Chapter 6.20
WEED CONTROL DISTRICT

Sections:

6.20.010    Weed Control Board established.

6.20.020    District boundary descriptions.

6.20.030    Purpose and need for assessment.

6.20.040    Land classification.

6.20.050    Rate.

6.20.060    Lien against property.

6.20.070    Special fund.

6.20.010 Weed Control Board established.

Pursuant to RCW 17.10.040 and a duly adopted resolution of the Board of County Commissioners, Cowlitz County has activated a County Noxious Weed Control Board. [Ord. 14-018, § 1, 2-18-14.]

6.20.020 District boundary descriptions.

Pursuant to RCW 17.10.050, and in accordance with the recommendations of the County Weed Control Board and a duly adopted, ratifying resolution of the Board of Commissioners, County Weed Control District boundaries have been established and are described below:

A. District #1.

Lower Cowlitz – Beginning at the point where the Cowlitz County boundary intersects with the Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Columbia River; go northeasterly along Oregon Way to California Way; thence southeasterly to Industrial Way; thence east to that point along an extension of Industrial Way that meets the eastern section line of Sec. 3 T07N R2W WM; thence north to the Cowlitz River and the Longview-Kelso City Limits; thence northerly along the city limits and Washington Street; thence westerly and northerly along the city limits to Fisher’s Lane; thence east along the city limits to the Cowlitz River; thence following the Longview City Limits north to where the city limits turn westward; thence following those city limits to the western section line of Sec. 22 T08N R2W WM; thence north along the section line to the unnamed tributary of Westover Creek near Lomar Drive; thence east along that unnamed creek to Westover Creek; thence northwesterly along Westover Creek to the western section line of Sec. 15 T08N R2W WM; thence south along the section line to Olson road; thence west along Olson road to Columbia Heights Road; thence north and west past its intersection with Lone Oak Road continuing north to the unnamed logging road that meets Columbia Heights Road north of the southern section line of Sec. 8 T08N R2W WM; thence easterly along the logging road to the South Fork of McCorkle Creek; thence easterly along the creek to the BPA transmission lines; thence southeasterly to SR 411 – Westside Highway; thence north along SR 411 to the western section line of Sec. 11 T08N R2W WM; thence north to the midpoint of the Cowlitz River; thence north along the river to the unnamed creek between Beauvais Road and Headquarters Road; thence easterly along this unnamed creek to Bond Road; thence north along Bond Road to Coal Mine Creek; thence east to the pipeline right-of-way near the southwest corner of Sec. 13 T09N R2W WM; thence south along that right-of-way to Headquarters Road; thence easterly and northerly along Headquarters Road to its intersection with South Silver Lake Road; thence continuing east on South Silver Lake Road to Logging Road 1600 continuing east and southeasterly through Headquarters Camp along that logging road to its intersection with Logging Road 101 in Sec. 33 T09N R1E WM; thence southwesterly and northwesterly along Logging road 101 to its intersection with Logging Road 50 in Sec. 32 T09N R1E WM; thence southwesterly along Logging Road 50 to its intersection with Logging Road 10 near the Willamette Meridian at Section 6; thence westerly to the western section line of Sec. 3 T08N R1W WM; thence south along section lines to the northeast corner of Sec. 28 T08N R1W WM; thence west to the northwest corner of Sec. 28; thence south along section lines to the Coweeman River; thence westerly and northerly to the pipeline right-of-way in Sec. 31 T08N R1W WM; thence southerly along the pipeline to Davis Creek near the southeast corner of Sec. 6 T07N R1W WM; thence southerly and southwesterly to Interstate 5; thence south on I-5 to the northern section line of Sec. 25 T07N R2W WM; thence west to the midpoint of Carrolls Slough; thence south to the southern section line of Sec. 25; thence west to the Columbia River boundary of Cowlitz County; thence northwesterly to the point where the boundary intersects with the Lewis and Clark Bridge. (2010 population: 20,469)

B. District #2.

North County – Beginning at the NW corner of Cowlitz County, go east to the NE corner of the county, thence south to the southern line of Sec. 24 of T08N R4E WM; thence west along section lines to the SW corner of Sec. 22 of T08N R4E WM (near Goat Mountain); thence north to the NW corner of Sec. 22 of T08N R4E WM; thence west along section lines to the SE corner of Sec. 18 of T08N R3E WM; thence north to Logging Road 0200 in Sec. 18; thence northwesterly to the intersection with Logging Road 4700 in Sec. 34 of T09N R1E WM; thence south to Logging Road 1600 in Sec. 34; hence northwesterly along Logging Road 1600 to Headquarters/South Silver Lake Road in Sec. 22 of T09N R1W; thence west and southwesterly along Headquarters Road to the pipeline right-of-way in Sec. 25 T09N R2W WM; thence north to Coal Mine Creek; thence southwesterly to Bond Road; thence south to the unnamed creek between Beauvais Road and Headquarters Road; thence westerly and northerly to the midpoint of the Cowlitz River; thence south along the river to the western section line of Sec. 11 T08N R2W WM; thence south along the section line to SR 411 – Westside Highway; thence south along SR 411 to the BPA Transmission lines; thence in a northwesterly direction to the South Fork of McCorkle Creek; thence westerly along the creek to the intersection in Sec. 9 T08N R2W WM of the unnamed logging road that originated at Garden St.; thence westerly along that logging road to Columbia Heights Road; thence south to its intersection with Lone Oak Road; thence westerly along Lone Oak Road to the Longview City Limits near Elk Ridge Drive; thence continuing southerly and westerly along those city limits to Sunset Drive; thence northwesterly along Sunset Drive to Lone Oak Road; thence southwesterly to Pacific Way; thence westerly to Coal Creek Road; thence south to Coal Creek Slough; thence westerly along Coal Creek Slough to the boundary of Cowlitz County in the Columbia River where it intersects the western section line of Sec. 12 T08N R4W WM; thence westerly along the Columbia River to the western boundary of Cowlitz County, thence north to the NW corner of the County. (2010 population = 20,465)

C. District #3.

Sacajawea – Beginning at the point where the Cowlitz County boundary intersects with the Lewis and Clark Bridge over the Columbia River, go northwesterly along the river to the eastern section line of Sec. 7 T07N R2W WM; thence north along section lines to the point where an extension of the Hemlock Street right-of-way meets the section line; thence east to Drainage Ditch #2; thence north along the ditch to William Avenue; thence west to Dorothy Avenue; thence north along Dorothy Avenue to 33rd Avenue; thence south to Maple Street; thence east to 30th Avenue; thence north to SR 4 – Ocean Beach Highway; thence east to Pacific Way; thence north to the Weyerhaeuser Railroad Right-of-Way; thence east to the Longview-Kelso City Limits; thence southerly and easterly along the city limits to Washington Street; thence east to the Cowlitz River; thence south continuing along the city limits the eastern section line of Sec. 3 T07N R2W WM; thence south to the point where an extension of Industrial Way meets the section line along Industrial Way to California Way; thence northwesterly along California Way to Oregon Way; thence southwesterly along Oregon Way to the point where the Cowlitz County boundary intersects the Lewis and Clark Bridge. (2010 population: 20,497)

D. District #4.

West Longview – Beginning at the point at which the boundary of Cowlitz County meets the Coal Creek Slough in the Columbia River at the western section line of Sec. 12 T08N R4W WM; go northeasterly along the slough to the intersection of Coal Creek Road; thence north to Pacific Way; thence easterly along Pacific Way to Lone Oak Road; thence northeasterly along Lone Oak Road to Sunset Drive; thence southeasterly to the Longview City Limits in Sec. 18 T08N R2W WM just north of its intersection with Curtis Drive; thence easterly and northerly along the city limits to Lone Oak Road; thence east to Columbia Heights Road; thence easterly and southerly to Olson Road; thence east to the western section line of Sec. 15 T08N R2W WM; thence north along the section line to Westover Creek; thence southerly along the creek to its unnamed tributary at Lomor Drive; thence westerly along that creek to the western section line of Sec. 22 T08N R2W WM; thence south along the section line to the Longview City Limits; thence easterly along the city limits to the Cowlitz River; thence south along the city limits to where it meets the Kelso City limits; thence westerly and southerly along those city limits to the Weyerhaeuser Railroad right-of-way just south of Clark Street; thence west along the railroad right-of-way to Pacific Way; thence south to SR 4 -- Ocean Beach Highway; thence west to 30th Avenue; thence south to Maple Street; thence west to 33rd Avenue; thence north to Dorothy Avenue; thence south to William Avenue; thence east to Drainage Ditch No. 2; thence south to the point where an extension of the Hemlock Street right-of-way meets the ditch; thence west to the western section line of Sec. 32 T08N R2W; thence south to the county boundary in the Columbia River; thence northwesterly to the point at which the boundary of Cowlitz County meets the Coal Creek Slough past the western point of Willow Grove at its intersection with the western section line of Sec. 12 T08N R4W WM. (2010 population: 20,469)

E. District #5.

South County – Beginning at the boundary of Cowlitz County in the Columbia River near the mouth of the Lewis River, go easterly along the boundary line in the Lewis River to that point where it meets the Skamania County line; thence north along the county boundary to the northern section line of Sec. 25 T08N R4E WM (near Goat Mountain); thence west along section lines to the southeast of Sec. 22 T08N R4E; thence north to the northeast corner of Sec. 22; thence west along section lines to the southeast corner of Sec. 18 T08N R3E WM; thence north along the section line to Logging Road 200; thence northwesterly along that road to its intersection with Logging Road 4700 in Sec. 34 T09N R1E WM; thence south along that logging road to its intersection with Logging Road 1600 in that same section; thence west to its intersection with Logging Road 101 in Sec. 33; thence southwesterly and northwesterly to its intersection with Logging road 50 in Sec. 32; thence southwesterly to its intersection with Logging Road 10 near the western township line for Sec. 6; thence westerly to the western section line of Sec. 3 T08N R1W WM; thence south along section lines to the northeast corner of Sec. 28 T08N R1W WM; thence west to the northwest corner of Sec. 28; thence south to the Coweeman River; thence westerly along the river to the pipeline right-of-way in Sec. 31 T08N R1W WM; thence southerly to Davis Creek near the southeast corner of Sec. 6 T07N R1W WM; thence southwesterly along the creek to Interstate 5; thence south on I-5 to the northern section line of Sec. 25 T07N R2W WM; thence west to the midpoint of Carrolls Slough; thence south to the southern section line of Sec. 25; thence west to the Columbia River boundary of Cowlitz County; thence south to the mouth of the Lewis River. (2010 population: 20,510)

[Ord. 14-018, § 2, 2-18-14.]

6.20.030 Purpose and need for assessment.

The Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Board is organized under Chapter 17.10 RCW to control the spread of noxious weeds in order to protect human health, livestock, wildlife, native habitat and ecosystem. “Noxious weeds” are those plants which are highly destructive, competitive, or difficult to control by cultural or chemical practices and which are regulated by the state of Washington under Chapter 17.10 RCW and listed under Chapter 16-750 WAC.

There is a pressing need for noxious weed control within Cowlitz County. RCW 17.10.240 authorizes the Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners to levy an assessment against all benefiting land for noxious weed control purposes. [Ord. 14-018, § 3, 2-18-14.]

6.20.040 Land classification.

The Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Board has classified land in Cowlitz County pursuant to the requirements outlined in RCW 17.10.240. The lands subject to assessment are classified as forest and nonforest.

A. Forest Lands. This category includes all those lands that are considered designated, classified, or open space timber lands on county tax rolls as required by state law.

B. Nonforest Land. This category includes all urban (city) and rural land in the county that is not specifically exempted or classified in subsection A of this section.

A fee assessment for the Cowlitz County noxious weed control program on classified land shall be imposed annually. The Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners finds that the public interest will be served by the imposition of the special assessments made under Chapter 17.10 RCW, and that the special assessments to be imposed on land will not exceed the special benefit that the land receives or will receive from the activities of the Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Board. The Board shall adopt by resolution a land use classification chart which sets out the classifications adopted by the Noxious Weed Control Board. [Ord. 14-018, § 3, 2-18-14.]

6.20.050 Rate.

The county may impose an annual assessment for classified lands annually. The assessments shall be charged in the amount specified as adopted and updated from time to time by resolution of the Cowlitz County Board of County Commissioners and in accordance with CCC 6.20.040. The current rate assessment shall be on file with the Board of County Commissioners and the Noxious Weed Control Board. [Ord. 14-018, § 3, 2-18-14.]

6.20.060 Lien against property.

The amount of such assessment shall constitute a lien against any property for which the assessment has not been paid by the date it is due, as provided in RCW 17.10.240. A notice of lien shall be sent to each owner of such property.

All liens created shall be collected by the Cowlitz County Treasurer in the same manner as delinquent real property tax pursuant to RCW 17.10.240(1), if within 30 days from the date of when the owner is sent notice of the lien, including the amount thereof, the lien remains unpaid and an appeal has not been made pursuant to RCW 17.10.180.

All liens created shall bear interest at the rate of 12 percent per annum and such interest shall accrue as of the date notice of the lien is sent to the property owner. [Ord. 14-018, § 3, 2-18-14.]

6.20.070 Special fund.

There is hereby created in the Treasury of Cowlitz County the noxious weed control fund, in which all taxes collected from the assessment herein levied shall be deposited, as well as all other funds which the Weed Control Board is authorized to receive. Interest earned from investments of this fund shall remain with the fund. This fund shall only be used to support the activities of the Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Board. [Ord. 14-018, § 3, 2-18-14.]