Longview City Info Weekly

City Council Meeting

Next meeting

Thursday, June 10, 2021

7:00 p.m. - City Council Meeting

 

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.

 

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81671275511

 

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

1-669-900-6833

1-346-248-7799

1-408-638-0968

1-646-876-9923

1-301-715-8592

1-312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 816 7127 5511

 

Panelists are council members and staff only.

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

 

Firecracker Fun Run/Walk

Thursday, July 1, 2021 6 p.m. Lake Sacajawea Park

$10 entry fee / $25 with cotton short-sleeve t-shirt. Shirt order deadline is June 21, 2021 by 5 p.m

Ages 8 and under free with paying adult. Packet pick up July 1, 2021 noon to 5 p.m. or at Lake Sacajawea at 5:15 p.m.

 

Celebrate Your Independence - from Fees

If you have any library items checked out that are past due and billed to your account as lost, return them now through the end of July and have all associated fees waived!

We know it has been a difficult year, and material you had checked out when the Library closed in March 2020 may not have made its way back to the Library yet. Return these items in our outside book drop or inside when the Library is open, and you will not be charged for any replacement or overdue costs.

We hope to see you back in the Library or in the Library Drive-Thru!

For more information or to learn about all the programs and events at the Longview Public Library, call 360.442.5300 or visit our web page at www.longviewlibrary.org. All events are free and open to the public. 

 

How Many Days Can You Read This Summer?

The Longview Public Library’s Summer Reading program begins Thursday, June 17! Summer reading is for all ages, birth through adults, and pre-registration is open today at longviewlibrary.beanstack.org.

We are challenging you to set a personal or family daily reading goal and log each day you meet that goal. Log thirty days between June 17 and August 15 and receive a finisher’s prize! Everyone gets a prize just for signing up, and babies, children, and teens will also win a prize at ten and twenty days.

In addition to the online reading challenge, the Library will be hosting events both online and in person including story times, crafts, and book clubs! See our website (longviewlibrary.org) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LongviewPublicLibraryWA) for more details. Many thanks to the Longview Library Foundation for sponsoring our Summer Reading program!

 

Family Story Time at the Library

In-person Story Time is back at the Longview Public Library! As part of our Summer Reading program, the Library will be holding an in-person Family Story Time Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. out on the Library Lawn. Feel free to bring a blanket and space out from other families; we will have a sound system so everyone will be able to hear. Story Times begin on Thursday, June 24 and go through Thursday, August 12. Each week will feature books that tie in to our animal theme “Tails and Tales” as well as songs, rhymes, and jokes.

In addition to the in-person Story Time, the Library will be hosting a special preview of Family Story Time on Facebook the Saturday before. The video will be viewable from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Baby Story Time will take place on Facebook LIVE on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and includes a short book and fun rhymes and bounces perfect for babies ages two and younger. For more information about Summer Reading, visit our website at longviewlibrary.org.

 

LPL Seed Library Returns

It’s a great time to plant your garden, and the LPL Seed Library is here to help. Cardholders can request up to ten packets of vegetable or native seed. Orders are available for pickup in Library Drive-Thru. Browse our seed catalog and make your selections by visiting: http://www.longviewlibrary.org/seedlibrary.php. Don’t have a library card? Visit us during our open hours or register on our website.        

Participants are encouraged to save seed from varieties marked, “easy.”  In addition to seeds, patrons can look forward to a series of webinars, and other events. 

 

High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) Signal now in operation

As of May 26, 2021 the new HAWK signal at the intersection of Washington Way and 28th Avenue is operational.

Click the following link to discover “How Does HAWK Signal Work” graphic designed to help traffic, pedestrian and bicyclist with operation of the new HAWK signal.

 

Shopping Carts, Go Home

They have been described in many ways. Most call them an indispensable convenience. When found in the park, on a sidewalk or on the street, some call them three-dimensional graffiti and signs of urban decay. Others, aesthetic blight. We all know them as shopping carts. The reality is that shopping cart theft and abandonment is a festering problem that seems to be getting worse in our community.

In May 2019, the City of Longview passed a shopping cart ordinance designed to help curb the problem of abandoned shopping carts scattered throughout the city.

Stolen and abandoned shopping carts pose a cost to us all. Cart loss and retrieval costs retail store thousands of dollars each year and that cost gets passed on to their customers. When left out in the community, abandoned shopping carts can impact public health and safety, obstruct free access to sidewalks and streets which can interfere with vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Cart abandonment also contributes to conditions of blight in the community that can reduce property values.

What you need to know:  A section of the new shopping cart ordinance mirrors Washington State Law making it a misdemeanor for any person to remove a shopping cart from the premises of a store or to knowingly possess a shopping cart without the written permission of the store owner or the store owner’s authorized agent.

 

Rules & regulations at a glance:  (LMC 7.34)

Every shopping cart made available for use by customers is required to have a sign permanently affixed to it that includes contact information consistent with state law. Store owners will be subject to penalties for carts not retrieved after receiving notice from the city.

Every store making more than 10 shopping carts available is required to submit to the city a “Shopping Cart Containment Plan” that will detail their efforts to keep shopping carts from unauthorized removal from their premises.

Store owners are required to patrol and retrieve carts removed from their premises on all public streets within a half mile radius of the retail establishment every 72 hours.

 

Reporting abandoned carts - Every shopping cart made available for use by customers is required to have a sign permanently affixed to it that includes contact information consistent with state and city law. Please CONTACT CART OWNER FIRST! The stores contact information will be on the cart sign. If there is not a sign that provides store contact information or if the cart is not retrieved within 48 hours after contacting the store, contact the City via email at carts@mylongview.com, by phone at 360-442-5093, or by using the Android or iPhone app “GoRequest”.

 

Contact us - For more information about the specific rules governing shopping carts, please call the Code Compliance Division at 442-5093.  For a more detailed information, visit the City of Longview website at www.mylongview.com

 

 

The City of Longview reminds residents to inspect and maintain swimming pool/spa barriers

The City of Longview would like to remind pool, spa and pond owners about the importance of inspecting and maintaining barriers. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nationwide from 2005-2007 there was an annual average of 385 pool and spa-related drownings for children younger than 15; 299 of these children were younger than five years old. Another 4,200 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for near-drowning incidents. Most of these cases involved residential pools.

Many people assume that drownings at residences with a pools occurs only when the family is outside or using the pool. However, most drownings happen when young children leave the house without a parent or caregiver realizing it.  This can also include children from the neighboring homes. Children are drawn to water, and they don’t understand the danger pools can pose.

"Drowning happens quickly and silently, often without any splashing or screaming," said Code Compliance Manager Gregory Hannon. "It can occur in just the couple of minutes it takes to answer the telephone. In our community in the last two years there were 3 drownings that involved young children and residential above ground pools.”

The key to preventing these tragedies is to have “layers” of protection. Your greatest water safety assurance comes from adopting and practicing as many water safety measures as possible, including: approved barriers that completely surround the pool with self-closing, self-latching gates; staying close, being alert, and watching children at the pool; learning and practicing water safety skills (knowing how to swim and perform CPR); and having the appropriate equipment (compliant drain covers, alarms, barriers and sensors).

Code requirements for residential pools and spas have been in effect since July 2007. The City of Longview Community Development Department offers the following information to pool owners in an effort to prevent drownings and to help you comply with state law:

Fences and/or walls are required around all in-ground swimming pools and spas and above-ground pools and spas with a water depth of 24 inches or more.  These barriers must be at least four feet (48”) in height and installed completely around the pool/spa.  Fence gates must be self-closing and self-latching. The latch must be out of a small child's reach. (The City of Longview building code restricts fence height to no more than 42 inches in the front yard, eliminating the placement of most pools in that area.)
If your house forms one side of the barrier to the pool, then doors leading from the house to the pool must be protected with alarms that produce an 85 decibel sound when a door is unexpectedly opened.
Stay close, be alert, and watch children at all times while at the pool.
Keep rescue equipment by the pool, and be sure a phone is poolside with emergency numbers posted.  Knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a lifesaver.
For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured and locked, or removed when the pool is not in use.
If a child is missing, always look in the pool first.  Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

Questions about pool and spa enclosure requirements may be directed to the Code Compliance Division at 442-5093 Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

 

From the Desk of the Mayor - May 2021

Dear Longview,

It has been nearly 1,230 days since I was elected to Longview City Council in 2017, and about 500 days since being elected your 23rd Mayor representing our great city. I want to thank you, the citizens of Longview, for your support and for the incredible blessing and opportunity this service has been in my life so far. Getting to know the citizens and serving you has opened my eyes not only to the needs of the community, but also to the deep empathy for humanity that exists in Longview.

Being the Mayor during a world-wide pandemic hasn’t been easy; but with the early development of a robust central command center, the Cowlitz County Incident Management Team, and the excellent leadership of City Manager Kurt Sacha and Longview City Staff, all have managed to keep the city functioning well.

Stretching oneself opens up unimaginable possibilities. When our minds expand, questions and then solutions to problems emerge - and with that effort, success is possible. Working with six city councilors to make policy for our city has been invigorating and sometimes challenging - but always worth it. After I was elected Mayor by the council in January of 2020, the Daily News asked me what success looks like. I replied, “I am successful when we are all successful.” While we may not always share every point of view or value, know that council is committed to working through tough issues and recommending solutions for our city.

Over the past three and a half years, your council has worked hard to secure grants and other resources that have added to Longview’s safety and beautification.  Here is a short list of some of these projects we’ve accomplished:

  • The addition of a historical gazebo and interpretive panels in RA Long Park;
  • Interpretive panels and sidewalks leading to the Shay Locomotive on the Library lawn;
  • Upgraded streets on 15th Avenue, Nichols Blvd and soon, Oregon Way;
  • Improved intersections on 7th Avenue and 3rd Avenue for pedestrian safety;
  • A new 70’ ladder firetruck for our fire station;
  • Additional firefighters through the SAFER grant;
  • Additional police officers through the COPS grant and Bike Officer Program;
  • Opening and extending the beautiful Dike path above Mint Valley Golf Course for foot travel;
  • Construction of RiverCities Transit building on 12th Avenue;
  • Construction of Harlie’s Hoops outdoor full-sized basketball court adjacent to Elks Memorial; 
  • Opening a satellite police station to be located at Archie Anderson Park in the Highlands;
  • Construction of Legends Firing Range on California Way;
  • Construction of the Beech Street Extension Longview Business Park on Beech Street;
  • Acquiring $900,000 for upgrades to Lake Sacajawea Park.

Our community has certainly been blessed. What a pleasure to be a part of these accomplishments! I’m excited for the future as we continue to grow and “become”. Onward and upward!

Many blessings to all of you,

Mayor MaryAlice Wallis

 

 

Garage Sales Guidelines

The City of Longview would like to remind residents that while conducting a garage sale does not require a permit, garage sales are a regulated activity within city limits.  Sales of secondhand merchandise conducted from residences and designated as garage sales, estate sales, yard sales, and/or moving sales are allowed without a permit provided they are conducted under the following requirements:

Residents may conduct garage, estate, yard and/or moving sales from their residence for up to 20 days in a calendar year. Each sales event may not exceed four consecutive days, and goods must be removed from public view between sales.
No sale shall begin before 8 a.m. or continue beyond 9 p.m.
No goods or merchandise shall be offered for sale that are not owned and used by the persons conducting the sale.
No more than four residences may combine merchandise in the sale.
Garage sale signs shall not be placed more than six blocks or 2,400 feet from the location of the sale, within the right-of-way without the adjoining property owners permission, within the right-of-way along a state route (such as Ocean Beach Hwy., 1st and 3rd Avenues, Industrial Way, Tennant Way, etc..) and these signs shall not be placed on utility poles, trees, medians, or other devices located within the public right-of-way.
Signs may be put up as many as two days prior to the scheduled event, and must be removed within 24-hours after the event has concluded.  Failure to do so can result in a civil fine.

Questions about garage sales may be directed to the Code Compliance Division at 442-5093 Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.