Longview City Info Weekly

SR4/Ocean Beach Highway Traffic Signal Upgrade Project

The City of Longview has contracted with City Electric, LLC to construct improvements to the traffic signal equipment on Ocean Beach Highway in March and April of 2021. The intersections that will be affected are 9th, Triangle Mall, 15th, Olympia, NE Nichols, Pacific, NW Nichols, Lowe’s, 30th, and 32nd.  Work will begin March 29, 2021.  Work is scheduled to be completed by April 16, 2021.

The contractor anticipates a minimum of one day of work for each intersection.  Minor delays, lane closures, flaggers, and four way stops will be part of the traffic control at each intersection.  Traffic control cabinets will be replaced so signals will not be operating during replacement.

Order of work is subject to change based on construction progress and weather, but is tenatively scheduled to start at 9th Avenue and end at 32nd Avenue.

In order to avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.


Waste Control introduces new app

Waste Control has prepared an app to assist in providing proper and more timely notification of anticipated disruption of garbage and/or recycling service, such as the recent snow event last month. This app will generate reminders for normal collection service, including approved curbside recycling materials and Christmas tree removal schedules, or anticipated delays or changes to service.

Go to the App Store on your phone and type in “WasteConnect” and download the app. Once you enter your address and accept the prompt to receive Notifications, you will receive service reminders and any needed updates from Waste Control.

Please note: Waste Control said the app is still loading to go live and may still take another week or so, though most have already been successful in downloading the app.

For those that do not have access to a phone to download the app, these announcements will be aired on all local radio stations and published in the Daily News.


Transit Community Survey

RiverCities Transit is collecting responses from a community survey that asks where adding four hours of additional service, primarily in Kelso, would be most beneficial. Please head to our website www.rctransit.org or our Facebook page @RiverCities Transit to participate.


Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting

Next Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 at 4 p.m.


Links to agendas and Zoom can be found the Friday before the meeting www.rctransit.org under Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting.


20th Avenue Street Closure for bridge at Lake Sacajawea

20th Avenue will be closed from Kessler Boulevard to Nichols Boulevard on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.

The east sidewalk across the bridge will remain open to pedestrian traffic during the inspection.
The lake paths will remain open.  
Traffic control measures will be in place to re-route traffic.
Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

This closure allows an Under Bridge Inspection Truck (UBIT) to be used to inspect the 20th Avenue Bridge. Routine inspections give City of Longview Engineering staff key condition data to inform future decisions about the structure.


From the Mayor’s desk - March 2021

Hello Longview,

I imagine philanthropist Robert A. Long, founder of our planned City of Longview, in 1923, looking out with great satisfaction (perhaps from Rainier hill) across the vast landscape of “Site E”, which was to become the City of Longview.  The land sat perfectly between the two flowing rivers, the Cowlitz and the Columbia, both of which begged for active industry along their shores’ edges.  Robert A. Long’s vision for industry, schools, and a central civic town hub would be on the books as a “planned city”, a City Beautiful, and would include a library, post office, city hall and the historic Monticello Hotel.  I can only imagine the thrill of plans to create a lovely gathering area for families to picnic and play, or take in a swim or day of fishing, on the banks of Fowlers Slough, later to become Longview’s crowning gem, Lake Sacajawea.

So much transpired in those early development years; countless hours in meetings and studies with shareholders such as Bell, Vandercook, Nichols, Kessler, Morris, McClelland and Tennant. As a result, in the early 1920’s, families arrived in droves to begin establishing themselves along the westside neighborhoods to build their homes and businesses throughout the city.  Many individuals that have lived generation to generation here have witnessed the growth of railroads, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches, roads, homes, and the industrious paper mills and lumber companies.  The early years of diligence paid off, and those who came to town later said, “What is that smell?”  The local townsfolk simply stated, “The smell of money.”

Fast forward to present day with a downtown revitalization plan in place, newly paved streets, new parks, new industry, beautifications to Lake Sacajawea, a transit center, continued growth, new neighborhoods, new homes, and lots of multi-generational family ties.  Just the other day I spoke with an elderly woman on the phone who grew up in the same neighborhood as my dad and his three brothers.  She remembered the “Lloyd boys on Field St.” and it brought a smile to my face.

Over the years, our little community has sent people to the legislature, elected countless others to city council, retired and rehired police and fire chiefs, city managers and employees. We became Tree City USA (and now Nation), we have busted out roads to build shopping malls and businesses, and have added a beautiful gazebo to R. A. Long’s Jefferson Park.  In a few months we will have a brand new 50-acre business park at the Beech Street extension to accommodate aspiring businesses.  We’ll also have a new 911 center, newly paved roads on Oregon and California Way, and, with the hopes of our Legislative Capital fund requests, the reconstruction of Martin’s Dock, and newly constructed bathrooms and sidewalks at Hemlock Plaza at Lake Sacajawea.

I think it is fair to say that Mr. Long and the early city planners would be proud of this little planned city that was put in motion by the awe-inspiring ideas to create a City Beautiful. I feel a sense of pride and gratitude to be a recipient of the great work of the early pioneers. I wonder, what role do we as citizens play to continue adding to the beauty we enjoy here, and how do we perpetuate the growth and vitality of our community?  Are we reasonable with our balance between wants and needs? Are we contributing in a positive way? Do we trust in, and support, the stakeholders of today to expand the vision of yesterday for our tomorrows?

I love our City Beautiful. I marvel at the imagination and ingenuity of the early leaders, thrill at the continued transformations and developments, and I love the opportunity of serving as your Mayor.

Have courage in all you do, be brave, and be blessed always,

Mayor MaryAlice Wallis



RiverCities Transit seeks public comment on revised ADA Paratransit Plan

The RiverCities ADA Paratransit plan is a living document that puts in writing RiverCities LIFT’s operational procedures. The plan clearly outlines how the complimentary paratransit service, RiverCities LIFT meets each of the federal requirements and therefore what the public can expect from LIFT.

RiverCities Transit developed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit Plan in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49 CFR Part 37 Subpart F.

Plan modifications of note include:

Establishing a Permanent Unconditional Eligibility for those applicants whose mobility is not evolving and the likely hood of new technologies is not going to change their eligibility.
Expansion of Visitors Eligibility
Establishing a Pick Up Window
Defining a Suspension of Service Appeals Process
Defining an Inclement Weather Agency Practice

The draft ADA Paratransit plan is available at www.rctransit.org, a copy may be requested by calling (360) 442-5663, or visiting the Longview Transit Center at 1135 12th Ave, Longview WA.


RiverCities Transit Paratransit Plan will be open for public comment from March 10, 2021 thru the public hearing on April 14, 2021. You may submit a comment by visiting https://rctransit.org/contact-us/ and completing the form, in writing by mailing your comment to RiverCities Transit, PO Box 128, Longview WA 98632; via phone at (360) 442-5663, email at customerservice@rctransit.org, in person at the Longview Transit Center, or during the public hearing.

The Cowlitz Transit Authority will hold the public hearing virtually via Zoom, at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. During the public hearing any person interested may appear and be heard on the said matter via a moderator. For information about Zoom accessibility, please contact the Clerk of the Board’s office at (360) 442-5663.


Longview Library Offering Discover Passes

Check out a Discover Pass, which provides free admission to State Parks and other state lands throughout Washington State, at your Longview Public Library. As part of Check Out Washington, a cooperative one-year pilot project between Washington State Parks, Washington State Parks Foundation, the Washington State Library and a few public libraries around the state, Longview Public Library patrons now have the opportunity to check out a Discover Pass.

The passes check out for one week, can be put on hold, but cannot be renewed. Borrowers must be 18 or older and have a valid Longview Public Library card. For more information, or to reserve a Discover Pass, call the library at 360.442.5300 or visit the Library online at www.longviewlibrary.org.



City of Longview buildings opening to public

As of March 22, all counties are in Phase 3 of the governor’s Healthy Washington Roadmap plan. As our region moves into Phase 3, the City of Longview has been re-opening all City facilities to the public in a limited capacity.

In an effort to reopen safely and securely, all current safety guidelines for maintaining a safe environment will remain in place for both employees and customers, to include face coverings and social distancing requirements.

Although City facilities will be opening in this limited capacity, we are still encouraging customers to utilize the City’s technology where available.

For example, the City of Longview offers the following options for paying your utility bills:

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
If you have utility billing questions, please call 360.442.5099.

Please contact departments directly if you have any questions or for technological alternatives:

Building & Planning and Engineering:

Building and electrical inspection requests: 360.442.5090
Building & Planning general questions: 360.442.5086
Engineering services: 360.442.5200


Longview Police Department: 360.442.5800
Longview Fire Department: 360.442.5503
Parks & Recreation: 360.442.5400
Longview Public Library: 360.442.5300


Start Your Career In Law Enforcement Today
The police officer hiring and testing process can feel complex and confusing. To get connected with a recruitment team member that will guide you through every step of the process call Sergeant Tim Watson today. (360)442-5922 or email at tim.watson@ci.longview.wa.us

  • 2021 Entry level starting salary: $73,008 - increasing to $76,848 after completion of 6 months.
  • 2021 Police officer top step after 5 years of service: $94,452
  • Premiums and incentives for longevity beginning at 3 years, education, bilingual, and specialty assignments
  • No experience required. All training provided with pay. All uniforms, firearms, and equipment provided

Lateral officer hiring bonus - option for compressed FTO period - negotiable starting wage based on experience.

Specialty assignments include: SWAT, Crisis Negotiators, Detectives (Major Crimes and Domestic Violence), K-9 (narcotics and tracking), School Resource officers, Street Crimes Unit, Training, and others.