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CITY OF CAMAS
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City Municipal Building
616 NE Fourth Avenue
Camas, Washington 98607
360.834.6864

FORM OF GOVERNMENT

The City of Camas was incorporated on June 2, 1906, and operates under laws of the State of Washington applicable to non-charter code cities with a mayor-council form of government. The City provides police, fire, ambulance service and emergency aid, streets, sanitation, health, recreation, library, public improvements, planning and zoning, water supply, treatment and distribution, sewage collection and treatment services. 

   


Of the seven elected Council members, there is one elected at-large and six elected within wards. The wards are established based on population estimates within the City's boundaries and are reviewed and modified periodically by Council. Every two years, part of the Council body is elected and holds staggered four-year terms.

In addition, the city is always looking for concerned citizens who are willing to take part in our city government process and work hard to help make our community an even better place to live.

Each year, approximately one fourth of the seats on city boards and commissions are (re-)appointed. Throughout the year vacancies occur on various boards and commissions. Applications are kept on hand as a resource for those vacancies. You may apply at any time.

Let us know if you are interested in serving on a board or commission by completing this electronic application - here. Shortly after your application reaches the Mayor's office we will send you confirmation that it has been received. Your application will be carefully reviewed and kept on hand for openings that become available on the board or commission you are interested in. We will keep your application in our active file unless you request to rescind it. The appointment process varies across the boards and commissions. If required, selections are forwarded to the Mayor and/or Council for confirmation. A few selections are made by the meeting body itself.

Before you are finalized for appointment, a staff member will contact you to discuss all the specifics. For more information, please call 360-834-6864.

The following meetings are held in the City Hall Council Chambers, 616 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, Washington:

  • CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. There are seven City Council members and Mayor, Shannon Turk, who presides over the meetings. The staff representative is Pete Capell, City Administrator. Agenda items must be submitted by Tuesday afternoon of the week prior to the meeting. Note: If a holiday falls on the Monday of a Council/Workshop meeting, the meeting is then held on Tuesday.

  • COUNCIL WORKSHOP: Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. There are seven City Council members and a Mayor, Shannon Turk, who presides at the meetings. The staff representative is Pete Capell, City Administrator. Agenda items must be submitted by Tuesday afternoon of the week prior to the meeting.

  • PARKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE:  Citizens serve on this board, 4-yr terms. Advises the City about the parking policy and program implementation within the downtown commercial zone. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of January, May and September at 5:00 p.m. The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director and Steve Wall, Public Works Director.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION: Citizens serve on this board, 3-yr terms. Advises the City Council on matters related to parks, recreation, and open spaces within Camas. Meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Lacamas Lodge. There are seven commissioners including Chair Randy Curtis. The staff representative is Jerry Acheson, Parks and Recreation Manager. Agenda items must be submitted by Thursday prior to the meeting.  For more information...

  • PLANNING COMMISSION: Citizens serve on this board, 3-yr terms. Makes recommendations to the City Council as to best methods of conservation utilization, planning, and development within the City, and conducts public hearings as part of the decision-making process. Regularly meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. There are seven commissioners including Chair Bryan Beel. The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director. The Planning Commission is the first legislative body to formally review land use issues.  For more information...

  • Other meetings and locations include: 

  • FRIENDS OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER: Meet the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Camas Community Center, 1718 SE 7th Avenue, Camas, WA. The President is Nan Henriksen. The staff representative is Susan Newlove. Typically this group does not meet during the summer months. For more information contact Susan Newlove at 360.834.5307.  For more information...

  • FRIENDS & FOUNDATION OF THE CAMAS LIBRARY: The Board of Directors meet the third Tuesday of each month. For more information...

  • LIBRARY BOARD: Citizens serve on this board, 5-yr terms. Adopts policies for and advocates on behalf of the Library. Meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Library. There are five board members. The staff representative is Connie Urquhart, Library Director. Agenda items must be submitted no later than 10 days prior to the meeting.  For more information...

  • SECOND STORY GALLERY SOCIETY: A reception for new exhibits is held on the first Friday of each month at the Camas Public Library.  For more information...
  • UNITED CAMAS ASSOCIATION OF NEIGHBORHOODS, For information on upcoming neighborhood meetings call City Hall at 360.834.1561. For more information...

The following meetings are scheduled as needed:

  • FINANCE COMMITTEE - The staff representative is Cathy Huber Nickerson, Finance Director.

  • BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - Citizens serve on this board, 5-yr terms. Conducts public hearings on certain variance requests to dimensional requirements of the land development and zoning codes. May also act as the appeals body on building permits. An understanding of general zoning and building codes is highly desirable. The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director.

  • CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION - Citizens serve on this board, 6-yr terms. Adopts rules and regulations related to civil service testing procedures and other processes for Fire and Police Department employees. The Civil Service Secretary/Examiner is Kacie JonesFor more information...

  • DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE - Citizens serve on this board, ongoing terms. Reviews and makes recommendations regarding development proposals as they relate to architecture, landscaping, and site design for compliance with City design guidelines and principles. Strong background in architecture, landscape design, and/or site design is highly desirable. The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director.

  • FISHER BASIN STORMWATER/WETLANDS MASTER PLAN COMMITTEE - The staff representative is Jim Carothers, Engineering Manager.

  • LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FIRE FIGHTERS (LEOFF) DISABILITY BOARD - Citizens serve on this board, 2-yr terms. Adopts rules and regulations related to mandated benefits provided to law enforcement officers and firefighters hired under LEOFF I provisions. The staff representative is Jennifer Gorsuch, Administrative Services Director 
  • LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE:  The staff representative is Pete Capell, City Administrator
  • PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE:  Citizens serve on this board, ongoing terms. Provides recommendations and guidance to the Public Works Department regarding the City’s infrastructure projects.

  • SALARY COMMISSION - Citizens serve on this commission, 4-Yr terms. Reviews the relationship of salaries to the duties of the Mayor and City Council Members. The staff representative is Pete Capell, City Administrator.

  • SHORELINE MANAGEMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE - The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director.

     

  • NOTE:
    The City of Camas welcomes the participation of its citizens in the public meeting process. Anyone interested may be heard at meetings. In addition, the Clerk’s office will receive written comments at any time between notice distribution and the completion of the meeting. To obtain additional information concerning agenda topics, contact the City Clerk's Office at 360.817.1591 or by e-mail at bbacon@cityofcamas.us.

    Parking and meeting rooms are accessible for persons with disabilities. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in the meeting, and any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the meeting, can contact the City Clerk at 360.817.1591 with 24 hours advance notice for those accommodations.


 

Mission Statement

The City of Camas commits to preserving its heritage, sustaining and enhancing a high quality of life for all its citizens and developing the community to meet the challenges of the future. We take pride in preserving a healthful environment while promoting economic growth. We encourage citizens to participate in government and community, assisting the City in its efforts to provide quality services consistent with their desires and needs.

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