Next City Council Meeting

Monday, May 2 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers
Rainier City Hall
106 W B Street

City Council Work Session

Monday, March 14 6:00 PM

Rainier Masonic Lodge
304 E 3rd St
Meeting Agenda (pdf) Agenda Packet (pdf)

Planning Commission

Wednesday, February 16 6 PM

Parks Committee

Monday, May 23 6 PM

Library Board

Saturday, January 8 2 PM

League of Oregon Cities

Small Cities Network Meeting
Friday Aug 6, 11AM

Rainier City Hall
Meeting Notice (pdf)

Budget Meeting Notice

Monday May 16, 2022 6 PM
Rainier City Hall

Budget Committee Page
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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News and Announcements

Rainier Riverfront Bridge Dedication Sunday, May 29, 2022

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Rainier Riverfront Bridge Dedication Sunday, May 29, 2022
Rainier City Park 2-4 p.m.

The City of Rainier is holding a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the completion of the final phase of its Riverfront Trail project Sunday, May 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the city's main park. The final phase involves the placement of a bridge that will connect the park to the trail.

As part of the event, there will be three fun runs for participants of all ages, as well as a bike and trike parade. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Most Original and the Rainier Spirit Award for the bike parade. Fun run participants will be given ribbons and there will be a limited number of commemorative coins available for attendees.

Guest speakers for the event will include Columbia County Commissioner Margaret Magruder, Oregon State Representative Suzanne Weber and Oregon State Senator Rachel Armitage.

Event partners Grocery Outlet, the Rainier Oregon Historical Museum and Country Financial will also have tables with displays, candy and other features.

Rainier Riverfront Bridge Dedication Coloring Contest

Anyone is eligible to participate in the coloring contest. Print this page coloring page, decorate the image and turn it in to Rainier City Hall, 106 West B Street, by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

There are three categories: children 5 and under, ages 6 to 12 and teens and adults. Winners will be announced at the dedication ceremony at the Rainier City Park, Sunday, May 29 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Headstart and Early Headstart

Rainier Headstart Preschool
View Printable Flyer (pdf)

Rainier Preschool Opportunities and Early Head Start Accepting Applications

Online at:
Rainier Head Start: (503) 728-2940

• Prenatal to age five program • No cost for qualifying families • Families and teachers working together • Supporting healthy children

City Hires Dana Potter as new Utility Billing Clerk

Dana Potter
Dana Potter

The City of Rainier is announcing that Dana Potter has been hired as its new utility billing clerk. She is scheduled to start her new position on Monday, May 2 and replaces longtime utility billing clerk Darlene Lavelle, who is retiring as of July.

Potter began her career in the banking industry for a small local bank, starting as a teller and working her way up to assistant manager through 19 years and three bank mergers. She became a clerk at the U.S. Postal Service in 2001, primarily working in Clatskanie and was acting Postmaster in Rainier in 2012 during a vacancy of that position.

Potter and her family moved to Rainier in 1995. She was actively involved at the schools, volunteering every week and serving on the PTO when her children were still students. Potter was a longtime driver of Meals on Wheels and currently is on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Rainier Pool.

"We're happy to have Dana Potter join our city staff, and look forward to working with her," City Administrator W. Scott Jorgensen said.

Household Hazard Waste Collection Event May 14, 2022

Household Waste Collection

View flyer for full details (pdf)

City of Rainier's FREE
Household Hazardous Waste & Used Paint Collection
Next to Rainier Sewage Treatment Plant 690 West A Street
SATURDAY May 14, 2022 from 8am - noon


A budget meeting of the Budget Committee of the City of Rainier,, Columbia County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 will be held at Rainier City Hall, 106 West B Street, Rainier, OR 97048.

The meeting will take place on May 16th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 9, 2022 at 106 West B Street, Rainier, OR between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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 or online Board and Commission Application (pdf). Applications accepted through May 16.

Commissioners are expected to attend one regular meeting per month. Other meetings may also be scheduled, as needed.

The City Council will consider applicants at its June 6 meeting.

Boat Launch Ticket Machine Change

boat launch ticket machine

Boat Launch Ticket Machine is going to be updated to be a Credit/Debit Card Only.
No Cash Accepted.

View Boat Launch Page


Covid-19 Vaccine

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 503-556-7301

View 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.

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.