City Info Weekly

City Council Meetings

Meeting tonight
Thursday, October 21, 2021
6:00 p.m. - Council Planning Session

Next meeting
Thursday, October 28, 2021
7:00 p.m. - Council meeting

Agendas can be found a week before the meeting at www.mylongview.com under "Agendas & Minutes".

Hybrid meetings are being held: in person at the Council Chamber, City Hall, 1525 Broadway St, Longview or also via Zoom.  
 
For information about Zoom accessibility, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 360-442-5041.

Zoom meeting link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89915587676
 
Telephone options (you may need to try more than one number if you receive a busy signal):
    Dial any of the following numbers:
        1-669-900-6833  
        1-253-215-8782  
        1-346-248-7799  
        1-408-638-0968  
        1-646-876-9923  
        1-301-715-8592 
        1-312-626-6799
 
Meeting ID: 899 1558 7676

The City Hall is accessible for persons with disabilities. Special equipment to assist the hearing impaired is also available. Please contact the City Executive Offices at 360.442.5004 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend the meeting.

 

 

From the Desk of the Mayor October 2021
Hello Longview!

 “What do you do as mayor?” After nearly 2 years as mayor of Longview, I still get asked that question. It’s a great question, and the answer partly lies in the way a city’s governing body is structured. There are two different ways a mayor can function depending on how the city is set up.

 
In government-speak, there are “strong” mayors and “weak” mayors, which denotes how much authority is given to the mayor role based on the form of city government. A strong mayor operates in a council/mayor form of government, where the mayor is elected by the people, has strong executive powers, and directly manages the city staff/departments.  Generally speaking, you’ll see this kind of mayor on TV or in the media as the spokesperson for the city that makes executive decisions.
In contrast, a weak mayor operates in a council/manager form of government (this is how Longview is organized), where the mayor is elected by the council body, but the power of the role is limited. The mayor is head of the city council and works with the council to make policy which is then carried out by the city manager, who directly manages the city staff/departments. The city manager is actually hired by the city council and is the council’s one employee. The term weak mayor is not a reflection of the effectiveness of the duties of the mayor in that form of city government.

Part of my role as mayor does include “cutting ribbons and kissing babies”, so to speak, which is a fantastic way to celebrate the wins that come through the dedicated work of the council; but a large portion of my time is spent presiding at council meetings to make policy, communicating consistent positive messaging with the city manager, council and staff, and keeping the lines of communication open and transparent with community and business leaders, and with county and state elected officials. 

In Cowlitz County there are five cities, the two largest of which (Kelso and Longview) have a weak mayor, or council/manager form of government. The remaining three cities (Kalama, Woodland and Castle Rock) have a strong mayor, or council/mayor form of government.

So, what does all this mean to the citizens of Longview, and what do I do as mayor? When I was elected mayor by my council peers in January of 2020, I took an oath of office to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Washington, and all local ordinances, and that I will faithfully and impartially perform and discharge the duties of the office of Mayor according to the law and the best of my ability.

As Longview’s 23rd Mayor, I want to affirm to you that I take that charge seriously and am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in the office that I hold. I was elected to represent the people, and I do all I can in my power and authority to weigh public policies and facilitate community action that furthers a consistent respect for our city code, and for our state and federal constitutions.  I continue to work tirelessly for our community each day, and I offer my time to citizens through calls, emails, and regular office hours and have pledged to be transparent, impartial and accessible to the council and citizens of the city.
In a nut shell, it is about connecting dots, building relationships, proposing solutions, and finding opportunities to better serve the citizens.

Thank you for your trust, support, and grace as I continue to work in your service.

Blessings always,

Mayor MaryAlice Wallis

 

​James Seeks appointed new RiverCities Transit Manager

The City of Longview is pleased to announce the promotion of James Seeks to the position of Transit Manager beginning October 1, 2021. James has served as RiverCities Transit Operations Supervisor since 2016.

 

Mr. Seeks has over 40 years of public service experience and displays extraordinary knowledge of the Transit industry. James has a strong track record of collaborative leadership, innovative transit service development, and a history of successful partnerships with agencies providing paratransit service to older adults and persons with disabilities.

 

James has often noted that he is “dedicated to getting people where they need to go.” This devotion to public transit shines in his daily work ethic, attention to the needs of passengers, and long-range planning goals.

 

Please join us in congratulating James Seeks as the new Transit Manager of RiverCities Transit.

 

 

RiverCities Transit Honors Two Employees on WSDOT Wall of Fame

RiverCities Transit Operator George Gorman and former Transit Manager Amy Asher will be honored next week during the virtual Washington State Transportation Conference.

 

George is a team player who always has a ready smile. He continually provides excellent service, whether assisting a passenger or picking up an open shift for a dispatcher. One of George’s fellow operators noted, “He always goes above and beyond and is always willing to lend a helping hand. George is friendly, and his passengers love him.” We couldn’t agree more. His supervisor notes George’s accident-free and complaint-free record as a great example of his dedication to doing his job well.

 

Amy is a model leader, who sets high expectations for her team, and leads by example with her vision, integrity, positive attitude, and compassion for employees and customers. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, she relentlessly secured masks and sanitizer, ensured barriers were installed on all buses and vans, and perhaps most impressively, kept all of her employees working during the shutdown without any loss of hours or benefits. RiverCities Transit takes pride in honoring Amy for her seven years of outstanding leadership.

 

WSDOT created the Wall of Fame program to recognize exemplary transportation employees for their dedication, innovation, customer service, and professionalism.

 

Speed Limit Reductions

The City of Longview is reducing speed limits to enhance street safety. Speed limits will be reduced to 25 MPH on all streets that are adjacent to a school or City Park. This is part of Longview's plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets. The law will go into effect on October 14, 2021.

 

 The following streets will be affected.

38th Avenue, Ocean Beach Highway to Pacific Way
Glenwood Drive
30th Avenue
Beech Street
Pacific Way, Ocean Beach Highway to 30th Avenue
Nichols Blvd
Olympia Way, 17th Avenue to Ocean Beach Highway
15th Avenue, Washington Way to Ocean Beach Highway
7th Avenue, Tennant Way to Washington Street

 

Please visit our website to view the full Speed Limit Reduction FAQ

 

 

Pickup of leaves from City owned trees runs October through January

From October through January, leaves from City of Longview maintained trees may be placed in the street for pick up by the City’s Stormwater Division.

 

“It is important that we remove fallen leaves from these areas so that vehicles and pedestrian traffic can move safely throughout the city, and to minimize flooding due to clogged catch basins,” says Stormwater Supervisor Mike Ward. “Our crews use shovels and pitchforks, and street sweepers, front-end loaders and dump trucks, to load and haul leaves to pre-designated areas for composting.”

 

Ward asks that the following guidelines be followed when placing leaves in City streets, which are considered public rights of way:

Place only leaves from City-maintained trees. Yard debris is the property owner’s responsibility. Leaves from non-City owned trees can be taken to the Waste Control Transfer Station from October 1 through April 15 for a fee. 
Place leaves in rows about one foot from the curb to allow for drainage. This also makes it easier for the street sweeper to pick them up. If the sweeper is unable to pick the leaves up, a street crew will remove them with a front-end loader.
Do not put branches or sticks in leaf piles as it may damage the sweeper.
Be patient. Leaf pick up is on a structured schedule and will be picked up as soon as possible.
Help prevent flooding on your street by clearing leaves from catch basin grates until City crews are able to pick up the leaves on your street.

 

Any questions about leaf pickup may be directed to the Stormwater Supervisor at 442-5621. 

 

 

City of Longview welcomes Ann Rivers as new Community Development Director 
The City of Longview is pleased to announce that Ann Rivers has joined the executive team as Community Development Director, beginning October 4, 2021. Ann brings over 10 years of public service experience and has a strong track record of collaborative leadership and team building.
 
Ms. Rivers was appointed an 18th District legislator in 2011, serving two sessions in the House of Representatives before her appointment to the Senate in June 2012. She won a full four-year Senate term in 2012 and was reelected in 2016 and 2020. She has also been a member of the Senate Caucus’ senior leadership team, moving up to the number-two position of caucus chair for the 2021 session.
 
Ann commented, “Stepping away from the legislature will be hard, because serving the people of the 18th District has been among the great privileges of my life. At the same time, I have long-standing ties to Longview and am very excited that my next role as a public servant will begin there.”
 
“I am extremely pleased to announce Ann Rivers as the City of Longview’s Community Development Director”, says City Manager Kurt Sacha. “As Community Development Director, Ann will oversee the Community Development Department which includes the divisions of Building, Planning and Solid Waste. Given her longstanding career in public service as a State Senator for the 18th District, Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to local government. She has strong relationships throughout the state and has proven herself as a highly praised leader throughout Southwest Washington. I am excited to having her on board and look forward to working with Ann in her new role.”

 

 

Location and placement of solid waste and recycling containers

We will periodically get complaints about some residents who keep their garbage and/or recycling carts out 24-7.  Those that we speak to about this were not aware that they need to bring them out for collection and bring them back from where they were placed for collection within 24-hours after they have been emptied, per LMC 7.12.040.  Please be courteous to your neighbors and remove your containers from their respective point of collection as soon as is practical. 

 

Write a Poem! Draw a Masterpiece! Win Prizes!

Calling all middle school students! You have an opportunity to create a work of art or poetry for the Cowlitz Clean Waters 2022 Calendar and be part of the solution to stormwater pollution—and have a chance to win a prize at the same time!

 

Grand prize is a $250 Amazon gift card, with $100 gift cards for artwork runner-ups and $50 for each poem selected for the calendar. Deadline for submittal is November 1, 2021. Entry form and full contest rules are available at https://www.cowlitzcleanwaters.org/contests.

 

This year's calendar theme is "Scoop the Poop". When it rains, your dog's business gets washed off the lawn and into storm drains and ditches, where it's carried to the nearest river, lake or stream. This can cause bacteria and nutrients to impact water quality for both wildlife and people!

 

 

Believe in the ability to change our community! Volunteer! 
BE THE CHANGE you seek in our community. Change the way you look at the world by working for positive change in your own hometown. Devote some time volunteering on one of Longview’s many boards or commissions!
 
Longview’s boards and commissions enable inspired people to contribute in meaningful ways to our city for the enrichment of the community as a whole. At the end of this year, several terms on our boards and commissions will end and may need to be filled. In addition, other vacancies can occur during the year. This is a perfect time to find your niche and make a positive, lasting contribution for the future of Longview’s next generations.
 
Visit the boards and commissions webpage under the “Your Government” tab at www.mylongview.com to view current and upcoming vacancies, apply, and learn more about specific boards. If you’ve previously applied, just log in to view or update your current application. If you’ve never applied, create an account and choose the boards you are eligible for. You may apply even if there are not vacancies for a board that you are interested in; your application will be kept in the event there is a resignation during the year.
 
Applications for upcoming vacancies will be accepted through October 31, 2021 but may also be submitted year-round and will be kept on file.

 

Current vacancies:

Accessibility Advisory Committee
Downtown Advisory Committee
Library Board of Trustees
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
Planning Commission
Salary Commission

 

 

Recruitment Announcement

*NEW*Recreation Specialist - Golf - $46,032.00 - $59,040.00 annually plus excellent benefits Position opened until filled.

 

Recreation Leader (Assistant) : $13.69 - $16.84 hourly. Open until filled for the season.

Recreation Site Leader: $14.11 - $17.36 hourly. Open until filled for the season.

Transit Operator: $41,767.00 - $56,832.00 annually plus excellent benefits. Position open until filled

Entry Level and Lateral Police Officer: $73,008.00 - $94,452.00 annually plus excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Visit www.mylongview.com and search under "employment opportunities" to apply. Drug free workplace/EEO employer.

 

Thank you,

 

Kim Hallowell

IT Analyst/PIO

360.442.5063

kim.hallowell@ci.longview.wa.us

City of Longview, WA | 1525 Broadway St. | PO Box 128 | Longview, WA 98632

 

 

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