Current Council members:
Position 1: Mike Wallin
Position 2: Scott Vydra
Position 3: Ken Botero
Position 4: Don Jensen
Position 5: MaryAlice Wallis
Position 6: Chet Makinster
Position 7: Steve Moon
The Longview city council meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. in the Longview Council Chambers, second floor, 1525 Broadway, Longview. Workshops are scheduled on various Thursdays of the month, if there is a need. Please call 360.442.5004 if you’d like to schedule a meeting with the mayor.
Council takes action on items presented at regularly scheduled or special meetings of the Longview city council. A public hearing may be scheduled as part of a regular or special council meeting. The public hearing allows council to meet any legal requirements about an issue, hear background information or reports about a topic, receive public input on the issue, and then make a decision based on the information presented. Council workshops are scheduled to allow council members to study an issue without taking action on it.
About City Council
Longview ’s Form of Government
Longview is a non-charter code city, and on March 14, 1968 adopted the council/manager form of government. This form of government relies on the belief that policy-making and administrative functions should be kept separate. The council, which determines policy and is politically responsible for its actions, appoints a city manager as the chief administrator. The city manager is responsible for carrying out policies set by the council, including directing employees and managing City resources to provide City services. Full details of the council/manager form of government can be found in Chapter 35A.13 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
Role of City Council
Your city council is the official legislative body of the City of Longview adopting ordinances and resolutions, and approving contracts required by the City. As a policy-making body, the council assesses proposals to meet community needs, initiates action for new programs, and decides how the City will finance City services and operations. The council approves the municipal budget presented by the city manager, and also reviews and authorizes revisions to the budget. City council members perform miscellaneous other duties including acting as a liaison with other agencies and responding to community groups and individual constituents. Each member acts as a representative of the council and is expected to serve on various local and regional boards and commissions, so as not to unduly burden any council member.
Annual Council Goals
Once a year, usually in February, the Longview city council attends a retreat that focuses on City goals and objectives for the coming year. At the retreat, past goals and objectives are reviewed to determine if they have been met, and new goals are set for the current year.
Addressing City Council
You may comment on individual agenda items during any regularly scheduled city council meeting prior to council discussion. These comments are in addition to the Constituents’ Comments portion of each regularly scheduled meeting. All remarks should be addressed to the council as a whole. Comments should be limited to three minutes or less.
Time is set aside at the meeting for Constituent’s Comments. You may use this time to express an opinion on subjects not already on the agenda. The Constituents’ Comments section will be limited to 30 minutes. Comments are limited to three (3) minutes per person, whether they are speaking for themselves or for a group. Each person will be expected to speak for themselves and not allowed to give their time to someone else. Constituents’ Comments must be courteous, respect proper decorum and refrain from personal attacks. All remarks should be addressed to the council as a whole.
Persons addressing the council who are not specifically scheduled on the agenda should sign in on the sheet provided by the city clerk and are requested to step up to the podium, give their name and address for the record, and limit their remarks to three (3) minutes.
Citizens may comment on individual agenda items at times during any regularly scheduled city council meeting prior to council discussion. These comment times are in addition to the Constituents' Comment portion of each regularly scheduled meeting.
Addressing the Council
When presenting testimony, step up to the podium and introduce yourself to the council. State your name and address, then whether you support or oppose the issue. Summarize your information and give reasons why you support or oppose the issue. Speak loudly and clearly. Please limit your comments to three minutes or less. You may summarize any written information at the podium, then give copies to the city clerk. Copies will be distributed to the council. If someone has already covered points you intended to make, state that you agree with previous testimony.
General Rules of Conduct
The mayor has the authority to preserve order at all meetings of the council and cause the removal of any person from any meeting for disorderly conduct. Any person making personal, impertinent, or slanderous remarks, or who becomes boisterous, threatening, or personally abusive while addressing the council, may be requested to leave the meeting. The mayor may command assistance of any peace officer of the city to enforce all lawful orders of the mayor to restore order at any meeting.
Order of regular council meeting:
- Call to Order
- Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance
- Roll Call
- Consideration of Minutes
- Changes/Revisions to the Agenda
- Presentations and Awards (including Proclamations)
- Constituents’ Comments
- Public Hearings
- Board and Commission Recommendations
- Ordinances and Resolutions
- Mayor’s Report and Council Members’ Reports
- Consent Calendar
- City Manager’s Report
- Miscellaneous Information Only
Sharing Information and Concerns with the Council
The Longview city council invites citizens to share information or concerns with them at a council meeting. You may also call a council member at home. Their phone numbers are listed in the local phone books. And, you may directly email a council member by logging onto the city council web page.
Certain issues, however, should be directed to City staff instead of the council, outside city council meetings:
- Complaints about staff members - Responsibility for dealing with staff issues should be directed to a specific department head first, then to the Executive Office.
- Requests for information or services - If you don’t know which department to call, contact the Executive Office at 360.442.5004.
- Complaints about services - If you don’t know which department to call, contact the Executive Office at 360.442.5004.
- Letters - Letters may be sent to council members by hand-delivering or mailing them to City Hall, PO Box 128, Longview, WA 98632. Rarely is any action taken until after the issue has been researched and reviewed by both council and staff.
- Policy issues - Policy or legislative issues may be brought before the council at a regular council meeting. If a law or policy change is needed, it will be placed on a future agenda for full discussion and consideration.