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The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will be holding a Special Meeting to discuss an additional Request for Funds on Wednesday, July 12th at 3:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jessica Bronstein at 360-577-3301.

If your agency/organization would like to request financial support from the Lodging Tax Fund, please submit a Request for Funding form to the City Manager's office no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2017.  Applications may be submitted by email to or mailed to City Hall at PO Box 819, Kelso, WA  98626

2018 LTAC Funds Application

Lodging Tax Funds are available for agencies and events that will promote tourism and encourage participants to sample the hospitality of the citizens and businesses of our area.

Please contact Jessica Bronstein at 360-577-3301 with questions.



During the week of July 10th, Advanced Excavating Specialists, LLC of Longview, WA, under contract to the City of Kelso, will begin a construction project to improve Minor Rd. from Allen St. to Mt. Brynion St. Inspection, marking, and other preparatory work has already begun. Construction will occur during daylight hours and should continue through the end of September.

This work will create disruptions to the flow of traffic.  Detours, as needed, will redirect traffic around or through the work area.  A full two-week closure will occur prior to the start of the new school year. The City will provide advanced notification of that closure as soon as we are able to determine its exact timeframe.  We will also provide regular updates to the City’s webpage and Facebook page.

Unfortunately, traffic disruption is an expected consequence of construction.  The City will work to minimize any inconveniences. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.


File # SEP17-002, STE17-001, CUP17-001:  Steve Dahl with JR Development LLC is proposing a 177-spot storage facility for boats and RVs.  As per KMC 17.18.040, this is a permitted use in this zone through the conditional use permitting process.  Cowlitz Co Parcel numbers 243470300, 243470400, 243470401 and 243470402. 


June 15, 2017 at 3PM

Kelso City Hall, Council Chambers

203 S. Pacific

Kelso, WA


To view the proposed changes during regular business hours or to request a copy, contact:
Tammy Baraconi, Planning Manager
203 S. Pacific
Kelso, WA 98626
360.577.3321, or



June 9, 2017 Full Press Release



Yew Street will be closed for paving on June 5th – June 7th, between the intersections of S. Pacific Avenue and S. 7th Avenue.

No traffic will be allowed during paving on Monday and Tuesday, as follows:.

Closures are scheduled as follows:

Monday June 5th and Tuesday June 6th, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm: Yew Street will be closed to all traffic from S. Pacific Ave to S. 7th Ave. Residents on Yew Street will need to park vehicles outside the work area. Residents on 5th Street south of Yew Street will have extremely limited access. NO access between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

For additional information please contact Skylar Masters at 957-1701.


Proposed Kelso Engineering Design Manual revisions will be presented to the city council on their April 18, 2017 meeting. The presentation will include proposed updates to KEDM to include Low Impact Development (LID) principles and best management practices.


The Walnut Street/7th Avenue street corridor in South Kelso will be closed for paving the week of March 27 – March 31, from the intersection of Walnut St./10th Avenue to the intersection of 7th Ave./Yew Street. A detour route will be in place during the closures to direct motorists.

Closures are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday-Wednesday, March 27, 28, 29: The roadway will be closed to thru traffic but open to local traffic.
  • Thursday, March 30, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm: Walnut Street will be closed to all traffic from 7th Avenue to 10th Avenue. Residents on Walnut Street will need to park vehicles outside the work area.
  • Friday, March 31, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm: 7th Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Walnut Street to Yew Street. Residents on 7th Avenue will need to park vehicles outside the work area.

For additional information please contact Tim Shell at 577-3322.

Beginning March 20th, 2017, Advanced Excavating Specialists, LLC will be working on an emergency contract with the City of Kelso to repair a collapsed sewer main at NW 3rd Avenue and W. Main Street.

W. Main Street Will be closed at NW 3rd Avenue only. All business will be open and access to W. Main will be available at all intersections except NW 3rd Avenue.  Repairs are expected to last 2 weeks.

City of Kelso – Engineering Department - 423-6590 –

Effective immediately, the north bound lane of SW 5th between Washington St. and Lincoln will be closed due to a sewer repair. Closure is expected to continue thru Friday February 17th 2017.  A second closure at a later date will be required to complete road repair. The second closure will be weather dependent. Please direct your questions and/or comments to Skylar Masters 577-3387