Longview City Info Weekly

April 25 City Council Meeting in brief

Received an update from Chris Paolini, Airport Manager, regarding SW Washington Regional

      Airport activities and improvements.

Approved a contract with Intertox to perform data analysis for the wellhead protection program.
Revised the fee for vacation of a portion of the alley between 8th Ave and 9th Ave south of

      Hudson Street, to a new lower amount of $17,960.42 as provided for in the recently adopted right of way vacation fee policy

      established by Resolution No. 2290 to support affordable housing and economic development.

Approved Resolution No. 2297 accepting the Longview Public Development Authority 2018 Annual Report.
Received an update from the Joe Philips, Economic Development Coordinator, regarding economic development activities.


Nichols Blvd Pavement Rehabilitation Project - Washington Way to Louisiana Street

The City of Longview has contracted with Advanced Excavating Specialists to construct improvements

along Nichols Boulevard from Washington Way to Louisiana Street. Construction on the project will

begin May 6, 2019. The project will update pedestrian ramps and pedestrian signals, modify existing traffic

signals, and replace the existing asphalt pavement. Improvements will begin with replacement of the pedestrian

ramps throughout the project corridor. This work is scheduled to last through June 28, 2019. 


Single lane closures, side street closures, and sidewalk closures will be in place for pedestrian ramp improvements.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be routed around the work zone. Traffic delays along Nichols Blvd will be limited.

During the week of July 1 to July 5, 2019, work on the project will be stopped to accommodate Go Fourth Festival events.


Asphalt pavement replacement will begin July 8, 2019. This work will grind off the existing asphalt surface and replace it

with new asphalt on Nichols Blvd. Lane closures and traffic detours will be in effect for this work. Pavement replacement

work is scheduled to last through the first week of August.


All dates are subject to change based on construction progress and weather. In order to avoid delays, motorists are

encouraged to use alternate routes.



Free Community Talk at the Longview Public Library Civic Engagement Corner

Longview Public Library, Cowlitz County Historical Museum, and Humanities Washington invite the community

to an engaging conversation with WSU professor Steven Stehr, a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Alternative facts, fake news, post-truth—these phrases have flooded the American conversation over the past several years.

But how bad is it really, and what can we, as a society and as individuals, do to be better informed?


Dr. Stehr investigates the roots and consequences of the erosion of truth, with a focus on politics and science.

From the rise of conspiracy theories to the echo chamber of social media, Stehr leads a conversation that asks to

what extent are we living in a post-truth world? Taking us through real-world examples of conspiracy theories,

junk science, and fake news, Stehr shows audiences how to find facts in a world of misinformation.


This talk is presented in partnership with The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, which

educates citizens across the state about democratic institutions and public affairs, and is based at Washington State University.

For more information, visit The Foley Institute’s website.


Steven Stehr is the Sam Reed Distinguished Professor in Civic Education and Public Civility and director of the School of

Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. He earned his PhD in political science from the University

of California, Berkeley, and his work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council,

National Academy of Science, and the Century Foundation.


Join us May 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Longview Library Magazine Room to hear Steven Stehr, Is Truth Really

Dead in America? American Sign Language interpreters provided.


What: Steven Stehr, Is Truth Really Dead in America?
When: Monday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Longview Public Library, Main Reading Room
Cost: Free, no registration required
On the Web: www.longviewlibrary.org or www.humanities.org/calendar-events
Questions? Elizabeth Partridge, 360.442.5321, or log on to www.longviewlibrary.org




Longview Public Library Launches New Online Tools

Longview Public Library is proud to announce the debut of a new online system, aimed at creating a

more streamlined, efficient experience for patrons.


With this new system, library patrons can now:

Navigate the catalog on their phone, tablet, or computer
Use Smart Searches, which have spellcheck, automated search suggestions, and the option to see

      related keywords to their search

Check out and hold eBooks, audiobooks, and more, right from the catalog
Choose to renew material automatically three days before it’s due
Change their communication preferences to be contacted via email or text


This is all in addition to other fantastic features that library patrons can take advantage of, including the ability to

enable reader history to let you keep track of what you’ve checked out, keep existing holds, and create reading lists.

All of these changes make it easier than ever to save time and money while supporting your local library.


The library software system also supports behind-the-scenes library operations such as cataloging, acquisitions,

patron records, and more. The changes are being made right now! The new system will start May 15, but there

are several things to look for as we get closer to the date including a new catalog to browse, new ways to access

your online material, and the chance to update your current information from your computer or mobile device.

We appreciate your patience as we get all of these changes made and ready for you!


Volunteers Needed!

Do you enjoy helping children and youth? Believe in the power of reading? Have time to dedicate to your

community this summer? Become a Summer Reading volunteer!


The Longview Public Library is looking for volunteers to dedicate 2-6 hours a week assisting with the library’s

Summer Reading Program in June and July. Volunteers staff the Summer Reading area all hours the library is

open – you select the shifts that work best for you. Volunteers help youth and families sign up for the Summer

Reading Program with Beanstack, our online program, as well as redeem prizes, promote library events, and

encourage learning throughout the summer. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, attend a volunteer orientation,

and pass a criminal background check. Applications are available at the library checkout desks and at our website at



Orientation dates are (attend one): Wednesday June 5, 6-7:30 PM; Friday, June 7 10-11:30 AM; Saturday

June 8 10-11:30 AM; Tuesday June 11 6-7:30 PM

For more information, contact Jakob at jakob.collins@ci.longview.wa.us or 360.442.5308



Friends of the Longview Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Longview Library will be having a Book Sale May 2, 3, and 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in

the Library Auditorium. You can browse thousands of books, something for every reader. All of the books, and

more are for sale at unbelievably low prices.  All day Saturday is $2.00 a bag day.


The Friends of the Longview Library is a non-profit organization that gives volunteer and financial help to the Library.

The proceeds from the book sale will be used to provide the Library with resources to enhance services and programs. 


West Longview Annexation on hold for public vote

A recent annexation action by the City of Longview will be halted pending the outcome of a referendum

for residents of the annexation area to vote whether to be annexed into the City of Longview or not. The method of

annexation used by the City of Longview allows for a petitioner to put the question of annexation to a public vote

by the residents of the annexation area. The Cowlitz County Auditor certifies that a petition with a sufficient number

of valid signatures to cause a vote has been filed. The vote will be held at the next general election, November 2019.

Until a vote is held, the West Longview Annexation is on hold and the area remains in Cowlitz County jurisdiction.

The residents of the annexation area will not begin to save an estimated $523.00 annually on their utilities until the

area is annexed (estimated annual savings breakdown showne in picture below and more information is online at

mylongview.com search for ‘annexation’ [https://www.mylongview.com/154/Annexation].


[Background] The City Of Longview, in cooperation with Cowlitz County and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, sought

to annex approximately 237 acres of land into the city through an interlocal agreement annexation process on

March 14, 2019 by ordinance No. 3394. The annexation area includes all the land in West Longview that is currently

not located within City limits and is along the Ocean Beach Highway corridor between 40th Avenue and 52nd Avenue.

The area includes property on both the north and south sides of Ocean Beach Highway. The annexation ordinance is not

in effect and may be repealed or not repealed as a result of a referendum election.




Water Meter Location Project

You may see some City of Longview staff poking around town as part of a water meter location project.

This project will help improve our meter location records. City staff will be working with mobile devices

but may need to remove meter lids/box covers. Many water meters are located in or near alleys and occasionally

more unusual locations. City staff will always be identifiable by their city employee identification. If you have

any questions or concerns, please call 360.442.5071.



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.

May 7 – Terrariums - Make your own take-home terrarium.



Silent auction to benefit Longview Public Library programs

Please join the Longview Library Foundation and the Friends of the Longview Public Library for a silent auction

of original works of art made from altered books by local artists. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit

Longview Public Library programs.


The event will be held Saturday, April 27 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Center for the Performing

Arts on the LCC campus.


Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Broadway Gallery

and Paperbacks Galore starting March 15, 2019 or at the door the night of the auction.


Sample appetizers by Grounds for Opportunity, and listen to live music by “The Dreamers”. Sparkling cider

will be served and ticket holders 21 and over can enjoy two glasses of wine from Roland Winery or beer from Ashtown Brewery.



Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - Heats begin at 8:30 a.m.

YMCA and Lake Sacajawea

Ages 12 & up


Early bird registration now open!  Save $5 of the individual price, or $20 off

a team registration if you sign up by May 1, 2019!


Join Longview Parks and Recreation, the YMCA for the 4th Annual Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

held at the YMCA pool and Lake Sacajawea Park. Come as an individual or put together a team to

compete in this trifecta event - swimming, running, and self-propelled water sports (kayaking or paddleboarding).

The race starts with a 500m swim at the YMCA, followed by a 5k course throughout the Lake Sacajawea Park,

and ends with a 2 mile kayak course around the lake! Stick around after the event for food, music, games,

refreshments, and giveaways!


Individual - $50

Team of 3 - $110

(Registration includes shirt, lunch, finisher medal, and swag bag)