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KLTV will be live-streaming the Regular City Council Meeting @ 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2020.  Subject to change.

If you wish to make a general comment/question on a specific agenda item, please fill out the following form located at the bottom of the City Council page by 5:30 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

 

To view council agenda items and other legislative-related information, you can visit our BoardDocs site here:  http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/kelso/Board.nsf/Public#  For additional information concerning BoardDocs, please visit www.boarddocs.com.

Press Release COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE
W. MAIN REALIGNMENT PH II OPEN HOUSE

The public is invited to attend an online open house for the West Main Street Realignment Ph II project during September 14 – 25, 2020.  The open house can be accessed at https://www.kelso.gov/west-main-realignment-phase-2

The open house will provide an opportunity for the public to view the most current project information and, using the provided web form, to ask questions and provide additional input.

Engineering Department
City of Kelso
engineering@kelso.gov

 

The City of Kelso hereby announces its fiscal year 2021, 2022, and 2023 goal of 2.3% for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) airport construction Contracts. A public telecom will be held on September 9, 2020 at 10am. If you would like to participate please reach out to Rick Nichols at rnichols@centurywest.com for meeting details. The proposed goals and rationale are available for inspection here, and in person between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the address below. Due to safety practices related to COVID, please contact the airport office in advance to make an appointment at 360-261-8268.

Southwest Washington Regional Airport
2222 South Pacific Ave.
Kelso, WA 98626

Comments on the DBE goal will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this publication and can be sent to the following:

Christopher Paolini
Airport Manager
2222 South Pacific Ave.
Kelso, WA 98626
(360) 261-8268

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Federal Aviation Administration Northwest Mountain Regional Office
Office of Civil Rights Staff
Sonia Cruz
2200 S 216th Street
Des Moines, WA 98198

 

Contract Goals

The City of Kelso will use contract goals to meet any portion of the overall goal that the recipient does not project being able to meet using RN means. Contract goals are established so that, over the period to which the overall goal applies, they will cumulatively result in meeting any portion of the recipient’s overall goal that is not projected to be met through the use of RN means.

The City of Kelso will establish contract goals only on those DOT-assisted contracts that have subcontracting possibilities. It need not establish a contract goal on every such contract, and the size of the contract goals will be adapted to the circumstances of each such contract (e.g., type and location of work and availability of DBE’s to perform the particular type of work).

We will express our contract goals as a percentage of the Federal share of a DOT-assisted contract.

The City of Kelso recognizes the hardships the current COVID-19 crisis is having on the citizens and small business owners of our community.  If you are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 restrictions, please contact City Hall at 360-578-7915 or   to make arrangements for a utility payment plan to be put in place to help you through this period. Payment arrangements are available to all citizens, but we will require information to confirm the hardship has been created by the COVID-19 crisis to qualify for COVID relief. Communication with the City will help ensure that services are not disconnected for non-payment. 

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Questionnaire

Governor Inslee has issued Proclamation 20-23, pertaining to Utility Ratepayer Assistance and Preservation of Essential Services.  The City of Kelso is committed to keeping our customers connected to essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.  If you are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for support, including long-term payment arrangements or bill assistance.  This Proclamation does not relieve customers from the obligation to pay for utility services.

Contact Lindsey Cope
Telephone 360.423.9921
Cell 360.560.3286
Email: cope@cowlitzedc.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 10, 2020

CITY OF KELSO COMMERCIAL RENT RELIEF APPLICATION
Kelso, WA, June 10, 2020, – The City of Kelso has partnered with the Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC) to provide up to $66,000 for Kelso Business Commercial Rent Relief Grants for those affected by COVID-19.
This grant has specific qualifications that must be met to qualify for assistance. Please refer to our website for qualifying information and a link to the application at:
http://cowlitzedc.com/events/city-kelso-commercial-rent-relief-application

If your business does not qualify for this opportunity, we are diligently working on new programs and partnerships to help as many businesses in Cowlitz County as possible. Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kelso.wa and www.facebook.com/cowlitzedc for updates on this and future opportunities.

One does not have to be a member of our organization to apply for or receive information on these and other news and programs. Please email Lindsey Cope at if you would like to learn more.

We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy at this difficult time. We want to assure you we are working hard to provide safe and reliable drinking water to your homes and businesses. During this time our staff is still conducting essential work, including collecting routine monitoring samples, monitoring the treatment, inspecting our facilities, reading meters, conducting important routine maintenance, and emergency repairs. We are asking you to please give our staff the space they need to conduct their work, by keeping at least 6 feet of distance. Please continue to allow our staff access to the water system by not blocking driveways or easements. Our operators need clear access to water system components such as valves, meters, and the pump house. Our staff is vital to keeping the water system operational. Thank you for your continued cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Randy Johnson at (360) 423-5730 or email him at rjohnson@kelso.gov.

 

Shopping guidelines at Walmart Grocery Stores

Walmart remains focused on supporting our communities, associates and customers. As a part of that commitment, we have developed some shopping guidelines that we are encouraging residents to use when shopping for essential items they need for their families.

We will be promoting across all of our communication platforms these shopping guidelines to help customers protect themselves, their families and fellow shoppers. We also have a social media graphic to share as an easy reminder to residents about how to best shop for the essential items they need. Social distancing is the responsibility of everyone and when we shop, we must not endanger others.

We are respectfully asking you to help promote and encourage all residents to follow these shopping guidelines:

We are all responsible for keeping space: Keep at least six-feet between you and a fellow customer or associate -- inside and outside the store.
Shop patiently: Watch and wait for other customers to be done in an aisle to keep a six-foot distance.
Limit and consolidate shopping trips: have a list ready, get what you need, and quickly exit the store.
Shop alone: avoid having others with you when possible
Stay home when you don’t feel well
Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze
Wash and sanitize your hands before/after shopping
Shop online grocery store curbside pick-up or home delivery when possible

Thank you again for your continued support and leadership during this crisis. If there is anything we can do to support your efforts, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. 

Sincerely,

Debbie

Debbie Herron

Director, Public Affairs and State & Local Government Relations

Walmart Inc.✻Save money. Live better.

desk/mobile: 503-539-5333

Twitter: @debbieherron

deborah.herron@walmart.com

 

Businesses that remain open after Governor Inslee's "Stay Home-Stay Healthy" Order goes into effect at midnight on March 25, 2020 are required to take steps to comply with the order.

FULL PRESS RELEASE

Many community business aprtners have already temporarily suspended business operations or are preparnig to do so during the Stay Home-Stay Healthy order.  Law Enforcement is conducting extra patrols but we need you to ensure your business is secure.  Here are some great ways to help protect your business during this temporary shutdown.

FULL PRESS RELEASE

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