Longview City Info Weekly

Urban Forestry Restoration Project

Urban forestry project helps Longview improve tree health and Columbia River water quality.

 

A Puget SoundCorps team will remove invasive blackberry vines between the Diking District ditch that abuts the Altrusa Park Trail.  

They will also work with City staff on the structural pruning of City street & park trees planted within the last 5+ years.

SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps/AmeriCorps program administered by Washington State Department of Ecology. 

SoundCorps crews work on projects that help restore and protect water quality in areas of Washington State.

 

“A healthy tree canopy will continue to deliver stormwater filtering, air cleaning, environment enhancing dividends to our citizens for years to come”

– City of Longview Parks & Urban Forestry Department Staff

 

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project is offered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community

Forestry Program to provide Puget SoundCorps teams to communities throughout the Puget Sound region to assist their urban forestry efforts.

Through good urban forestry management, healthy trees improve quality of life, help communities manage Stormwater runoff and improve air and water quality.

 

DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Puget SoundCorps is a part of the

broader Washington Conservation Corps program administered but the Washington State Department of Ecology. Puget SoundCorps crews work on projects

that help restore and protect water quality in Puget Sound. The Washington Conservation Corps is supported through grant funding and Education Awards

provided by AmeriCorps.

 

For additional information, please call the Parks Department at 360.442.5421. 

 

Student Summer Fun Pass

RiverCities Transit is once again offering a Student Summer Fun Pass. Ride the bus to your favorite places this summer

such as the library, lake,

movies, mall and more.  The busses are wheelchair accessible and bicycle friendly. 

 

The pass is good for the months of June, July and August, is only $14. Passes are available at the Transit Center

– 1051 11th Ave Longview.

 

Thanks to you!

The City of Longview would like to extend our gratitude in recognition of the considerable cleanup

effort provided by dedicated members of our community that took place in a large homeless camp located

behind the Fisher’s Lane Treatment Plant.

 

Many community members along with several representatives from Faithful Servants Ministry organized the

massive cleanup.

 

The hardworking team of over 42 volunteers, filled two large pickup trucks and a forty-yard dumpster

with debris and transported it to the landfill.

 

Caring individuals like these volunteers, help make Longview such a wonderful community.

Thank you for your time and commitment to this project!

 

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.

 

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 16, 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

 

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)