Longview City Info Weekly

September 26 City Council meeting brief

  • Issued a proclamation for National Fire Prevention Week, October 6 – 12, 2019.
  • Directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance to adopt the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update and Future Land Use Map.
  • Awarded a contract in the amount of $411,291.00 to Halme Excavating to complete the 2019 Sidewalks Improvements Project to repair defective sidewalks, and to install curb bulbouts and rapid rectangular flashing beacons at the crosswalk on 7th Ave. at Delaware Street.
  • Awarded a contract in the amount of $772,939.00 to Northeast Electric to complete traffic signal upgrades on the 15th Ave and Washington Way corridors.
  • Approved a Kuntz Fund appropriation of $2,535.00 to the Longview Pioneer Lions Club for upgrades to Lions Island.
  • Set a public hearing for the November 7, 2019 to consider proposed revenue for the General Fund in the year 2020.
  • Approved the 2020 Southwest Washington Regional Airport Operating Budget.
  • Directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance amending on-street parking time limits and the parking map related to striping changes on 12th Ave; and to prepare an ordinance amending LMC 11.68.050 “Parking of Trucks Restricted.”

 

And the winner is... Longview!

Redfin recently announced our beautiful city as the best city in the State of Washington to retire. WE AGREE!

Below is an excerpt from the article:

Longview, Washington

We found Longview to be the best city to retire in Washington state. Longview is a verdant area located near the Columbia River. Longview has a variety of recreational facilities, including Lake Sacajawea Park, which is known for its vibrant gardens and wonderful walking trails. The region has dozens of other parks with lots of dog-friendly areas and sports fields. Local and state taxes are low at just 1 percent, so your dollar will stretch much further than other areas in Washington.

Activities: Lake Sacajawea Park, Columbia Theater, Nutty Narrows Bridge, The Lewis and Clark Bridge, Cowlitz County Historical Museum.

Read the rest of the article here: https://www.redfin.com/blog/the-best-cities-to-retire-state/

 

 

Storage sheds and outbuildings may have restrictions

The City of Longview would like to remind residents that the placement of detached structures of any size or type is a regulated activity within city limits.  Placement of this type of structure, whether temporary or permanent, may require a permit from the Community Development Department prior to placement.

“It is not uncommon to find sheds, greenhouses, canopies and other types of outbuildings placed in areas not allowed by our Longview Municipal Code,” says Community Development Director John Brickey.  “Before placing any structure on your property, it’s important to see if you need a permit.  Safety is an important consideration in regulating these types of structures.  Some of these structures are not designed to be used long term, and placing them in property setback areas can create unforeseen problems.” Brickey asks that the following guidelines be considered before purchasing and placing a shed or small structure on your property:

Check with Community Development prior to purchasing or placing a shed or outbuilding type structure for placement and permit requirements by calling 442-5086.
There is no size exemption for permits.  Installation or construction of structures of any size require a placement and/or building permit.
Even if a structure is to be temporary, it still may require a permit.  Permits for temporary structures are valid for 180 days.
Sheds, greenhouses or other types of outbuilding type structures may not be placed in front or side yard areas defined as setbacks, even if the structure is to be temporary. These areas on your property must be free of structures. A typical residential front yard setback is 25 feet, and side yard setbacks are usually five feet from neighboring property lines and 20 feet from public right-of-way.
Structures also may not be placed in a manner that reduces or eliminates required off-street parking spaces.
Membrane structures and steel pipe structures are often required to be designed by a Washington State engineer.  Be sure that the required engineering is provided with the structure you are purchasing. 

Questions regarding sheds and outbuildings may be directed to the Zoning Division at 442-5086 Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

 

Water System Flushing Scheduled Area # 3

The City of Longview’s utility crews will be flushing water mains in the area

between 15th Avenue and the Cowlitz River from Ocean Beach Highway to California Way

and Baltimore St. Friday, October 4, 2019.

Work will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end by 4:30 p.m. Advisory signs will be posted in the area.

Flushing may stir up sediment that can enter residential plumbing. Residents should refrain from using water while flushing is occurring.

After flushing, it is recommended that residents run water through an outside hose bib or in a bathtub, for a short time prior to consuming water or washing clothes.

 

 

The City of Longview Urban Forestry Division begins taking applications for street tree removal

The City of Longview Urban Forestry Division will begin taking applications submitted by property owners for removal of street trees on the Urban Forest Management “Prohibited Trees” list. The removal program will permit up to 30 approved Tree Removal and Replacement Applications. Applicants must be the property owner or have approval in writing from the property owner allowing for the removal and submit property owner approval and contact information along with the application. Trees eligible for removal must be one of the species identified on the City of Longview’s “Prohibited Trees” list in the Urban Forest Management Plan. The policy is a one to one removal and replacement program in order to create a neutral effect on the urban forest population.

 

Trees approved for removal under this policy:

  • Poplar
  • Conifers
  • Mulberry
  • Sycamore
  • Weeping Willow
  • Box Elder
  • Ginko (Female)
  • Flowering Plum
  • Cottonwood
  • Catalpa
  • Hawthorn
  • Crabapple
  • Kwansan Cherry
  • Birch
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Sweet Gum

The restriction on the number of property owner requested removals allows the tree crew to continue to maintain the health of the urban forest through required maintenance and other removals and replacements. Once all 30 approved removal requests have been granted, property owners will need to reapply the following January.

Trees will be removed within one calendar year from date of application. Trees causing hardscape damage will receive priority scheduling and healthy trees will be slated for removal within regular staff workload.

If the property owner application is accepted under the removal plan, the cost to replace the removal is $300. More information and the tree removal application can be found under the Parks Tab on the City’s website www.mylongview.com under the Urban Forest Program tab or contact the Urban Forest Manager at 442.5421.

 

The City of Longview is HIRING!!!

Fiscal/Utility Support Assistant: $41,328 - $53,004 annually. Closes 10/10/19 at 6:00 p.m.
Fire Intern: $300 monthly. Seasonal. Continuous recruitment.
Police Officer (Entry Level & Lateral): $68,808 - $89,028 annually. Continuous recruitment.
Recreation Leader (Assistant): $12.00 - $14.76 hourly. Seasonal and/or part-time position. Continuous recruitment.
Recreation Site Leader: $12.37 - $15.22 hourly. Seasonal and/or part-time position. Continuous recruitment.

​Visit www.mylongview.com to read more about the open positions and to apply.

 

Free Concert - The Kilted Man at Longview Public Library

Come experience the fantastic talents of The Kilted Man (Matthew Gurnsey) as he returns to perform at the Longview Public Library on October 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. The Kilted Man delights audiences with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Scottish music. Using wit and finesse he captivates listeners with tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love, and the vibrantly colorful lives of the every-man beloved of many Irish tales.

His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments (such as the concertina, bodhran, bones, and mandolin) add an air of authenticity to each piece, and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies. He has appeared on hundreds of stages nationally and internationally, thrilling thousands with his Scottish swagger and homespun charm. You won’t want to miss this evening of music, stories, and fun! This concert is free and family friendly.

Visit www.longviewlibrary.org for more information or call 360.442.5300. This program was made possible through funding from the Friends of the Longview Public Library. Become a Friend today!

 

Tents, canopies and other temporary structures may have restrictions

The City of Longview would like to remind residents that the placement of temporary structures of any size or type is a regulated activity within city limits. Placement of this type of structures, whether temporary or permanent, may require a permit from the Community Development Department prior to placement.

“It is not uncommon to find canopies, tents and other types of temporary coverings set up in areas not allowed under our Longview Municipal Code,” says Community Development Director John Brickey. “Before placing any temporary structure on your property, it’s important to see if you need a permit. Safety is an important consideration in regulating these types of structures. They are not designed to be used long term, and they typically do not meet snow and wind load requirements. If not secured or constructed properly, they can quickly become air born or collapse, potentially injuring someone.”

Brickey asks that the following guidelines be considered before purchasing and placing a temporary structure on you property:

A temporary enclosure or shelter constructed of fabric or pliable materials supported by any manner or a “membrane structure” is defined as a structure.

  • Check with Community Development prior to placement of a temporary structure to see if you need a permit by calling 442-5087. 
  • Temporary structures are only permitted for a maximum of 180 days.
  • Temporary structures may not be placed in front or side yard areas defined as setbacks. These areas on your property must be free of structures. A typical residential front yard setback is 25 feet, and side yard setbacks are usually five feet.
  • Temporary structures may not be placed in any required parking areas.
  • Temporary membrane structures and tents are not approved for habitation unless placed within a licensed RV park approved for such use.
  • Recreational-type temporary structures on private, residential property may not require a permit. Examples include patio umbrellas and patio cloth gazebos.

Questions about temporary structures may be directed to the Community and Economic Development Department at 442-5086 Monday through Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

 

Sacajawea Fiber Arts Guild “Show and Tell” at Longview Public Library

On Saturday, October 12, the Longview Public Library will be hosting the Sacajawea Fiber Arts Guild for a free, public “Show and Tell” event. The Sacajawea Fiber Arts Guild will be demonstrating and displaying fiber arts activities in the Library Auditorium from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. that Saturday, and they welcome everyone interested to stop by to watch them create, to ask questions, or to even try out some fun, tactile, fiber-focused art making processes right then and there!

The Sacajawea Fiber Arts Guild is a group that explores many forms of weaving, spinning, dying, basketry, jewelry (with a weaving or thread foundation), tatting, braid making, and more! All fiber arts enthusiasts are welcome to attend their meetings on the 4th Thursday of each month at LaFavorites Yarn Shop in Kelso. For more information, contact Joy Winther at joyful.weaver@comcast.net.

Contact the Longview Public Library at 360.442.5300 for more information about this event, or other upcoming events and programs.

 

 

Free Estate Planning Question and Answer Session

Join the Longview Public Library for an information session on the ins and outs of planning your estate. You will learn about what you can do to protect your assets, designate beneficiaries, and pass your belongings on to your family or others.

The Longview Public Library will be hosting the Estate Planning Question & Answer Session October 7 at 6:00 p.m. with Brian Brault, Estate Planning Attorney at Walstead Mertsching. This is a free presentation for informational purposes and is open to the public. 

Call the Longview Library at 442-5300 for more information or visit www.longviewlibrary.com.

 

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Teen Tuesday at the Longview Public Library

Teen Tuesdays are free activities for middle and high school youth, every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., September 24 - November 26, at the Longview Library. All events are free--snacks and supplies included. No sign up or library card required. For more information, call 360.442.5300.

October 1 - Candle-Making
Learn to make candles using granulated wax
October 15 - Zombie Barbies
Reanimate an old Barbie
October 22 - Interactive Hocus Pocus
Watch the classic movie with props and guided call-outs
October 29 - Little Monster Mash
Our annual all ages Halloween extravaganza!
November 5 - Writing Games
Play games like consequences, Story Cubes, Storymatic, and more
November 12 - DIY Hand Warmers
Make hand warmers you can heat up in the microwave and slip in your pocket
November 19 - Candy Sushi & Bubble Tea
Craft sushi look-alikes with rice krispies, Swedish fish, and other candy
November 26 - Minute to Win It
Challenge your friends to fast Minute to Win It games

Park and Recreation runs coming up!

Pumpkin Pi – Willow Grove

Saturday – October 26, 2019

Turkey Trot – Lake Sacajawea

Thursday – November 28, 2019

 

Longview Library Newsletter

Be sure to check out the latest issue of our library newsletter, Dialog. We have lots of fun in store! http://longviewlibrary.org/newsletter.php

Have you listened to the Library's new podcast yet? They cover a variety of library and book-related topics. Take a listen! http://longviewlibrary.org/yourshelf.php

 

Longview Fire Open House

October 6 through 12 is Fire Prevention Week. Learn more about fire safety and have tons of fun at this year’s open house on Saturday, October 12 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, Life-Flight helicopter landing, and a drone presentation by Cowlitz County DEM. hotdogs and cookies will be served.

This year’s national theme Not every hero wears a cape.  Plan and Practice your Escape! This reminds us that there are three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire, and how to escape safely in the event of one.

 

 

Believe in the ability to change our community! Volunteer!

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 our boards and commissions will end and may 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 have previously applied, just log in to view or update your current application. If you have 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 for upcoming vacancies will be accepted through October 31, 2019 but may also be submitted year-round and will be kept on file.

 

 

Youth Basketball League by Longview Parks & Recreation

Longview Parks & Rec are launching a new recreational youth league designed to introduce youth to the game of basketball in a manner that encourages a positive learning environment with a focus on sportsmanship and having fun! This program is presented by Realty One Group Pacifica

 

Register Now-Oct 7th: $65.00

Divisions: Co-ed Grades 1/2; Boys Grades 3/4; Girls Grades 3/4; Boys Grade 5/6; Girls Grade 5/6

 

Practices begin Sept 30th – Weeknights 1-2 per week. Games begin Oct 4th – Weeknights at local elementary gyms, 8 game guarantee

 

 

Sign Up for Before and After School Programs

Do you have your before and after school childcare plans in place?  Longview Parks and Recreation offers After School programs at five elementary schools in Longview, and Before School program at Robert Gray.  Call 360-442-5400 for more information, or register online. Financial Assistance may be available, please call for more information.