Longview City Info Weekly

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 Three Amigas will also host a reception for this show on November 4th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Koth Gallery.

Additionally, 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

Acrobatics – Youth

Thursdays - Nov 2 - 30 (no class Nov 23rd)

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Ages 6-12

Line Dancing – Ultra Beginner

Thursdays - Nov 2 – Dec 14 (no class Nov 23rd)

5:15 – 6:00 PM

Ages 18 & up

Herbal Medicine at Home

Thursdays - Nov 2-16

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Ages 18 & up

Strike a Pose Yoga for Parent & Child

Saturdays - Nov 4-Dec 2

9:00-10:00 AM

All ages (Cost covers one parent and one child)

Kid’s Holiday Baking

Saturday - Nov 4th

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Ages 8-12

Country Two Step – Beyond Beginning

Tuesdays - Nov 7 – Dec 12

8:00 – 9:00 PM

Ages 18 & up

Belly Dancing – Level 1

Wednesdays - Nov 8 – Dec 20

6:30 – 7:45 PM

Ages 16 & up

Cooking – Holiday Food Gifts for Everyone

Saturday - Nov 8th

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Ages 18 & up

Classes Start Soon! Call 360-442-5400 or visit www.mylongview.com/rec to register today!


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’s 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


October 26 City Council Meeting in brief

  • Moved the agenda item related to the City’s financial support for Pathways 2020 to the next meeting
  • Issued a proclamation to honor departing Cowlitz County auditor Kristina K. Swanson for her many accomplishments and service to the community over her 26-year career
  • Received a report from the Sister City delegation that visited Wako, Japan in October
  • Recognized the partner organizations and individuals involved in Food for Thought summer literacy, activity, and meal program conducted for 24 days during July and August at Archie Anderson Park.
  • Held a public hearing regarding the moratorium on applications for emergency shelters
  • Approved Resolution No. 2241 adopting finding of fact for the moratorium to comply with RCW 35A.63.220
  • Approved Ordinance No. 3361 ending the moratorium upon the acceptance of applications for emergency shelters under LMC 19.09.223
  • Accepted the recommendation of the Planning Commission and directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance regarding zoning code amendments to allow City pump stations in all residential, commercial and industrial zoning districts
  • Accepted the recommendation of the Planning Commission and directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance regarding zoning code amendments to allow personal service establishments in the riverfront district
  • Approved Resolution No. 2243 to set a public hearing to vacate an excess alley right-of-way abutting Lot 1, Cleek’s First Edition


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 www.longviewlibrary.org.


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 http://rctransit.org/service-changes/ 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 www.longviewlibrary.org.


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 brandi.ballinger@c2fr.org.


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!


City seeks proposals for State Governmental Relations and Legislative Lobbying Services

The City of Longview is seeking proposals from qualified consultants/firms/individuals to represent the City’s state legislative interests. Proposals are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The City will receive all proposals at the Longview City Hall Executive Office, 1525 Broadway or PO Box 128 Longview, WA 98632. For more information, contact Dave Campbell at 360.442.5004 or david.campbell@ci.longview.wa.us.

Complete details are available at http://www.mylongview.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=3247.


Notice of change of regular council meetings in November

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Longview city council business meetings for November have been changed. Business meetings will be held on Thursday, November 2 and Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

Agendas can be found a week before the meeting on the City website at www.mylongview.com.


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.


2018 Student Calendar Contest Focusing on Solutions to Stormwater Pollution

Cowlitz Clean Waters, a new local public education campaign targeting stormwater pollution, is sponsoring its first annual student calendar contest and it is open to middle school students (grades 6-8) within Cowlitz County, including public, private and homeschooled students.

Middle school students are encouraged to create artwork or write a haiku or short poem depicting ways to prevent stormwater pollution and to keep our Cowlitz County waters clean, including the Cowlitz, Coweeman and Columbia Rivers, and Lake Sacajawea.

Prizes for art and poetry selected to be in the calendar include Amazon gift cards with a grand prize value of $350.00. The calendar contest entry form and rules can be found online at https://cowlitzcleanwaters.org/contest.

The deadline for submittal is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. If you have questions, you may contact Van McKay at the City of Kelso at 360-577-3323.

Cowlitz Clean Waters is a collaborative initiative of the City of Kelso, City of Longview, Cowlitz County, Consolidated Drainage Improvement District #1 (CDID#1), Kelso School District, Longview School District, Washington State University (WSU) Cowlitz County Extension and the Lower Columbia College.

This partnership is committed to developing a public information and education campaign to help inform the Lower Columbia region about the impacts of stormwater runoff on our local waterways and to affect behavior changes and water quality improvements in our communities.


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