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City Council

Next Meeting: Thursday, October 14

6:30PM – City Council General Session

Join the Meeting in Person: Columbia Assembly Room, Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center, 510 Pioneer St. Per Secretary of Health Order 20-03.2.: Masks required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

Join the Meeting on Zoom: Click here to join the meeting [link will be available by the day prior to the meeting]
Telephone: +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 811 3531 0355
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To assure the health and safety of the general public during this COVID pandemic, and compliance with Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-28.14, the City of Ridgefield will conduct City Council meetings in person with full online access through webinar.

MEETING PROCEDURES:
The meeting will be conducted via Zoom and in person consistent with COVID guidelines. Instructions to attend the meeting virtually will be provided the day prior to the meeting on this webpage. 

Any person wishing to attend the meeting in-person will be able to do so in the Council Chambers (Columbia Assembly Room).

If at any time during the meeting the in-person component cannot comply with the State requirements, the meeting will be recessed until compliance is restored or if compliance cannot be restored then adjourned to a later date.

State Secretary of Health Order 20-03.2 regarding masks indoors must be followed by all in-person attendees. This means:

  • All individuals over the age of 5, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering while indoors at City Council meeting.

PUBLIC HEARING:
Members of the public may provide testimony during a Public Hearing listed on the agenda in two ways:

Live comments. If possible, notify the City Clerk that you would like to make comments during the public hearing no later than 3PM the day of the meeting. Notification may be made by email at julie.ferriss@ridgefieldwa.us. Provide your full name and phone number. When your name is called by the Mayor during the meeting, please state your comment at the podium if attending in-person or City Clerk will unmute your microphone if the meeting is attended via Zoom.

If notification is not provided in advance, state your comment at the podium if attending in person or use the “raise your hand” feature during the public hearing if attending via Zoom. When your name is called by the Mayor, the City Clerk will unmute your microphone so you are able to make your comments.

All comments will be limited to 3 minutes.

Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk via email or be placed in the drop box in front of City Hall no later than 3PM on the day of the scheduled City Council meeting. Comments will be compiled and provided to the City Council and necessary City staff.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Members of the public wishing to address items not on the agenda can email the comments to the City Clerk at julie.ferriss@ridgefieldwa.us no later than 3PM on the day of the scheduled City Council meeting or address City Council at an in person meeting during a Public Comment section of the meeting.

As usual, a recording of all Council meetings will be made available on the City website the day after the meeting at https://ridgefieldwa.us/government/city-council-meeting-audio-files/

For updates on the City’s developing response to COVID-19, please visit https://ridgefieldwa.us/coronavirus/

Vision for the City of Ridgefield

Vision Statement: Connecting our historic past with a healthy future where people, nature, and business flourish together. 

Mission Statement: Committed to providing the community with superior services, building on the proud history, and meeting the challenges that shape our future. 

Core Beliefs:

  1. City government is the accessible and relevant form of democracy. To that end, as elected council members we remain involved in the local community and endeavor to be responsive to community concerns through focused, fair, and friendly actions respectful of individuals and the community as a whole. 
  2. We believe that good government requires open and clear communication.
  3. We strive for civility between ourselves and the electorate, and are empathetic and open to new ideas while shaping the vision and laying the ground work for the best quality of life we perceive possible for present and future generations of our neighbors and families. 
  4. We are passionately dedicated to a local government that is in whole, and every part, efficient, compassionate, and competent in the skills required to provide the services and facilities for which we have joined together to remain and become the City of Ridgefield. 

EQUITY STATEMENT

The City of Ridgefield recognizes the great value of diversity of culture, background, race, language, ability, age, gender identity, economic status, religion and other factors. This means:

  • The City recognizes the role that government can play in breaking down barriers to equitable access to opportunities.
  • We continually celebrate the diverse community different individuals cultivate.
  • We are committed to ensuring fair and equitable access to City programs, services, and employment.
  • Elected officials and staff will continually work with the Ridgefield community towards economic, civic and social justice.

All City staff are committed to the following values:

We will treat every person with respect and dignity. Always. We celebrate and embrace diversity and respect each person’s individuality, opinions, feelings and unique talents. Our workplace is to be a shelter from violence, threats, harassment of any kind, discrimination, retribution, bullying and abuse. Every person who comes in contact with a City of Ridgefield employee, including other employees, can expect honesty, fair dealing and courtesy. No amount of authority, status or power can excuse anyone in our organization from treating another with rudeness, humiliation or disrespect. Ever.

RIDGEFIELD FORM OF GOVERNMENT

The citizens of Ridgefield adopted the council-manager plan of government in 1999. Under this form of government, the elected officials are the community leaders and policy makers who establish a vision for the city and then appoint a city manager to carry out public policy and ensure that all residents are being well served. The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong professional experience of an appointed local government manager.

The City Council consists of seven members who are elected by the citizens of Ridgefield on a non-partisan basis for four-year terms. Elections are arranged so that three or four terms expire every two years. Council members have the responsibility of establishing policy to govern the City, adopting a budget for city revenues and expenditures, and performing all other actions necessary to govern the City, including the passage of ordinances and resolutions.

The Council is led by the Mayor, who is appointed biennially by the members of the Council. The Mayor serves as the chief spokesperson and head of the City government for public and ceremonial purposes. He presides at all Council meetings, votes as a Council member and does not have any veto power. He/she may sign legal instruments and documents on behalf of the City. He has no full-time administrative duties.

In April 2014, Council established an independent Salary Commission composed of five members to set the salary of the mayor and council members. Details about the Commission are in the Ridgefield Municipal Code, Chapter 2.62.


Meet the Council

Mayor Don Stose

(Position 4, Term expires 2021) Mr. Stose and his wife Sherry moved to Ridgefield in 2005. He and Sherry have two children who are both married and enjoying their respective families. Mr. Stose retired from Toyota Motor Sales USA after enjoying a very successful career.

He was appointed to the Ridgefield City Council in 2008 and enjoys helping the City of Ridgefield move forward and become a more vibrant and prosperous city.

Contact at don.stose@ridgefieldwa.us


Councilor Ron Onslow

(Position 1, Term expires 2021) Mr. Onslow started his journey at the University of Portland where he received a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Business and a minor in Psychology. Since then, he has managed Onslow’s Restaurant in Vancouver, owned and operated three other restaurants and one deli-bakery. On the side he was a coach for softball, swimming, and football. He also has collected vast board and commission experience as President and Board member of the Northwest Ski Club Council, Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Miss Washington pageant, American Softball Association, and Advisory Board for the Culinary School at Clark College. Throughout his impressive adulthood, he has been honored as Junior First Citizen of Vancouver, named to the Outstanding Young Men of America and Outstanding Employer for work done with the Vancouver School District.

Contact at ron.onslow@ridgefieldwa.us


Councilor Rachel Coker

(Position 2, Term expires 2023) Rachel Coker has served as a member on the Parks Advisory Board since 2019. She has been involved in the community through the Parks Board, attending community events, volunteering at the Lions Club booth at the Clark County Fair, and attending business spotlight events by Ridgefield Life magazine and the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce. Coker enjoys Eagle’s View Lookout Park, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and photographing local events and landscapes.

Coker was appointed due to vacancy on the Council July, 2021, and will sit for election for a full term in 2023.

Contact at rachel.coker@ridgefieldwa.us 


 Councilor Lee Wells

(Position 3, Term expires 2023) Mr. Wells has been in the community over 60 years. He, along with his wife and their five children, is a graduate of Ridgefield High School.  To date, he has had nine grandchildren in the Ridgefield school system.  Mr. Wells retired from Columbia River Log Scaling & Grading Bureau after 44 years of service. He was President of Ridgefield Junction Neighborhood Association for six years and Legislative Director for Clark/Cowlitz Farm Bureau for six years. Mr. Wells has made several trips to Washington DC to discuss estate taxes, wildlife management and other community concerns.  He and his wife, Geri, continue to run the family farm they bought in 1972. Mr. Wells is honored to have served as a Ridgefield City Council member since 2008.

Contact at lee.wells@ridgefieldwa.us


Councilor Rob Aichele

(Position 5, Term expires 2023) Mr. Aichele started his career by completing a carpenter’s apprenticeship at the Pacific NW Carpenters Institute in Portland Oregon in 1990. Through skill advancement trainings he became a Superintendent for Skanska where he worked for almost 27 years on complex projects with Intel, PDX airport, Salem Hospital, Canby schools and many others. He then took a position as a Representative for the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters where he worked until his retirement in 2018.

Mr. Aichele married his high school sweetheart Tana and they raised 3 children and have lived in Clark County for over 30 years.

Mr. Aichele moved to Ridgefield in 2015 where he became an active member of the Lion’s Club. Mr. Aichele was appointed to the City’s Planning Commission in 2019 and was elected to City Council in 2020. As a Councilmember his focus is achieving greater employment opportunities, expanding trail and sidewalk connectivity to enhance public safety and to keep downtown vibrant.

Contact at Rob.Aichele@ridgefieldwa.us


Councilor Jennifer Lindsay

(Position 6, Term expires 2021) Ms. Lindsay holds a B.A. in Political Science from Portland State University, has more than 10 years of experience working with schools and local government, and demonstrated her leadership skills on the City’s Planning Commission from 2016-2018. In her nine years as a resident of Ridgefield Ms. Lindsay dedicated much of her time to volunteering with service groups such as Ridgefield Lions, the 4th of July Committee and the Booster Club. She is interested in keeping the rural feel surrounding our town as the City grows, a trail system network that creates a draw to the region and maintaining the historical, small town atmosphere of downtown.

City Council Member Jennifer Lindsay was appointed to Council in October 2018 when a vacancy occurred due to a resignation. She was elected in 2019 to retain her seat on Council.

Contact at jennifer.lindsay@ridgefieldwa.us


Councilor Judy Chipman

(Position 7, Term expires 2023) Judy Chipman grew up in Ridgefield and moved back to the area 9 years ago. Chipman served on the Columbia Credit Union Board of Directors for 9 years and retired from Bonneville Power Administration in 2017. In 2018, Chipman was appointed to the Ridgefield Planning Commission. Chipman enjoys attending Raptors games, walking her neighborhood, and enjoying the small-town atmosphere of Ridgefield.

Chipman was appointed due to a vacancy on the Council in July, 2021, and will sit for election for a full term in 2023.

Contact at judy.chipman@ridgefieldwa.us

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