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Recent Updates as of 4/1/2020

Camas Essential Services 

Essential services, including police, fire/EMS, water, sewer, and stormwater drainage services, will continue while City Hall and other City departments are closed.  Additional Department service information is detailed below.

The city offers both online and phone options to access services during the closure of offices:

      • Download the City's Mobile App Camas Connect 24/7 or go to the website to utilize the online Citizen Response and Service Request System: Citizens may submit questions or comments, identify an issue, or report a concern to various city departments via the City of Camas CRM mobile online system. Enter a Service Request



      •  The Monday, April 6th regular meeting will be held digitally. More information on access to come. Workshop for April 6th has been canceled. 


            • All City Boards and Commission meetings are canceled through April.


      • The Library is closed until further notice - Please follow the Library's social media or website for more detailed updates - www.camaslibrary.org
  An Emergency Order and Action Plan was voted on by the Judges put into place Monday. 
      • No in-person dockets will be heard until after 4/30/20
      • Mandatory arraignments will be heard via video downtown Vancouver (in-custody matters)
      • C/W Municipal Court will continue to be open to the public Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 8:00 am to 4:30 am
      • C/W Court is resetting all hearings to May/June and has been calling as many defendants/attorney’s as possible to inform them and update address - it is important that if someone has an active case with our court that they contact us to update their address
      • C/W Work Crew will not be running any crews until 4/6/20
  Court allows people to Mitigate/Contest/Defer infractions by mail. 
  Please use mail instead of coming to court in May/June to cut down on our docket sizes and delays.


      • Utility Bill Payments: To make utility payments or hear your balance, please call the automated payment line at 360-817-7117 or visit www.cityofcamas.us/billpay.
      • Any payment including Ambulance Billing can be dropped off in the secure drop box marked “Water & Sewer” on the building at the Fourth Avenue entrance to City Hall.  Payments should include clear account information and should never contain cash.
      • For all other inquiries or payments, please call customer service at 360-834-2462.

HUMAN RESOURCES/JOBS: Job applications will be accepted via email or regular mail only (except for Firefighter applications). If you need an alternate delivery method, please contact the department at 360-817-1530.


      • Parks are closed, including all parking lots to the parks and trailheads. Trails and open grassy areas may be used but access is limited to foot and bike traffic only.
      • Lacamas Lake Lodge is closed until further notice
      • Camas Community Center is closed until further notice
      • All classes, programs, leagues, and meetings will be postponed until the lodge and the center reopen.
      • Private rentals scheduled to take place during the closure are canceled and will be fully refunded.
        For rental questions or to reschedule your event for a later date, please email Susan Newlove at snewlove@cityofcamas.us.


      • April 12, annual City-sponsored easter egg hunt held in Crown Park is canceled


      • The Cemetery grounds will remain open; however, the Cemetery on-site office will be closed to public access and operate on an appointment-only basis. Appointments and other Cemetery business needs should be coordinated through the Finance Department. Please call 360-834-2462 for Cemetery appointments and information.


      • NEW RESERVATIONS:  Effective immediately, no new meeting room reservations are being accepted for any City facility (Police Community Room, Fire Station 42 Community Room, Library Meeting Rooms, Community Center, Lacamas Lake Lodge, Scout Hall) until further notice.
      • EXISTING/SCHEDULED RESERVATIONS:  Those with scheduled reservations to use a City facility are strongly encouraged to reschedule their events for a later date. Reservation fees and payments will be refunded, if applicable   UPDATE 3/16/20:  Existing/Scheduled Reservations are being canceled where appropriate


Effective March 26th through April 7, 2020 or as extended by Governor’s Order – Access to Community Development (permits, planning/development engineering and inspections):

        • Applications and plan submittals that relate to essential facilities or for emergency repairs and projects that ensure structural integrity for residential structures in compliance with the Governor's proclamation will be accepted by appointment only.
        • Questions as to whether or not your company qualifies as essential contact; business@mil.wa.gov
        • All other building permits or planning reviews may be sent via mail or electronically when allowed.  Plans will be reviewed within established timeframes.
        • ONLY permits that are related to essential facilities 
            • For general Building questions or appointments please contact: permits@cityofcamas.us
            • For general Engineering questions or appointments please contact: aashton@cityofcamas.us
            • For general Planning questions or appointments please contact: rmaul@cityofcamas.us
        • ONLY inspections that are related to essential facilities. Inspections will be restricted to unoccupied structures.  Buildings and structures must be completely vacant prior to inspections taking place. For questions regarding inspections please contact bcunningham@cityofcamas.us.
      • All employees that have the ability to conduct work remotely will do so in coordination with the division manager


      • Technology Services are being provided remotely whenever services allow. Technology staff is not accepting any walk-ins.  Meetings or direct support requests will require an appointment
      • Employees are required to enter service and support requests directly into CRM
      • Managers and Supervisors are asked to call technology staff directly in any cases of urgent support needs


      • Administration/Capital Engineering: The department will operate on an appointment-only basis. Call 360-817-1561 to make an appointment.
      • Operations: All maintenance, operations and related services will continue to be provided by the Public Works Department. The Operations Center located at 1620 SE 8th Avenue will be closed to public access and will operate on an appointment-only basis. Call 360-817-1563 to make an appointment.


      • Changes to Fire Application Process
      • The Fire Marshal's Office is CLOSED to the public except by appointment only until further notice.  Call 360-834-6191, Ext. 2 for appointments.
      • Station 42's public lobby will be CLOSED to the public until further notice.  Citizens and visitors can pick up the lobby phone and call if they need access to the station or personnel there (just as it already is in Station 41 and Station 43). 


      • POLICE CLERICAL-RECORDS:  The police department’s main office will be CLOSED to the public until May 1st, 2020. Staff will be working and will be available to help serve citizens via telephone or e-mail. The public can call the main number (360)834-4151 Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. The public can also send emails to: police@cityofcamas.us 
        During this period, we will not be processing any new concealed pistol licenses and we will not be doing any civil fingerprinting.
      • OFFENDER WORK CREW:  The Camas Offender Work Crew program (fieldwork) is suspended until April 6th, 2020. This suspension of a corrections program is being coordinated with emergency steps taken by the Clark County District Court and suspension of the Clark County Offender Work Crew program.
      • CODE ENFORCEMENT:  The Code Enforcement Officer will continue to provide services to the public, but will be encouraged to use telephone contacts, rather than in-person contacts, to the degree possible. The Code Enforcement Officer may also be assigned to perform some work from home duties. This change is expected to last until May 1st, 2020.
      • TRAINING:  All non-essential travel and training will be canceled until May 1st, 2020.
      • COMMUNITY ROOM:  The Police Department’s community room is closed to the public. No new reservations are being taken until further notice.
      • POLICE RESPONSE:  The Camas Police Department is still responding to all calls for service and will continue to respond in-person to calls where there are life safety issues or if the call for service cannot be handled over the telephone. Public safety is of critical importance and every effort will be made to ensure a swift police response where necessary. When possible, for non-emergency requests, officers may be contacting members of the public or doing follow-up by telephone. When officers do make person-to-person contacts, they will attempt to employ social distancing techniques. All criminal investigations will continue.
          • While we do not have a telephone reporting system, citizens can work with officers over the telephone to file a variety of police reports rather than reporting the incident in person.
            • Citizens may still call 311 and ask to speak with a Camas Police Officer if they need to file a police report.
              This should only be used for NON-EMERGENCY situations.
            • The 911 number should be used for all other purposes.
          • We are suspending all civilian ride-a-longs.
          • Officers will be advised to limit non-essential contacts with members of the public.
          • Most police attendance at public events will also be canceled and rescheduled for a later date once the social distancing recommendations by the CDC are lifted.
          • We are also planning for the possibility that our staffing may be impacted if our personnel become ill. We plan to keep patrol functions as a top priority should this occur.
          • We are also increasing the cleaning and sanitization of our workspaces, vehicles, and other equipment.

In embracing the recommendation of the Department of Health and the Governor’s Office, we encourage all Camas residents to practice social distancing and limiting interactions in group settings.

Clark County Public Health is recommending the cancellation of large gatherings of more than 250 people in order to minimize the potential health impacts of COVID-19.

Here are other ways the City is responding to the virus:

      • Staff is actively engaged with the regional and state efforts to combat the virus
      • Working to provide up-to-date information and messaging
      • Additional personal protective equipment protocols enacted for first responders
      • Ongoing communications with staff on the issue

There are things that we can all do to help contain the virus:

      • Wash your hands often and well – hot water, soap and a duration of at least 20 seconds are the three critical steps
      • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available
      • Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or tissue
      • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
      • Avoid touching your face unless you have just washed your hands
      • Stay home if you are sick and encourage your colleagues to stay home as well

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