The City of Oakville is located twelve miles west of Interstate 5 on Highway 12 and is the southeastern gateway to Grays Harbor County.
Oakville was named for the scrub oak trees found in the area. The city was incorporated on December 18, 1905. Population is approximately 700.
Each Fourth of July weekend Oakville plays host to an Independence Day Parade, while the Black Hills Wranglers host their Professional Rodeo. In September Oakville hosts their annual Zucchini Jubilee and in early December Oakville has a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Oakville offers its own flavor of the past for those who walk or drive through town. Historic buildings like the old corner-style bank has its place in the history books as it is the last bank to be robbed by horseback. Many other historic buildings give Oakville an old fashioned flavor.
Oakville has been called a "frontier logging town nestled between two centuries." From antiques and historical buildings to rodeos and scenic tours; you will experience the millennium with both the rustic past and the brightening future.
You will find the contact information for all city personnel, fire department, police department and local non-profits on the City Contacts page. There are links to the Oakville Municipal Code, County and State websites, Timberland Regional Library, Local Newspapers, etc., on the Local Resources page. The Current Agenda, Council Meeting Minutes, Oakville News and Calendar pages will keep you up to date on the latest city issues and events. Please review the Emergency Preparedness page for safety tips for your family and neighborhood. Finally, you will find many photographs of our beautiful area in the Photo Gallery and also helpful information about Capitol Forest on the Recreation page.
The City has received excellent feedback from the recent surveys that went to each household within the city limits of Oakville. We sent out 246 surveys and so far, we have received 77 back. The answers have been tallied and presented in bar graph format for easy reference. Many in the community took the time to write comments on their survey and these are included at the end of this report.
1) Please rank the importance of these three items from 1 to 3, (1) being the most important and (3) being the least important.
___ Streets and Street Repair
___ New OR Improved Library Facilities
___ Park Improvements and Expansions
2) Our Library can use an update! However funding is very limited since the city receives no money from Timberland to pay for the facilities. All new projects will be paid for thru grant money and/or additional taxes. There are several choices available. Please check the one option that you feel is best for your needs.
___ Update and expand our current TRL library facility.
___ TRL should renovate the library in the Oakville School.
___ TRL should build a new library in a different location.
___ None of the above - the current TRL library is just fine.
Update and Expand
in Oakville School
Build Library in
a Different Location
None of the Above
Current Library is Fine
3) Many streets in Oakville are in poor condition. The City Council is considering a project that would improve our streets in the next 1-2 years. This project would pave all of the existing gravel roads AND rebuild and pave 30 blocks of existing streets that are in poor condition. This entire project can be accomplished with partial grant money if we can procure a 50% match in funds. In order to afford such a large match, we would need to take out a 20 year loan at 1% interest thru the Public Works Trust Fund. The loan can only be paid back if every property within the city limits was taxed approx. $75 per year on their property taxes for 20 yrs. That works out to be about $6-$7 per month, per property.
___ I am willing to pay a small amount on my taxes every year in order to accomplish such a substantial project and improve the streets for the whole city.
___ I am not willing to pay more on my taxes in order to improve the city streets.
Do you own real property within the city limits of Oakville? YES __________ NO __________
I am Willing
to Pay More Taxes
I am NOT Willing
to Pay More Taxes
I do not
own Property in Oakville
4) The city owns a piece of property on Eagle Street that could be used for public use. Would this be useful to you and what would you like to see at this location?
___ I would utilize a park, community garden or other facility at this location.
What type of park or facility would you use? __________________________________
___ I would not utilize this location.
Utilize Eagle St. Location
I would NOT
Utilize Eagle St. Location
Pool + Park
Sports Field/Ball Field for Kids
New Library Location
Farmers Market/Flea Market
Paved Walking Path
*These are the results as of 08/09/2013.
We need facilities to improve the standards for our citizens and youth.
We already have a park, sell the Eagle Street property. If all the people who use Oakville, have mail delivery from Oakville post office as their address in the rural areas and all the people who use our water would contribute, then I would like the streets improved for the safety of our children who have no sidewalks to walk on going to and from school. So include them and I think more people would agree to more taxes. I have 2 properties within the city limits and street upgrades would increase the value of my property. Why not put sewer lines in before laying sidewalks? Eventually we will have use of them.
Use land to help people plant veggies to help with food bank. If people who use food bank had to help with the garden, maybe you would see how many people actually really need the food.
Library should have moved in the building that was given to them, it would not be fair to put the library in the school where it could be locked down during school; the adults could not use it. How about a dog license tag of $50 so these people wouldn’t have so many barking dogs. Fireworks are being sold a month before the holidays and are set off all hours of the night, real loud ones, no cop here to stop it, make a law for here in town. No cop to stop all the loud music and people running stop signs. If the city needs more money charge these stores up town a license fee. Great, New Years will be coming and here we go again, fireworks. People should give that money they waste on them to the food bank where it would do some good.
1) Instead of focusing on the streets and parks and library, when are you going to do something about the looks of our main drive thru Oakville? These empty businesses need to be cleaned up, painted or torn down. This is the first thing that people driving through Oakville see! And you wonder why people don’t want to start a new business in Oakville. 2) People need to clean up their yards! I keep my kitchen window curtains closed because I am tired of looking at the mess across the street! The mayor and council men need to do a walk or drive thru of the city and look at some of these homes. Remove all the old cars that don’t run and cut the grass! Have a contest and whoever does the most improvements gets a month’s free water! 3) Do something about all the dogs that run loose. I have to clean up poop in my yard and I don’t have a dog. Reinforce the leash law. 4) Mandatory garbage pick up? What happened to that? I know there are homes that do not have garbage pick up and they burn their garbage! I thought if you had city water you had to have garbage pick up. Check it out! Let’s make our town look good again and feel proud that you live here. The only we have going here is a high priced gas station, high priced restaurant and not one but two pot shops! People don’t need more taxes, just do your part and clean this city up!
East 4th St. needs a sign. Holes in City Roads need repaired.
Renters should not be able to respond to this paper.
Paved roads only, no gravel roads, that is their responsibility, that would be nice for us to pay.
With the ease of internet access I do not use the library at all. I know others do and I don’t mind a small portion of taxes going towards improvements of the current building. However, I believe putting a large amount of money into a new building would be ridiculous for a town this size. The street improvements, including drainage should be your #1 focus.
I have paid out of pocket to fix my street already, others can do the same! Use revenue from Saturday market/fleas Market to fix streets. City has equipment to fix streets, just need someone to us it.
People in Oakville need to clean up their yards. Get rid of all the junk and cars, etc.
You need to have people to have parks! Pave new roads and you’ll be wanting speed bumps next.
I don’t own property but I still pay thru rent. Work on road in smaller scale so it doesn’t take such a big hunk of money at once. For people on limited income, big hunks of money is a problem.
We need enforcement cleaning up areas that have become dumping grounds. We need attractive streets before another park. The value of my home will continue to decrease with poor streets and the lack of enforcement. We are becoming a ghetto. Nothing has been done on some the poorest streets, i.e. 3rd St. Sell the property on Eagle – it’s a poor location for any public endeavor.
It’s not a good thing having people in and out of the school. The current library is just fine, if anything, update the one we have. Taxes are too high now. I could care less about Eagle St. property. We need to do something with the cost of the water for people that use 300 or less square feet in 2 months.
Spend money to clean up this town, full time cops, Dan working better, cost of water for the ones that don’t use very much.
THE LIBRARY SHOULD NOT BE MOVED TO THE SCHOOL! I don’t want public access to a library on school grounds no matter how secure the school and library say they can make it.
Streets are absolute priority! Place Eagle St. property for sale and use the money for street repairs.
I would pay more taxes if ALL city streets – roads are done.
Sell Eagle St. Property and use the money to improve streets.
My concern about moving to the school is it being open during school hours, as this is when I like to go and take my toddler while older kids are at school. First we need a safe place and paved place where kids can ride bikes and parents can push strollers. A walking path of some sort in town and not on the Res. Second, it is extremely difficult to visit our town park on sunny days- when it seems those are the only days the sprinklers are turned on. This leaves the grass and toys wet and the kids cannot run around in there and parents can’t lay blankets in the grass.
I thought you people was supposed to be smart, now I know better, lol. Use $53,000 for your streets. We don’t need a new library, we have computers, and if you want to help the children, use the money for their school not for yourselves – or use it for the streets or whatever. But not for a library in the school! Not safe for our kids and if you are talking about taxes going up, why? The Mayor don’t pay for trash. We the tax payers are paying his bill, why is that? He has been seen taking trash from home to the city hall. NO on the tax hike and NO on the Library. Use common sense, use the money wisely. $53,000 could improve our town a lot, not BS! No more taxes! No new library!
Maybe a fenced dog park (small area) would keep people on the East end of town from using the City Ball Park as a canine toilet.
I am fully against the library merging with the school and if this passes I will remove my child from Oakville and boycott, as merging with the school is endangering the safety of our children.
Why start projects on Fridays and screw things up all weekend, water/roads.
The city property on Eagle St should be sold for housing. There are three drug houses surrounding that property. Do you want your children playing in a proposed park at that location?
The roads and wild animals (dogs) is a big concern.
Question #3 is a bit ambiguous? It would have helped a bit more to have a better description of the property in your survey. I took it to be per each numbered piece of taxable property in the City??
I do not use the library
In my opinion the money would be better utilized by hiring a police officer. There is a lot of things happening here in town that are not being taken care of because we don’t have one. It gets a little scary sometimes.
Curb paint a must!! Street sweeper!!
See how many people use library. Is it a viable community building into the future? The streets need to be better but I cannot afford higher taxes. Ideas: 1) All commercial buildings on Hwy 12 should have to be presentable – painted, landscaped, moss free, windows replaced when broken. We should have an overall color scheme for Hwy 12 – This is Oakville’s face to all travelers!! It presently looks like a ghost town. 2) Tree lined streets are so pretty – Every home owner should plant 1-2 trees – or several Rhodys all varieties to bring color to the neighborhood. Rhodys are easy care and maybe one day a draw for visitors to come to Oakville. (WA state flower – easy to grow) 3) Decorative street lights. 4) Sidewalks. 5) Try to draw viable businesses to Hwy 12 6) See what homes/buildings could be put on the Historical Registry. 7) Can we use the river to generate electricity for business or residents?
I’m tax free. City made 3 grants for streets. 30 years ago water main installed on grace St.
Internet is making the library obsolete. Sell the Eagle property. Parks need ongoing maintenance causing more expense!!
I believe that Oakville needs a lot of street repairs before we improve or build a new library. Some of the roads aren’t very good on a person’s car.
Charge Timberline rent.
In addition to street improvements, it would be a classy touch to have the city mow the alleys (or contract out). Would not have to be done weekly – just keep it down some.
Get property owners to clean up their property. Example: My neighbor has a 1920 truck rusting away out in the open plus 4 other vehicles and a shed that fell due to heavy ice and snow about 5 or 6 years ago. It is an eyesore to see, and all the other junk he has.
I would be willing to pay this tax to improve the City’s roads as long as when the project is paid in full the tax is eliminated. Thanks
Oakville would greatly benefit from building bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, as well as from investing in ciclovias or block parties that help get residents to be more physically active. We would like to see a safe route to school designated on existing roads from the reservation to the high school. We would also like to see the city of Oakville working directly with the Chehalis tribe on these important issues. Diabetes, obesity and many other health issues are at a crisis level in our community. Creating more community gardens and infrastructure to encourage physical activity is desperately needed. Closing our streets for a few hours for ciclovias or block parties would also help to strengthen our community and encourage us all to get to know our neighbors.