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The Longview City Council on Thursday will consider converting the innermost lane around Civic Circle into angled back-in parking.

The council, by declining to take action, shot down a previous request from the Monticello Hotel in October to change parking along 18th Avenue between Washington and Olympia ways from parallel into diagonal parking.

Mayor Don Jensen, during the council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in City Hall, will bring forward a proposal directing the Public Works Department and traffic engineer to create a plan to replace the inner lane around R.A. Long Park with parking. This plan would be brought back to the council for approval on March 28 of this year, to be implemented by June 1.

The council will also consider allowing right-of-way vacation fees to be used for projects that the council believes support a public purpose or provide a public benefit, such as low-income housing or economic development projects.

The Longview Police Department has asked for permission to apply for a $500,000 grant from the federal Office of Violence Against Women to hire a new police detective to conduct domestic violence investigations over a three-year period starting in October. The grant would also fund additional victim advocacy services through a partnership with the Emergency Support Shelter, according to the city. No local match is required.

In other business, the council will consider:

  • A new policy regarding how the annual appropriation of $9,000 for severe weather shelter services can be used.
  • A $68,000 contract with Lee Contractors LLC to construct sidewalks from the Shay Locomotive exhibit to existing sidewalks along the park perimeter, install four interpretive panels and perform landscape restoration. The project is funded by a state Historical Society grant, donations from the Friends of Longview and the city’s capital projects fund.
  • An agreement with the county to exchange three half-street right of ways at the perimeter of the Cowlitz County fairgrounds for a 1.8 acre parcel of land that could be sold to a hotel developer.
  • Amendments to the city’s code regarding unfit structures.
  • Closing out the first phase of the R.A. Long Park improvements project.

Ahead of the regular meeting Thursday, the council will also hold a workshop at 6 p.m. to discuss the Archie Anderson master plan update project.

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