Neighborhood associations wishing to participate in the Neighborhood Outreach Program and receive neighborhood association services from the county will meet the following criteria:
- Each neighborhood association will adopt a set of bylaws for its organization which will govern rules of procedure (including voting), membership, frequency of meetings, organization and duties of officers. The neighborhood association will keep a copy of its bylaws on file with the county.
- Each neighborhood association will keep a current copy of its roster of board members on file with the county.
- Clark County neighborhood associations are not agents of Clark County government.
- The membership of neighborhood associations will include all residents, property owners, businesses, and a representative of non-profit organizations within the neighborhood.
- The boundaries of the associations will be defined by the association in consultation with the county. Every attempt should be made to avoid and eliminate overlapping boundaries. New associations formed within the Urban Growth Boundary must contain a minimum of 75 households.
- No membership fees will bar any resident from participating and voting. Voluntary dues, contributions, contracts, grants or subscriptions may be used by a neighborhood group.
- Neighborhood associations must hold at least one general meeting per year to maintain their active status. The general meeting must be listed in The Columbian's Neighborhood Meetings section, and additional efforts to notify residents of the meeting will be strongly encouraged. (It is requested that all neighborhood association meetings be listed in the Neighborhood Meetings Section for easy reference by citizens, in addition to notification through flyers and newsletters.)
- Neighborhood Associations who use the county's photocopying
services for monthly newsletters agree to the following conditions as well as the guidelines outlined on the neighborhood association mailing instructions.
- To include the following disclaimer on each issue: Neighborhood association newsletters are copied free of charge by the Clark County Public Information and Outreach office. The information and views expressed are solely those of the neighborhood association and not of Clark County government or the Public Information and Outreach Office.
- To not include any advertisements, editorials, religious or political endorsements, statements or positions on ballot propositions or candidates for an election, in compliance with RCW 42.17.130.