Current News

Jan. 07, 2021:

  • Construction has begun for the West Main St Improvements Project – Phase 2.  Completion expected August 2021.
  • The Contractor has begun underground utility work along 6th Avenue, 5th Avenue and 4th Avenue near Catlin Street.
  • Removal of existing structures along the south side of Catlin has begun.
  • The Signals at 5th/Catlin and 5th/West Main have been put into a four-way stop flashing condition to accommodate the traffic control for the work.
  • Local Traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes for the duration of the project.
  • Thru Traffic is encouraged to use Cowlitz Way.
  • For more information visit: kelso.gov/west-main-realignment-phase-2

KLTV will be live-streaming the Regular City Council Meeting @ 6:00 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  Subject to change.

If you wish to make a general comment/question on a specific agenda item, please fill out the following form located at the bottom of the City Council page by 5:30 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

 

To view council agenda items and other legislative-related information, you can visit our BoardDocs site here:  http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/kelso/Board.nsf/Public#  For additional information concerning BoardDocs, please visit www.boarddocs.com.

Press Release COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curbside pickup January 2nd thru January 8th, 2021

Christmas Tree Recycle Schedule & Drop Site Locations

The City of Kelso recognizes the hardships the current COVID-19 crisis is having on the citizens and small business owners of our community.  If you are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 restrictions, please contact City Hall at 360-578-7915 or   to make arrangements for a utility payment plan to be put in place to help you through this period. Payment arrangements are available to all citizens, but we will require information to confirm the hardship has been created by the COVID-19 crisis to qualify for COVID relief. Communication with the City will help ensure that services are not disconnected for non-payment. 

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Questionnaire

The City of Kelso is now accepting applications from Kelso residents that reside within the city limits of Kelso to fill a vacancy on the city council.

The timeline for filling the vacancy is as follows:

December 8, 2020:  Applications are due to city staff not later than 5:00 p.m.
January 5, 2021:  Special meeting at 4:30 p.m. to conduct candidate interviews followed by executive session, council vote, and swearing in of new councilmember.

A councilmember application and an application to be considered for any board, committee, commission must be filled out and submitted to City Manager Andrew Hamilton prior to Dec. 8th @ 5:00 p.m.

For more details please click here

City Refinances Bonds for Interest Savings

The City of Kelso (the “City”) is in the process of refinancing the 2010 Water & Sewer Revenue Bonds for interest cost savings.  At the same time, they decided to finance water and sewer improvements.  As part of the bond financing process, the City’s staff presented information to the national rating agency of S&P Global Ratings.

According to City Manager Andy Hamilton, “the City’s Water & Sewer Revenue Bond rating was re-affirmed at A+.  This is a great accomplishment for the City and its citizens!  This rating of A+ reflects that the City is well-managed and has good financial practices in place for the benefit of our ratepayers.  The higher the rating, then the lower the interest cost.”

According to Finance Director Brian Butterfield, “the A+ rating is based on the following key factors:  1. Demonstrated track record of strong financial reserves; 2. Strength of the local economy; 3. Strong parity debt service coverage ratios of the Water & Sewer System; 4. Financial management and practices; and 5. Experienced management in operating the Water & Sewer System in an efficient manner.”

The presentation team was comprised of: City Manager Andy Hamilton, Finance Director Brian Butterfield, Public Works Superintendent Randy Johnson, Utility Operations Manager Devin Mackin, Community Development Director/City Engineer Mike Kardas, Councilmember David Futcher, and Bond Underwriter Jim Nelson of D.A. Davidson & Co.   The team presented information and answered questions that dealt with the topics of management, finances, economic growth and long-term planning. 

The Water & Sewer Improvement and Refunding Revenue Bonds were priced on November 5th in Seattle at the offices of D.A. Davidson & Co., serving as Bond Underwriter.  The Bonds achieved a True Interest Cost of 1.73%.

Brian Butterfield further explained “the City was fortunate to time the pricing of the Bonds near an interest rate low.  The 20-year Water & Sewer Improvement Revenue Bonds will finance $3,000,000 in system improvements, including the Paxton Reservoir transmission line replacement and the Donation Pump Station rehabilitation.  The 11-year Water & Sewer Refunding Revenue Bonds achieved total net savings of $970,426.  The average annual savings are $88,221.   

 

A 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget Hearing for the City of Kelso will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:00 P.M., at Kelso City Hall, 203 South Pacific, Kelso, Washington.

Included in this hearing will be the discussion of proposed utility rate increases.

Washington State Governor issued Proclamation 20-28, et seq. temporarily prohibits in-person public attendance at meetings subject to the Open Public Meetings Act.  The meeting can be viewed by following the link at https://kelso-longview.vod.castus.tv/vod 

Citizens have a right to provide public comment.  The two ways for citizens to provide comment are as follows:  1) Attend the Zoom meeting by contacting Executive/Legal Assistant Jessica Bronstein no later than noon the day of the meeting, at 360-577-3379.  2) Public comments can be submitted, remotely, via City of Kelso website: https://www.kelso.gov/city-council-remote-public-comment-sign.  Written public comments must be received by 5:30 PM, November 3, 2020.

Dated at Kelso, Washington, this 19th day of October, 2020 Brian Butterfield City Clerk City of Kelso

Publish:  October 24, 2020 and October 31, 2020

 

PRELIMINARY BUDGET NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Manager of the City of Kelso has filed with this office a copy of the preliminary budget for the ensuing biennium 2021-2022.  A copy will be furnished to any taxpayer who call during normal business hours at the Office of the City Clerk at 203 South Pacific , Suite 102, Kelso, Washington after October 31, 2020.  

Dated at Kelso, Washington, this 25th day of September, 2020. Brian Butterfield City Clerk City of Kelso 

Publish: October 17, 2020 and October 24, 2020

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Kelso City Council will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, regarding Revenue Sources for the City's 2021 Current Expense Budget.  This hearing will include consideration of the possible increase in property tax revenues.  Washington State Govenor issued Proclamation 20-28, et seq. temporarily prohibits in-person public attendance at meetings subject to the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).  The meeting can be viewed by following the link at: https://kelso-longview.vod.castus.tv/vod   

Citizens have the right to provide comment.  Public comments can be submitted, remotely, via City of Kelso website:  https://www.kelso.gov/city-council-remote-public-comment-sign.  Public comments must be received by 5:30 PM, October 20, 2020.

Dated at Kelso, Washington, this September 25, 2020  Brian Butterfield City Clerk City of Kelso

Publish October 10, 2020, and October 17, 2020

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