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Cash In, Lake Sacajawea

Kyle Carson’s 3-year-old yellow lab Cash is either flying through the air focused on the ball, or bounding in long strides to catch up to it as Carson throws it at Lake Sacajawea near the Japanese Garden. Anyway you look at it, Cash is going to retrieve the ball, even if it means mucking around the muddy shoreline to get a ball that rolled down the bank.

Bill Wagner, The Daily News

The Longview City Council on Thursday may approve a leash law for city parks.

The proposed ordinance would exclude Gerhart Gardens dog park and would not apply for guide dogs, service animals or law enforcement animals, according to the city.

After reviewing the proposed ordinance, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is expected to recommend a leash law in all parks except those like Gerhart Gardens that are specifically designated as “off-leash” areas.

The parks board will also recommend removing the leash length requirement, adding instead that dogs must be under physical control of the handler.

The council will also consider bids to replace a water main that runs along Nichols Boulevard from 20th Avenue to the alley between 23rd and 24th avenues. The project will replace the deteriorated cast-iron water main with ductile iron pipe, reconnect three water services and install two fire hydrants, according to the city.

The lowest responsive bid was about $317,000 from Catworks Construction of Battle Ground. It was the only bid to come under the city’s estimate of $350,000.

In other business, the council will:

  • Consider amending the stormwater management code to comply with development project submission requirements in its Municipal Stormwater Permit.
  • Consider authorizing use of the $2.1 million Rural County Public Facility Grant to widen the SR 432 off-ramp and add a left-turn lane onto Third Avenue.
  • Hear the Longview Fire Department’s annual report.

The meeting will occur at 7 p.m. Thursday in Longview City Hall.


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