20, 2021, subject to second reading and public hearing, approve the Option A or Option B ordinance.


Jamie Spinelli, Homeless Response Coordinator, 360-487-8610; Jonathan Young, City Attorney, 360-487-8500; Sara Baynard-Cooke, Assistant City Attorney, 360-487-8500


A.From the Council
B.From the Mayor
a. Interstate Bridge Replacement Program - Executive Steering Group Update
C.From the City Manager
a. Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program Update
Community Forum
This is the place on the agenda where the public is invited to speak to Council regarding any issue. Up to 90 minutes will be allotted for the Community Forum. Each speaker must register in advance, per the general protocol outlined at the top of this agenda. Detailed instructions and protocol will be provided to registered speakers once the advance registration closes. Each speaker shall have one opportunity to address the Council and is asked to limit testimony to three minutes.
Executive Session re: Labor Negotiation Strategy (30 minutes); City Manager Performance Evaluation (1 hour - continued from September 13, 2021)

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