Clark County council rejects emergency ordinance

first_imgAn emergency ordinance unexpectedly introduced by Republican Councilor David Madore seeking to address safety issues at the intersection of Northeast 182nd Avenue and state Highway 500 consumed much of Tuesday’s Clark County council meeting.During the three-hour meeting, Madore tried to insert his ordinance into the council’s agenda saying it was a matter of “public life and health.” His move drew strong rebukes from other councilors, with Republican Councilor Jeanne Stewart accusing Madore, at one point, of attempting to extract a “quid pro quo.”The intersection in question is a T-shaped intersection of two curving roads in the Proebstel area east of Vancouver.The emergency ordinance proposed by Madore would place a temporary moratorium on any new development in the Fifth Plain Creek basin near the intersection unless developers meet county requirements to improve nearby infrastructure. Declaring that a “public health hazard will materialize,” Madore’s ordinance states that the development was approved without honoring a developer’s agreement and it now presents a dangerous traffic situation.Madore attached letters from the Washington State Department of Transportation that raise safety issues concerning the intersection. The letters list low visibility and a narrow, two-lane bridge over Lacamas Creek as problems that need mitigating.“Now, whether or not this results in the stopping or halting of development, or whether it just says that the county needs to get ahead of it and correct the unsafe situation that will unfold according to (the department,) whatever that remedy is, that’s up to us,” Madore said.last_img read more