Longview City Info Weekly

Location and placement of solid waste and recycling containers

We will periodically get complaints about some residents who keep their garbage and/or recycling carts out 24-7.  Those that we speak to about this were not aware that they need to bring them out for collection and bring them back from where they were placed for collection within 24-hours after they have been emptied, per LMC 7.12.040.  Please be courteous to your neighbors and remove your containers from their respective point of collection as soon as is practical. 

 

From the Mayor’s Desk for the month of September

Fall is here! I am generally ambivalent about this change of seasons. Part of me loves the crisp fall air, the beginning of a new school year, and the opportunities to connect with family and friends during the upcoming holidays; but I’m not fond of the weather changes, the graying skies, and the stresses that seem to unavoidably accompany the hustle and bustle of the season.  Notwithstanding, fall mostly reminds me of the positives, and at this time of year I often reflect upon my grandmother and the legacy she left behind.

My grandparents, Alice and Robert Lloyd, moved to Longview in the 1950’s from their home in Minnesota with my dad and his three brothers. Longview’s booming businesses offered greater financial freedoms to the young family. Grams worked long hours at the Woolworth’s restaurant counter in downtown Longview (on the corner of Commerce and Maple) and prepared sandwiches for Longview Vending. Grandpa worked for Weyerhaeuser, Scheurich’s Grocers (30th and Ocean Beach Hwy), and Longview Cleaners to make ends meet. Between the two of them, they scraped together enough funds for a small down payment on an old westside cottage on Field Street. While huge financial success wasn’t their lot in life, the family legacy they left behind has been the most important part of their story for me.

Grams taught me some of life’s greatest lessons through her lifelong service to family and community. She was the person that intentionally set every waking day in motion through service and action – whether it was standing out front at Bob’s Sporting Goods and ringing a bell to collect donations for “Poppy Days” for the American Legion Auxiliary on behalf of Veterans, or helping to support her family as a young working mother, walking the three miles to church each week, or delivering bananas to her friends in nursing homes when she was 90 - she led by example and commitment. She was the best woman I knew, and my best friend because she lived her life in the service of others. This legacy of an intentional, prayerful life of service to family and community has become a part of who I am, and I am forever grateful.

Serving in our community has given me a true look behind the working scenes in Longview.  Thousands of hours are spent by many individuals to literally beautify, make positive contributions, and benefit the citizens of Longview.  How grateful I am to be a part of many of these efforts.

Some recent noteworthy items in Longview: 

The beautiful Longview Beech Street Business Park grew from the vision of land owner Pat Sari and developing manager Jordan Willis. These 46 acres of shovel-ready property, connecting Oregon Way to California Way, will soon become home to 14 fortunate businesses in Longview. 
Oregon Way is now a pleasant and smooth new ride with ADA accessible sidewalks and storm drains. The $968k funds for this project came from the Transportation Benefit District. So, thank YOU, citizens, for helping pave the road!
City of Longview Public Works Director Ken Hash helped acquire the Rough Roads grant, $4.7 million towards resurfacing Washington Way. Plans are underway for some exciting changes!
City council approved a speed reduction for city streets in Longview. Council invites all drivers to take the foot off the pedal a bit and slow down to take in the beauty around the city and the lake.
Centennial Celebration 2023 is underway.  To get involved in the 100-year City Centennial Celebration, please contact longviewcentury@gmail.com
Housing is coming! Mt. Solo Plat Phase 2 offers 16 buildable lots ready for purchase, with an additional 76 lots proposed for Phases 4 and 5 of the subdivision. Longview is growing!

Whatever season you find most enjoyable, there is no denying that Longview is a great place to reside, work and play.  The best legacy you can leave behind is one of kindness.  Share some kindness today!

Be well everyone,
Mayor MaryAlice Wallis​

 

 

Water system flushing scheduled for area #3

On Friday, October 1, 2021, the City of Longview utility crews will be flushing water mains between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River from Ocean Beach Highway to California Way. Work will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end by 4:30 p.m.

 

Flushing may stir up sediment that can enter residential plumbing. Residents should refrain from using water while flushing is occurring. After flushing, it is recommended that residents run water through an outside hose bib or in a bathtub, for a short time prior to consuming water or washing clothes.

 

Write a Poem! Draw a Masterpiece! Win Prizes!

Calling all middle school students! You have an opportunity to create a work of art or poetry for the Cowlitz Clean Waters 2022 Calendar and be part of the solution to stormwater pollution—and have a chance to win a prize at the same time!

 

Grand prize is a $250 Amazon gift card, with $100 gift cards for artwork runner-ups and $50 for each poem selected for the calendar. Deadline for submittal is November 1, 2021. Entry form and full contest rules are available at https://www.cowlitzcleanwaters.org/contests.

 

This year's calendar theme is "Scoop the Poop". When it rains, your dog's business gets washed off the lawn and into storm drains and ditches, where it's carried to the nearest river, lake or stream. This can cause bacteria and nutrients to impact water quality for both wildlife and people!

 

 

Mobile Library Public Forum
The Longview Public Library and Longview Library Foundation have formed a steering
committee to acquire a Mobile Library, or Bookmobile, for our community! As we are at the
beginning of this process, we want your input on what mobile library services you would like
and what areas in our community need to be reached. The Mobile Library will serve the City of Longview and the Cowlitz County Partial-County Rural Library District, which contracts with the City of Longview for library service.

Come learn about the project and provide your feedback at our Mobile Library Public Forum,
Tuesday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The forum will be a hybrid meeting held both in person in council chambers and online via Zoom. Visit our website at
longviewlibrary.org/mobilelibrary.php for the Zoom link.

 

 

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, 2021 but may also be submitted year-round and will be kept on file.

 

RiverCities Transit Launches Route 46

RiverCities Transit has launched Route 46, which will provide half-hour service during the peak hours of 11:50 a.m. – 4:50 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Ride Route 46! Connecting Longview and Kelso Monday - Friday from 11:50 a.m. - 4:50 p.m. Route 46 leaves the Train Depot at :50, Kelso Safeway at :08, and 7th Ave Wal-Mart at :27 before returning to the Kelso Train Depot. For more information on Route 46 visit https://rctransit.org/routes/46/

 

Popular Stops Starting at 11:50 a.m.

 :50  Kelso Station

:57  Barnes St & 4th Ave N

:04  N 7th Ave & Burcham St

:08  411 Three Rivers Drive – Safeway

:18  15th Ave & Mark Morris Ct

:27  520 7th Ave  Wal-Mart

:33  Longview Transit Center

:38  Hudson St & 7th Ave

 

Recruitment Announcement

 

Urban Forestry Arborist II - $51,672 - $66,300 annually plus excellent benefits Position opened until filled with first review occurring the week of October 4th.

 

Recreation Leader (Assistant) : $13.69 - $16.84 hourly. Open until filled for the season.

Recreation Site Leader: $14.11 - $17.36 hourly. Open until filled for the season.

Transit Operator: $41,767.00 - $56,832.00 annually plus excellent benefits. Position open until filled

Entry Level and Lateral Police Officer: $73,008.00 - $94,452.00 annually plus excellent benefits. Position open until filled.

Visit www.mylongview.com and search under "employment opportunities" to apply. Drug free workplace/EEO employer.

 

 

News from the Longview Public Library

The Longview Public Library building is open on a limited basis starting Monday, February 22. Drive-Thru hours will remain the same and we'll continue to offer the same great services there that we have been the past several months. (http://longviewlibrary.org/techtipholds.php)

 

Open Building Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Drive Thru Hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Computers are available for 60 minute time slots and free wifi is available.

Holds can be picked up through Library Drive-Thru or at the Lower Floor Desk.

Masks are required for all individuals five years old and older and will be provided if you don't have one. If you cannot wear a mask, please use our Drive-Thru service.

 

Remember that you can still place holds and pick up library materials (as well as tax forms, mobile print jobs, and more) through Library Drive-Thru and request information, obituaries and reference via phone (Monday-Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm and Friday 10 am to 5 pm) and Ask a Librarian.

 

Library Drive-Thru info: http://longviewlibrary.org/techtipholds.php

Ask a Librarian: http://longviewlibrary.org/askalibrarian.php

 

Library newsletter

Be sure to check out the latest issue of our library newsletter, Dialog. We've got a lot of fun in store!

http://longviewlibrary.org/newsletter.php

Have you listened to the Library's new podcast yet? They cover a variety of library and book-related topics. Take a listen! http://longviewlibrary.org/yourshelf.php