Longview City Info Weekly

It is the season for child window falls

Windows must be safeguarded to keep young children safe! Warm weather brings open windows that can prove dangerous for young children.

Children 5 and under are most likely to fall from windows. The reasons are numerous:

  • warm weather brings open windows
  • young children enjoy the view and fresh air
  • screens do not hold against the weight of a child leaning against it
  • small children do not understand the dangers of an open window
  • small children are top-heavy due to the size of their head in relation to their body, and lose their balance easily
  • furniture near windows allow children to get too close


How to Prevent Child Window Falls

These incidents are preventable. Window safety devices, which should not be confused with window security devices, are available,

but not in every store. To be sure you find the right devices, check with the Stop At 4 web site at www.StopAt4.com to learn which

devices serve as window safety devices.


Please watch this informative Child Window Fall Prevention video.


Washington State Car Seat Laws are Changing! 

Effective January 2020 Washington State car seat laws are changing.  You may be asking what this means for you. 

Washington laws will be more in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and will

require the following:

Rear facing until 2 years old
Harness use until 4 years old
Booster use until 4’9” or seat belt fits properly, now referring to ages 8 to 12 years old.


The law strongly encourages each stage of restraining as long as allows (if your car seat weight and height limits allow you to

keep your child longer rear facing or in a harness that is strongly recommended.)


As always, keep your children in the backseat until the age of 13.


Longview Fire Department has a Certified Car Passenger Safety Technician on staff and can help you with all your child

passenger safety questions.  Sarah can be reached at 360-442-5501.  For more information, check out Safe Kids Lower

Columbia on Facebook for the next car seat clinic where you can have your car seat install checked for free!


Winners Announced for Longview Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest

The City of Longview Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the winners of its Historic Preservation Month photo contest.


In the adult division, Kayla Oskey's photo of the Monticello Hotel took top honors. Kayla, a 2019 graduate of Grand Canyon University,

submitted this photograph after taking it for a recent class, remarking that "Nothing represents history here more than the Monticello."

Honorable mentions go to Mai Ding, MD, and Erlyn Sweitzer.


Kylee Newman's photo of the Longview Community Church bells won the grades 6-12 division. Kylee is a student at R.A. Long High School,

and entered the contest for a class. Honorable mentions are Zoey Shine and Angelina Chy.


The commission wishes to thank everyone who participated in the contest this year. "We applaud the creativity and effort of the winners, and

appreciated all of our entrants engaging with Longview's historic places through the medium of photography," said Cam Hanna, chair of the

Historic Preservation Commission.


The public is invited to see the winning and honorable mention photos. They will be displayed at City Hall during Historic Preservation Month,

May 2019.


Visit www.mylongview.com to view the photos.



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 stop 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 www.longviewlibrary.org/teens-volunteer.php


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



Spring Handcraft Gifts & Vintage Sale

Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the McClelland Art Center

This sale will have it all. Handcrafted items that make for a perfect, one of a kind gift for that special someone. Vintage & refurbished items

are unique and eclectic and we're sure you'll find something perfect.

Free & open to the public. 


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.



Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

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

YMCA and Lake Sacajawea

Ages 12 & up


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)