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The Engineering Department engineers, plans, prioritizes, and implements the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) program. The CIP reflects the needs and priorities of the City’s transportation, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water systems throughout the city.  The most current adopted version can be found here:


The City of Kelso’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will be holding a Special Meeting on Monday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall 203 S. Pacific Ave, Kelso, to discuss new requests for funding in the 2018 budget year.

Please contact the City Manager’s office at 360-577-3301 with questions.

The City of Kelso has updated the City of Kelso Park Facility Plan. The purpose of this plan is to create a Catlin Spray Park Master Plan, prioritize improvements and opportunities within our current parks, and to identify areas lacking in parks. Consultants Stefanie Slyman and Daniel Chin with Harper Houf Peterson Righellis conducted public outreach, inventoried our current park system, and analyzed opportunities. This work was presented to the City Council at the regular Council meeting on March 6th.

Before the Council will make any final decisions about adopting the plan on April 3rd , the public is invited to view the plan and comment to the City. The City of Kelso Park Facility Plan and Presentation to the Council on March 6th can be viewed here. All comments must be in writing either via email, USPS, or hand delivered to Community Development.  Written comments will be taken until 5PM on March 30th. The public is invited to come and comment on the plans directly to the City Council at the regular April 3rd meeting at 6PM. If you have any questions, staff contact is Tammy Baraconi, Planning Manager. She can be contacted at or at 360.577.3321.

Additional Documents:

Cowlitz Clean Waters is proud to announce its Stormwater Video Contest for high school students. 


  • First Place - $500 Amazon Gift Card
  • Second Place - $250 Amazon Gift Card
  • Third Place - $100 Amazon Gift Card

Submittal Deadline: Entries must be received at Kelso City Hall by no later than 5:00 pm on May 18, 2018.

For complete rules and guidelines, application and release forms, visit the Cowlitz Clean Waters website .

The City of Kelso is once again pleased to invite community agencies and event organizers to submit requests for lodging tax funding that will be considered for the 2018 budget year.

For further information, please see the full Press Release here.

Please note - the deadline for applications is Friday, March 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

Kelso Finance Department is Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

CAFR Award 2017

The City of Kelso and the City of Longview are partnering to provide free training for the development community on the new LID standards and requirements for the respective cities.  The free training will take place 1:00-3:30 pm Wednesday December 13th, 2017 at Kelso City Council Chambers.


For more information:  Low Impact Development




On Tuesday, November 7th, Northfork Asphalt Paving, Inc. of Chehalis, WA, will be performing paving operations on Mill Street between S. 11th and S. 12th Aves.  This work will require the closure of that portion of Mill St. from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Detours and temporary traffic control measures will redirect traffic around. The City will work to minimize any inconveniences. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.



City of Kelso

Engineering Department

(360) 423-6590