Next City Council Meeting

Monday, Feb 1 6PM
City Council Chambers
Rainier City Hall
106 W B Street

Attend by phone or Zoom
(instructions in agenda)

Planning Commission

Wednesday, February 10 6 PM
notary services

Notary services are available at City Hall, free of charge to the public, during regular business hours.


Rainier city offices will be closed Thursday Nov 26 and Friday Nov 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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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

Utility Work on Washington Way

construction sign

The City will be doing some utility work on Washington way this week.

We will need to have one lane traffic with flagging and may have periodic closures. The project will start Tuesday, February 23rd and should be completed end of day on Wednesday February 24th. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Parks Committee Announcement


At its February 1 meeting, the Rainier City Council unanimously passed a resolution establishing a Parks Committee. The City is now accepting applications for positions on that body.

The Committee will have a minimum of seven members and a maximum of ten. Two positions will be made available to persons living outside of city limits.

Applications are available online at Board and Commission Application (pdf) and at City Hall and will be accepted until March 1.

The City Council will consider the applications and make appointments to the committee at its April 5 meeting.

The Parks Committee will hold its first meeting in May, on a date to be determined. That body will solicit public opinion on utilizing existing city properties and enhancing current recreational opportunities and provide recommendations to the council.

Budget Committee Vacancies

The City of Rainier currently has multiple vacancies on its Budget Committee. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to help the city identify its budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2021-22 fiscal year. Committee members are expected to attend the public meetings in which the budget process will take place.

Applications can be picked up at Rainier City Hall, or online Board and Commission Application (pdf). Applications are due by March 20th, 2021.

Traffic Change Notice

stop sign

For safety reasons, stops signs have been installed at the intersections of Maple and "C" Street and "C" Street and 11th Streets. Please be aware of the changes and drive carefully!

Sand Bags Available


Sand bags and sand are available free to the public and located at the city's waste water treatment plant at 690 West A Street and across from the Fire Department at the intersection of West 2nd and C streets. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels.

NOTICE: Rainier City Hall Closed until further notice (including the library) Nov 16, 2020


As per Governor Brown's latest COVID guidelines, and out of an abundance of caution, Rainier's city hall and public library will both be closed to the public as of Wednesday, November 18. Staff will still be present and can be made available via appointment, if need be.

The Planning Commission meeting that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. has been cancelled.

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

The City has Partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA)

Service Line Warranties of America

Service Line Warranties Of America

The City has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA), a provider of home emergency repair solutions to homeowners nationwide, to offer Exterior Water Service Line Coverage and Exterior Sewer/Septic Line Coverage to Rainier homeowners.

Many homeowners are not aware that they are responsible for certain repairs. For example, many Americans don't know that they are responsible for repairs to water service and sewer/septic lines on their private property. Many homeowners are not prepared to handle the high costs of unexpected water service or sewer/septic line breakdowns.

Optional plans from SLWA can help protect you from the potentially expensive repair costs of water and sewer/septic lines inside and outside your home.

You can visit or call 1-844-257-8795 for more information or to sign up for coverage.

Project Planned for West 4th to West 3rd Between E and F Streets

Rainier Public Works

The City is planning on conducting a project from West 4th to West 3rd between E and F Streets. This project includes the lining and repair of the main sewer line, the replacement of the water line with a six inch line, fire hydrants and service lines to the water meters, storm drainage and resurfacing of the road with payment approximately 28 inches in width.

Planning for the project is currently underway, and the inspection of the sewer line and requests for quotes have been submitted.

The water line replacement is estimated to take place in the fall of 2020. Repair of the sewer line would then follow in November or December of that year. Storm drainage work would occur around January 2021, with road preparation and paving anticipated two months afterward, with the streets ready to be paved by June 2021.

For more information, call Public Works Director Sue Lawrence at 503-396-1736 or City Hall at 503-556-7301.

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"

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.