City offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on
Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29

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    Originally founded in 1851 by Charles E. Fox as Eminence; Rainier, Oregon provides a nice variety of scenic views, historical landmarks, local area entertainment, fishing, camping, and outdoor exploration; as well as easy access to City Life and Entertainment in Longview, WA and Portland, OR. River beach access within minutes and ocean beaches within 50 miles.

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News and Announcements

Budget Committee Meeting Notice - ATTEND BY PHONEMay 27, 2020

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the City of Rainier, Columbia County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, will be held at the Masonic Lodge 301 East 3rd Street, Rainier, OR.

The meeting will take place on June 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, this meeting will be a phone in meeting. The public may call (351) 999-3375 to attend this meeting.

Comments for the council can also be submitted to the council via email or written and deposited in the drop box located at the 1st Street entrance to City Hall.

A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 28, 2020 at 106 West. B Street, Rainier, OR, by appointment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Columbia County slated for Phase One opening May 15May 14, 2020

Read Full Notice from Columbia County Board of Commissioners and Governor Kate Brown

Utility Billing Relief for Qualified CustomersMay 5, 2020

City of Rainier is offering Utility Billing Relief for Qualified Customers on May's current billing cycle and a payment plan option for the remainder due. Click on one of the links below to apply.

Request for COVID-19 Utility Assistance Online Application

Request for COVID-19 Utility Assistance Application (pdf)

Small Business Resources: Letter From the MayorApr 15, 2020

Letter from the Mayor to Rainier Business Community

Small Business Resource Page
To assist our business community, up to date information will be posted as it becomes available.

"I am offering the time and effort of city staff and its resources to assist you as much as possible in accessing this imminently needed aid. If you find you need assistance in applying for a loan or grant or assistance cutting through the red tape that is an inevitable part of these programs, city staff will do its best to help"

New Rainier City Hall Dropbox Will Accept
City of Rainier, Clatskanie PUD, and Columbia River PUD Payments 24/7

payment drop box

A new dropbox, mounted near the 1st Street doors of the Rainier City Hall will securely accept payments for City of Rainier utility bills as well as payments for Clatskanie and Columbia River PUD.

It is asked that no Rainier Municipal Court related payments be made via the new box and depositing cash is discouraged.

"This is a great step for our community," said Mayor Jerry Cole. "Not just in this time of 'social distancing,' but going forward by allowing for payments to be made anytime that fits the schedule of our customers."

The box is secure and monitored around the clock.
It is a cooperative project of the City of Rainier and the two power providers.

NOTICE: Rainier City Hall Closed until further notice (including the library) Mar 14, 2020


** Updated Mar 19, 2020 **

Due to the COVID-19 virus situation around the country, the City of Rainier is putting into practice precautionary measures.
This includes restricted access to City Hall (including the library).

The City of Rainier is asking that, until further notice, utility payments be made:
  • online:
  • by mail: PO Box 100, Rainier, OR 97048
  • or in the drop box located outside city offices at City Hall, 106 West B Street, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Payment due dates for this billing cycle have been extended to May 1, 2020.

Due to access to city offices being temporarily restricted, it is asked that you call our office concerning any business or other needs at (503) 556-7301 during regular business hours. You can also contact the City of Rainier by email using this form

Rainier, Oregon Mayor Jerry Cole has declared a state of emergency Mar 16, 2020

Rainier, Oregon Mayor Jerry Cole has declared a state of emergency for the city of 2,000 residents that sits along the Columbia River in Columbia County.


The declaration will not only streamline assistance to residents and businesses to weather the unprecedented viral outbreak, but allow the city government to expedite actions needed to protect individuals and businesses in the city as well as use special procedures to expedite the purchase of goods and services needed by city departments to maintain safety, health, and wellbeing in Rainier.

"I want to assure everyone that Rainier is as safe, secure and protected as possible during this challenging time of COVID-19. This infection is being more fully understood every day, and more specific preventative measures are being formulated daily. Until we understand the full picture of the disease and the best responses to it, we must follow the broad preventative measures as directed by the President, Congress, our Governor, Columbia County, and State health officials."

"While these declarations are often used by cities when there is major disruption from a highly visible natural disaster such as a flood or earthquake, we are now threatened by in invisible and sometimes lethal threat," said Mayor Cole. "We have little experience with a contagion and what damages it may bring to our community and how long the measures needed to attempt to stem its rapid growth may take. This declaration, along with those of the President and the Governor, are part of a coordinated effort that will aid in our ability to tap into outside resources and ease the process to receive any possible Federal reimbursement for costs incurred."

"I ask that you all help us by following the guidelines, rules and recommendations that the City, County, State and Federal governments issue - these are the best directives to keep you safe and to limit the impacts of COVID-19," said Cole. "There is information and links to the Small Business Administration and the CDC on the city website, that are strong resources available 24 hours a day."

The declaration took effect at midnight on March 16, 2020 and will stay in effect through April 30, 2020.


Keep Up to Date on COVID-19 at CDC Website Mar 16, 2020


Developments on the spread, treatment, and social restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak change rapidly. The Centers for Disease Control have put into action a comprehensive website with information and news on prevention, treatment, the spread of the virus and much more.

Guidance for Businesses and Employers Mar 16, 2020


Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Please follow the link below for further information.
SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

There are applications for low-interest loans, information about Small Business Administration Products and Resources, as well as Guidance for Businesses and Employers during this time.

Of particular interest to small businesses in our area is the following:

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans at:

City of Rainier COVID-19 RESPONSE PAGE


All COVID-19 information from the City of Rainier can be found here:

COVID-19 Corona Virus Updates

About Rainier, Oregon

This area shares an amazing variety of history; including the 'Lewis & Clark Trail' and a view of our namesake Mount Rainier and the impressive view of the northwest volcano, Mt. St Helens.

Rainier, Oregon Main Street - 1911
Penny Postard Image
Courtesy of Lyn Topinka 

The Columbia County frontage of the Columbia River offers some of the best Sturgeon Fishing year around, and is also perfect for camping and water recreations.