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The Longview City Council Thursday is expected to vote on a legislative agenda that requests $1 million to replace bathrooms at Lake Sacajawea and $1.08 million to support the Beech Street extension.

The bathrooms at Lake Sacajawea, which are single rooms and lock from the inside, have been damaged by vandalism and vagrancy for years, City Manager Kurt Sacha said last week. The city would like to replace them with a doorless entrance that has multiple locking stalls. He said the new design is intended to prevent people from locking the doors and staying overnight.

The lake project will also include sidewalk repairs, installation of accessibility features and the restoration of Martin Dock, which has sunk over the years, Sacha said.

The city has also requested financial assistance from the state to lessen the burden on property owners to finish constructing Beech Street from Oregon Way to California Way. Property owners last year agreed to form a local improvement district to finance the majority of the $4.4 million project, which would create access to about 76 acres of undeveloped land in the Longview industrial area. The project will include a three-lane road, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes, drainage and street trees and lights.

“We always like to select projects that we feel have the greatest chance for success. Both of these are important and much-needed projects for the city,” Sacha said.

The city’s legislative agenda also supports “streamlining” the environmental permitting process, providing more tools for economic development in cities and returning tourism dollars to cities instead of Cowlitz County.

Ahead of the regular meeting, the council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. in Longview City Hall on the city’s federal legislative agenda.

Then, during the meeting at 7 p.m., the City Council will hold a public hearing on a land swap with the Longview Diking District. The city would exchange a portion of its abandoned sewer lagoons in West Longview for diking property next to the city’s old water treatment plant on Fisher’s Lane.

The council will also consider:

  • The Longview Planning Commission’s recommendation to ap
  • prove the proposed Mount Solo Estates 92-lot housing subdivision in West Longview. The planning commission approved the project last month, subject to 17 conditions requiring the developer to meet city standards. (The full recommended conditions are attached to the online version of this story at TDN.com.)
  • Zoning amendments to create standards for recreational vehicle parks in the city. While RV parks are allowed in Longview, there aren’t any standards for them at this time, according to the city.
  • Appointing one councilmember, the city manager and either the police chief or fire chief to serve on the new Cowlitz 911 Public Authority Board of Directors. The council is also expected to appoint alternates to each position.
  • Transferring $500 for the working cash fund at the Mint Valley Golf Course, which transitioned to city management on Jan. 1.
  • Closing out the police station garage repairs project.

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