Longview City Info Weekly

Determination of severe weather event

Pursuant to Ordinance No. 3357 codified as LMC 7.30, Severe Weather Shelters, City Manager Kurt Sacha has determined that a severe weather event is imminent based on forecasted cold weather conditions beginning Sunday, January 12, 2020. Low temperatures in the Longview area are predicted to be at or below 35 degrees beginning that night and for the next several days.

Among other things, the determination of a severe weather event enables permitted severe weather shelters to begin operating. The following are permitted severe weather shelters in Longview at this time:

First Christian Church, 2000 E. Kessler Boulevard
The Baird House / St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1418 22nd Avenue. This shelter is open to youth (17 and under) and to parents with minor children.
Cowlitz Family Health Center, 831 – 12th Avenue. This shelter is open for DAY use only, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

City Manager Sacha has authorized Community Development Director/Building Official John Brickey to issue temporary use permits for any buildings for which severe weather shelter designation may be sought and which, upon inspection, are determined to meet basic building safety standards for temporarily housing persons by Mr. Brickey and Fire Marshall Jon Dunaway. There is no fee for a temporary use permit for a severe weather shelter, and a permit may be valid for a period of 365 days.

For more information on permitted severe weather shelters, please contact the Community Development Department at 360.442.5087.


Display of address

The City of Longview would like to remind residents that all homes and business must have approved address numbers on the building that are plainly visible from the street and from the alley, per Longview Municipal Code.

“It’s important that all structures be clearly marked with the street address so that utility services or emergency service personnel can find your building in an emergency,” says Code Compliance Manager Gregory Hannon.  “All buildings having vehicular access to alleys in the city are also required to display street numbers so that they are clearly visible from the alley.”

Hannon asks that the following guidelines be followed when placing address numbers on buildings:

  • Make sure that the numbers clearly contrast with their background. Numbers that are the same color as the background are difficult to see.
  • Numbers are to be a minimum of 5 inches in height.
  • Place the numbers in a location where they can be plainly seen from the street and/or alley, not blocked by vegetation or other structures.
  • In the alley, place the numbers on the structure closest to the alley (i.e. fence, shed or garage).
  • Commercial and industrial buildings should have addresses plainly visible on the front and back of buildings.

Any questions about building addresses may be directed to the Code Compliance Department at 442-5093 or 442-5222 Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 


Applications being accepted for new Complete Streets Advisory Committee

The City of Longview invites applications for membership to the newly formed Complete Streets Advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee is to assist and advise the City of Longview regarding complete streets elements, transportation system plans and design criteria, and when otherwise needed to fulfill the goals of complete streets. The work of the Complete Streets Advisory Committee does not replace other City of Longview outreach or public involvement efforts. City staff will include the committee’s input in its decision making process. Final decisions will reside with staff and city council.

The committee shall be composed of six (6) members appointed by the city council to two (2) year terms. Members should be representative of various transportation system users and facets of the community such as motorists, bicycling, motorcycling, walking, the disabled community, public transit, and the business community.

If you are interested and have relevant experience listed above, please apply online at https://www.mylongview.com/506/Boards-Commissions. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2020.


RiverCities Transit Offers Free Bus Pass to Youth

RiverCities Transit is excited to announce the launch of a three-year pilot program to give those aged 6 - 18 a free Annual Youth Bus Pass. The Cowlitz Transit Authority Board established this program in an effort to encourage youth to try transit by eliminating the fare. Making transit accessible to students may encourage their future ridership and use of alternative forms of transportation to destinations such as afterschool programs and activities.

Before receiving a free Annual Youth Bus Pass, the participant, along with their parent or guardian, must complete and return a Bus Pass Consent Form to the Longview Transit Center. The consent form is required annually and is available at the Transit Center or on the fixed route “Fares and Passes” page of the RiverCities Transit website www.rctransit.org. A bus pass or fare must be presented to the Operator prior to riding the bus. This program is only available on fixed-route; it is not available for RiverCities LIFT.


Get Great Prizes for Reading

Longview Public Library invites adults 18 and older to read for prizes January 20 through February 28, 2020 for our adult winter reading program: Fire It Up! Not only could you win great prizes every week but you can even win a spectacular grand prize- a Kindle Fire HD. But wait, there’s more! You can also use your completed entry forms to pay off overdue/restocking fines at the Longview Public Library! That’s right! Longview Library patrons can read or listen to a book, fill out an entry form for Fire it Up!, bring it to the MAIN DESK at the Longview Library, and reduce your overdue/restocking fine by up to $5.00 per book read.

Longview, Kelso, Kalama, Castle Rock, and Woodland public libraries will feature the adult winter reading program Fire it Up! from January 20 through February 28, 2020. Each library has different weekly prizes. You are welcome to participate at one or all of these libraries! You do not need a library card to participate or win.

This program has been made possible by generous donations from the Longview Library Foundation. Thank you for your continued support.

For more information, contact your local library – Longview, 360-442-5300; Kelso, 360-423- 8110; Kalama, 360-673-4568; Castle Rock, 360-274-6961, Woodland 360-225-2115.


It’s BACK! Free Movie Night with Popcorn at the Library!

Longview Public Library is very excited to welcome everyone back to Family Movies at the Library! Join in the fun every 4th Tuesday of the month for Tuesday Movie Night. Great movies will be shown inside the Library through May, and then out on the Library Lawn in partnership with Longview Parks and Recreation starting in June! The next big feature will be shown in the Longview Library Auditorium January 28 at 6:00p.m.

We can’t tell you the name of the movie, but if you like Bruce Springsteen and movies about the 80s, you will enjoy this one! Check the Library website (longviewlibrary.org) or Facebook page for more details. Did someone say delicious popcorn? We will have that, too!

Space is limited and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be left unattended.

Auditorium doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and the movie will start at 6:00 p.m. Bring your friends and family and have a fun time at the Longview Public Library.

The Friends of the Longview Library sponsor this program. For more information, contact Elizabeth Partridge at 360.442.5321 or Daniel Tate at 360.442.5307, or log on to www.longviewlibrary.org.


City Utility Bill Drop Box

A new city utility bill drop box is being constructed in the grassy median of Broadway Street north of City Hall. The new drop box will be located east of the existing USPS boxes and will be ready for use in late December.

Once the new drop box is in use, the existing utility bill drop box, which is in the City Hall parking lot, will be closed.

Help Us Make an Impact for Parks

 Since 1997, the City of Longview has annually approved $25,000 for the Neighborhood Park Grant Program. 2020 marks 23 years in matching funds given to groups, organizations, and schools to improve our park system. The City of Longview is excited to announce that the Parks and Recreation Department is requesting applications for the 23rd Annual Neighborhood Park Grant Program. This program provides matching funds for park capital improvement projects. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 14, 2020.
The City is committed to promoting and sustaining an environment that is responsive to resident involvement. The intent of the grant program is to encourage teamwork and involvement partnering together towards improving parks and play spaces. Service groups, neighborhood groups, athletic organizations, and businesses can apply for all or a portion of the available $25,000 to match with their own funds and/or in-kind services and materials. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will review the applications received and make recommendations to the City Council about which project(s) should be funded.
Examples of qualifying projects include: land acquisition; purchase of playground equipment, picnic shelters, benches, signs, and landscape components; construction of sports courts such as tennis and basketball; development of hiking and biking paths; and athletic field development.
Applications for funds are handled through the Parks and Recreation Department. Interested parties may obtain application forms from the Recreation Office at 2920 Douglas St., or online at www.mylongview.com/recreation. For additional information, please contact Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Wills at 360.442.5400. 


Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances Ready for Check Out   

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW, and Columbia Theatre for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for checkout starting January 8 for these upcoming shows:


Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

Maybe This Time – February 7th – February 16th (2020)

A comedy-drama about searching for the perfect mate in the online, app-driven world. First dates have become interesting in and of themselves because of the dynamics of two strangers meeting and trying to make a good impression. Maybe This Time explores this new approach to dating, the things we tell ourselves, and the things we tell others.  *Comedy/Drama - Rated PG-13 – Mild sexual references 


Euripides’ Trojan Women – February 21st – March 8th (2020)

The Trojan Women touches on darker, universal themes that can be seen in modern society. The story is influenced by the events of the Trojan War and its aftermath. It centers around the women and children survivors who are now hopelessly reduced to slavery and exploitation. Although written almost 2500 years ago, the play explores the darker nature of humanity created by unspeakable horrors of war and is still relevant to the events we see today.  *Drama - Rated PG-13 – Adult themes 


The Columbia Theatre:

Celtic Illusion – Wednesday, March 4th (2020)

Cleverly fusing electrifying modern Irish Dance with mind-blowing magic and grand illusions, the spectacular stage show has now returned to Australian stages for limited tour, bigger and better than ever. With incredible new choreography, spellbinding magic, heart-racing music and a sensory experience like no other, audiences will be kept on the edge of their seats and left wanting more.


Catapult Dance – Friday, March 20 (2020)

Catapult is, technically, a shadow dance company. What it really is: a theatrical art form that is an amazingly imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture. An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8!


Longview-Kelso Community Concert Association:

Sail On (Beach Boys Tribute) – Friday, February 14 (2020)

Sail On brings a young look and authentic sound reminiscent of the original Beach Boys during the prime of their career. The group’s harmonies capture the sound of the iconic band and transport the audience to the beach for an evening of memories and Fun, Fun, Fun. Energetic and youthful tribute to “America’s band.”


Sons of Serendip – Sunday, March 29 (2020)

Sons of Serendip create beautiful music through the use of harp, piano, cello and voice. This Billboard charting quartet is gaining popularity since appearing on season 9 of America’s Got Talent as finalists. Their program is a fresh mix of emotionally expressive popular music, engaging stories, and audience participation. Musical serendipity.


LCC Center Stage Theatre:

Number the Stars – February 28 – March 7 (2020)

During the German occupation of Denmark during World War II, the Nazis closed down Jewish-owned businesses and began to round up the Jews for relocation to concentration camps. Danish freedom fighters of all ages risked everything in daring attempts to smuggle the entire Jewish population across the sea to Sweden and safety. In this stirring play, young Annemarie risks everything to help her friend Ellen Rosen escape. But will the 10-year-old girl have the courage and ingenuity to succeed and escape capture herself? Based on Lois Lowry’s national best seller and Newbery Award winning juvenile novel of World War II.

Tickets for these shows will be available to check out beginning January 8 and are limited and first come first served. Patrons over 18 can checkout one pair of tickets for free per calendar year. Come to the main floor desk or call 442-5300 with your library card number ready to check out your tickets today. See the complete rules and restrictions at http://www.longviewlibrary.org/tickets.php. 

The Culture Card program has been made possible through generous donations from the Longview Library Foundation, and through collaborative partnerships with Stageworks Northwest Longview Theatre,Columbia Theatre, LCC Center Stage Theatre, and the Longview-Kelso Community Concert Association.


Longview Parks & Recreations Registration for Winter/Spring is open
Online, walk-in, and phone registration for Longview Parks & Recreations Winter/Spring classes and programs is open! Sign up for your favorites early so you don't miss out!

Visit us at www.mylongview.com/recreation for convenient online registration, call the Recreation Office at 360-442-5400, or visit us in person at 2920 Douglas Street Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.