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In response to the COVID-19 and public health concerns, and in concert with Governor Inslee’s emergency proclamation, revisions are being made to the regular operations of City business.

Finance, Police, Community Development, and Administration lobbies will be closed as of March 17, 2020.  The Kelso Library will also be closed beginning March 17, 2020.  However:



For information contact: Traci Howard, Deputy Clerk
Kelso WA- February 5, 2020

Fireworks Stand Permit Applications
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, 2020.

For additional information, please visit the City’s website or contact Traci Howard at 360.423-0900 or

Curbside Collection January 2nd - 8th, 2020

Drop Site located at 1115 S. Pacific Avenue:  December 26th, 2019 through January 12th, 2020

Recycle Guide


The City of Kelso will be having a food drive starting Monday, November 25th and will run through the week of December 16th.  We will be giving all non-perishable donations to the “Community Backpack Buddies” program.  The program is being offered to students within the Kelso School District.

We will have donation barrels at Kelso City Hall, Kelso Police Department, Kelso Public Library, and Catlin Properties Inc.  If you have any questions, please contact Erica Geiszler (360) 577-3361, Patty Murray (360) 577-3347 or Jessica Bronstein (360) 577-3379.

How it works:Every Friday morning each child who participates (with parent’s permission) will be brought a bag of food. A school staff member will assist the student in putting their food into their backpacks discreetly and privately. If the child does not have a back pack one will be provided to them for transporting this food home.

Please note:  If your child has any food allergies, the school will not be able to provide Backpack Buddies for your student.

Confidentiality:  The enrollment form will be kept confidential.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact your school counselor or school principal.



“Rockin’ around the City”

Friday, December 6, 2019

Kelso City Hall – 203 S. Pacific Ave.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our Tree Lighting Festival to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in Kelso.  Our theme this year is “Rockin’ around the City”.  City Manager Andrew Hamilton will be lighting the tree at 6:10 pm and Santa will arrive shortly afterwards.  Christmas music will be provided throughout the evening: refreshments, games, prizes, a hayride, children’s crafts, children’s face painting, cookie decorating and a special visit from Santa and his Elves.

Contact Patty at 360-577-3347 or Erica at 360-577-3361



Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals for janitorial services will be received by the Engineering Division, City of Kelso, 203 South Pacific Ave. Suite 205, until 10:00 am, September 10, 2019 and immediately thereafter be publicly opened and read.  Late bids will be rejected.

To download a bid packet, please visit:





On September 3rd, 4th and 5th 2019, Cowlitz County Public Works, under contract with the City of Kelso will be chip sealing the streets marked in red on the attached map.   The work will begin at 6:30 a.m., and is expected to be completed by 5:00 p.m.

The work will create disruptions to the flow of traffic in this area.  Detours will be used to redirect traffic around or through the work area.  If you reside in or near the work area, every reasonable effort will be made to allow you access to your destination in a timely manner.  If at all possible, it is advised to avoid this area and use alternate travel routes to your destination.

The street must be completely clear of vehicles during this time.  Any vehicles not cleared will be subject to towing and impound at the owner’s expense.  The cooperation of both local residents and the general public is greatly appreciated.




Fishers Lane Pavement Repairs

On August 13 Fishers Lane between Long Av. and the railroad tracks will be closed for pavement repairs. During the road closure, traffic will be detoured.


Sunrise Street Pavement Repairs

On August 16 pavement repair work will impact traffic on Sunrise Street between Miller Dr. and Corduroy Rd. The road will be closed and traffic will be detoured. 


Advanced Excavation Specialists LLC will complete the work under contract with the City of Kelso.


If you have questions about the projects, contact Paul Klope, 360-423-6590 X3322.