Mapping the future of a community

Strategic planning efforts are underway in Washougal

Washougal Strategic Planning public outreach efforts:

“Coffee Conversations”

• July 21, noon to 3 p.m., Starbucks, 291 “C” St.

• Aug. 29, 7 to 10 a.m., Papa’s Ice Cream, 1700 Main St., Ste. 130

• Sept. 19, 7 to 10 a.m., Neder’s Cafe, 2511 “E” St.

Public Workshops

• July 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Washougal High School, 1201 39th St.

• Aug. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Best Western Parkersville Inn & Suites, 121 S. Second St.

• Sept. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Washougal City Hall, 1701 “C” St.

Contact: City Hall, 835-8501, tevers@ci.washoug...

or jboys@ci.washouga...

Strategic planning managers for Washougal are hoping to receive input from residents about a variety of issues such as recreation opportunities, code enforcement services and quality drinking water.

Surveys about those topics, as well as fire and emergency medical services, street lighting, parks, downtown revitalization and other issues, are part of the strategic planning efforts conducted by Trevor Evers and Joanne Boys.

They have already interviewed local business owners and area builders, as well as several church leaders and representatives from credit unions, Columbia Ridge Senior Living, the Best Western Parkersville Inn & Suites and Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.

“They are thrilled the city is interested in what they think,” Boys said during a June 27 City Council workshop.

Additional interviews are expected with bank officials, industrial park tenants and others, as well as casual conversations with individuals at port concerts, the Washougal Farmers Market and senior breakfasts.

Evers and Boys are also seeking individuals interested in serving on an advisory committee.

Arianna Nassib, of East Vancouver, is assisting in the strategic planning process as an intern. She is a senior at the University of Portland. Nassib’s responsibilities will include conducting phone surveys.

The final adoption and implementation of mission and vision statements and community values is expected to occur with a celebration in May 2012.