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In an effort to make Council actions and discussions easier to access, we have included time codes for each agenda item below. Council meetings are listed in reverse chronological order.

2022 Audio Files with Agenda Time Codes

Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Agenda Item Summaries & Time Codes

I. GENERAL SESSION CALL TO ORDER

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Roll Call
  3. Late changes to the agenda (none)

II. OATH OF OFFICE FOR SERGEANT GIBSON – 00:01:30
Sergeant Nathan Gibson sworn in as a sergeant for Ridgefield Police Department. Sergeant Gibson has been an officer with the Ridgefield Police Department since 2007.

III. PUBLIC COMMENT – 00:08:38

IV. CONSENT AGENDA – 00:09:56
Passed unanimously.

V. PRESENTATION

  1. Commission on Aging Update – 00:10:15
    Presentation from the Clark County Commission on Aging. Presentation slides available beginning on page 16 in the Agenda Packet.
  2. Horns Corner Park Final Master Plan – 00:28:00
    Presentation of Final Master Plan for future park located south of Pioneer St and west of Royle Rd. Presentation slides available beginning on page 49 in the Agenda Packet.

VI. PUBLIC HEARING/BUSINESS

  1. Public Hearing and First Reading of Ordinance No. 1365 – Acquisition by Eminent Domain of Certain Property in the City of Ridgefield for Pioneer Street Extension Road Improvement Project – 01:12:00
    First Reading, no action taken.

VII. PUBLIC COMMENT – 01:16:40

VIII. COUNCIL/PRESIDING OFFICER/STAFF REPORTS

  1. Council & Mayor Pro Tem – 01:17:10
  2. Mayor – 01:26:13
  3. City Manager & Staff Reports – 01:27:40

Meeting Type: City Council Appointment Interviews
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Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Agenda Item Summaries & Time Codes

I. CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENT INTERVIEWS – Click Here for Audio Recording

II. EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO RCW 42.30.110(1)(G)
No recording, closed to the public.

III. GENERAL SESSION CALL TO ORDER – Click Here for Audio Recording

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Roll Call
  3. Late changes to the agenda (none)

IV. DELIBERATION AND SELECTION OF POSITION NO. 4 – 00:01:00

  1. Oath of Office – City Council Position No. 4 – 00:22:00
    Matt Cole was sworn in as a new councilmember and took a seat at the dais to participate in the remainder of the meeting.

V. INTRODUCTION AND OATH OF OFFICE FOR OFFICER KEATING – 00:24:30
Officer Keating sworn in as a new police officer for Ridgefield Police Department.

VI. PUBLIC COMMENT – 00:32:30

VII. CONSENT AGENDA – 00:37:25
Passed unanimously.

VIII. PRESENTATION

  1. Refuge Park Master Plan – 00:37:46 
    Introduced Galina Burley, recently hired as the City’s first Parks, Recreation and Trails Manager.
    Presented Master Plan proposal (visuals available in Agenda Packet, page 22) including amenities following input from the Ridgefield community and feedback from Parks Board and City Council. Amenities presented include: pickleball court, community garden, picnic shelter, inclusive and accessible play area, second access to the dog park with additional trails.
    Council feedback: Add benches on the trail, include a separate small dog area, and evaluate the feasibility and cost of adding restrooms.

IX. BUSINESS

  1. Motion – Approval of Private Crossing Agreement Between the City of Ridgefield and BNSF – 01:23:15
    Project to build overpass across the railroad and close Mill and Division Streets began about 20 years ago. Through the process, a decision was made to add a second access point to the waterfront (in addition to the Overpass) to allow emergency responders access to the waterfront and marina in the event that the overpass is blocked. The proposed agreement provides the terms for a private crossing over the railroad tracks at Division for emergency responder access only.
    Passed unanimously.
  2. Second Reading of Ordinance No. 1364 – Kemper Grove Development Agreement – 01:34:50
    Provides plan for Kemper Grove subdivision including Demelo Park to serve the development and surrounding area.
    Passed unanimously.

X. PUBLIC COMMENT – 01:38:50

IX. COUNCIL/PRESIDING OFFICER/STAFF REPORTS

  1. Council & Mayor Pro Tem – 01:40:00
  2. Mayor – 01:47:00
  3. City Manager & Staff Reports – 01:47:40

Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Agenda Item Summaries & Time Codes

I. GENERAL SESSION CALL TO ORDER

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Roll Call
  3. Late changes to the agenda (none)

II. PROCLAMATION

  1. Ridgefield Volunteer Week – 00:01:49
    Mayor Pro Tem Aichele proclaimed April 17 through April 23 as “Ridgefield Volunteer Week” and encouraged all residents to renew your commitment to service and reserve some time to get out and volunteer.
    Chief Brooks accepted the proclamation and spoke about Neighbors on Watch.

III. PUBLIC COMMENT – 00:07:30

IV. CONSENT AGENDA – 00:10:18
Approved.

V. PRESENTATION – 00:10:57

  1. Lifesaving Award to RPD Officers Siem and Wattson – Chief Brooks

VI. BUSINESS – 00:18:20

  1. Resolution No. 609 – Approval of Intent to Annex – Zim Pro LLC – 00:20:00
    The Intent to Annex includes one 3.64 Acre parcel, #212783000, owned by Zim Pro LLC. The parcel is in the Ridgefield Urban Growth Area (UGA) and contiguous with the existing Ridgefield city limits to the south. Therefore, the parcel is eligible for annexation. Property is currently single family residential with 3 additional general purpose buildings used for the storage and maintenance of construction equipment and they intend to keep it that way.
    Approved unanimously.
  2. Motion – Approval of Kemper Grove Phase 4 & 5 Final Plat – 00:23:30
    The applicant proposes to subdivide Kemper Grove Phases 4 & 5 into 34 single-family detached lots ranging from 3,008 to 7,933 square feet.
    Approved unanimously.

VII. PUBLIC HEARING/BUSINESS – 00:32:00

  1. Public Hearing and First Reading of Ordinance No. 1364 – Kemper Grove Development Agreement – 00:32:36
    Proposed agreement to make the park and trail improvements in the development eligible for Park Impact Fee credits.
    First reading, no action taken.
  2. Public Hearing and Approval of Resolution No. 610 – Ridgefield School District Proposition No 8 General Obligation Bonds – 00:49:32
    The Ridgefield City Council supports the Ridgefield School District Proposition No. 8 as a necessary investment in our community’s present and future, which our community cannot afford to reject, and encourages our residents to vote “yes” on April 26, 2022, in favor of passing the Ridgefield School District capital bond measure.
    Passed unanimously.

VIII. PUBLIC COMMENT – 01:03:35

IX. COUNCIL/PRESIDING OFFICE/STAFF REPORTS

  1. Council & Mayor Pro Tem – 01:04:15 
  2. City Manager & Staff Reports – 01:11:22

Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Agenda Item Summaries:

II. PROCLAMATION 

  1. Ridgefield Youth Arts Month – Click here to view the full proclamation
    Mayor Lindsay proclaimed March 2022 as Ridgefield Youth Arts Month and encouraged all residents to recognize the tremendous achievement of our community’s art students and educators and to join Ridgefield School District in encouraging a lifetime of creativity. This is the seventh year of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month had 25 scheduled activities and over 600 participants. 

V. PRESENTATION

  1. Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Report
    2021 reserves increased from previous year. For General fund, revenue increased by 21% over 2020. At end of year, expenses were 91% of approved balance.
  2. Refuge Park Master Plan Alternatives
    Consultant presented three master plan concepts for Refuge Park and received input from Council. Using this input, the consultant will create one final concept for approval. Design will begin in May.

VI. BUSINESS

  1. Resolution: Amendment to Financial Policy #03: Credit Card Usage
    Passed unanimously. Online reconciliation platform implemented 2021. Proposing changes to increase flexibility and to be consistent with best practice: have individual name and City of Ridgefield on each card for security, create form for management to request that an employee obtain card for operational need, document temporary increase/decrease in credit limit.
  2. Resolution: Terminate the Declaration of Civil Public Health Emergency and Related Emergency Plans 
    Passed unanimously. Proposal to end emergency order for COVID-19. Emergency powers no longer necessary. 
  3. Motion: Approval of Memorandum of Agreement for Ending Community Homelessness Organization
    Passed unanimously. Conversation ongoing between City of Vancouver and Clark County: What measures may be taken to address underlying causes of homelessness and to assist those who are experiencing homelessness? Proposal to expand conversation to include smaller cities in Clark County, including Ridgefield. Memorandum of Agreement includes a charter to create a holistic approach to ending homelessness in Clark County and creates an organizational structure for ending community homelessness to include: 2 representatives from Vancouver, 2 from Clark County, 1 from each small city, 2 people who have experienced homelessness.

Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Audio Time Codes:

I. GENERAL SESSION CALL TO ORDER

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Roll Call
  3. Late changes to the agenda (none)

II. PROCLAMATION – 00:01:39

  1. Support for the Ukrainian People – Click here to read the full proclamation

III. PUBLIC COMMENT – 00:03:10

IV. CONSENT AGENDA – 00:08:30
Approved.

V. PRESENTATION

  1. Carty Road Subarea Plan – Back to Work – 00:09:24
    In response to several requests to annex a 266 acre area into City limits, Council started a subarea planning process to address impacts and compatibility related to future growth within the boundary of the area proposed to be annexed. In 2020, the City completed an analysis of the natural areas and infrastructure, and engaged the community and stakeholders in conceptual planning including land use, roadways, and a shared vision that works for the community. Due to the delay, the City is going to reopen the subarea planning process to again engage with stakeholders, then to Planning Commission for recommendations and then to Council for review and decision. The subarea plan would only be implemented if and when the area is annexed into the City. There are no active requests to annex the area. Documentation with supporting information available in the Agenda Packet.
  2. Horns Corner Master Plan – 00:48:40
    Requested input from the community regarding park amenities for Horns Corner Park on Ridgefield Roundtable public engagement site. Based on responses, developed and presented two park concepts. The renderings of the two concepts can be viewed beginning on page 104 of the Agenda Packet. 

 VI. PUBLIC COMMENT – 01:15:39

VIII. COUNCIL/PRESIDING OFFICE/STAFF REPORTS

  1. Council – 01:19:16
  2. Mayor – 01:27:25
  3. City Manager & Staff Reports – 01:28:18

Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Audio Time Codes:

I. GENERAL SESSION CALL TO ORDER

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Roll Call
  3. Late changes to the agenda (none)

II. PROCLAMATION – 00:00:52

  1. Blood Donor Month Proclamation – Click here to read the Proclamation

III. PUBLIC COMMENT – 00:06:15
Comment made thanking Council for passing a Code of Ethics at the previous meeting and thanking all community volunteers involved in Ridgefield.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA – 00:07:45
Approved unanimously.

V. PRESENTATION

  1. Port of Ridgefield Update, Randy Mueller – 00:08:09
    Randy Mueller, CEO of the Post of Ridgefield provided an update on current Port projects.

VI. BUSINESS

  1. Motion – Approval of Interagency Agreement Between the City of Ridgefield and City of La Center Relating to Law Enforcement Services – 00:15:20
    Passed unanimously. Agreement to enable Ridgefield PD to provide law enforcement assistance in La Center as needed. Priority will continue to be police services in Ridgefield.
  2. Motion – Approval of Downtown Street Tree Selection – 00:20:00
    Passed. An arborist was hired to identify trees that should be removed in downtown Ridgefield because of the health of the tree and/or problems created on the sidewalk due to the tree roots. The identified trees were removed. A public survey was performed to identify the trees that should be planted to replace those trees. Consistent with the public survey, Council approved the Eddie White Wonder Dogwood to fill the 21 empty tree wells.
  3. Motion – Approval of an Agreement Between City of Ridgefield and Tesla, Inc. – 00:30:00
    Passed unanimously. Agreement to allow Tesla to install 12 Tesla Super Chargers and two level 2 universal charging stations at the Ridgefield Park and Ride in early 2023.
  4. Resolution No. 606 – Declaring Certain Property as Surplus and Authorizing Its Disposition – 00:37:00
    Passed unanimously. Certain equipment and supplies will be surplused due to end of useful life, or the City is unable to effectively use the materials.

VII. PUBLIC COMMENT – 00:40:10
Comment about electric vehicles.
Comment about tree selection.

VIII. COUNCIL/PRESIDING OFFICE/STAFF REPORTS

  1. Council – 00:43:00
  2. Mayor – 00:50:15
  3. City Manager & Staff Reports – 00:51:15

Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Audio Time Codes:

I. GENERAL SESSION CALL TO ORDER

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Roll Call

II. PUBLIC COMMENT – 00:02:00
No comments made during public comment.

III. CONSENT AGENDA – 00:02:38
Approved unanimously.

IV. PRESENTATION

  1. Workforce Southwest WA Update – 00:02:55
    Developing a Quality Jobs Strategy for employers to implement, and training employees to place with high quality employers in selected job areas. Working with employers in Ridgefield.
  2. Transportation Safety Plan – 00:16:22
    A hired consultant conducted a study of Ridgefield streets and intersections to identify safety needs and potential solutions. With the completed safety plan, the City is eligible to apply for grant funding through the WSDOT City Safety Program.
  3. 2022 Parks Board Work Plan – 00:46:00
    Reviewed 2021 Accomplishments and projects for 2022 with a focus on connecting trails.

v. BUSINESS

  1. Motion – Approval of Park Naming – DeMelo Park – 00:55:15
    Approved unanimously. Request to name the park in Phase 5 of Kemper Grove subdivision after Joe Melo, who passed away in 2021. He designed the park along with other parks/trails in Ridgefield.
  2. Motion – Approval of Kemper Grove Phase 2 Final Plat – 00:59:23
    Approved unanimously. The final plat will subdivide Phase 2 of Kemper Grove subdivision into 22 single-family detached residential lots and 26 attached single family residential lots.
  3. Motion – Approval of the Appointment Process for City Councilor – 01:08:56
    Approved unanimously. Application process for appointment of new City Councilmember will begin 2/11/2022, the selection process will include three opportunities for public input including a town hall, and the final appointment will be 3/24/2022.
  4. Motion – Approval of Code of Ethics – 01:16:55
    Approved unanimously with amendments. Created a Code of Conduct for the Mayor and Councilmembers including consequences for violations.

VI. PUBLIC COMMENT – 01:28:50
No comments made during public comment.

VII. COUNCIL/PRESIDING OFFICE/STAFF REPORTS

  1. Council – 01:29:30
  2. Mayor – 01:39:50
    Ken Spurlock appointed to the Clark County Arts Commission as a representative for the City of Ridgefield.
  3. City Manager & Staff Reports – 01:47:15

Meeting Type: City Council Study Session
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I. STUDY SESSION

  1. YMCA Design Presentation – Click here to view design renderings

Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Audio Time Codes:

I. GENERAL SESSION CALL TO ORDER

  1. Flag Salute – 00:00:20
  2. Roll Call – 00:00:45

III. PUBLIC COMMENT – 00:01:42
Comment from Port of Ridgefield CEO Randy Mueller regarding his new role at the Port.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA – 00:07:20
Approved unanimously.

V. PRESENTATION – 00:07:45

  1. Community Experience Survey Update

VI. BUSINESS

  1. Second Reading of Ordinance No. 1362 – Transportation Impact Fee List Update – 00:35:20
    Adopted unanimously. Impact fees are one-time charges assessed by a local government against a new development project to help pay for new or expanded public facilities that will directly address the increased demand for services created by that development. Transportation impact fees (TIF) are used for public streets and roads. This business item updates the list of TIF eligible projects.
  2. Resolution No. 605 – Authorization to Apply for Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board Grant – 00:45:35
    Approved unanimously. 2. Council provided authorization to apply for a $1.6 million grant to replace the 13’’ Gee Creek culvert with a 24” wide arch culvert that conveys Gee Creek under Royle Road.
  3. Motion – Approval of Contract with PBS Engineering for Royle Road Design – 00:51:00
    Approved unanimously.  3. The City’s Capital Facilities Plan provides for widening Royle Road to a 2-lane roadway with a planted center median and pedestrian facilities. This contract will complete final design for segment of the road between So. 19th Street & Hillhurst and Wells Drive to Legacy Trails Apartments.
  4. Motion – Approval of Contract with PBS Engineering for Mayor’s Meadow Trail Design – 00:58:40
    Approved unanimously. 4. Contract is to design pedestrian and cyclist connectivity paralleling Pioneer from Mayor’s Meadow portion of Abram’s Park east to Reiman Road, connecting with the Gee Creek trail network on the west end and Smyth Road trail on the east end, and provide a bridge crossing Gee Creek.
  5. Second Reading of Ordinance No. 1363 – Union Ridge North EMUO Removal – 01:08:48
    Adopted unanimously. 5. Changes zoning to remove the employment mixed use overlay on 9 contiguous parcels NW of the I5 Junction leaving the Commercial Regional Business Base Zone.
  6. Motion – Approval of Greely Farms Phase 2A Final Plat – 01:16:25
    Approved unanimously. Subdivides Greely Farms into 89 detached single family units, open space areas, a stormwater facility, trails and dedicates a 9-acre parcel for a park.

VII. PUBLIC COMMENT – 01:33:30
Comment thanking Don Stose for his time on Council.

VIII. COUNCIL/PRESIDING OFFICER/STAFF REPORTS

  1. Council – 01:36:00
  2. City Manager – 01:49:34

Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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Audio Time Codes:
I. City Council Members Oath of Office – 00:01:20
Councilmembers Stose, Onslow, and Lindsay take a ceremonial Oath of Office with Judge Wheeler

II. Public Comment– 00:04:24
Comment made complimenting Council on having a more open mind in the past 10-15 years and encouraging them to continue.

III. Consent Agenda – 00:06:18
Passed unanimously without discussion

IV. Presentation: Community Experience Survey Update
Presentation moved to January 27 Council meeting.

V. Business

1. Motion – Approval of RPOA (Ridgefield Police Officers Association) Collective Bargaining Agreement – 00:06:45.
Approved unanimously.
2. First Reading of Ordinance No. 1362 – Transportation Impact Fee List Update – 00:15:10
First reading, no action taken.
3. Motion – Approval of Contract with PBS Engineering for Master Planning and Design of Horns Corner Park – 00:26:57.
Approved unanimously.
4. Motion – Approval of Contract with DOWL for Master Planning and Design of Refuge Park – 00:34:00
Approved unanimously.
5. Resolution No. 603 – KDev Intent to Annex – 00:40:00
Adopted unanimously as geographically modified.

VI. Public Hearing/Business

1. Public Hearing and First Reading of Ordinance No. 1363 – Union Ridge North EMUO Removal – 00:55:52
First reading, no action taken.
2. Public Hearing and Approval of Resolution No. 604 – Ridgefield School District Proposition No. 7 General Obligation Bonds – 01:16:00
Adopted unanimously.

VII. Public Comment – 01:24:05
No comments made during public comment.

VIII. Selection of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem – 01:24:38
Councilor Stose nominated Jennifer Lindsay as Mayor for years 2022 and 2023. Councilor Lindsay selected unanimously as Mayor.
Councilor Coker nominated Rob Aichele as Mayor Pro Tem for years 2022 and 2023. Councilor Aichele selected unanimously as Mayor Pro Tem.

IX. Council/Presiding Officer/Staff Reports – 01

1. Council – 01:28:40
2. Mayor – 01:37:38
3. City Manager – 01:38:28

2021 Audio Files

12/16/2021
Meeting Type: City Council Regular Meeting
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12/02/2021
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11/19/2021
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11/04/2021
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10/29/2021
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10/14/2021
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09/23/2021
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09/09/2021
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08/26/2021
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08/05/2021
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07/22/2021
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07/08/2021
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06/24/2021
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06/10/2021
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05/27/2021
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05/06/2021
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04/22/2021
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04/08/2021
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03/25/2021
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03/11/2021
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02/25/2021
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02/11/2021
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01/28/2021
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01/14/2021
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