Rainier city offices will be closed Thursday Nov 26 and Friday Nov 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.
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
Notice of Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing
The City of Rainier will be testing sewer lines in your area over the next 1-2 weeks.
Smoke tests are performed by pumping a special non-toxic, non-staining vapor or "smoke" into the city sewer lines to detect leaks and cross connections in our pipes. The smoke is odorless and creates no fire hazard. If there is a crack or break anywhere in the pipeline, the smoke will rise to the surface and the crew can visually see the location where repairs are needed.
Smoke may also be seen coming from roof vents, building foundations, catch basins, clean-outs, down spouts, sewer laterals or manhole covers. The smoke should not enter your building if it is properly plumbed, vented, and the water traps contain water.
Important! If you have seldom used plumbing fixtures, please pour 3 to 4 cups of water into the drains or run tap water into your plumbing drains for 30 seconds ahead of the smoke testing. This will limit the potential for smoke vapor entering your home or business
Applications Sought for Rainier City Council Vacancy
Applications are currently being sought to fill a vacancy on the Rainier City Council for a term that expires in January 2023. Applicants for the volunteer position must currently reside, and have been a resident for at least one year, within the city limits.
Councilors are expected to attend one regular meeting per month, which typically takes place on the first Monday at 6 p.m. Other meetings may also be scheduled, as needed.
Those interested in applying may pick up an application Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. at City Hall, 106 West "B" Street or call 503-556-7301. The application deadline is September 27. Council will appoint the new member at its October 4 meeting.
City of Rainier to Receive Funding for Fox Creek Feasibility Study
Rainier, OR--Prior to adjourning on Saturday, June 26, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 5006. That bill distributes $1.4 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds among the state's 90 legislative districts.
Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie) reached out to officials from the City of Rainier to see if the city had any projects that could be eligible for the funding. Witt has served as the House District 31 representative since 2005. That district includes all of Columbia County and portions of Washington and Multnomah counties.
City Administrator W. Scott Jorgensen informed Witt that the city has been actively seeking funding for a feasibility study to resolve the ongoing issues involving Fox Creek.
"A portion of Fox Creek currently runs underneath a combination of public and private property, between Highway 30 and C Street here in Rainier," Jorgensen wrote in a letter of support that he submitted for the funding request. "The culverts on either side of this portion are of differing sizes, and this has caused a series of issues pertaining to flooding. Additionally, it has complicated the ability of fish to pass from the Columbia River upstream to the portion of Fox Creek beyond C Street."
Witt agreed on the importance of funding the feasibility study and advocated for the funding.
HB 5006 passed out of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means June 24 on a unanimous, bipartisan 22-0 vote. It then passed out of the Oregon House of Representatives June 26 on a 55-0 vote and the Senate the same day on a 24-3 vote. Governor Kate Brown signed it into law on Friday, August 6.
Witt said he was pleased that he was able to help the city with the funding request.
"This is a longstanding need that we were able to fulfill with assistance from the federal government," Witt said.
Also partnering with Witt and the city on these efforts was Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose). Johnson is in her third term representing Senate District 16, which includes House District 31, Tillamook and Clatsop counties.
"I'm glad that Representative Witt and I were able to work collaboratively to make sure we covered all corners of the district with ARPA money," Johnson said.
Rainier Mayor Jerry Cole said he appreciates the efforts of the city's legislative delegation to address this issue.
"Thanks to Representative Witt and Senator Johnson, the city will be able to start working on resolving some of these issues," Cole said. "It's long been a priority for the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and we look forward to getting started on this."
City RV Park Closed
At its Monday, May 3 meeting, the city council voted unanimously to indefinitely close the city's RV Park property at 696 West A Street. This closure came at the recommendation of city staff.
Local Matters on KLTV
Mayor Jerry Cole and City Administrator W. Scott Jorgensen appeared on the March 31 edition of Local Matters on KLTV.
Click the link below to watch the video:
KLTV Local Matters!!
COVID-19 Vaccine at Senior CenterMarch 19, 2021
The Rainier Senior Center is going to start giving the COVID vaccine on Thursday, March 25 and every other Thursday after that.
To get placed on the list, call the center at 503-556-3889 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or noon to 1 p.m.
There is no waiting list for people to get the vaccine. The list is prioritized by age and people with illnesses going first.
RAINIER MAYOR'S TASKFORCE FOR COVID VACCINATIONS Mar 17, 2021
Have you tried finding a Covid Vaccination but are having a hard time figuring it out?
Please call City Hall between the hours of 09:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and leave your contact information with staff. A local dedicated volunteer on the Taskforce will help you schedule a vaccination.
Please note we do not give the vaccination.
We will do our best to help you find one.
Please Call 503-556-7301View Flyer (pdf)
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.