County Council voices support for Ukraine

As Russian forces expanded their attack on Ukraine this week, the Clark County Council took the slightly unusual step to allow Chair Karen Bowerman to issue a statement in support of Ukraine without council review. That decision was made during the council time meeting on Wednesday.
“We have so many former Ukraine residents and others with families who are still in the Ukraine. And there are Ukrainian refugees coming to Clark County,” Bowerman said during the meeting.
County Manager Kathleen Otto noted Lutheran Community Services is already working with refugees in the area but noted there may be other agencies in the county as well.
“I think it’s important we get something out and I would be comfortable with you putting something out on behalf of the council so we can get something out sooner rather than later,” Councilor Julie Olson said.
Resolutions and proclamations typically require approval by a majority of the council. Bowerman issued the statement Thursday, a day after the council giver her the go ahead.
The statement reads:
“I, and the entire Clark County Council, stand in solidarity with our Ukrainian neighbors; we send our thoughts and prayers for peace in Ukraine. We join local, state, national, and global leaders in condemning the invasion of Ukraine.
“We stand in support of the Ukrainian people, notably the thousands of Ukrainian residents in Clark County and those with family and friends in the region. We acknowledge the significant hardship and grief they are experiencing during this time.
“Clark County has a long and proud history of resettling thousands of refugees from around the world. In the first week of February alone, Clark County welcomed 32 refugees from Ukraine, and more are anticipated to arrive in the coming weeks and months.
Our thoughts and hearts will continue to be with Ukraine and our Ukrainian neighbors here in Clark County.”

— Shari Phiel

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