Clark County loses seat on CTran board

first_imgVancouver: three seatsClark County: two seatsBattle Ground: one seatCamas: one seatWashougal: one seatLa Center/Ridgefield/Yacolt: one seatA special committee voted Tuesday to reshuffle the membership of the C-Tran Board of Directors in a move that gives more representation to some of the area’s smaller cities and strips the veto power held by Clark County and Vancouver.The result gives Clark County decidedly less influence on the transit agency’s board as it transitions to an all-Republican commission for the first time in decades. Commissioner-elect Jeanne Stewart is expected to be sworn in as soon as next week, joining fellow Republican commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore.Under the new C-Tran board arrangement, the county will drop from three seats to two. The city of Vancouver will keep its three seats. Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal will each have their own seats. La Center, Ridgefield and Yacolt will jointly share the final seat.The change also means the “bloc veto” power held by the county and Vancouver since C-Tran’s inception in 1980 is now eliminated.A 10-member board composition review committee, represented by every jurisdiction served by C-Tran, approved the change by a 7-3 vote. Madore and Mielke joined Yacolt Mayor Jeff Carothers in voting no.Madore urged the committee to maintain a balance of power between the county and Vancouver. He had supported the county’s giving up a seat to boost the small cities’ representation, but only if Vancouver did the same.last_img read more