News & Announcements

Changes to City Park Access & Uses

At request of the Columbia County Public Health Department, and in accordance with recommendations from the State of Washington and the CDC,  the City of Dayton has made the following changes to limit the spread of Covid-19:

  • Pietrzycki (City) Park: All public play equipment and shelters/gazebos have been closed to the public
  • Caboose Park: All public play equipment has been closed to the public

Per Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, effective midnight on March 25, all social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings are prohibited. The skate park, dog park, open spaces, levee walking path, and single picnic benches remain open for use so long as they are not used for the uses outlined above. In any matter, it is critical to maintain social distance between yourself and other people while using these facilities. 

For guidance on how-to stop the spread of the coronavirus, visit the CDC website

More information.

Alleyway Grading & Improvement Starting 3/30/20

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LeeBoy Grader - Example of equipment that will be utilized during alleyway maintenance project

The Public Works Department will be hitting the alleyways starting Monday, March 30, 2020. The department will be grading the alleys and adding additional gravel to smooth surfaces where it is deemed necessary. The crews will begin on the North side of town and work to the South side as the project continues.

We need your help!

  • Remove all personal items to ensure no intrusion into the public alley right-of-way. Try to leave a "buffer" between your items and the alleyway to ensure adequate space for large equipment and trucks.
  • Remove trash cans from the right-of-way immediately after pick up.
  • Tell your neighbors. If we are unable to get equipment into the alley, the entire block will be negatively impacted. Work together and make sure everyone is aware of the upcoming improvements so all alleys can be graded and leveled.

This project is predicted to run from Mon., Mar. 30 through Thurs., Apr. 23. This project timeline may be adjusted if necessary. However, it is hopeful to achieve high levels of community cooperation to keep times and costs at a minimum.


City Hall: 509-382-2361

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Defend your Drains - the 3 P's

With residents possibly rationing or running out of toilet paper, our Public Works Department would like to remind City residents to be mindful on what you can and can not flush down your toilet.

Do flush the "Three P's"

  • Pee
  • Poo
  • (Toilet) Paper

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Do not flush:

  • Feminine products
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes or "flushable" wipes
  • Disinfecting wipes 
  • Kleenex or tissues
  • Rags

These items can create system wide blockages and may result in sewage overflowing into streets or backing up into homes.

We ask all City residents to continue to be mindful during the COVID-19, and ongoing. Flushing the unflushables will create unnecessary and highly costly infrastructure damage. Together, we can make a difference and ensure long-term infrastructure success. 


COVID-19 & the City's Response

Positive/Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Columbia County: 1 (Source)

The City of Dayton is committed to protecting residents, businesses, and staff by minimizing the spread of COVID-19. The City has and will continue to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC, the State of Washington, and Columbia County Health Department - all of which prescribe social distancing and active efforts to minimize gatherings of people as the best effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The City Council adopted Resolution 1414 at a Special Emergency Meeting on March 17, 2020. The Resolution declares a state of emergency, and establishes temporary procedures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective until May 1, 2020, unless otherwise amended. These procedures include:

  • City Hall and the City Public Works buildings will be closed to the general public. effective immediately
  • Staff will be available and can help with all city matters via phone, email, and offer guidance on the city website
  • Utility payments will be accepted online, via phone, or by use of the drop box along the alley way
  • Utility payment plans are available. These plans are being administratively expanded from six to 12 months. Contact City Hall for more information and guidance on how-to setup a payment plan that fits your needs
  • Any over-sized submittals you need to drop off at City Hall can be completed via curbside pickup. Once in front of City Hall, call 509-382-2361 and a staff member will come outside and retrieve the items you need to drop off. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock loudly on the front door and we will come to you
  • All water and sewer disconnection process has been temporarily suspended
  • The City will waive any late fees on utility accounts as a result of late or non-payment
  • The city will utilize the City of Dayton website in attempt to provide the public with the best updated information
  • All unnecessary meetings or gatherings are discouraged, and nonessential staff meetings are being canceled
  • NEWMarch 23, 2020 - All public play equipment closed to the public
  • NEW - Devoted to Dayton, informational brochure made by the Port of Columbia and the Chamber of Commerce

The City will continue to update this Announcement with additional information as it becomes available. 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Columbia County Public Health

Columbia County Emergency Management

Washington State Department of Health

Governor Jay Inslee - Coronavirus Page

Relief for Businesses, Workers, Renters, and More

Defend your Drains - the 3 P's

Misc. News

  • Basin Disposal Inc. (BDI) is also working to "flatten the curve" of transmitting COVID-19. As such, Pasco and Walla Walla offices are closed to walk-in customers until further notice. Payments to BDI can be made over the phone at 509-547-2476 or online at no additional charge at . Solid waste collection and removal routes will continue to run as normal; however, contingency plans are in place to respond to potential service interruption, if necessary. 
  • Pacific Power has temporarily suspended disconnections and late fees for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. If you are having trouble paying, please contact Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070 or online a
  • CenturyLink is committed to ongoing internet services, and has taken the "Keep Americans Connected" pledge, which means that late fees will be waived and no services will be disconnected for the next 60 days for residential and small business accounts. For more information, visit . 

Updated Mar. 24, 2020

March DPC & DHPC Meetings Canceled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following meetings have been canceled:

  • Mar. 24, 6:30 pm - The regular meeting of the Dayton Planning Commission (DPC)
  • Mar. 25, 6:00 pm  - The regular meeting of the Dayton Historic Preservation Commission (DHPC)

It is hopeful that the meetings will be resumed as scheduled in April; however, teleconferencing will be considered, pending additional updates from the CDC and local health agencies. 

CANCELED - Short Course on Housing Affordability

Updated Mar. 17, 2020. This Short Course has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is hopeful to reschedule with COMM at a later date.

The City of Dayton and the Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) presents the Washington State Department of Commerce (COMM) and a Short Course on Housing Affordability. 

COMM will be in Dayton on April 14, 2020 to attend the next regular meeting of the AHC and present a Short Course to the commission and the public.

Click here to see the agenda.

Additional Information

AHC Meeting: Apr. 14, 2020, 5:00 pm, Delaney Building (111 S. 3rd St., Dayton, WA 99328)

Please register by April 7, 2020 by sending an email with your name, organization, and title (if applicable) and the location of the short course you with to attend to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Planning & Community Development Press Release

The Department of Planing & Community Development has shared the following press release to notify stakeholders and interested candidates of existing vacancies for the Dayton Planning Commission, Dayton Historic Preservation Commission, and the Affordable Housing Commission.

Click here to see the press release.

Additional Information:

Dayton Planning Commission

Dayton Historic Preservation Commission

Affordable Housing Commission

To submit a letter of interest to request appointment to one of the commissions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YOU COUNT - the 2020 Census is Coming

The 2020 Census is coming, with first mailers being sent from the US Census Bureau in early March. The census is critical for federal, state, and local agencies, and the data collected is used to allocate over $800 billion nationally in federal programs and resources.

The City of Dayton is taking a procative approach to assist in data collection for the 2020 census. See the attached outreach materials for more information and feel free to visit with staff at City Hall with questions or concerns. We will do everything we can, within our abilities, to help. If we can't, we will direct you to someone who can. 

Additional Materials

What's at Stake for Washington?

Every town is an important part of the American story.

Beware of Costly FOG

Fats, oils, and grease, as well as "flushable" wipes, towelettes, and rags are the major cause of blockages of the sewer system which can lead to sanitary sewer overflows. Food and grease should never go down the drain because they build up in the line and can cause serious, expensive, and irreversible damage. Only water should go down the drain. Blockages caused by the improper disposal can cause serious damage and be a threat to public health. 

FOG Trash it

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep FOG out of the sewer system:

  • Recycle cooking grease, oil and food wastes.
  • Freeze your grease – pour grease into a jar, let it cool, seal it, freeze it, and throw it into the trash.
  • Never dump used cooking oil down the drain.
  • Scrape and dry wipe pots, pans, and dishes before washing. Take a paper towel and wipe the pan then discard the towel and food waste into the trash receptacle. You can also use coffee grounds to soak up oils and place them into your trash receptacle.
  • Dispose of rags, wipes (both flushable and non-flushable), razor blades, toilet deodorants, dental floss, and other non-biodegradable products into the trash.
  • Never use hot water, detergents or degreasers to flush FOG down the drain; this pushes grease into the pipe where it will cool, congeal and clog the sewer.
  • Never dump FOG (or anything) on the street, parking lot or into storm drains as it will end up in our creeks.
  • Communicate with your friends and neighbors about the problem of grease and other products in your sewer system and how to keep them out. The solution starts right in your home with your actions.


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