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City Council Meetings

Meeting tonight
Thursday, December 2, 2021
6:00 p.m. - Legislative Send-off

Next meeting
Thursday, December 9, 2021
5:00 p.m. - Workshop: Utility Rates
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.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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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.

 

 

Longview Fire Reminds Residents About Safe Holiday Cooking 
With cooking being the leading cause of home fires, it stands to reason that Thanksgiving Day is the leading day in the United States for home fires involving cooking equipment.  Every year, fire departments respond to an average of 172,900 home fires involving cooking equipment.  Ranges or cook-tops were involved in 60% of these fires, with ovens involved in about 13%.  
 
‘It is very important to keep an eye on what you are cooking, particularly on the stovetop’, said Longview Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway.  ‘It’s very easy to get sidetracked, especially in a busy home during the holidays.  Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor in cooking fires.’
 
For the years 2014 – 2018 cooking caused almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and was the second leading cause of home fire deaths nationwide.
 
Keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when you’re cooking on the stovetop to smother small grease fires.  Smother a small fire by simply sliding the lid over the pan and be sure to turn off the stovetop.  Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. 
 
If you have a fire inside the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.  After a fire, the oven should be serviced before being used again. 
 
Here are some cooking safety tips, not only for the holidays but for year-round fire safety:

Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop.
Stay in your home when cooking in your oven - and check it frequently.
Keep children at least 3 feet from the stove to prevent burn injuries.
Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, food packaging, towels, etc.) away from your stovetop.
Turn pot handles toward the back of the stovetop to prevent them from being reached by children.
If you are going to deep fry a turkey, be sure the turkey is completely thawed.  Fry the turkey in a device manufactured for that purpose and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Deep fry the turkey outside on a sturdy, non-combustible, level surface well away from things that can burn.  Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.  An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside, resulting in a fire.

 
The Longview Fire Department wants all of our residents to enjoy a happy, fire-safe holiday season. 

 

 

Longview Fire shares safety tips for the Holidays

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means a greater risk for fire.  Following a few simple tips will help ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

 

Here are a few of National Fire Protection Association’s tips for a safe holiday season.

 

Holiday Decorating

Be careful with holiday decorations.  Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn
Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacture instructions for number of light strands to connect.
Use clips not nails to hang lights so cords do not become damaged.
Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

 

Holiday Entertaining

NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers.

Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
Keep knives out of the reach of children.
Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

 

Before Heading to Bed

Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

 

 

From the Desk of the Mayor - November 2021

Hello Longview!

 

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

 

 

Handcrafter Holiday Bazaar

Join us for a FREE Holiday Bazaar featuring handcrafted items by vendors from all over! The vendor spaces for this event sell out each year, which means more variety and exciting items to pass on to your friends and family as gifts. Plenty of parking included.

 

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - December 4, 2021

 

McClelland Center

951 Delaware Street

 

 

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
$9/person

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.

 

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. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!