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City Hall Council Chambers 203 S. Pacific Ave  @ 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Hall Council Chambers 203 S. Pacific Ave  @ 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

The City of Kelso has an opening on both the Planning Commission and 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.

See Full Press Release for details.

Kelso's Catlin Rotary Spray Park received an outpouring of support from three local Rotary Clubs that donated over $21,000 in money, labor, and materials for safety and security improvements.  The Kelso, Longview, and Longview - Early Edition Rotary Clubs purchased and installed new decorative lighting around the perimeter of the spray pad, resurfaced the spray area with slip-resistant paint, and restored landscaping near the senior center.  The improvements provide lighting for enhanced security, a spray pad less prone to trips and falls, and a better overall park appearance.

Full Press Release

File your Business License Application online.

The City of Kelso partners with the state Business Licensing Service to support its city license program.  Businesses get convenient online registration and rewnewal services connected to other Washington cities and public agencies.

Licensing helps public safety agencies to contact you in an emergency and improves resources to better support economic development in our city.

Am I required to get a city business license?

City businesses - companies and individuals - must obtain a city license if doing business within City limits.  Using the online service is the fastest way to apply.

Who is exempt from licensing?

Businesses exempt from local license requirements include:

  • Casual or isolated sales.
  • Common carrier delivery of goods and services within city limits.
  • Minors engaged in baby-sitting, newpaper delivery, lawn mowing, and car washing.

How Much Does It Cost?

Kelso general business license                      $50.00

Kelso home occupation businesses               $50.00

Kelso nonprofit business license                    No Fee

Other Fees that may apply

State tax registration                                     No Fee

Register a trade name                                   $5.00

Application processing                                  $19.00 (non-refundable)

How do I get started?

All businesses operating in the State of Washington must register with the Department of Revenue.  File your application when you start business, or when you change or update your business:

http://business.wa.gov/BLS.

Renew Business License on line.

 

City Hall Council Chambers 203 South Pacific Avenue August 1, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

 

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

For information contact: Tammy Baraconi
City of Kelso Planning Manager
(360) 577-3321

tbaraconi@kelso.gov

Planning Commission and Park Board Vacancies

Kelso, WA – July 19, 2017

The City of Kelso has an opening on both the Planning Commission and 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.

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

The Planning Commission meets once a month on the second Tuesday of each month at 6PM in the Council Chambers. The Planning Commission works closely with staff to create recommendations to the Council on zoning ordinances, plan amendments, annexations, and other topics related to the development of the community. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in actively participating in the way Kelso regulates land development within the City Limits.

The Park Board meets once a month on the third Thursday of each month at 5PM 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 commission and board positions are appointed by the Council. To apply go to the City’s website at www.kelso.gov and click ‘Your Government’ and then ‘Boards and Commissions’. There you will find an application that you can print out. Or come in and ask anyone in Finance or Community Development for a paper copy. After you have filled it out you can bring it in to City Hall, mail it in, or email it to me at tbaraconi@kelso.gov.

The City of Kelso is seeking input from the public on how best to spend Façade Improvement Grant funds. Interns from Eastern Washington University, Amber Kiker and Michael Gray, will be going from door to door soliciting input from property owners, business owners, and residents of downtown Kelso. If you don’t get a chance to connect with Amber or Michael on their walk, we will be have an open house here at City Hall the first week of August (date to be announced shortly) or you can click on the link below and fill out the online survey. If you have any questions please email Tammy Baraconi at tbaraconi@kelso.gov.

For Online Survey Click Here

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

KELSO DRIVE SLIDE REPAIR

During the week of July 10th, Advanced Excavating Specialists, LLC of Longview, WA, under contract to the City of Kelso, will begin a construction project to repair Kelso Drive between the Grade Street and Haussler Road intersections. Inspection, marking, and other preparatory work has already begun. Construction will occur during daylight hours and should continue through the end of July.

This work will create disruptions to the flow of traffic.  Slowing traffic through the work area as well as temporary stoppages should be expected.  We will also provide regular updates to the City’s webpage and Facebook page.

Unfortunately, traffic disruption is an expected consequence of construction.  The City will work to minimize any inconveniences. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

 

City of Kelso
Engineering Department
(360) 423-6590

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will be holding a Special Meeting to discuss an additional Request for Funds on Wednesday, July 12th at 3:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jessica Bronstein at 360-577-3301.

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