Morning Press County Council Oil terminal tree topping PDX carpet

first_imgZachary Kaufman/The ColumbianPort of Vancouver Commissioners, from left, Jerry Oliver, Brian Wolfe and Nancy Baker, approved a 2015 preliminary budget on Tuesday that now goes to public review. A fin al vote could be held Nov. 18. Will the fog continue through the weekend? ” Check out the forecast.Clark County Council meeting kicks off a new eraAs Clark County’s governing body convened for the first time in 2015 on Tuesday, it didn’t take long for county Councilor Tom Mielke to recognize the significance of an otherwise routine meeting.“Tonight we’re going to make history,” Mielke said.Tuesday marked the first official meeting for the group as the Board of County Councilors, which assumed new roles and titles as a result of a home-rule charter voters approved in November. The three served as county commissioners until Jan. 1, when the new form of government began to take effect.That’s not the only change. Two additional councilors will be elected this year to complete the transition from three commissioners to five councilors. County Administrator Mark McCauley also became acting county manager, a position that carries new power under the charter. The manager has executive authority over county departments, while the council sets policy. Previously, county commissioners held both executive and legislative powers.Read more about the council’s first meeting.Groups’ suit makes new claims against Vancouver portThree environmental groups that accuse the Port of Vancouver of violating Washington’s open public meetings law in approving a lease for an oil-by-rail terminal now allege port commissioners used not just one but multiple closed-door meetings to illegally exclude the public from their discussions of the project.Meanwhile, attorneys for the port are pushing back. They deny the new allegations contained in the expanded lawsuit. And they’re asking Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson to limit the questions attorneys for the three environmental groups may ask commissioners during the case’s pretrial discovery phase.last_img

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