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Administrative Guidelines

Neighborhood associations wanting to participate in the Neighborhood Outreach Program and receive neighborhood association services from the county will meet the following criteria:

  1. Each neighborhood association will adopt bylaws tol govern rules of procedure, including voting, membership, frequency of meetings and the organization and duties of officers. The neighborhood association will keep a copy of its bylaws on file with the county.
  2. Each neighborhood association will keep a current copy of its roster of board members on file with the county.
  3. Clark County neighborhood associations are not agents of Clark County government.
  4. The membership of neighborhood associations will include all residents, property owners and businesses as well as a representative of nonprofits in the neighborhood.
  5. Boundaries of the association will be defined 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Neighborhood associations must hold at least one general meeting per year to maintain their active status. The general meeting must be listed in the Neighborhood Meetings section of The Columbian, and additional efforts to notify residents by flyers and newsletters is strongly encouraged.
  8. Neighborhood associations that 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 associations are volunteer groups and not agents of Clark County government. Newsletter information and views are solely those of the neighborhood association and not of Clark County. Clark County Public Information and Outreach Office supports these volunteers by printing and distributing their newsletters.
    • To exclude any advertisements, editorials, religious or political endorsements and statements or positions on ballot propositions or candidates for an election, in compliance with RCW 42.17.130.

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Neighborhood Outreach Program Coordinator: Holly Gaya
Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 6th Floor, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-6012 ext. 2 | FAX: (360) 397-6015
Responsible Elected Official: Board of County Councilors

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