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8/1/2013

Special hearing to consider adding topics to November ballot

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Commissioner Steve Stuart, Board of County Commissioners
Phone: (360) 397-2232

Vancouver, WA – A special public hearing is scheduled Monday, Aug. 5, for the Board of County Commissioners to consider whether to place six questions before county voters on Nov. 5.

The 10 a.m. hearing will be on the sixth floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Proposed ballot measures would ask whether there should be policies about how commissioners vote on transportation issues involving interstate routes over the Columbia River and public transit. One measure would ask whether to further limit the time for sale and discharge of fireworks.

Results from advisory votes could affect commissioners’ stands on questions before other governing boards and committees, such as the C-TRAN (Clark County Transit) board and Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.

If approved for the ballot, the transportation measures would ask:

- Should commissioners oppose any light rail project in Clark County unless supported by a majority of local voters?

- Should commissioners oppose any bus rapid transit project in Clark County unless supported by a majority of local voters?

- Should commissioners adopt a policy in support of an East County toll-free Columbia River bridge in the vicinity of Northeast 192nd Avenue?

- Should commissioners adopt a policy in support of a new bridge west of Interstate 5 to carry traffic to, from and through Northwest Portland?

- Should commissioners adopt a policy in support of replacing the existing Interstate 5 bridge?

The special hearing is not intended to debate or answer those questions. The purpose is to determine whether to call for advisory votes on each topic, said Board Chair Steve Stuart.

More information will be online at www.clark.wa.gov before the hearing.

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