City Hall will be closed Friday, November 10 in honor of Veterans Day.
Welcome to picturesque Rainier, Oregon!
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.
News and Announcements
Rainier City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Opposing Measure 110
At its Monday, November 6 meeting, the Rainier City Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 11-23-01. The resolution proclaims the City's call for the repeal of the provisions enacted pursuant to Measure 110.
Dubbed the "Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative", that measure was passed by Oregon voters in the November 2020 general election. However, many local governments have passed similar resolutions calling for the Oregon Legislature to repeal or amend the measure due to its impacts on public health, safety and welfare.
Those municipalities include Clackamas, Polk, Marion and Douglas counties and the City of Medford. Other cities and counties are expected to pass similar resolutions before the Oregon Legislature convenes early next year for its short session.
Rainier's resolution was inspired by a discussion that took place October 10 during the most recent city/county dinner, in which multiple Columbia County leaders expressed concerns about the measure and its consequences.
New Live Feed Camera Online
The City of Rainier now has two Live Feed Cameras:
One viewing the Marina and now one viewing the Rainier-Longview Bridge.
View our live feed cameras page here
City Ordinance 1089
Ordinance 1089 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RAINIER PROHIBITING CAMPING AT CERTAIN PUBLIC PROPERTIES
Council Votes to Appoint Interim Public Works Director
At its August 17 meeting, the Rainier City Council voted unanimously to approve an employment agreement with Pat McCoy to serve as the interim public works director.
McCoy has spent the last two and a half years serving as the city forester. He has a bachelor’s of science in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University, where he graduated cum laude. His prior experience includes 14 years as an operations manager with a forestry-based construction company, 19 years of experience managing employees and contractors and being the project manager for a larger union construction and excavation contractor.
Throughout the years, McCoy has also managed a $2 million road budget and aided in the preparation of easements and road use agreements.
“Pat’s impressive credentials and qualifications make him a great fit for the City’s public works department,” Mayor Jerry Cole said. “Council and staff feel that he will serve city residents well in this role.”
Rainier’s current public works director, Sue Lawrence, retired from her full-time position on August 1. She will continue contracting with the City as a consultant to help manage its wastewater and water plant operations.
McCoy, a Longview resident, is scheduled to start with the City September 1.
2023 Street Sweeping Schedule
Street sweeping for the City of Rainier:
- March 9th
- May 11th
- July 13th
- September 14th
- November 9th
Please move vehicles out of the streets the evening before.
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.
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.