Longview City Info Weekly

City Council Meetings

Next meeting
Thursday, October 22, 2020
5:30 p.m. - Utility Rate Workshop
7:00 p.m. - Regular Council Meeting
7:30 p.m. - Budget Workshop

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 until further notice.

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

For information about Zoom accessibility, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 360-442-5041.

Panelists are council members and staff only.

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

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.

 

Oregon Way Liner and Pipe Replacement Project

Allied Trenchless, from Chelan, Washington is scheduled to install a liner for the sanitary sewer line on Oregon Way between the Tennant Way / 15th Avenue intersection and Beech Street. The installation of the sewer liner is scheduled to start on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. and will be completed in four phases. The work is expected to be completed by November 13, 2020.

Phase 1 will start at the intersection of Tennant Way / 15th Avenue / Oregon Way / Nichols Boulevard.

  • East Kessler Boulevard will be closed to through traffic / open to local traffic.
  • 15th Avenue / Oregon Way will be limited to single southbound lane between Douglas Street and Cypress Street.
  • 15th Avenue south of the intersection will be closed to through traffic / open to local traffic.
  • Sewer bypass ramps will be installed at the intersection requiring reduced speed at the intersection.
  • Phase 1 is expected to be completed by October 22, 2020.

Information for Phase 2, 3 and 4 will be provided subsequently. In order to avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

 

Upcoming Events at the Longview Public Library

Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come through the Longview Public Library’s drive-thru on Halloween for candy and a free kid’s book!

 

Evergreen Teen Book Club

Read and discuss Evergreen Teen Book Award Nominees. Thursday, October 29 at 3:30 on Zoom. Pick up a FREE copy of the book in the Library drive-thru.

 

Kid’s Book Club

On Zoom for Grades, 3-5 pick up the book in the library drive-thru.  Tuesdays, 10/27/2020 and 12/1/2020.

 

What's Happening at Recreation

You've been egged Halloween style!

Here is your chance to have your own Halloween Egg Hunt in your front yard.

We will fill 2 dozen orange eggs and drop off & hide the eggs for you.

Participants must live in City of Longview boundaries.

Cost: $10 for 24 eggs

We have 7 delivery spots open on Friday Oct 23, and 8 spots each day on Saturday, Oct 24, Friday, Oct 30, and Saturday, Oct 31!

Snag your spot today!

https://register.communitypass.net/reg/cat_program_class_detail.cfm?seas...

 

Distance Learning

Longview Recreation is so excited to announce that the weekly rate for Distance Learning Day Camp is now only $65!

They are now able to offer Distance Learning Day Camp at a 50% reduction in cost due to supplemental funds provided by the CARES Act to support families during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

There are still scholarships available as well for even more savings. Contact 360-442-5400 for more info!

 

Registration is open for October here:

https://register.communitypass.net/reg/cat_program_list.cfm?s=&t=&season...

 

 

Utility Assistance Program

Are you or anyone you know in need of utility assistance n live in Cowlitz County?

Households that have been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for the Utility Assistance Program.

 

Program Eligibility:

Must have at least one month of utilities past due or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020
Must have been specifically impacted by COVID-19

 

For more information, please contact: Lower Columbia CAP at 360-425-3430

*Due to the high volume of calls we are experiencing you may have difficulty reaching us, if so please send an email to: sues@lowercolumbiacap.org

 

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. 

 

Virtual Fire Prevention Week resources

The theme was "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!"

We have been posting videos and information all week, or you can go directly to our webpage at https://www.mylongview.com/643/Fire-Prevention-Week to check out all of our videos and activities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3wCqA5Bjuc&t=4s

Kitchen Safety is very important. Watch this short video for tips in the kitchen!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsulnSO5z9I&t=11s

Here is a fun activity! Find all the hidden items. Also remember Sparky's tips for staying safe in the kitchen:

 

Stay at least 3 feet away from the stove.

A grown-up should decide when you are old enough to use a microwave oven.

Stay away from things that get hot.

Remind grown-ups to keep things that can burn away from the stovetop.

https://sparkyschoolhouse.org/.../kitchen_hidden_sparky.pdf

Need to learn more about a fire escape plan? NFPA has a great video. Check it out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc-AkbpdSYk...

Make a fire escape plan for your home! Follow this link for a fun activity on how to make a plan especially for your home!
https://sparkyschoolhouse.org/.../2015/05/escape_plan.pdf

Firefighters can look scary in all their gear. Watch Firefighter EMT Chelsey put on all the gear needed to keep firefighters safe!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdeG3JRaPTw

This spring Longview Fire Department put a new fire engine in service, we had hoped to have it on display at our open house this year, but since we can't watch Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway, Master Firefighter Jeff Cosmi, and Firefighter EMT Greg Hawkes show you all about our new engine!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0awVYIfGXTY

A special thank you to KLTV and Shawn Luhn for all their hard work in helping us put everything together.

We hope that next October we will be back to welcoming students and families back to our station.

 

Car Seat Clinic

Safe Kids Lower Columbia is offering a FREE Car Seat Check on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come get help with your car seat by a certified car seat technician!

To ensure social distancing and for COVID-19 precautions, only a limited number of appointments will be available.  You MUST make an appointment and be available the day before for screening questions. . For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Sarah at 360-442-5501

To receive a replacement seat, you need:

  • $10 dollar donation if you qualify (checks not accepted)
  • Child or children
  • Car Seat currently using (and manual if available)
  • Your vehicle (and owner’s manual if available)
  • Picture ID (proof of Cowlitz or Wahkiakum County residency)
  • Parent must be present
  • First come, first served!

 

General guidelines for temporary political signs

During campaign season, the landscape blooms with a special kind of flower - the political sign. Unlike wildflowers that are welcome most anywhere, putting campaign signs at some locations is illegal.  So before you plant that sign, learn the law and keep Longview safe and beautiful.

What you need to know (RCW 47.42.080(5)) - When conducting a campaign for public office, please keep in mind that it is illegal to place signs on public property (parks, medians, city owned property, etc.) or within the right-of-way of state highways such as Ocean Beach Hwy., 1st and 3rd Avenues, Industrial Way, Tennant Way, etc..

“Temporary political signs” include those signs pertaining to nonpartisan elections, bond measures, initiatives, and similar matters as well as customary partisan politics.

Rules & regulations at a glance:  (LMC 16.13.030 Section 1403)

Political candidates must register their intent to place temporary political signs with the city clerk and provide a deposit of $50 as a guaranty that the signs will be removed within ten (10) days after the election.
It is illegal to place or post any temporary political sign on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs, and other objects on the right-of-way.
Temporary political sign faces may not be larger than four feet in height and eight feet in width.
Temporary political signs that are six feet or more above grade are subject to design and construction requirements.
Except for state highway right-of-ways, temporary political signs can be placed upon the planting strip/public right-of-way subject to the following regulations:

Have the adjoining property owner’s permission to do so. 

The temporary political sign cannot impair the site of vehicles, bike riders or pedestrians at intersections.
Temporary political signs within a sight triangle can be no taller than 42 inches.
Temporary political signs cannot hang over the street, alley or sidewalk.
Temporary political signs can be no closer than four feet to the improved portion of the street.

 

Sign removal - If you've placed your temporary political sign in violation to the above listed rules and regulations, or if it is posing a traffic hazard, it may be removed by the City without prior notice. All costs associated with sign removal including possible fines will be paid by the sign owner. Temporary political signs must be removed by the candidates or their designee within ten days after the election.

 

Contact us - For more information about the specific rules governing campaign signs, please call 442-5000, or call the Code Compliance Division at 442-5093.  For a more detailed fact sheet, visit the City of Longview website at www.longviewcode.com

 

 

Outdoor Gallery Creates Podcast Tour

The Longview Outdoor Gallery has created a podcast audio tour to showcase the nearly two dozen pieces of art sprinkled throughout Downtown Longview.

The podcast is available on six platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Each episode of the podcast corresponds with a specific sculpture and details the artist who built the piece and a bit about the piece itself. Because it’s in podcast form, citizens and visitors wishing to learn about the artwork aren’t required to walk any one way, like a standard audio tour. Rather, they can walk or drive to look at whichever sculpture they choose, whenever they want.

The Longview Outdoor Gallery believes this podcast tour will continue to enhance Longview’s Downtown through an interactive educational experience.

Apple Podcasts Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1528782168
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/show/3iiobPXmDSUGlOij74AiWm

The Longview Outdoor Gallery is a non-profit, 100% donor supported organization, with all proceeds going to buy sculptures to showcase the beauty of our community and to attract more visitors to the downtown area. Our mission is to provide a rotating exhibit of outdoor sculptures in Historic Downtown Longview and acquire new pieces for the city’s permanent art collection. We hope to have 23 permanent sculptures by 2023. Find out more at LongviewLOG.org.

 

Believe in the ability to change our community! Volunteer!

BE THE CHANGE you seek in our community. Change the way you look at the world by working for positive change in your own hometown. Devote some time volunteering on one of Longview’s many boards or commissions!

Longview’s boards and commissions enable inspired people to contribute in meaningful ways to our city for the enrichment of the community as a whole. At the end of this year, several terms on our boards and commissions will end and may need to be filled. In addition, other vacancies can occur during the year. This is a perfect time to find your niche and make a positive, lasting contribution for the future of Longview’s next generations.

Visit the boards and commissions webpage under the “Your Government” tab at www.mylongview.com to view current and upcoming vacancies, apply, and learn more about specific boards. If you’ve previously applied, just log in to view or update your current application. If you’ve never applied, create an account and choose the boards you are eligible for. You may apply even if there are not vacancies for a board that you are interested in; your application will be kept in the event there is a resignation during the year.

Applications for upcoming vacancies will be accepted through October 31, 2020 but may also be submitted year-round and will be kept on file.

 

Introducing the Library Sampler

Do you miss being able to browse the Longview Public Library shelves? Need a book or movie, but not sure what to request in the online library catalog? Try a Library Sampler! Get a selection of picture books, movies, magazines, paperback romances, or whatever makes you happy, selected by library staff and available for pick-up using our Drive-Thru service.

Visit our website at longviewlibrary.org/sampler.php and fill out the form, selecting the amount of items (5, 10, or 15), format, and genre or topic! No internet access? Call during our phone hours Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and library staff will take your sampler request over the phone. Your sampler will be ready within one week – we’ll let you know when it’s ready to pick up.

More information about library drive-thru and other library services being offered during the pandemic is available on our website at longviewlibrary.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
Parks & Recreation offices
Mint Valley Racquet Complex
Longview Recreation offices
Sport fields
Park restrooms (a few are open at Hemlock Playground area at Martin’s Dock.)

 

Japanese Gardens are open!

After a long closure for repairs, the Japanese Island at Lake Sacajawea is open again! Help us keep this local gem healthy! Please stay on the marked paths and avoid overcrowding the island when you visit this beautiful shady retreat on these warm summer days!

 

We will be running our winter hours Monday – Thurs 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  A new tori gate and supports are being constructed for the bridge entrance.  Parks hopes to begin installation within the next few months.

 

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
On-line payments for parking tickets are available at https://www.mylongview.com/337/Parking-Enforcement.  Click the “remit online” button.
Concealed pistol license RENEWALS  can be completed by downloading the application form from the police department’s website and mailing the complete application along with payment to the police department.  For instructions, go to https://www.mylongview.com/300/Concealed-Pistol-License

 

RiverCities Transit

Regular Monday - Saturday service returns for the first time since March 30. Customers will have an opportunity to purchase passes at the Transit Center and Kelso City Hall starting July 27. Ridership has begun to increase since the initial government shutdown in late March. Reinstating regular service will allow passengers to spread out their essential trips during the less busy travel times between 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Front door boarding will also resume in August, and riders are encouraged to exit the rear door of the bus. Plexiglass doors were installed to protect operators and passengers at the front door where fares are collected. Additionally, vehicle loads have been reduced to allow no more than ten passengers on the bus to encourage social distancing while riding. Face coverings are required by state mandate with some exceptions.

 

The Transit Center lobby will re-open on July 27 at 8:00 a.m. Up to five (5) customers will be allowed into the lobby to access the Customer Service counter at a time, but lobby seating, and the restrooms will not be available until further notice.

 

RiverCities Transit remains committed to the health and safety of the community it serves while continuing to provide an essential service. Follow the RiverCities Transit Facebook page for the most recent updates and service alerts, or contact Customer Service at 360-442-5663 or customerservice@rctransit.org. Route schedules, maps, and fare information are available on the RiverCities website www.rctransit.org.

 

Longview Public Library COVID-19 Resources

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

 

Story Times are back - http://longviewlibrary.org/kids.php

Longview Public Library’s story times start back up this week!

Baby Times – Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Time – 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time – 10:30 a.m.

 

Preschool/Toddler Fall Craft Series

New Episodes Sunday evening on You Tube!

Pick up your free craft packets at the library drive-thru

Watch the Libraries first preschool/toddler craft on their YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDhAf525JB8

 

We now offer drive-thru service for picking up items that you request through the online catalog!

Mondays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 11 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Due to demand, staffing, and safety procedures, this process can take several days. Please don't come to the library until you've received notification that your items are ready. You can help us speed up this process and make sure you get the items that you really want by updating your contact information and managing your request list now.

The outside book drop is open for all returns!. If you have items to return when you come to pick up your requests, please drop them in the slot after you've received your pick-up order.

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.

 

Place holds and pick them up through our drive thru service: http://longviewlibrary.org/techtipholds.php
Borrow ebooks and downloadable audiobooks with your library card: http://longviewlibrary.org/wal.php
Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY6lrzgdqjlBBCoSte84PAw
Participate in Summer Reading online (through August 15): http://longviewlibrary.org/kids.php
Mail order seed library checkouts: http://longviewlibrary.org/seedlibrary.php
Ask a Librarian: http://longviewlibrary.org/askalibrarian.php
Small Business Resources: http://longviewlibrary.org/business.php
Need a library card? Learn how to get one here: http://longviewlibrary.org/librarycards.php
View our newsletter: https://t.e2ma.net/webview/qod78n/e9af185bba3934d2b7da7ef270786b87

 

Longview Fire Department

Closed to the public and all non-essential visitors.
Employees will not be doing in-person car seat installs.  You can call and ask our car seat technician for help though!  If you have questions on installs please call Sarah directly at 360-442-5501 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.