The Longview City Council on Thursday distributed $447,800 in federal grant dollars to local efforts related to housing and community programs that benefit low-income residents.

The council allocated $251,640 in Community Development Block Grant funds, $162,600 in HOME dollars and $33,550 in document recording fees. (See attached list.)

Also during the meeting, Mayor Don Jensen presented Councilwoman MaryAlice Wallis with a certificate of municipal leadership from the Association of Washington Cities for the 30 hours of training she completed through the organization. The trainings deal with legal responsibilities, public resource management and effective local leadership, among other things, Jensen said.

“I’m just honored to sit on a council with such remarkably talented people,” Wallis said.

She added that she signed up for a lot of classes to learn as much as her colleagues.

The council also canceled the next scheduled meeting on June 27 because two councilmembers and the city manager will be absent. The next meeting will be on July 11.

In other business, the council:

  • Adopted the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan for 2020 to 2025.
  • Approved the reciprocal borrowing agreement between the Longview and Kelso public libraries for another five years.
  • Appointed Jeanne Daggett to the Accessibility Advisory Committee and Traci Wood to the Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington board.
  • Approved an agreement that allows Jefferson County to use the city’s propane Autogas conversion contract with Wolf Specialties. Jefferson County would deal directly with Wolf Specialties, so there will be little impact on Longview, according to city officials.
  • Approved an agreement with Region 4 Education Service Center to use its contract with National Roofing Partners for roof repairs at City Hall and Fire Station 81 on Commerce Avenue.

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