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For information contact:  Steve Taylor – 360-577-3301

Kelso, WA – March 21, 2016

Kelso Council Seeks Citizen Volunteers for City Charter Review Committee

               Kelso is forming a citizens committee to review the city charter and recommend potential amendments for the City Council’s consideration.  Committee members must be voting residents of Kelso and available to attend at least three committee meetings between April and June of this year.  The Council plans to appoint at least five committee members at the April 5th regular meeting.  The city charter was last amended in 2006.  Any change to the charter must be approved by a majority of Kelso voters.  The current charter document can be accessed on the city’s website

               Interested residents are asked to submit a volunteer form to Jessica Bronstein in the City Manager’s Office by April 1st at 4:30pm.  The form can be accessed online at  

               Please call 360-577-3301 for additional information.


Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
6:00 P.M.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council adopted a resolution initiating the vacation of property and that a public hearing will be held by the City of Kelso in the Council Chambers, 201 S Pacific Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626, on April 5th, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

The purpose of the public hearing is to receive comment on the vacation of a portion of Talley Way Right of Way located near the south end of the Southwest Washington Regional Airport runway. This section is needed by the airport to construct a fence to provide site security.  This portion of the right of way is no longer useful for street purposes.

The legal description of the proposed vacation and an exhibit showing the limits are available for viewing in the Engineering Office at Kelso City Hall, 203 S. Pacific Ave., Suite 205, Kelso WA 98626. 

The Council Chambers room is handicap accessible.  Arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs, including handicap accessibility or interpreter, will be made upon receiving 48 business hours advance notice.  Contact the City at (360) 423-1371.

The City of Kelso's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will have a meeting on February 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm. The meeting will be held at City Hall in Conference Room 219. For questions or additional infomration please contact Jessica Bronstein at 360-577-3301.

February 8, 2016 Agenda

The West Kelso Subarea Plan draft was presented at the January 19, 2016, Council Meeting, Kelso City Hall Council Chambers, 203 S. Pacific Avenue, at 6:00 pm.  For more information on the West Kelso Subarea Plan, please visit

The City of Kelso is seeking applicants to fill Council Position #3, which was vacated by Jared Franklin, December 8, 2015. Applications are available from the City Manager’s Office, 203 S. Pacific, Suite #217 and on the City’s website at  These applications will be accepted through January 4, 2016, 5:00 pm.

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The Board of County Commissioners have initiated a voucher program to provide County residents adversely impacted by storm damage an opportunity for free disposal of waste, storm debris and demolition / reconstruction material at the Waste Control transfer station. County staff has recommended that residents within the Kelso city limits pick up their vouchers from the Assessor's Office. Please review the press release for additional details.

If you have sustained flood damage, Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management is ready to take in damage assessments. For those with internet access, the form can be found at You can fill out the form there and submit it.

If you do not have access to internet or if you have questions you can call the Department of Emergency Management at 360-577-3130 between 8 am and 5 pm.

This is the first step in getting federal assistance for our citizens. The form is NOT an application for assistance, but it IS a very important piece in getting the Declaration. Estimates of damages and a brief description of what is damaged are needed. This information will be used for the County to apply for a Federal Declaration. After the County receives a Federal Declaration of Emergency, FEMA would come in and open a Disaster Recovery Center. At that phase, individuals would work directly with FEMA to apply for individual assistance.

The City of Kelso has announced the vacancy of Council Position No. 3, held by Mr. Jared Franklin, in accordance with Section 2.06 of the City Charter.  The charter states that a vacancy occurs in the event a councilmember fails to attend six scheduled regular and/or special meetings of the Council during a calendar year unless on authorized City-related business.  Councilmember Franklin’s absence from the December 8, 2015 special meeting was his sixth of the year, and in accordance with the charter, the vacancy occurred at the close of the meeting.

The City Council will discuss options for filling the vacancy at its December 15th regular meeting.  The Council has sixty (60) days upon the occurrence of the vacancy to appoint a qualified person to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.  Position No. 3 represents the West Kelso council district.


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Kelso Mayor, David Futcher, has proclaimed a state of emergency effective December 9, 2015 related to the recent heavy rains and flooding. In accordance with Chapter 2.92 of the Kelso Municipal Code the City Council will confirm this proclamation at the December 15, 2015 regular meeting.

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