City of Longview Info Weekly

November 2 City Council Meeting in brief

  • Held a public hearing regarding proposed revenue sources for the 2018 General Fund budget.
  • Approved Ordinance No. 3360 adopting a revised comprehensive plan map and rezoning property at 5426 Ocean Beach Highway from R-2 to R-3 (High Density Residential) and reconfiguring and reducing the area of General Commercial zoning.
  • Approved Resolution No. 2244 authorizing participation in the state Local Government Investment Pool.
  • Awarded bids to purchase water treatment chemicals to Cascade Columbia for Flourosilicic Acid, JCI Jones for Sodium Hydroxide, and HASA for Sodium Hypochlorite.
  • Accepted as complete the Dover/Fir, 28th/30th Sewer Replacement project.
  • Directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance designating the Hearing Examiner as the official to consider SEPA appeals involving city projects or city-owned property.


Friends of Longview Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Longview Library are having a one-day “Flash” sale scheduled for November 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Looking for early holiday gifts? You can browse thousands of books, something for every reader. All of the books and other items are for sale at unbelievably low prices – and there are a lot! Join us and clear the inventory!

Sale hours are: Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Longview Library Auditorium on the lower floor.

The Friends of the Longview Library is a non-profit organization that gives volunteer and financial help to the Library. The proceeds from the book sale will be used to provide the Library with resources to enhance services and programs. 

If you are interested in joining the Friends, applications are available at the Longview Public Library. Please call Karl Marcuson at 442-5315 for more information. 


Blood Donors needed

Blood Drive at Longview City Hall on Monday, November 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is an urgent blood drive.  The Red Cross blood supply is down due to all of the national tragedies.

For an appointment contact Moe at 360-442-5004, call 1-800-red cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit The sponsor codes is CityofLongview. 


Car Seat Clinic

Safe Kids Lower Columbia is collaborating with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue for a Car Seat Clinic on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 701 Vine Street in Kelso. Come get help with your car seat by a certified car seat technician! For questions or more information, please contact Brandi Ballinger with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue at 360.575-6280 or brandi.ballinger


November Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library will be displaying work from the artist group the Three Amigas (Jessie Camerer, Mary Duvall, and Marisa Mercure) from November 1st through November 30th.

The Artisan Guild of Mt. St. Helens will have artwork in the Koth Memorial Gallery glass case for the month of November.

Contact Daniel at Longview Public Library at 360.442.5307 for more information about the Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library.


What is Happening at Parks and Recreation

Golden Apple Intergenerational Preschool

This unique program offers your child daily planned, intentional activities where children and seniors come together to grow, learn about themselves and others and form relationships that can be life changing. The program meets on Tue,Wed,Thu, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Delaware Retirement Community, 926 Delaware Street.  Participants should be Ages: 3 – 5 and potty trained. Space is limited for 12/05 - 12/21, on the cost is $90.00 with an additional fee of $95.00 for non-residents. 


Hustle - Beginning

Rooted in swing, hustle is a smooth and Lively dance characterized by fast-moving rotational patterns with multiple turns. Primarily associated with disco music, hustle can also be danced to contemporary music and is very popular in country and conventional night clubs. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 11/07 - 12/12, on Tue, from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at McClelland Center 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $50.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The course is taught by Joseph & Julieann Platt.


Santa's Workshop

Get your kids out of the house and excited for Christmas at our Santa's Workshop. Help Santa's elves by creating homemade gifts for friends and family. Participants will bring home their presents ready to give to parents, teachers, grandparents and friends. Participants should be Ages: 8 - 12.  The course will run 12/02 - 12/02, on Sat, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Monticello Middle School 1225 28th Ave.  The cost is $35.50 $40.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The course is taught by Shelly Aldrich.


Cooking - Holiday Food Gifts for Everyone

Homemade gifts are the best kind, particularly when they're edible. They're so much more personal, and no one can resist a handmade fondue sauce or fruit spread, especially when these gourmet goodies are beautifully packaged. These thoughtful, tasty gifts from the kitchen will be easy to whip up and are guaranteed to WOW! everyone on your holiday list." Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run Wed 11/08 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Monticello Middle School 1225 28th Ave.  The cost is $35.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  $10 supply fee due to instructor at class. The course is taught by Cathie Groesbeck, The Gifted Kitchen.


Country Two-Step - Beyond Beginning

We will continue with the moves we've learned in the beginning class and add more complex and rotational patterns. And for the traditional ballroom dancers, remember that country Two Step easily converts to Foxtrot. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run 11/07 - 12/12, on Tue, from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM at McClelland Center 951 Delaware Street.  The cost is $50.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The course is taught by Joseph & Julieann Platt.


First Aid

Receive First Aid and CPR certification based on the standards of American Heart Association. Develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond in a medical emergency. Use of the AED will also be taught.$10 supply fee due to instructor. Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run Sat 11/18 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Recreation Building 2920 Douglas St.  The cost is $46.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  The course is taught by Steve Pitts.


Becoming a Chocolatier

Using noble fresh ingredients and premium chocolate, you’ll create much-loved American classics and traditional European confections as you are guided through the intricacies of dipping and decorating each confection.. ID# 643451 Participants should be Ages: 18 & Over.  The course will run Wed 11/29 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Monticello Middle School1225 28th Ave.  The cost is $35.50 for residents with an additional fee of $5.00 for non-residents.  $10 supply fee due to instructor. The course is taught by Linda Aitchinson.

Classes Start Soon! Call 360-442-5400 or visit to register today!


SUPER STARS – Out of School Program

Safe, supervised, quality-activities conducted by experienced recreation leaders include organized games, sports, crafts reading, homework time, guest speakers and special events. The school district provides a federally subsidized snack at most sites. A 2017-2018 registration form must be completed. Participants should be aged 5 - 12. This program is held on weekdays when school is in session, Monday through Friday.  This program will be held in the afternoons at CVG, Kessler, Northlake, Mint Valley and Robert Gray (AM & PM). Coupon Daily Book, Annual, and monthly options available. Financial assistance for scholarships and reduced payment may be available for qualifying families.  Visit us at or call 360.442.5400.


Golden Apple Intergenerational Preschool

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Nov 1 - 30th

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ages 3-5 (or potty trained)

There is still space in our November session of this great new program! Students learn art, letters, numbers, and develop gross and fine motor skills with hands on lessons, while learning strong social skills through interaction and attention with “bonus Grandmas and Grandpas.” 


Turkey Trot Fun Run & Walk

Don’t miss this family tradition!  Join hundreds of your neighbors, family, and friends to kick off your holiday the healthy way (or at least feel less guilty about that second helping of stuffing!)  Run, walk, or push a stroller, this event is family and dog friendly for all ages and fitness levels!

Thursday, Nov 23rd, 8:30 a.m.

Hemlock Plaza, Lake Sacajawea

Register by Nov 15th in order to get your t-shirt!

$30, $15 without a shirt


Protect Yourself

Information breaches and hacking are always in the news. Every day, our information is being stolen or used in a way we did not authorize. Are you concerned about making sure you are protected from fraud, scams, and identity theft?

Join representatives from Red Canoe Credit Union as they present information on how you can protect yourself and your credit from fraud, scams, and identity theft November 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Longview Library Auditorium.

Call the Longview Public Library at 360-442-5300 for more information. You can learn more about the upcoming seminars and other Library programs by visiting our page at


RiverCities Transit Changes and Input

Based on ridership numbers, on-time performance, and customer feedback, we are proposing service reductions and routing changes to Route 56 and an increase in service on Route 45.

These are different from our temporary service reductions due to our staffing shortage.

Go to for details and to provide comments


Selling Techniques for Small Businesses

You may have heard the saying "Business doesn’t happen until something gets sold."  That's true, of course, but nearly every aspect of any career involves selling.  And whether you’re a sales professional or a machine operator, it never hurts to brush up on your sales skills.


Selling Techniques for Small Businesses

November 18, 2017

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

So, if your knees knock at the prospect of making sales calls and you have potential clients you need to see, spend a few hours with us.  You’ll learn how to get the appointment, make a plan for your sales call and how to avoid the deadly mistakes salesmen often make.  We’ll also talk about using a SWOT analysis of you and your competitors and how to optimize leads.  Discover why objections can be your best friend and gain some proven closing techniques.

This seminar is free with thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Longview Library.  All seminar attendees may later receive free, confidential SCORE mentoring to help you personalize your Sales process.

To register, call the Longview Public Library at 442-5300. You can learn more about the upcoming seminars and other Library programs by visiting our page at


Child Passenger Safety Certification Technician Training

SAFE KIDS Lower Columbia will be bringing a Child Passenger Safety Certification Technician Training Course to our local area. Lunch, snacks, beverages and a curriculum block will be provided for every participant and are included in the cost of the class.

Class is March 14 – 17

$85 registration fee (pay online to Safe Kids Worldwide for a 2 year certification)

This class will be limited to 12-15 students and will fill up quickly. In January, an announcement will come out with instructions on how to sign up.

If you are interested in seeing what this is all about, attend one of the monthly car seat clinics. Please contact Brandi Ballinger for more information at 360.575.6280 or


Knitting Nights at the Longview Public Library

Learn to knit with Marilyn and Cynthia at the Longview Library. Materials and patterns are provided, or you can bring your own. 

Classes are Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29, from 6 to 8pm.

We will sit by the fire and enjoy knitting with new friends. ​

Sign-up is required and space is limited to 15 people. 

Call the Library at 360.442.5300 to sign up. Free and open to everyone!


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. 


Pacific Coast Fertilizer – SEPA Determination

As lead agency, the City of Longview Department of Community Development today issued a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Significance (DS) for the Pacific Coast Fertilizer (PCF) project. The project, to be located on approximately 61 acres of the Mint Farm Industrial Park in Longview, will process natural gas in the manufacture of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. Zoning for the site is Heavy Industrial District.

Elements of the project include extending the natural gas supply; manufacturing and storage facilities; product transfer to the Nippon Dynawave salt dock on the Columbia River; and truck and marine vessel loading areas. The facility would operate 24 hours per day, year-round, and would be designed to produce 1,650 tons of fertilizer per day.

By issuing the DS at the company’s request, the City has agreed with PCF that the project is likely to create significant environmental impacts and commits the company to begin the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This is a process intended to study the project’s impacts and recommend mitigating measures to reduce the identified impacts.

The first stage of the EIS process is a 30-day scoping period. The City has identified three areas where the project is likely to have its most significant impacts: emissions, potential release of hazardous substances and impacts to emergency services. SEPA documents are available at City Hall, the Longview Public Library, and the Cowlitz County Building and Planning Department. Information will soon be available on the City’s website. Comments regarding alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required are welcome until the close of the scoping period on November 15, 2017.

An open-house style public scoping meeting will be held at the Cowlitz County Event Center on November 8. Two sessions will be held. The first will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the second from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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