Washougal is losing a longtime arts advocate and member of its city council.
Joyce Lindsay, a six-year member of the Washougal City Council, plans to announce her resignation — effective May 31 — at the next council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., Monday, March 12 at Washougal City Hall.
Lindsay is moving to Bellingham, Washington, to be closer to her daughter, Jocelyn Lindsay, and son-in-law, Kurt Gazow. Two of Joyce’s sons also live north of Seattle, and five of her grandchildren live in the Seattle area.
First elected to the Washougal City Council in 2011, the 78-year-old Lindsay, was re-elected in November of 2015. Her current term is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2019.
Washougal City Administrator David Scott said the city has not yet set a deadline to receive letters of interest from city council hopefuls.
“We have some time and will get things set up in the next month,” Scott said.
Lindsay said she plans to continue her involvement on the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) Board of Directors — of which she is a founding member — even after she moves away from Washougal.
In May of 2017, the Parks Foundation of Clark County presented Lindsay with the Florence B. Wager V-Formation Flyer award, which, according to the Parks Foundation, “recognizes a spirited volunteer whose dedication goes above and beyond the norm, unhesitatingly giving of their time and resources to organize, develop or enhance the parks, trails and recreation programs in the community.”
Lindsay has been involved in many Washougal community projects, including the Schmid Family and Beaver parks as well as the Hamllik Park bike-skills course, Hartwood Park red barn playground, the Washougal Community Gardens and the Elements Art Installations. She also was involved with the Washougal Art Festival, and contributed to fundraising efforts for the “Seaman” Newfoundland sculpture in Washougal’s downtown Reflection Plaza, and “Forever Faithful,” a sculpture of a Belgian Malinois installed in front of the Washougal police station.