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City of Kelso Council Meeting: Kelso CIty Council Chambers 203 S. Pacific Ave at 6:00 PM Tuesday July 16, 2024.

If you wish to attend the Council Meeting via Zoom please contact, Jessica Bronstein by email at   no later than 12:00 PM on Tuesday July 16, 2024

To view council agenda items and other legislative-related information, you can visit our BoardDocs site:

For questions, please contact Nena Barajas at 360-578-7915 ext. 3342 or

The City of Kelso’s Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday July 9, 2024 to discuss the Unified Development Code updates. The meeting will be held at Kelso City Hall Council Chambers at 6:00 PM. Located at Kelso City Hall. 203 S. Pacific Ave – Kelso, WA 98626.

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

Heat Wave Alert: Stay Cool and Safe, July 5-8;
Free Fares on RiverCities Transit

Here are essential tips and resources to help stay cool and safe:
Ride free on RiverCities Transit from July 5-8 (no routes on Sunday). See the route
schedule at

784 14th Ave. location (behind the YMCA) from 2:00 – 6:00 Sunday.  

Longview & Kelso Public Libraries:
o Longview Public Library: Open Friday & Saturday (9am 5pm) and Monday
(9am 7pm).
o Kelso Public Library: Open Friday & Saturday (10am 5pm). Closed Monday.
Additional places to stay cool: Call 211 for locations and hours.

Tips to Beat the Heat
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day.
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
Use sunscreen and wear a hat when outdoors.
Check on elderly neighbors and those with health conditions.

Pet Safety
Never leave pets in a parked car, even for a few minutes.
Provide pets with plenty of shade and fresh water when outdoors.
Limit pet exercise to cooler morning or evening hours.
Walk pets on grass to protect their paws from hot surfaces.
Watch for signs of heat stroke, including heavy panting and inability to calm down.

Vehicle Safety
Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.
Park in shaded areas when possible and use sunshades to keep your car's interior cooler.
Check your vehicle's cooling system and fluid levels.

Remember, heat-related illnesses can be serious. If you or someone you know experiences
symptoms such as dizziness, headache, or nausea, seek medical attention immediately.

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For information contact: Erica Geiszler

Department Assistant

(360) 577-3361


Park Board Vacancies

Kelso, WA – May 29, 2024

The City of Kelso has openings on the Park Board. All citizens within the City Limits of Kelso and over the age of 18 are eligible to apply. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Boards are a great way for citizens to give back to their community without committing to a great deal of time.


The Park Board meets once a month on the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The Park Board works with staff to ensure that citizens overall vision for the parks as described in the Park Master Plan are realized. This Board also works in an advisory capacity for the Council, making recommendations on park plans and other types of guiding documents pertaining to parks. This would be a great chance for anyone that would like to see our local park system flourish and meet the needs of generations to come.


All board positions are appointed by the Council. To apply go to the City’s website at and click ‘Your Government’ and then ‘Boards and Commissions’. There you will find an application that you can print out.  After you have filled it out you can bring it in to the Operations Center at 2300 Parrott Way, mail it in, or email it to me at Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17th.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Kelso Planning Commission, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 203 South Pacific Way, Kelso, at its regular meeting starting at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2024, to hear public comment on changes to Kelso Municipal Code, Title 17 Unified Development Code for adopting the 2021 versions of several building and property related codes as adopted by the State of Washington.

Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council who will make the final decision on the code updates. 

Any taxpayer may appear and be heard for or against the subject.  If any accommodations are needed, please contact the City Clerk's office at (360) 423-0900. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 3 business days prior to the scheduled meeting. Most meetings are available to view live on KLTV Government Access Channel 29:

Written comments may be submitted to Kelso City Hall, Community Development to 203 S. Pacific Ave, Kelso WA 98626 or to Written comments can be submitted beginning May 28, 2024 and no later than 4:30 PM on June 11, 2024.

Proposed Code Changes can be found on the Hearing Schedule here: Public Hearings Schedule

The American Red Cross is installing FREE smoke alarms on Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
If you are interested, you can call 833-386-0043 to schedule an appointed or go to to learn more.

American Red Cross Flyer

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For information contact: Andrew Hamilton
City of Kelso City manager
(360) 423.1371 

Severe Weather Event

Kelso, WA – January 15, 2024

In reviewing the current state of our roadways and the forecast for the next 24 hours, out of an abundance of caution, City Hall and the Library will be closed on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024.  In conjunction, the Special and Regular Council meetings will also be canceled.

Essential personal including the Police Department and Public Works Department will be on duty and working.

This call was not made lightly.  The partners we received information from were the Police Department, Public Works Department, Kelso School District, Cowlitz County Department of Emergency management, City of Longview, and the Portland office of the National Weather Service.   The Weather service has us under an ice storm warning until Wednesday at 4:00 a.m.   Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice storm and travel could be difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the commute.   They are advising travel is strongly discouraged.

Thank you for your understanding.  Be safe. 


A severe weather event was declared by the City of Longview, which means that shelter at First Christian Church (2000 E. Kessler Blvd, Longview) will open starting 1/11/24.


How can you help? 
If you are a trained volunteer with time to give please contact:
or would like to donate shelter supplies please contact:

Hollie Hillman

Do you live, work or travel through Kelso, WA? We’re working closely with @WaKelso to identify improvements to Allen Street. Visit the workshop at Council Chambers on Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. or visit our site to learn about possible solutions & share your thoughts.


The City of Kelso is partnering with Washington State Department of Transportation to study potential improvements to Allen Street between South 8th Avenue and North 17th Avenue that will help improve safety and mobility. We need help from the community in choosing potential design options to improve the way people travel on Allen Street.

The workshop – which is part of the city’s efforts to study potential improvements to Allen Street – will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Kelso City Hall in the Council Chambers. Attendees will have the opportunity to weigh in on proposed designs, which include traffic signal enhancements, roadway and lane modifications, and potential roundabout options.

Those who cannot attend the workshop are encouraged to visit the Allen Street Corridor Transportation Study online open house at to learn more and share feedback online.

Later this winter, the project team will compile community feedback to refine the concepts and select a preferred design option. Once selected, the team will begin efforts to secure funding for the work as quickly as possible.

We want to hear from you! 

Full closure of the WEST bound lanes of SR-4 / Cowlitz Way will begin Monday, November 13, 2023 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.  The closure will begin at the intersection of North Pacific Avenue and Cowlitz Way, and extend through NW 5th Avenue. These night time full closures should last about four days.

 Traffic going north or south bound on NW 5th and Long Avenue will be flagged through the work area on Cowlitz Way. No turns either direction will be permitted at NW 5th/Long Ave and Cowlitz Way.

A posted detour will be in place. The detour route will be on Allen Street, starting at N. 5th Ave continuing over the Allen Street Bridge onto Catlin Street in west Kelso.

We ask you for your continued patience as we work to repair your city storm drains.