Longview City Info Weekly

City Council Meetings
Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:00 p.m. - Regular council meeting

This Council meeting will be a ZOOM virtual online webinar. Access information:

All members of the public are encouraged to listen in to the meeting and participate via a moderator.

Please click the link below to join the meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86879120602

Telephone options (you may need to try more than one number if you receive a busy signal):

Dial any of the following numbers:
1-253-215-8782
1-408-638-0968
1-669-900-6833
1-346-248-7799
1-312-626-6799
1-646-876-9923
1-301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 868 7912 0602

Panelists are council members and staff only.

 

Additionally KLTV has secured a Zoom license with a streaming option so their feed will replicate what we all hear and see on the screen. KLTV will stream to channel 29 and to their website so this gets our meeting out there in three options, Zoom, www.kltv.org, and Comcast channel 29.

 

Next meeting
Thursday, May 21, 2020
6:00 p.m. - Budget Workshop

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

In response to COVID-19 and public health concerns, and in concert with Governor Inslee’s emergency proclamation, the meetings of the Longview City Council will be viewed as ZOOM virtual online webinars.

 

 

Longview Public Library Offering Seed Checkouts by Mail

In this time of social distancing and staying home, the Longview Public Library is pleased to announce mail order seed library checkouts. This service is brought to you by the Friends of the Longview Public Library and is available to everyone with a Longview Public Library card. If you are eligible for a card but don’t already have one, we are also offering e-registration! Visit our online catalog and click “log in” in the upper right corner to register.

 

To order seeds, fill out the form at http://www.longviewlibrary.org/seedlibrary.php. Select up to ten packets per library card, along with five alternate choices. One packet per variety. Each member of a household with a card may check out ten packets and orders can be mailed together to save on mailing costs. This difficult moment makes the mission of the LPL Seed Library program all the clearer. We are excited to get seeds into your hands so you can get them in the ground. We hope growing them brings you a measure of peace and some good food!"

 

For more information, send your questions to austinb@mylongview.com or call 360-442-5310.

 

Longview Public Library and SCORE present Free Online Workshop - Going Digital with Business Marketing

E-mail + eCommerce + eBlasts = Egads! Going digital with our marketing has many of us going crazy. This workshop strives to bring a little sanity to make the world of digital marketing understandable—and more importantly, something each one of us can do well.

 

Why is it necessary to move our marketing into the digital world?

90% of Yelp! users use Yelp! to select the new restaurants they try.

74% of shoppers use social media to help them select what they will purchase.

 

Meanwhile, the tried and true way of finding new clients has fallen…

43% of people purchase based on the recommendation of a friend.

 

This webinar will show how you can create an e-mail list, write a creative e-mail or eBlast which generates sales, and build a community for your products or services in the digital marketing world.

 

SCORE wishes to thank the Friends of the Longview Library for their support and sponsorship of this important business webinar.  Please register at www.vancouver.score.org and find the class on the Take a Workshop page. You can also find the registration link and learn more about the upcoming seminars and other Longview Public Library programs by visiting our page at www.longviewlibrary.org. For more information, send your questions to elizabethp@mylongview.com

 

 

School Zone Flashing Signs

Longview School District is currently serving walk-up school lunches at five locations. As such, the school zone flashing signs will be operating 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

St. Helens Elementary
Kessler Elementary
Monticello Middle School
Northlake Elementary
Mint Valley Elementary

 

 

Longview Police parking tickets can now be paid on-line

Beginning May 5, 2020, parking tickets issued by Longview Police Department can be paid on-line. A link to the on-line payment portal is available on the police department’s website: https://www.mylongview.com/337/Parking-Enforcement. From the website, go to the section titled “Where Do I Pay My Parking Ticket?” and click on the “REMIT ONLINE” link.

 

Once payment has been submitted through the on-line payment portal, a receipt will pop up and be available to print. The customer will also receive a receipt by email. The email will be from the payment vendor “remit-online.com”.

 

With the closure of the LPD front counter due to COVID-19, the police department is looking for more ways to provide services to the public via the internet. Police staff reached out to their current parking enforcement vendor who activated on-line parking ticket payment capabilities for Longview Police Department. 

 

If you have questions on how to make an on-line payment for a parking enforcement ticket, please call the LPD front office at 360-442-5800.

 

 

Longview Police Satellite Office Closed

Longview Police Department has permanently closed its Highlands Satellite Office. The office was located at 216 30th Avenue behind the St. Helens grocery store.

 

Through the generosity and public interest of Cathryn Lenertz, the City of Longview maintained a satellite office in the Highlands Neighborhood from September 27, 1996 until August 31, 2016. The satellite office was purchased and the new owners allowed the police department to occupy that space until the end of April 2020. The Longview Police have moved back to the main station located at 1351 Hudson Street.

 

Although the public will not have access to a police satellite office, the police department continues to provide services as usual out of the main station. People may call the non-emergency dispatch number to report crime. The number, which operates 24-7, is 360.577.3098. The Cop Logic online police reporting tool is available 24-7 from the comfort of your home and can be accessed at www.mylongview.com. This tool is available for reporting crimes where a suspect is not known and can involve hit and runs with no injuries, identity theft, lost property, theft, theft from a vehicle, vandalism and vandalism of a vehicle. Eventually, once the main office is reopened, other services previously provided at the satellite office will be continued through the main office. These services include landlord tenant letters, bicycle registration, crime prevention outreach, community outreach and alarm letter notices.

 

Services previously provided from this office by the Department of Corrections (DOC) can be accessed through DOC’s main office located at 1953 Seventh Avenue, Suite 204. The phone number is 360.577.4050.

 

Services previously provided from this office by the Highland Neighborhood Association (HNA) can be accessed from HNA’s community center located at 292 21st Avenue. The phone number is 360.200.7359.

 

 

The City of Longview to Reopen Some Outdoor Recreation Activities

In conjunction with Governor Inslee’s press release on Monday, April 27, 2020, the City of Longview will reopen specific outdoor recreation opportunities with appropriate safety precautions in place on Tuesday, May 5. Next Tuesday, the City will reopen the Community Gardens, Gerhardt Garden Dog Park, Mint Valley Golf Course and allow for fishing at all City of Longview areas.

 

The City of Longview will follow the Covid-19 restart requirements and recommendations to keep a safe and healthy facility in accordance with state and federal law. The activities being reopened are viable and relatively low risk, however there will be additional precautions in place to ensure the safety of the park users, staff, and officials. For full regulations and restrictions, information can be found at http://www.mylongview.com/AlertCenter, http://www.mint-valley.com, and www.mylongview.com/rec.

 

Playgrounds, public restrooms, sports fields and courts are closed. These amenities promote gathering and offer multiple touch points that cannot be disinfected between uses. These amenities will remain closed until further notice.

 

Governor Inslee has stated “Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation, and springtime in our state is Washington at its best and people want to be out enjoying outdoor activities in a safe and responsible way. This is not a return to normal. This is only a beginning phase of relaxing outdoor recreation restrictions.”

 

All outdoor activities include guidelines and restrictions such as 1) anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms shall not participate in outdoor recreation activities, 2) any park facilities may be closed at any time if there is reason to believe unsafe conditions exist or social distancing practices are not being adhered to, 3) people should recreate locally and not travel further than necessary to do so, 4) limit your recreation partners to only those who live within your household, 5) practice social distancing in all areas when you encounter others, and 6) bring your own personal protective equipment and supplies to help protect yourself and others in the community.

 

Public gatherings, events, team sports, and other organized activities are still prohibited during this time and are not resuming until further notice.

 

RiverCities Transit continues fare suspension for May 2020

In order to continue social distancing for our passengers and operators, RiverCities Transit has suspended fares for May 2020. Other social distancing techniques RiverCities has implemented include limiting the number of passengers on a bus to 10 and asking passengers to board through the rear doors. Once onboard, passengers are encouraged to practice social distancing by sitting away from each other and wearing a cloth face covering as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

RiverCities Transit continues to provide service to those that need to access essential jobs and lifeline services but urges riders to follow Governor Inslee’s Stay-at-Home Order and limit their trips to keep all of our community members healthy. All fixed routes are running a reduced Saturday level of service Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. until further notice.

 

Passengers who are unable to access essential services and jobs as a result of RCT’s service reductions are encouraged to contact RCT at (360) 442-5663 or customerservice@rctransit.org.

 

Don’t Forget to Respond: 2020 Census Reminder Postcards Arriving

The U.S. Census Bureau is beginning to send reminder notice postcards to an estimated 69 million households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. About 53.4% of households across the country have already responded since invitations began arriving in mailboxes on March 12. Those households that have not yet responded to the census will receive an in person visit by a census taker to collect their information later this summer.  

 

 

The Longview Public Library offers Digital Library Cards

Do you need to get your Longview Public Library Card so you can access digital material? If you have a Longview address, you can get yourself a digital library card online! You need to visit the Longview Library Catalog at https://longcat.polarislibrary.com/, click “Log in” in the upper right corner, then follow the “register now” link, follow the prompts and fill in your information.

 

You are required to provide:

Name (First, Last)
Address (Residential) Mailing can be added later
Email
Phone (and carrier if you want to receive text notifications)
Username
Password (This can be anything but we recommend using the last 4 digits of your phone number as your pin. We can reset your password, but we can’t remind you what it is.)

 

Click submit to receive a temporary barcode. You can use the barcode or username and your chosen password to log in to your library account but not to use digital resources, yet. The Library staff will check over the application and assign a permanent barcode that will give you full digital access. You will receive an email with your new barcode that will give you full access to the online databases, downloadable books, and Lynda.com for online learning.

Once the library opens, your card can be converted to a full access card with your photo id and a signed application at the Longview Public Library.

 

For more information, send your questions to chris.skaugset@ci.longview.wa.us.

 

 

Save Small Business Grant program

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation will open their Save Small Business Grant program for $5,000 for each awarded applicant. All zip codes in Cowlitz County qualify.

Business with between 3-20 employees (including yourself and not including independent contractors).
Each grant is for $5,000 and must be applied toward business expenses.
Grants will be awarded weekly until all funds have been used.
Once the grantee has been notified it will take 3-5 days to process the payment.
The number of grants awarded will be scaled in proportion to the demand and available funds.
Go to https://savesmallbusiness.com/#apply.

 

ASK Longview

Reporting a problem is simple with the City of Longview’s new and improved ASK Longview’s mobile app!

 

Enter a service request any time day or night from your mobile phone or visit www.mylongview.com  and click on the ASK Longview button.

Requests are automatically routed for quick resolution and you can follow the progress with your tracking number.

 

Got a question? Just ASK Longview

 

 

Revolving Loan Fund

In an effort to help local businesses during this time, the City of Longview Revolving Loan Fund has made some temporary changes to its loan plan:

 

No loan fees - No application or administrative fees
Low interest rate - Favorable interest rates 
Payment deferral - Up to 6 month deferment of loan principal and interest

 

The Revolving Loan Fund has $300,000 available for lending. The purpose of the Revolving Loan Fund is to create new jobs, strengthen the city’s and region’s economy, encourage revitalization and development.  If your business needs additional funds and has been turned down by an institutional lender, please contact:

 

Bill Fashing 

Cowlitz - Wahkiakum Council of Governments 

360.355.0344 or bfashing@cwcog.org

 

 

City of Longview COVID-19 Response

To minimize the health impacts of COVID-19 in our area, the City of Longview is closing some buildings and offices to the public. The following City of Longview facilities are closed:

Park and Facility Closures:

We understand that using parks and getting outside is imperative during all of this. As of right now, parks and trails will remain open for active use such as walking and biking, please continue to practice social distancing and restrict all gatherings while at our public spaces.

Senior Center
Mint Valley Racquet Complex
Parks & Recreation offices
All Recreation and Library programs have been cancelled.
Mint Valley Racquet Complex
Longview Recreation offices
Playgrounds
Play structures
Skate park
Sport fields / courts
Park restrooms
All Recreation and Library programs have been cancelled (no facility rentals)

 

 

Permitting / Building & Planning / Engineering (by appointment only)

 

For building and electrical inspection requests, please call 360.442.5090.

For Building & Planning general questions, please call 360.442.5086.
For Engineering services, please call 360.442.5200 to make an appointment.

 

Finance / Utility Payments

The City of Longview currently offers the following options for paying your utility bills:

 

CASH ONLY payments will be accepted at Kelso City Hall drive-thru window at 203 S. Pacific in Kelso.

Pay by phone (credit/debit only): 877-349-8039
Online, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week (credit/debit only): https://egov.mylongview.com/
By check using our payment drop boxes located in front of City Hall and on the Broadway Street median near the ballot drop box. Please remember to include payment stub.
By U.S. Postal Service mail, include bill payment stub and mail to:

City of Longview Utilities, PO Box 128, Longview, WA 98632

You can find more information about these services on our website at: https://www.mylongview.com/402/Utility-Payments
For customer service and other questions, please call 360.442.5099.

 

Longview Police Department

The Longview Police Department will strive to maintain core services and respond to calls for service during this period of COVID-19 pandemic. In order to focus on maintaining core services the following changes will be adopted effective immediately:

 

There will be no public fingerprinting services.
No public access to the LPD lobby. Payments can be made by mail.
Officers are directed to utilize phone calls when appropriate to handle non-emergency calls for service.
Online reporting by citizens is encouraged. Go to mylongview.com, file a police report
All ride-along's and LPD volunteers are suspended until further notice

 

RiverCities Transit

RCT Buses will run reduced service (Saturday Schedule) Monday -- Friday.
Service will start at 8:00 a.m.
There will be no service on Saturday.
No Routes 30, 44, or 45 B.
The Longview Transit Center is closed effective March 25, 2020.
RiverCities LIFT will continue normal operation.
Riders are asked to board and exit through the rear doors. Front door will be for ADA access only.
RiverCities is suspending fares through April 2020. You will not need to show a pass or pay a fare to ride.
Visit rctransit.org for more information.

 

Longview Public Library COVID-19 Resources

The Longview Library building is closed for now, but their digital branch is open 24/7!

 

The Library has a collection of links to resources on their website and beyond for our community to refer to as we deal with the coronavirus outbreak. It is a work in progress and being updated as they receive new information, so please check back.

 

Longview Public Library website: http://www.longviewlibrary.org/
Living in the Time of COVID-19: http://www.longviewlibrary.org/COVID19.php
Small Business/employment: http://www.longviewlibrary.org/business.php
Kids stuff: http://www.longviewlibrary.org/kids.php
ebook and more resources: http://www.longviewlibrary.org/wal.php

 

 

Longview Fire Department

Closed to the public and all non-essential visitors.

 

RiverCities Transit Limits Bus Occupancy to 10 Riders

RiverCities Transit has started limiting the number of passengers on a bus to ten to allow for social distancing. Riders will be asked to wait while a second vehicle is dispatched to pick them up if the vehicle is at capacity. Dispatching additional vehicles has been working since April 1, but this will be the first time riders will be asked to wait if there are more than ten people on the bus.

 

Passengers are asked to board through the rear doors to minimize contact with the operator unless they are using a mobility device or require the ramp. Once onboard, passengers are encouraged to practice social distancing by sitting away from each other and wearing a cloth face covering as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

RiverCities Transit will continue to provide service to those that need to access essential jobs and lifeline services but urges riders to follow Governor Inslee’s Stay-at-Home Order and limit their trips in an effort to keep all of our community members healthy. All fixed routes are running a reduced Saturday level of service Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM until further notice.

 

Passengers who are unable to access essential services and jobs as a result of RCT’s service reductions are encouraged to contact RCT at (360) 442-5663 or customerservice@rctransit.org.