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Kelso Vision Statement- Draft

The Council recommended the linked draft vision statement at its February 19th meeting.  As a citizen of the City of Kelso, please feel free to review and submit comments/suggestions on the document linked above not later than March 13th so that a final vision statement can be approved at the March 19th City Council meeting.

The public is invited to attend an Open House for the West Main Street Realignment Ph II project on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Council Chambers at Kelso City Hall. The Open House will provide an opportunity for the public to hear an update on project progress and schedule of future project activities, ask questions, and obtain information related to the proposed design.

More information can be found at . If you have questions or would like to provide comments, contact the City’s Project Manager, Tom Walsh, at 360.747.8996 or

The Park Board meeting for Thursday, February 21st has been canceled.

Notice of Determination of NonSignificance and Notice of Application

The City of Kelso issued a determination of nonsignificance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act Rules (Chapter 197-11 WAC) for the following project: Updates to the Critical Areas Ordinance that apply outside of the shoreline jurisdiction as required by RCW 36.70(A).130 and proposed by the City of Kelso. After review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the agency, the City has determined this proposal will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment.

Copies of the DNS are available at no charge from Tammy Baraconi, Planning Manager, Kelso City Hall, 203 S. Pacific, Kelso Wa. Additional documents can be found on the City’s webpage, The public is invited to comment on the DNS with written comments no later than 4:30 on February 26, 2019 at the above address. Public testimony can be provided to the City Council on this item at the March 5, 2019 regular Council meeting.

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The City of Kelso is accepting applications for fireworks stand permits.

Due to the size of population, the City of Kelso is limited to allow for three fireworks stands each year.  Permits may be granted, or denied, based upon the City Manager's assessment of the applicant's experience and demonstrated record together with such other factors as are determined to be in the best interest of and benefit to the community.  All applications to operate fireworks stands shall be made no later than May 2, 2019.

For additional information, please visit the City's website or contact Traci Howard at 360-423-0900 or

The Park Board meeting for Thursday, January 17th has been canceled.

Tonight, starting at 8:30 pm, crews from Mill Plain Electric will be making changes to the signals on Allen Street at 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue.

The change on 4th Avenue at Allen will modify the signal and signing so that the left lane and the middle lane on 4th are left turn only lanes, and the right lane is available for through traffic southbound as well as right turns. On Allen at 5th Avenue, the signal and signing change will prohibit left turns from Allen to 5th Avenue Street. On 5th Avenue at Allen, the signal and signing changes will change the designation for the middle lane to allow left turns from 5th to Allen. Through traffic northbound on 5th at Allen will continue to be able to use the middle lane. Directional signing will be installed to route eastbound traffic on Allen Street to 5th Avenue northbound via 4th Avenue and Oak Street.  C & R Tractor and Landscaping will install temporary striping on 4th, 5th, Oak and Allen. Permanent striping has been delayed until night time temperatures are suitable.

The City will work to minimize inconveniences during construction. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

City of Kelso
Engineering Department
(360) 423-6590

The City of Kelso will be hosting the 19th District Legislators Wednesday, December 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss legislative delegations for Kelso.  As we will have a majority of council members attending, the public is also welcome to attend.

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