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Longview City Council will swear in new members, elect mayor Thursday

Longview City Council will swear in new members, elect mayor Thursday

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The Longview City Council will swear in new members and elect a new mayor at Thursday night’s meeting.

Mike Wallin, originally elected in 2011, was re-elected to the council in November and will be sworn in along with new members Hillary Strobel, Ruth Kendall and Christine Schott.

Former mayor Don Jensen was defeated in November after 20 years on the council. He had been mayor since 2013. A new mayor will be elected from the current council members.

The council also is scheduled to accept the completion of the 32nd Avenue sewer pump station replacement project and take action on two project bids.

The first project is replacing manway hatches and update air release valves at the Mint Farm Regional Water Treatment Plant. Two companies bid on the project, JH Kelly of Longview and Stellar J of Woodland.

JH Kelly is ineligible because it made a mistake and withdrew its November bid. Stellar J bid about 40% higher than the city engineer’s estimate. City staff recommends rejecting the bids and revising the scope of the project to fit in the budget, according to agenda documents.

The second project is to put 30 public parking, directory and wayfinding signs around Longview. The signage is part of the Cowlitz County Regional Tourism Development Program.

One company, Rixir Systems of Battle Ground, bid just over $38,000. The city engineer estimated just under $52,600, so city staff recommend accepting the bid, according to agenda documents.

The council is also expected to review the 2020 federal legislative agenda, which provides guidance to the city on proposed legislation, rule-writing and administrating federal programs.

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