Longview City Info Weekly

September 28 City Council Meeting in brief

  • Issued a proclamation for Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 24 - 30, 2017.
  • Issued a proclamation for National Fire Prevention Week, October 8 – 14, 2017.
  • Received a request from the Port of Longview asking the City of Longview to support the Port’s preferred remediation method of their maintenance facility area, rather than the preferred remediation method recommended by International Paper (the responsible party) and the state Dept. of Ecology in the draft Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for the project.  Council approved formally supporting the Port’s position on the remediation method.
  • Held a public hearing and approved a Special Property Use permit for expansion of the Downtown Transit Center.
  • Approved allocation of remaining Neighborhood Park Grant Program funds in the amounts of $7,383 for the Vandercook Park Court Revitalization project and $3,000 for the Lake Sacajawea Electrical Upgrade project.
  • Approved Ordinance No. 3358 adopting zoning regulations for siting emergency shelters.
  • Directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance for council approval to repeal the emergency shelter moratorium upon the effective date of Ordinance No. 3358.
  • Approved Resolution No. 2239 authorizing an interlocal agreement with the City of Woodland to provide arborist services to review tree health and recommend tree maintenance and replacement in the Woodland downtown area.
  • Authorized an agreement with Retail Lockbox, Inc. for remittance processing of utility and other payments to the City.
  • Approved Resolution No. 2236 adopting a revised Longview Transportation Benefit District Transportation Improvements Plan.
  • Approved Resolution No. 2238 authorizing an interlocal agreement with Cowlitz County for “Big Idea” funding for the City’s master wayfinding signage system project.
  • Awarded a bid to RMT Equipment in the amount of $15,439.92 for a 200-gallon turf and tree sprayer.
  • Adopted Resolution No. 2240 approving the 2018 Southwest Regional Airport budget.
  • Received a financial review of the 2017-2018 Capital Projects Fund.
  • Directed the city attorney to prepare a policy regarding City participation in Sister City relationships.
  • Received information regarding regional discussions on changing governance of the Cowlitz County 911 Communication Center.
  • Awarded a bid to Wolff Specialties to provide and install propane autogas conversion kits on 18 gasoline-powered vehicles at costs ranging from $7,472 to $10,601 for the various V6, V8, and V10 engine equipped vehicles.
  • Received information from the Police Department regarding an application they are submitting for a $75,000 sexual assault services grant through the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy.


Bridge Closure Scheduled

REVISED Bridge Closure Scheduled
A warning for travelers in the Longview/Kelso area: From 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, all lanes of eastbound SR 432/Cowlitz River Bridge will be closed for a resurfacing and expansion joint repair project. During the closure, drivers will follow a signed detour to cross the Cowlitz River via Allen Street but plan to add some extra time to your trip.
Read more here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR432/CowlitzRiverBridgeDeckRepair/defa...


Liquor and Cannabis Board recognizes Longview Police Department

Longview Police Department is one of two law enforcement agencies to be recognized by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. The LCB Partnership in Public Safety Award will be presented October 9 at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.

LPD Chief Jim Duscha will attend the awards ceremony to accept the honor, which also will be given to Wenatchee Police Department for efforts in capturing “place of last drink” data during fiscal year 2017. 

“This award is attributed to our officers and clerical staff who have diligently collected the information and provided it to the state. A big thanks to them,” Duscha said.

“In appreciation for their partnership and dedication in collecting POLD data, the LCB recognizes the Longview Police Department and the Wenatchee Police Department for outstanding performance in data collection to improve public safety. Both departments had the highest rate of data collection per arrest in all Washington communities. We thank these two departments for their commitment to partnering for safe communities in Washington State,” the LCB said in a news release.

According to the LCB, the data is recorded during impaired driving arrests and provides indicators for communities and locations where over service of alcohol might have occurred. The data collected assists the LCB in prioritizing enforcement resource deployment to provide services, such as additional oversight and education for licensees and staff on how to prevent over service of alcohol.

Reducing the over service of alcohol not only helps prevent impaired driving and related traffic collisions, but other alcohol related community harms such as fights, domestic violence and sexual assaults, the LCB news release noted.

National studies have shown 50% of impaired drivers originate from liquor licensed businesses, according to the LCB.  The information is used to improve public safety in Washington communities.


NW Voices Presents Author Devery Anderson

Come join us for the next NW Voices events on Monday, October 16 featuring author Devery Anderson. The author of Emmitt Till: The Murder that Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement will present a workshop from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at LCC in Main 146 and a reading at the Longview Public Library beginning at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in the Magazine Room.

Devery S. Anderson is an editor and marketing manager at Signature Books in Salt Lake City, and is currently working on a master's degree in publishing at the George Washington University. He is the editor or co-editor of several books on Mormon History, and in 2015 the University Press of Mississippi published his book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. It will be the basis of a Hollywood miniseries produced by JayZ, Will Smith, Casey Affleck, and Aaron Kaplan. He has spoken on Emmett Till at colleges, universities, and elsewhere in the United States and the UK. His research into Emmett Till resulted in over a dozen trips to Mississippi and Chicago, where he interviewed key players in the case, and conducted extensive archival research. He is currently working on a book on Clyde Kennard, another book on Mississippi civil rights.

All events are free and open to the public. Northwest Voices is funded by the Longview Public Library and Lower Columbia College, Friends of the LPL, LPL Foundation, LCC Foundation, and LCC’s ASLCC. 


October Koth Gallery Show at Longview Public Library

The Koth Memorial Gallery at Longview Public Library will be displaying the Columbian Artists Association Fall Members Show from October 7th through October 26th. The Columbian Artists Association will also host a reception for this show on October 7th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Koth Gallery.

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


Simple Steps for Growing Your Business

Simple Steps for Growing Your Business

October 14, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Longview Library Auditorium

This three-hour program highlights strategies for Growing your Business. In this class, we’ll quickly cover key points small business owners and managers need to analyze, assess, and grow their venture. This SCORE workshop will help entrepreneurs already in business discover potential growth areas and develop customized strategies with the help of SCORE mentors. It will also help those who are just starting their business venture prepare for the future of their business.

Using a SCORE guidebook (emailed to registrants in advance of the presentation) as a resource, we’ll focus on Managing Operations & Finances, and Marketing and Goal Setting.  You’ll leave with an enhanced ability to identify those areas that may need extra attention in your business and then arrange to meet with a SCORE mentor for additional help and fine tuning!

The seminar is being offered free to the public through the generous support of the Friends of the Longview Library and the volunteers of the Vancouver Chapter of SCORE.

To register, call the Longview Public Library at 360-442-5300. You can learn more about the upcoming classes and register for the next SCORE seminar by visiting our page at www.longviewlibrary.org.


2018 Student Calendar Contest Focusing on Solutions to Stormwater Pollution

Cowlitz Clean Waters, a new local public education campaign targeting stormwater pollution, is sponsoring its first annual student calendar contest and it is open to middle school students (grades 6-8) within Cowlitz County, including public, private and homeschooled students.

Middle school students are encouraged to create artwork or write a haiku or short poem depicting ways to prevent stormwater pollution and to keep our Cowlitz County waters clean, including the Cowlitz, Coweeman and Columbia Rivers, and Lake Sacajawea.

Prizes for art and poetry selected to be in the calendar include Amazon gift cards with a grand prize value of $350.00. The calendar contest entry form and rules can be found online at https://cowlitzcleanwaters.org/contest.

The deadline for submittal is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. If you have questions you may contact Van McKay at the City of Kelso at 360-577-3323.

Cowlitz Clean Waters is a collaborative initiative of the City of Kelso, City of Longview, Cowlitz County, Consolidated Drainage Improvement District #1 (CDID#1), Kelso School District, Longview School District, Washington State University (WSU) Cowlitz County Extension and the Lower Columbia College.

This partnership is committed to developing a public information and education campaign to help inform the Lower Columbia region about the impacts of stormwater runoff on our local waterways and to affect behavior changes and water quality improvements in our communities.


Remittance processing services for city utility payments

Since 2007, the City of Longview has contracted with Clark County and Clark Public Utilities (Joint Processing Center) for remittance processing services. They will no longer be providing this service, therefore the city will be contracting with a new vendor, Retail Lockbox, Inc.

Retail Lockbox, Inc. a private company located in Seattle, WA has offered to process the City’s utility payments in the same efficient manner and at the same price as the previous vendor.

Prior to remittance processing services, the City’s cashiers receipted and processed 8,000 utility remittances each month. More than seventy-five percent of these remittances arrived via the U.S. Postal Service. The staff time required to handle the volume of activity associated with utility remittances is substantial. Retail Lockbox, Inc. virtually eliminates all human intervention from the time the remittance arrives by mail to the point whereby remittances have been prepared for deposit at the bank. Clients for which Retail Lockbox, Inc. performs remittance processing services, include City of Tacoma, City of Boise, and the City of Lacey and many more.

In addition to the ongoing efficiencies and improved customer service provided by remittance processing services, the City of Longview will continue to realize savings of approximately $58,000.00 per year. Life-to-date cost savings through the City’s contract for remittance processing services approximates $500,000.00.


Learn about Android for phones or tablets

The Longview Public Library is offering an Introduction to Android class with instructor Aaron Dobbins October 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. You will be able to see many of the features of Android on a tablet or phone and get some hands-on practice with tablets provided by the library for class. You will learn how to make the most of your operating system and use your tablet or phone to its fullest.

This class is open to anyone and registration is required. Space and tablets are limited. Call the Longview Library at 360.442.5300 for more information.


Longview Fire Open House

October 8 through 14 is Fire Prevention Week. Learn more about fire safety and have tons of fun at this year’s Open House on Saturday, October 14 at Longview Fire Department’s main station at 740 Commerce Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Family-fun activities include fire safety demonstrations, firefighting equipment displays, automobile extrication demonstration, antique fire engine, public safety agency booths, Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog, junior firefighter hose challenge, button making, and a fire sprinkler system demonstration.  Refreshments will be served.

Longview Fire will be having tours for class’s ages four through 1st grade October 10, 11 and 12th.  To schedule a time please call or email Sarah Hoskins at 360-442-5501 or sarah.hoskins@mylongview.com

This year’s national theme of “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out” reminds us to have and practice an emergency escape plan with two ways out of every room.


City Council Candidate Forum 
A candidate forum for Longview city council candidates will be Monday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers.
Position 5 – Mary Alice L. Wallis and Megan Richie
Position 6 – Dianne Quast and Chet Makinster
Position 7 – Steve Moon and Amber Rosewood
For any questions or more information, call Sharon Watt, 360-225-2294.


LPD warns of scam alert 

In the past few weeks, Longview Police Department has taken several reports from senior citizens who have been victims of a computer repair scam or realized that's what it was before getting ripped off.

Police are reminding people that they should not allow strangers who call them to remotely access their computers or respond to suspicious pop up warnings on their screens. It's much safer to call a local, legitimate computer repair technician to check on possible problems and resolve the issues.

Read more here https://www.facebook.com/LongviewPD/photos/a.1013170142035941.1073741828...


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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know that the more often you read books to young children, the more prepared they are to read on their own once they go to school? The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge at the Longview Public Library encourages you to read 1,000 books to your infant, toddler, or preschooler before their first day of kindergarten. Sign up is easy and can be done anytime online using the Beanstack link at longviewlibrary.org. You can also register in person at the Library.

1000 books? That’s too much! We hear you! You can do it! Start with one book. Favorite books can be repeated and enjoyed again. All books count! Books read to your child by other family members and friends, at daycare or playtime, and at library storytime all count.

To help keep up the momentum and stay motivated along the way, Longview Library will provide tips, targeted book recommendations, fun incentives, plus a free book and book bag, stickers, recognition on the Reading Tree, and after you reach 1000 books, a backpack with supplies for your little one’s first day of school.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is free and open to families with children birth to five years old. This program is funded by the Longview Library Foundation. Call 360.442.5324 for more information.


15th Avenue Overlay Project

Construction on the 15th Avenue Overlay Project began on September 5, 2017. 

Paving of the new asphalt is tentatively scheduled for two nights from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am the week of October 3, 2017.

Final pavement striping should be completed by November 3, 2017.

All dates are subject to change based on construction progress and weather.

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

This project is being paid for by motor vehicle license tab renewal fees paid to the City of Longview transportation benefit district.


Believe in the ability to change our community!

BE THE CHANGE you seek in our community. Change the way you look at the world by working for positive change in your own hometown. Devote some time volunteering on one of Longview’s many boards or commissions!

Longview’s boards and commissions enable inspired people to contribute in meaningful ways to our city for the enrichment of the community as a whole. At the end of this year, several terms on these boards and commissions will end and need to be filled. In addition, other vacancies can occur during the year. This is a perfect time to find your niche and make a positive, lasting contribution for the future of Longview’s next generations.

Visit the boards and commissions webpage under the “Your Government” tab at www.mylongview.com to view current and upcoming vacancies, apply, and learn more about specific boards. If you’ve previously applied, just log in to view or update your current application. If you’ve never applied, create an account and choose the boards you are eligible for. You may apply even if there are not vacancies for a board that you are interested in; your application will be kept in the event there is a resignation during the year.

Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2017, but may also be submitted year-round and will be kept on file.


Adult literacy tutors needed at Longview Public Library

We need your help! Project READ, the adult literacy tutoring program at the Longview Public Library, has an immediate need for volunteer tutors. Training is provided. Tutors typically work two hours per week to help other adults in our community improve literacy skills.

You don’t need any special skills or to speak another language. If you are 18 or older, have graduated from high school or earned a GED, and can read this, you are QUALIFIED! We are looking for creative, caring, and patient volunteers willing to give two hours a week to help an adult improve literacy skills and reach life goals. 

Project READ matches volunteer tutors with adult learners to work one-on-one in the Longview Library. Sessions are typically twice a week for one hour during regular library hours. The library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you want to help, we can work with your schedule. Volunteers are asked to make a six-month initial commitment but are welcome to stay longer.

The library provides teaching material and resources, direction, tutor training and ongoing support. Training is on the computer and self-paced. You can do it at home or in the Longview Public Library. Please call Elizabeth Partridge at 360-442-5321 for more information.


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, Air Hockey, 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.

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 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. You can find more information at http://www.mylongview.com/index.aspx?page=84. Or contact Bill Fashing at the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments at 577-3041.


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