Rainier city offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
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
Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for the Completion of the A Street Project Oct 10
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of the A Street Project is scheduled to take place Saturday, October 10 at 11 a.m. at the plaza area between 1st and 3rd streets. City officials will be present for the ceremony, and Sen. Betsy Johnson will be the keynote speaker.
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 October 18. Council will appoint the new member at its November meeting.
Planning Commission Vacancy
The Rainier City Council is currently accepting applications for the Rainier Planning Commission (volunteer position). The Planning Commission advises the Mayor and City Council on planning, zoning, land use and development matters. Applications are available at City Hall, 106 West "B" Street, Rainier, Oregon 97048 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 503-556-7301. Applications accepted through October 18.
Commissioners are expected to attend one regular meeting per month. Other meetings may also be scheduled, as needed.
The Planning Commission will consider applicants at its November meeting and make a recommendation to the Council. Council will then vote to appoint the new commissioner at its subsequent meeting.
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.
Small Business Resources: Letter From the MayorApr 15, 2020
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"
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, cityofrainier.com 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.CITY OF RAINIER DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19 (pdf)
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: SBA.gov/Disaster.
City of Rainier COVID-19 RESPONSE PAGE
All COVID-19 information from the City of Rainier can be found here:
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.