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CITY OF CAMAS
Your Government

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City Municipal Building
616 NE Fourth Avenue
Camas, Washington 98607
360.834.6864

FORM OF GOVERNMENT

The City of Camas was incorporated on June 2, 1906, and operates under laws of the State of Washington applicable to non-charter code cities with a mayor-council form of government. The City provides police, fire, ambulance service and emergency aid, streets, sanitation, health, recreation, library, public improvements, planning and zoning, water supply, treatment and distribution, sewage collection and treatment services.

Of the seven elected Council members, there is one elected at-large and six elected within wards. The wards are established based on population estimates within the City's boundaries and are reviewed and modified periodically by Council. Every two years, part of the Council body is elected and holds staggered four-year terms. The following meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers, 616 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, Washington:

  • CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. There are seven City Council members and Mayor, Barry McDonnell, who presides over the meetings. The staff representative is the City Administrator. Agenda items must be submitted by Tuesday afternoon of the week prior to the meeting. Note: If a holiday falls on the Monday of a Council/Workshop meeting, the meeting is then held on Tuesday.

  • COUNCIL WORKSHOP: Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. There are seven City Council members and a Mayor, Barry McDonnell, who presides at the meetings. The staff representative is the City Administrator. Agenda items must be submitted by Tuesday afternoon of the week prior to the meeting.



    BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES

    The City is always looking for engaged citizens who are willing to take part in our city government process and work hard to help make our community an even better place to live.

    Each year, approximately one fourth of the seats on city boards and commissions are (re-)appointed. Throughout the year vacancies occur on various boards and commissions. Applications are kept on hand as a resource for those vacancies. You may apply at any time.

    Are you interested in serving on a City board or commission?

    If so, please apply online at https://records.cityofcamas.us/Forms/BoardsInterest.

    ---Current vacancies November 2020---

    Your opinion matters! Represent your community on one of the City’s citizen boards, committees, or commissions. When you give your time, the people of Camas benefit. You feel good, too!

    Mayor McDonnell will appoint residents to the following groups:

  • Board of Adjustment
  • Lacamas Creek Watershed Committee
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Parking Advisory Committee
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Salary Commission
  • Clark County Arts Commission (Camas representative to Clark County Commission)
  • Mosquito Control Board of Trustees (Camas representative to Clark County Board)
  • How do I find out more?
    For more information on the City’s boards and commissions, including appointment length and a short description of each group, see cityofcamas.us/yourgovernment/yourgov.

    How do I apply?
    https://records.cityofcamas.us/Forms/BoardsInterest
    Please complete a Boards and Commissions Interest Form by Friday, December 4 at 5pm. Direct questions to administration@cityofcamas.us or 360.834.6864.

    https://youtu.be/NwhjOpxnzmA

    Applications for 2021 appointments due Friday, December 4 by 5pm.

    Though we typically fill vacancies at the beginning of each calendar year, it is necessary to do so throughout the year from time to time. When this happens, we go to the applications on file. We will keep your application in our active file unless you request to rescind it. If appointed, Washington State law requires that members of City committees, boards, and commissions complete Open Public Meetings Act training within 90 days.



    ---Citizen Boards, Committees, and Commissions---

  • BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
    5-year Appointment
    Conducts public hearings on variance requests for land development and zoning codes. May also act as the appeals body on building permits. General understanding of zoning and building codes highly desirable.
    Staff: Phil Borquin, Community Development Director

  • CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
    6-year Appointment
    Citizens serve on this board, 6-yr terms. Adopts rules and regulations related to civil service testing procedures and other processes for Fire and Police Department employees.
    Staff: Kacie Jones, Senior Administrative Assistant, Fire Department

  • DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE
    Ongoing Terms
    Citizens serve on this board, ongoing terms. Reviews and makes recommendations regarding development proposals as they relate to architecture, landscaping, and site design for compliance with City design guidelines and principles. Strong background in architecture, landscape design, and/or site design is highly desirable.
    Staff: Phil Borquin, Community Development Director

  • LACAMAS CREEK WATERSHED COMMITTEE
    2-year Appointment
    Advises the City Council on water quality issues in the Lacamas Creek Watershed, including Lacamas Lake, Round Lake and Fallen Leaf Lake; works with City staff to investigate and improve water quality and provide a structure for a partnership with, and accountability to, the community. (Ad hoc)
    Staff: Steve Wall, Public Works Director

  • LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FIRE FIGHTERS (LEOFF) DISABILITY BOARD
    2-year Appointment
    Adopts rules and regulations related to mandated benefits provided to law enforcement officers and firefighters hired under LEOFF I provisions.
    Staff: Jennifer Gorsuch, Administrative Services Director

  • LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    5-year Appointment
    Adopts policies, approves expenditures, and advocates on behalf of the Library.
    Staff: Connie Urquhart, Library Director

  • LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    Ongoing Terms
    Staff:Jamal Fox, City Administrator

  • PARKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    4-year Appointment
    Advises the City on parking policy and program implementation within the downtown commercial zone.
    Staff: Phil Borquin, Community Development Director and Steve Wall, Public Works Director

  • PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
    3-year Appointment
    Advises the City Council on matters related to City parks, recreation, and open spaces.
    Staff: Parks and Recreation Director (currently vacant).

  • PLANNING COMMISSION
    3-year Appointment
    Conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the City Council as to best methods of conservation utilization, planning, and development.
    Staff: Phil Borquin, Community Development Director.

  • PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
    Ongoing Terms
    Provides recommendations and guidance to the Public Works Department regarding the City’s infrastructure projects.
    Staff: Steve Wall, Public Works Director.

  • SALARY COMMISSION
    4-year Appointment
    Reviews the relationship of salaries to the duties of the Mayor and City Council Members.
    Staff: Jamal Fox, City Administrator

  • SHORELINE MANAGEMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE
    Ongoing Terms
    Staff: Phil Borquin, Community Development Director


  • ---Clark County Groups Seeking Camas Resident Representatives---

  • CLARK COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION
    4-year Appointment
    Represent Camas on a Countywide commission to promote awareness and support the arts as a vital part of our community and local economy, while also expanding the opportunity and accessibility of citizens to experience art in public spaces.
    To apply: https://www.clarkcountyartscommission.com/.

  • MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    2-year Appointment
    Represent Camas on a Countywide board which oversees the work of the Mosquito Control District, with administrative support from Clark County Public Health, and establishes its policy. The board adopts the work plan, prepares and approves district expenditures, and contracts for services.
    To apply: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/mosquito-control-district-board-trustees.


  • CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

    The City of Camas welcomes the participation of its citizens in the public meeting process. Anyone interested may be heard at meetings. In addition, the Clerk’s office will receive written comments at any time between notice distribution and the completion of the meeting. To obtain additional information concerning agenda topics, contact the City Clerk's Office at 360.817.1591 or by e-mail to Bernie Bacon, Deputy City Clerk.

    Parking and meeting rooms are accessible for persons with disabilities. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in the meeting, and any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the meeting, can contact the City Clerk at 360.817.1591 with 24 hours advance notice for those accommodations.

    OTHER COMMUNITY MEETINGS OPEN TO RESIDENTS

  • FRIENDS OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER
    Meet the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Camas Community Center, 1718 SE 7th Avenue, Camas, WA. The President is Nan Henriksen. The staff representative is Susan Newlove. Typically this group does not meet during the summer months. For more information contact Susan Newlove at 360.834.5307.

  • FRIENDS AND FOUNDATION OF THE CAMAS LIBRARY
    The Board of Directors meet the third Thursday of each month. Board members invite members of the public to attend a board meeting to sample the variety of volunteer options available. Contact friends@camaslibraryfriends.org

  • SECOND STORY GALLERY SOCIETY
    Currently inactive under COVID-19 restrictions, but can be reached by email at SecondStoryGallery@gmail.com. Always recruiting art lovers!

  • UNITED CAMAS ASSOCIATION OF NEIGHBORHOODS
    For information call 360.834.1561.

Mission Statement

The City of Camas commits to preserving its heritage, sustaining and enhancing a high quality of life for all its citizens and developing the community to meet the challenges of the future. We take pride in preserving a healthful environment while promoting economic growth. We encourage citizens to participate in government and community, assisting the City in its efforts to provide quality services consistent with their desires and needs.

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