Longview City Info Weekly

October 25 City Council Meeting in brief

  • Issued a proclamation for Keeping The Lights On After School – October 25, 2018.
  • Presented awards of appreciation sponsors of Movies at the Lake – Fibre Federal Credit Union; Comcast; Biocoastal Media; and The Peak 98.3 FM.
  • Ordinance No. 3389 establishing a 15-minute time limit for two parking spaces on the Civic Circle in front of the Monticello Hotel failed due to the lack of a motion.
  • Voted to oppose Initiative-940 that would establish new standards and requirements for law enforcement.
  • Awarded a contract in the amount of $3,480,776.80 to J.H. Kelley to construct a new transit center in downtown Longview.
  • Approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Longview Police Support Guild for 2019 – 2021.
  • Set public hearings for the special city council meetings on November 15 and December 6 to consider the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget and the 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program.
  • A request to install diagonal parking on the east side of 18th Avenue between Washington Way and Olympia Way failed due to the lack of a motion.

 

The City of Longview requests citizen and user group input on the vision of the athletic facility complex at Roy Morse Park

The City of Longview invites community members and user groups to provide input on the future use and layout of the sport and park amenities at Roy Morse Park.

The Parks and Recreation Department and the design team will be hosting two days of pop-up studios and open house workshops.

 

Roy Morse Park is a 60-acre park in Longview and is currently home to two baseball fields, four

softball fields, and two practice soccer fields as well as other recreation activities. The City is

beginning a park master planning process that will help define a long-term vision and guide future improvements.

You are invited to take part in the design of this park and are welcome to drop in anytime! The desired outcome of the meeting is to compile the community’s

goals and wishes for the park and work to address the needs of the users and the facility now and into the future.

 

During the pop-up studios, the team will be seeking input, creating concepts, and displaying a

preferred park concept while considering existing site conditions and constraints, constructability

requirements, site accessibility, flexibility of use and events, and maintenance requirements. The

open houses are the opportunity for everyone - residents, visitors, and stakeholders - to review and

discuss each concept with City staff and the design team and offer any other new ideas.

An online survey will be available for participants to help determine park priorities and overall goals for the master plan.

 

The pop-up studios and open houses will be held at the Elks Memorial Building, 2121 Kessler

Boulevard, on November 13 & 14, 2018. The pop-up studios will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and the open houses take place at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. both days.

 

Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment holding Town Hall Meeting

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE) is holding a Town Hall Meeting on

Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Health & Science Building, Lower Columbia College, 1758 – 1808

Maple Street in Longview, Washington.  The Meeting will be held in the Laufman Lecture Hall.  Parking Lot H is recommended for this event.

 

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss issues important to persons with disabilities including: transportation, employment opportunities,

health care, and affordable housing.  GCDE is also interested in learning about local success stories and efforts being made in your community to improve accessibility

and expand services for the disability community.

 

This meeting is open to the public as the GCDE is seeking your input.  If you have any accommodation requests, please direct them to

Melinda Johnson by November 9th, 2018 at msjohnson@esd.wa.gov or 509.482.3854.  Any further questions regarding town hall can also be

directed to Melinda Johnson prior to the event at the previous contact points provided.

 

 

REVISED-38th Avenue Closure for Slide Repair

The City of Longview has contracted with TBH, Inc. to remove unstable rock and stabilize the

slide on 38th Ave. at Mt. Solo.

 

On Friday afternoon, October 26th, 38th Avenue will be opened to southbound traffic.

Northbound traffic will remain detoured until November 10, 2018.

 

Northbound traffic will be detoured to Mount Solo Road and 30th Avenue/Washington Way.

Please respect all road and pedestrian closures to avoid hazardous falling rock and debris.

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

 

 

November Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library will be showing work by artist Elaine

Wirtz from November 3 through November 29. This show will include paintings by Elaine, as

well as sculptural pieces in the Koth Gallery glass case. There will be a public reception for the

show on November 3 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Koth Memorial gallery.

 

Contact Daniel at Longview Public Library at 360.442.5307 for more information about the Koth

Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library.

 

Open House for SR 432 / SR 411 Interchange Improvements Project and SR 432 / California

Way Intersection Improvements Project

The City of Longview and the project design team of PBS and Kittelson and

Associates invite you to attend an open house and learn more about the two upcoming roadway projects:

SR 432 / SR 411 Interchange Improvements project; and

SR 432 / California Way Intersection improvements project.

 

The open house is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

at the City of Longview Training Room, 1525 Broadway in Longview.

 

At the open house, the design team will provide information on the preferred alternatives,

construction phasing and detour impacts during construction, and project schedules.

 

The City received $9.5M in federal, state, and local funding to improve the two intersections along the SR 432 corridor.

 

The proposed SR 432 / SR 411 Interchange project will widen the SR 432 off-ramp to add a second left turn lane onto 3rd Avenue;

and realign the SR 432 northbound on-ramp to improve the safety of the ramp.

 

The proposed SR 432 / California Way / East Industrial Way Intersection improvement will modify the traffic signal operation

to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

 

Plant-Based Cooking Presentation at Longview Public Library

On November 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Longview Public Library is offering a free

Plant-Based Cooking Presentation led by Carolyn Winchell. This presentation will focus on why

and how you might want to implement plant-based cooking into your diet for the potential health

and environmental benefits. You will get to see demonstrations of plant-based cooking

techniques and taste some samples of the plant-based recipes you can begin cooking at home

right away! This class requires registration and spots are limited.

 

Please contact the Longview Public Library at 360.442.5300 to sign up, or for more information

about the class.

 

Selling IS your Business – Free Small Business Series

The Longview Public Library invites you to a Small Business series. Join Josh Carter for Selling

IS your Business November 3, 10, and 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

In this class, Josh will talk about HOW to sell and the process behind making a sale, discuss

some of the challenges of selling - but why it is important for your business, and provide

troubleshooting ideas for doing better. These workshops are recommended for people who are

new to the sales industry, running their own business and need to figure out how to manage and

understand the sales process, or people currently in the sales industry that are struggling every

month to make quota. Josh welcomes a lot of dialogue and an open format for class. Questions

are highly encouraged and role-playing may occur if the attendees wish.

 

For more information or to sign up for the series, please call 360.442.5300. Also, you can visit

our web page to see all the programs happening at the library, www.longviewlibrary.org.

 

Veterans Resource Open House

The Longview Public Library invites all veterans and their families to a resource open house.

Come learn more about the many resources that are available to veterans in our community.

 

On November 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., representatives from many different organizations

will be available in the Longview Public Library Auditorium, on the first floor, to help answer

your questions and get you the help you need.

 

Representatives from WorkSource, Partners in Careers, Lower Columbia College, Veterans’

Service Center, SCORE, Cowlitz Valley Service Office, Lower Columbia CAP, Veteran

Integration Program, FISH, Brain Injury Alliance and more will be available to answer your

questions and get you signed up for their programs.

 

For more information, please call 360.442.5300. Also, you can visit our web page to see all the

programs happening at the library, www.longviewlibrary.org. We hope to see you here!

 

Proclamation of Emergency regarding homelessness

On Thursday, September 27, in response to the ongoing issue of homelessness in our

community, and in particular in response to how the increase in the number of the homeless is

affecting our city parks, city staff met to formulate short term and long term strategies to address

both the needs of the homeless, and the broader community. A press release was issued outlining

the plan for responding to this emerging issue. At the September 27 City Council meeting, the

Council gave City Manager Sacha direction to, among other things, coordinate and communicate

with the Cowlitz County Department of Health and Human Services for the immediate

protection and enhancement of public health, safety and welfare and to take other such necessary

actions as needed to protect and enhance the health and safety of all area residents.

 

Homelessness is an issue facing communities throughout the United States. While being

sensitive to the needs and rights of the homeless, we must simultaneously preserve the quality of

the services, including our public areas and parks, that all citizens value. With regard to our

parks, these areas simply do not contain the facilities needed to provide adequate shelter to the

homeless. Yet, we find an increasing number of the homeless using parks to provide their

housing (through temporary make-shift encampments) and sanitation (by using park restroom

facilities), and at a level beyond our capacity to serve. Consequently, it is necessary to declare an

emergency so that this situation can be addressed.

 

Consistent with LMC 10.60.010, City Manager Sacha has declared an emergency exists and that

immediate action is needed to protect the public peace, safety and welfare. The City will be

working with other local governments to develop and implement strategies to address this issue.

 

The Longview City Council ratified and confirmed this proclamation at the October 11 City

Council meeting.

 

 

Free Tickets to Local Plays and Performances Ready for check out on October 24

Use your Longview Public Library card to check out tickets to Stageworks NW and the

Columbia Theatre for FREE! The Culture Card program has tickets available for checkout

starting October 24 for these upcoming shows:

 

Stageworks Northwest, Longview Theater:

Orson Welles’ A Christmas Carol – November 30 – December 16, 2018

The year is 1939. Orson Welles is at the microphone and radio magic is “On the Air” as Orson,

Lionel Barrymore, and his team of talented actors perform this classic tale for their radio

audience, complete with overacting, Christmas carols, sound effects, and holiday spirit! This

presentation gives the audience an up close look at the actors and crew at work as they bring to

life the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.

 

The Columbia Theatre:

Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker – December 1, 2018

A holiday tradition for the whole family!

There’s a joyful Holiday magic as our own aspiring young dancers join the Company on stage,

while the Sugar Plum Fairy transports all to the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets. Boo

at the battle of the Mouse King and his Pirate Henchmice, and cheer as Clara and The Nutcracker

win the day.

 

Wizards of Winter – December 8, 2018

A holiday rock event for the whole family! One of the surprise hits of last season returns by

popular demand! The Wizards of Winter is a Holiday Rock Event for the Whole Family

featuring former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This 12 member ensemble boasts

soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning

keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December’s past! Celebrate the

Season with The Wizards!

 

Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) – January 18, 2018

A folk legend with a contemporary message, Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both

with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at

using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced

some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,”

“Day is Done,” “Light One Candle,” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned

musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous

grammys.

 

Tickets will be available to check out beginning October 24 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 360.442.5300 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.

 

This program has been made possible through generous donations from the Longview Library

Foundation, and through collaborative partnerships with Stageworks Northwest Longview

Theatre,Columbia Theatre, LCC Center Stage Theatre, and the Longview-Kelso Community

Concert Association.

 

Come do the Little Monster Mash!

The whole family is invited to Little Monster Mash! The biggest party of the year takes over the

Longview Library on Tuesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Join the dance party upstairs in

the Main Reading Room and go trick-or-treating at the check-out desk! Downstairs, you can

make some spooky take-home crafts, play games, and enjoy cookies and cider courtesy of the

Friends of the Library. From donut races for older kids and teenagers to sensory play for babies

and toddlers, we have something planned for all ages.

 

Our annual costume contest will be held upstairs at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in

categories for ages birth – 18 and for group costumes. You do not need to sign up beforehand.

Little Monster Mash is free and open to the whole community. For more information, please call

360.442.5300.

 

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. 

 

Join us for NaNoWriMo Happy Hour

Have you always thought about writing a book? Have you been thinking about meeting others

who love to write? If so, this is the thing for you! Every year, National Novel Writing Month, or

NaNoWriMo, gives writers the opportunity to join together to write, write, write and create the

novel you have been dreaming about! The Longview Public Library and WordFest are here to

support you with NaNoWriMo Happy Hour.

 

During November, the NaNoWriMo Happy Hour will be a place to meet, talk, get support from

your fellow authors, and enjoy tasty refreshments. Every Tuesday in November from 4:00 p.m.

to 6:00 p.m., the Longview Library invites you to join us and share your time and experiences as

a NaNoWriMo participant, use the space to do your writing, or enjoy a break from your writing

to bounce ideas and thoughts off others.

 

People of all ages are welcome to join us for NaNoWriMo Happy Hour. Put it on your calendar

for the month of November. We look forward to seeing you here!

For more information please call 360.442.5300. Also, you can visit our web page to see all the

programs happening at the library, www.longviewlibrary.org. You can also learn more about

NaNoWriMo on their web page https://nanowrimo.org.

 

What’s happening at Parks and Recreation

Line Dancing with Rhonda Oct-25-Dec 6th , Ultra Beginning @ 5:15-6pm, $25.50, and Beyond Beginning 6-7:30pm, $32.50

 

ChaCha – Beyond Beginning – Nov. 13-Dec. 18, 8-9pm, $60.50

Rumba – Nov 13-Dec 18, 7-8pm, $60.50

 

Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk – November 22nd

Start your family tradition off with the Comcast Turkey Trot! One lap (3.5 miles) around Lake Sacajawea.

Prizes for fastest times, best costumes, and largest family participation. For more details visit us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/events/580167182420698/

 

Breakfast with Santa – December 8th

Wear your pajamas and join us for a Polar Express themed “train ride” to the North Pole to see

Santa for this popular family tradition. Breakfast, crafts, candy cane scavenger hunt, face painting and entertainment with Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth.

A Winter time treat for the whole family! Pre-registration is required for this event!  More details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/307043783423403/

 

 

Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution and Win Prizes!

Calling all middle school students!  Tap your creativity, and your artwork or haiku could become part of the Cowlitz Clean Waters

2019 Solutions to Stormwater Pollution Calendar.

 

Grand prize for the winning artwork is a $350 Amazon gift card, with $50 gift cards for artwork runner-ups and $25 for each haiku

selected for the calendar. Deadline for submittal is November 6, 2018. Entry form and contest rules are available at www.cowlitzcleanwaters.org/contest

 

City of Longview is a partner organization of Cowlitz Clean Waters, a collaborative public information and education campaign focused

on stormwater pollution prevention in Cowlitz County and the Lower Columbia region.

 

Are you looking for help to start or expand a business?

The City of Longview’s Revolving Loan Fund has funds available for loans! The City of

Longview administers a below-market rate, variable-term-loan program to assist new and

expanding industrial and commercial businesses. The Revolving Loan Fund is to create new

jobs, strengthen the City’s and region’s economy, encourage revitalization of downtown

Longview, and encourage development of the City’s Mint Farm Industrial Park and other

industrial areas.

 

Loans are for new, start-up businesses as well as for existing, small-to-large firms desiring to

expand or start new product lines. Projects must be within or near Longview city limits, but the

city council may approve firms outside of the city limits.

 

You can find more information at http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=84. Or, you

may also contact Bill Fashing at the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments at

360.577.3041, Ted Sprague at the Cowlitz Economic Development Council at 360.423.9921,

or Joe Phillips at the City of Longview at 360.442.5051.

 

 

Tuesday Night is Teen Night at the Library

Teen Tuesdays are back at the Longview Library! Each Tuesday features a different DIY project, game, or movie.

Teens are invited to come to any or all of the events, no need to register in advance or have a library card. Our teen events are open to all middle and high

schoolers, are free, and usually have snacks!

 

Teen Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

November 6 – Movie Night (open to all ages)
November 13 – DIY Printed Scarf
November 20 – Game Night
November 27 – Fuse Beads
December 4 – Movie Night (open to all ages)
December 11 – Yule Ball (open to all ages)