Electrical work is now being completed, and soon insulation and drywall will be installed inside the new Lacamas Lake Lodge and Conference Center. Contractor JWC Construction began work in July on the 5,000 square foot building located on the banks of Lacamas Lake. It has slowly begun to take shape in the last couple of months. “There hasn’t been any real unexpected challenges,” said Site Superintendent Chad Shumaker on Friday. “The city has been super easy to work with. This is going to be a beautiful building.”
After some inappropriate spectator behavior at local high school athletic events, as well as other incidents in the area, the Washougal School District is taking action. A code of conduct agreement has been drafted and will be given to parents of all student athletes at the start of every sports season. It requires refraining from using profanity, obscene gestures, berating players and coaches, showing excessive displays of anger or frustration, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco, complaining or arguing about officials’ calls, arguing with coaches, or refusing to obey the instructions of security officers, among others. Spectators do not have to sign the agreement in order to be held to these standards. “We have had enough situations come up between this year and last year, as well as situations occurring in Clark County, around the state and nationally involving unsportsmanlike behavior by parents and spectators,” said Aaron Hansen, Washougal High School principal. “We have expectations and standards for our coaches and for our athletes, but we haven’t had any for our parents or guardians until now.”
Parking in downtown Camas. It’s a complicated issue that can draw emotions including frustration, anger and exasperation. While a handful of businesses are lucky enough to have their own parking lots, the majority of merchants in the downtown core share customer on-street parking limited to two hours, with some areas of 10-minute and 6-hour parking spots as well. It’s an issue that over the years has come up time and time again. A city-sponsored committee attempted to tackle some of the problems in 2009. “This animal has been one we have grappled with,” said Councilman Steve Hogan. “It’s kind of like dancing with a bear. Once you start dancing, you don’t get to determine when to stop. It seems the bear does.”
On Monday, Nov. 18, the city of Camas will hold a public hearing on its proposed $66.7 million 2014 budget. To fund the budget as recommended, the City Council will need to boost its property tax levy and use its banked taxing capacity, which has accumulated since 2009 because the city did not use its 1 percent annual property tax levy increase that is allowable by state law. The amount of money the city can increase its levy by each year is limited to 1 percent of the previous year’s levy. The city is also limited by a statutory maximum rate of $3.60 per $1,000 of assessed value.
The form of government in Washougal will remain the same, after the defeat of Proposition 1. The measure would have changed the form from mayor-council with a city administrator to council-manager. Proposition 1 received 996 votes for it (34.38 percent) and 1,901 votes against it (65.62 percent). City Councilman Brent Boger said he was disappointed with the results.
A dinner and auction will raise money for Heroes Northwest. The second annual event will be held Friday, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Embassy Suites at the Portland Airport, 7900 N.E. 82nd Ave.
“Raising startup capital” will be the topic of the next Clark County PubTalk. It will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m., at Fort Vancouver National Trust, Artillery Barracks, 600 E Hatheway Road, Vancouver.
A corporation that handles the shipping of more than 50,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and vans a year has moved from downtown Camas to downtown Washougal. Transport Holding Co., Inc., has leased the 3,080-square-foot Suite 230, in Washougal Town Square. It operates six auto shipping brokerages. Three are based out of the Washougal office, and the other three are in Phoenix, Ariz. Terry Williams, president and chief executive officer, splits his time between the two cities. For more information, call 834-2900, email Terry@magiccarpetautotransport.com or visit www.magiccarpetautotransport.com.
Due to the Legislature going into a special session today, Sen. Ann Rivers and Rep. Liz have cancelled a town hall meeting, which was scheduled for Saturday, at the Camas Public Library. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday he is calling lawmakers back to Olympia to pass legislation that would benefit the state's aerospace industry. Lawmakers were unaware of the governor's plans until he made the announcement. Pike said the town hall will be rescheduled.
Incumbents kept their seats in both local school board races.