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The Walnut Street/7th Avenue street corridor in South Kelso will be closed for paving the week of March 27 – March 31, from the intersection of Walnut St./10th Avenue to the intersection of 7th Ave./Yew Street. A detour route will be in place during the closures to direct motorists.

Closures are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday-Wednesday, March 27, 28, 29: The roadway will be closed to thru traffic but open to local traffic.
  • Thursday, March 30, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm: Walnut Street will be closed to all traffic from 7th Avenue to 10th Avenue. Residents on Walnut Street will need to park vehicles outside the work area.
  • Friday, March 31, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm: 7th Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Walnut Street to Yew Street. Residents on 7th Avenue will need to park vehicles outside the work area.

For additional information please contact Tim Shell at 577-3322.

Beginning March 20th, 2017, Advanced Excavating Specialists, LLC will be working on an emergency contract with the City of Kelso to repair a collapsed sewer main at NW 3rd Avenue and W. Main Street.

W. Main Street Will be closed at NW 3rd Avenue only. All business will be open and access to W. Main will be available at all intersections except NW 3rd Avenue.  Repairs are expected to last 2 weeks.

City of Kelso – Engineering Department - 423-6590 –

Effective immediately, the north bound lane of SW 5th between Washington St. and Lincoln will be closed due to a sewer repair. Closure is expected to continue thru Friday February 17th 2017.  A second closure at a later date will be required to complete road repair. The second closure will be weather dependent. Please direct your questions and/or comments to Skylar Masters 577-3387

This summer Kelso will be rebuilding pavement and replacing some of the underground utilities in S. Pacific Avenue, between Vine and Cherry Streets. Starting February 14 surveyors with HHPR, Inc. will begin surveying and mapping the project area. For additional information regarding this project please contact Tim Shell at 577-3322.



The applicant is proposing a 49 lot subdivision. The property is zoned RMF, Residential Multifamily. As per KMC 17.15, this is a permitted use in this zone. Cowlitz Co Parcel numbers 24068011, 243700100, and 24370. 


March 2, 2017 at 3PM
Kelso City Hall, Council Chambers
203 S. Pacific
Kelso, WA


To view the proposed changes during regular business hours or to request a copy, contact:
Tammy Baraconi, Planning Manager
203 S. Pacific
Kelso, WA 98626
360.577.3321, or

Anyone interested may appear and be heard. The decision of the Hearing Examiner will be mailed to all those who submit comments, testify at the hearing or request the decision in writing.   Any aggrieved party of record can file an appeal with Cowlitz County Superior Court.

***Written public comment can be accepted until 4:30 PM on March 1, 2017***

February 19, 2017

Auction Items:

Case No. 15-1922
Item No. 119033

Case No. 16-1256
Item No. 119740

Miscellaneous ammunition (old)

Live auction is being conducted by CTM Unlimited Auctions in Oakville, WA. Interested persons may view the auction items and submit their bids in person only at the CTM facility located approximately 60 north at 411 E. Main St. Oakville, WA  98568.


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 on 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 the community.  All applications to operate fireworks stands shall be made no later than May 2nd of the calendar 2017.

For additional information please contact Traci Howard at 360-423-0900 or

Fireworks Stand Application

Ordinance 16-3871

Weather permitting, contractors will begin road restoration on S. Kelso Drive on Wednesday, January 25th. This process is expected to last thru Friday, January 27th. Expect long delays traveling north and south bound on S. Kelso Drive. Thank you for your patience as contractors finish the final stages of the S. Kelso Water Main project.  For questions or concerns, please contact Skylar Masters at 577-3387.  Project information can be found here:



January 5, 2017

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Kelso the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.  The certificate represents an impressive achievement by the City and its staff for attaining the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.  The City's Finance Director, Brian Butterfield, has also been recognized with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement for his role as the primary individual responsible for preparing the award-winning report.  This is the twelfth consecutive year the City has received this award and a presentation recognizing this achievement will be conducted at the Kelso City Council meeting on February 7, 2017.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government financial professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C.


GFOA Award Letter

7th Avenue will be closed, between Yew and Walnut Street, for utility construction through 1/13/17. Please use alternate routes.  For questions or concerns please contact Tim Shell at 577-3322