Longview City Info Weekly

July 26 City Council meeting in brief

  • Heard the first reading of Ordinance No. 3385 amending the 2017-2018 biennial budget to fund the Athletic Facility Master Planning project.  Final action will be taken after the second reading of the ordinance at the next city council meeting.
  • Approved a motion to reconsider city council action taken at the July 12 meeting regarding formation of Local Improvement District No. 352 for the Beech Street Extension project.
  • Directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance to form Local Improvement District No. 352.
  • Approved a contract amendment with Gibbs & Olson for construction management and inspection services for the City’s project to replace the Roy Morse Park and the Olympia Way sewer pump stations.
  • Authorized the mayor to sign a letter of support for the City of Kelso’s grant application to the Transportation Improvement Board to help fund construction of the West Main Realignment Project – Phase 2.


Story Time with Goddess

It is time for Story Time with Goddess! The Longview Public Library invites you to a special family story time with local Drag Queen Goddess! Join us for a fun celebration of what makes us special and unique. The show will include fantastic stories, magnificent outfits, and a guest appearance by Majestic Karley and Lil’ Perry Rain. Before you leave, you will be able to make your own fabulous crown and take a picture with Goddess – in a spectacular dress-up outfit! Bring your smiles and positive energy to this free, evening story time Tuesday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. All ages are welcome! For more information, call the Library at 360.442.5300 or visit www.longviewlibrary.org.


National Night Out              

The Longview Police Department would like to remind everyone that National Night Out is Tuesday, August 7, 2018. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, and more caring places to live. 

The Longview Police Department in partnership with the Highland’s Neighborhood Association are hosting the event at Lake Sacajawea-Hemlock Plaza from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. They would like to invite all community members throughout the city to attend regardless of what neighborhood they live in. There will be free family-friendly activities, bicycle registrations, and snacks provided. Over 30 businesses and government organizations will be present to provide information about services available in our community.
We look forward to seeing you there!


Free tickets to local plays and performances ready for check out on August 8

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW, and Columbia Theatre for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for checkout starting August 8 for these upcoming shows:

Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

The Merry Wives of Windsor – September 7 – 23, 2018 The quiet little burg of Windsor isn’t big enough for Sir John Falstaff's antics and appetites, especially when he sets his lecherous sights on Mistress Page and Mistress Ford...and their money. It's a delightful battle of wits as the merry wives, with a trick or two up their respective sleeves, set out to teach both Falstaff and their husbands a lesson.


The Columbia Theatre:

Aureum Aerial Arts– September 15, 2018

A young academic creates a key that allows him to travel to the magical world of Aureum in a performance that seamlessly integrates compelling storytelling and characters with world-class acrobatics and aerial. An incredible original soundtrack, and high-flying technical elements that would only otherwise be possible in stadiums. Aureum promises an unforgettable experience for every audience.

Tickets will be available to check out beginning August 8 and are limited and first come first served. Patrons over 18 can checkout one pair of tickets for free per calendar year. Come to the information desk or call 442-5300 with your library card number ready to check out your tickets today. See the complete rules and restrictions at http://www.longviewlibrary.org/tickets.php.


Free Concert - Celtic Music with The Kilted Man

Come to the Longview Public Library to experience the exciting and energetic music of The Kilted Man, Matthew Gurnsey, August 15, 6pm in the Main Reading Room, 2nd floor. Gurnsey delights audiences with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Scottish music. Through the marriage of wit and finesse, he charms his audiences, sweeping them into tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love and the vibrantly colorful lives of the every-man beloved of many Irish tales.

His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin, add an air of authenticity to each piece and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies. He has appeared on hundreds of stages nationally and internationally, delighting thousands with his Scottish swagger and homespun charm. Come experience the fantastic talents of The Kilted Man at the Longview Public Library.

Visit www.longviewlibrary.org  for more information or call 360.442.5300. This program was made possible through funding from the Friends of the Longview Public Library. Become a Friend today!


Fibre Federal Movies at the Lake

Comcast Movies at the Lake. Come to Martin's Dock Lake Sacajawea Park for free family friendly movies. Movies begin at dusk. Pre-event activities start at 6:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, sleeping bags. Popcorn, pizza, soft drinks available for purchase. Sponsors include Comcast, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Bicoastal Media and The Peak 98.3.


August 10th  -     Grease

    Pre-event activity: Classic Car Exhibit

August 17th  -    Lion King

   Pre-event - The Reptile Roadshow

August 24th   -   Coco

   Pre-event Karaoke Contest


Family Fun for All Ages

Puget Sound Energy Family Outdoor Adventure

August 11, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Martin’s Dock, Lake Sacajawea, Pre-register $10/person, $25/family of 3, ages 5 and up. Get the ultimate outdoor adventure all in one place!  Rock wall, archery, kayaking, obstacle course, catapult, fishing, canoeing, an entire summer camp of fun in one sunny afternoon.  Light lunch included! Sponsors include Puget Sound Energy, Interfor and Les Schwab Tires.


Facility Rentals

If you are looking for a place to hold a family BBQ, outdoor or indoor event, call the Recreation office at 442-5400. Some beautiful areas at the lake to host your event. We also have the Teen Center (Elks Memorial Bldg.) for teen parties ages 10-18. Pool table, Foosball, Rock Wall, Wii Games, X-Box and more! Give us a call and we will book your event!

Mint Valley clubhouse or Par 3 course is a great place to rent for reunions, BBQs, retirements and more.  Call 360-442-5442 to reserve your spot today.


What’s happening at the Mint Valley Golf Course

Junior City Tournament – August 6-9 this fun-filled golf tournament is for kids ages 7 to 17 who know the USGA match play rules of golf and can play eighteen holes each day.

fee is $40 and includes green fees, prizes and lunch each day
separate scramble and match play tournament played on the PAR-3 course for less experienced players.
parent participation is welcome
call 360.442.5442 for more information

Fifth Annual Mint Valley Golf Senior Open - The Fifth Annual Mint Valley Golf Course Senior Open will be held Wednesday, August 15. Format:  2 man teams play a 9 - hole scramble and a 9 hole Chapman. This event is open to all established handicap players. The entry fee for each player includes green fees.  Please sign up before noon on August 13. .For more information and an entry form go to www.mint-valley.com/aboutus/events/.


Burn ban in effect

You may have seen that the burn ban went into effect on July 1st this year for Cowlitz and Clark Counties. What does that mean for City of Longview residents? Not too much. The burn ban is for outdoor burning, which is already not allowed in the City of Longview, and enforced by Southwest Clean Air Agency http://www.swcleanair.org.


Here are some common questions we get and the answers.

Can I have a recreational fire in my backyard?
*Yes! You are allowed to have a small fire that burns clean seasoned fire wood in an approved fire pit in your backyard.
Can I use my BBQ?
*Yes! You may use your BBQ.
May I burn yard debris in my fire pit?
*No. You may only burn clean seasoned fire wood in your fire pit.
Who do I call if I have a smoke complaint?
*Southwest Clean Air Agency is the enforcing agency for outdoor burning. They can be reached either at their website or at 360-574-3058.

Remember if you decide to have a small recreational fire to burn responsibly, never leave your fire unattended, have an extinguishing source nearby, and be 25 feet away from any structure or combustible materials including overhead fuels.


The City of Longview is accepting applications for the following boards

  • Golf Course Advisory Committee
  • Women’s Club rep
  • Project Longview (three positions)
  • Citizen/resident rep
  • Major employer rep
  • Organized arts group rep

To read more about these boards or to apply, please visit http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=780.


Concerts at the Lake

City of Longview Parks & Recreation and Kirkpatrick Family Care presents Summer Concerts at the Lake.

Thursday, August 2 will feature Cash’d Out, a Johnny Cash tribute band with special guest RaeAnn Phillps..

The band performs from 6:00-8:00pm in Lake Sacajawea Park at Martin’s Dock near Hemlock and Kessler. 


Current recruitments at the City of Longview 

  • Utility Systems Operator III: $21.43 - $27.50 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Closes 8/6/18 at 7:00am.
  • Lead Fleet Maintenance Mechanic: one regular full-time position, $26.09 - $33.47 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Open until filled.
  • Paramedic Firefighter Eligibility List: Entry Level & Lateral Eligibility List, $4,874.98 - $6,964.26 per month, plus excellent benefits. Closes 8/1/18 at 7:00am.
  • Engineering Specialist: one regular full-time position, $24.60 - $31.55 per hour, plus excellent benefits.  Open until filled.
  • Seasonal Employment: Various positions available seasonally. Preference given to applicants currently attending college. $11.50 - $14.14 per hour. Closes 8/15/18 at 5pm.
  • Transit Operators (Casual/on-call) - RiverCities Transit: Salary range: $21.14 per hour (Casual Operator), $18.65 per hour (Casual Operator Trainee Pay). Open until filled.
  • Entry Level Police Officers: $32.12-$41.56 per hour, plus excellent benefits. Continuous recruitment.
  • Lateral Police Officers: $5,860 - $7,203 per month, plus excellent benefits. Continuous recruitment.
  • Fire Intern Opportunity: Firefighter internship training program. Acquire hands on experience and learn the required skills and techniques to become a career firefighter. $300/month stipend. Continuous recruitment.

To view and apply for these postings, visit the website www.mylongview.com, and look under employment opportunities. 


Longview’s Chip Seal and Pavement Patching

The Longview Street Division has started repairing and/or resurfacing various asphalt street sections citywide through the end of August. 

Recently valued at $250 million dollars, the street network is the City’s most valuable and most visible physical asset. It connects our community, and is essential for commerce and safety. It also affects property values and auto repair costs. Street maintenance is prioritized by condition, functional class (volume and type of traffic), and citizen requests. 

The City repairs asphalt street sections by cutting-out or grinding-down deteriorated asphalt, improving the base if applicable, and replacing the pavement. “Road Work,” “Loose Gravel,” and/or “Motorcycles use Extreme Caution” signs are placed in all work zones. 

The City resurfaces asphalt streets via “chip seal”, a common treatment that keeps them in good condition. It is significantly cheaper than re-paving, it extends the life of the pavement, and it reduces maintenance costs in the long run. Chip seal provides a wearing surface, repairs minor cracks, and seals-out water; but, it provides no structural strength. Both spot repairs and full-width chip seal treatments are done by evenly distributing a thin layer of hot bitumen (i.e. asphalt or “road oil”) onto an existing pavement, then uniformly spreading aggregate over the oiled roadway and rolling it into a smooth pavement surface. Once treated, the street can accept traffic within a few minutes, but at reduced speeds. The street is swept the following workday to remove any loose rock.

To request a street or pothole repair, visit mylongview.com and click on the blue “ASK Longview” button. Choose “Streets” from the topic menu. You may also take photos of potholes with your mobile device by using the City’s free mobile app called “ASK Longview.” Your mobile app request will be sent with GPS coordinates that will help our Street crews easily locate problem areas. 

To learn more about the City’s pavement preservation program, please visit http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=521 or contact Public Works at 442-5209.


Life Jacket Loaner Board locations

The Longview Fire Department would like to remind everyone about the Life Jacket Loaner Board locations.

·         Willow Grove 1 at Boat Launch and 2 by the swimming area

·         County Line Park

·         Castle Rock Boat Launch

·         Horseshoe Lake

·         Merwin Dam


If you are swimming or boating in any of these areas and you or your family need a life jacket, just go to the board and borrow one. We have all sizes from infant to adult. When you are done using them for the day, just hang them back up on the board for the next person. It’s that easy!

If you notice there are no life jackets on a Life Jacket Loaner Board, please call 360.442.5501 to report it so we can quickly get them replaced.


Ride All Summer!

RiverCities Transit encourages students to take advantage of the summer rates with the Summer Fun Pass. Students can purchase three months for the price of two! 

Plan Your Trip - Visit rctransit.org to use our trip planner and see our buses in real-time with our "Where's my Bus" feature

Accessible Buses - All buses in the RCT fleet are wheelchair accessible with the ability to kneel or lower.  All buses have either ramps or lifts.
Bicycle Friendly - Each bus is equipped with a bike rack.

RiverCities Transit is your ticket to freedom in Longview and Kelso


Mark your calendar for future Fun Runs

Seahawks Poker Walk – Lake Sacajawea

Sunday – September 9, 2018

Moonlight Run – Mint Valley Golf Course

Friday – September 21, 2018

Pumpkin Pi – Willow Grove

Saturday – October 27, 2018

Turkey Trot – Lake Sacajawea

Thursday – November 22, 2018


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