From the Desk of the Mayor - November 2021
A few years ago, I found myself eager to refine a personal skill - to make a change, so to speak. I’d had a recent birthday, and having a plan to master something new seemed exhilarating even if a bit daunting. I labeled the plan “Kindness 365”, and the basic tenets of the plan included finding opportunities to cultivate kindness for 365 days.
I can report that this experiment did not cause any undue stress, nor did it put me in debt even one penny. It did, however, present me with more and more opportunities to engage peaceably (most of which were right beneath my nose), and stretched my desire to be kinder and more empathetic. I also re-realized that in most instances, change, while difficult, is rewarding and beneficial not only to the giver, but also the receiver.
As the Longview City Council makes a new transition after this election season, I would like to express sincere gratitude to our outgoing councilors, Chet Makinster and Steve Moon, for their many years of service and thoughtful contributions to our council and city. I would likewise offer congratulations to newcomers Angie Wean and Spencer Boudreau, and warmly welcome them both to the city council team.
Change should be the healthy part of the growth in the City of Longview, and interestingly, the city’s continued stability depends on it. As city councilors that make public policy, change is what we are hired to do, and through the unique lens of our council initiatives, we do so for the betterment of the community.
The following list represents some of those changes approved by the Longview City Council in 2021:
Homeless encampment within the city is allowed now for one year with 100 people.
A Homeless Pilot Project partnership was established with Cowlitz County.
Crosswalk signals will be updated and installed at Civic Circle.
A $4.7mil grant was acquired for resurfacing Washington Way.
Multiple city roads that cross schools and parks have speed reductions.
Two Behavioral Health Specialists will work fulltime with Longview Police for mental and behavioral health calls.
A $133k grant was acquired to help reestablish the Longview Police Officer Bicycle Patrol.
As we wind down the year 2021 and reflect upon the future of 2022, let us give each other grace to grow in change. Let us be that change that makes the difference for ourselves and for each other.
A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you,
Mayor MaryAlice Wallis
Longview Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway - Washington State “Fire Marshal of the Year”
At their annual conference, the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals named Longview Fire Marshal, Jon Dunaway, as the “2021 Fire Marshal of the Year”.
WSAFM President Dave Kokot presented the award to Jon Dunaway, highlighting that Jon has been a solid, positive influence for the Fire Service in the State of Washington for over three decades. He is a leader and an influencer long-recognized for his wisdom, professionalism and calm demeanor. Jon has been involved in the development of new and revised codes at the local, state and national levels, spearheading legislative initiatives that improve public safety and community risk reduction throughout Washington State.
Longview Fire Chief Jim Kambeitz stated: “Fire Marshal Dunaway is a highly respected member of our organization and a leader in Fire Prevention and Life Safety programs for the City of Longview and Washington State. He is very deserving on this award, and we’re very lucky to have him on our team.”
Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk – November 25th
Start your family tradition off with the Comcast Turkey Trot! One lap (3.5 miles) around Lake Sacajawea. Prizes for best costumes and more. Race starts at Hemlock Plaza, 8:30 a.m. $10 if you register now and $15 day of race. Ages 8 and under are free with paid adult registration.
Breakfast with Santa
A holly jolly holiday family tradition!
Breakfast, crafts, scavenger hunt, and holiday entertainment with folk singing and puppetry by Red Yarn.
December 18, 2021
Session 1: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Session 2: 10:45 - 12:15 p.m.
Grants at the Monticello Hotel
Pre-registration required. No tickets sold at the door. Please use receipt for admittance to event. No refunds or transfers for this event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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 went into effect on October 14, 2021.
The following streets will be affected.
38th Avenue, Ocean Beach Highway to Pacific Way
Pacific Way, Ocean Beach Highway to 30th Avenue
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.