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first_img Will it be lawn-mowing weather this weekend? Check out the local weather forecast here.Here are some of the week’s top stories and news you may have missed:County weighs fee hikes to pay settlementDon Benton, director of Clark County Environmental Services, plans to raise fees to pay off a costly settlement the county owes for violating the Clean Water Act.The proposals range from annual surcharges above the $33 a year homeowners currently pay in clean water fees, to special fees for the owners of private roads. One option would even assess a six-figure “litter fee” to The Columbian.None of the options are considered “recommendations,” Benton said at a Wednesday work session. “It’s our duty to present as many options as possible.”County commissioners will ultimately make a decision on which proposals to investigate further.The proposals, Benton said, were created by 14 managers within environmental services as a way of generating more money for the clean water program.The terms of the county’s settlement calls for it to pay $3 million over a six-year period to the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board. It followed a federal court ruling in June that said the county had violated the law for three years and would be liable for damages.The county’s six-year payment cycle will begin in June 2015.Read the full story here.Majority of Vancouver City Council against oil planA majority of the Vancouver City Council now publicly opposes plans to build the Northwest’s largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver. Don Benton, director of Clark County Environmental Serviceslast_img read more