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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Council sets new committees


The Goldendale City Council covered a lot of ground efficiently at last night’s meeting. Councilors voted to establish three new special committees—on airport issues, business and economic issues and an advisory committee on tourism. And they approved the first reading of an ordinance that formalizes four permanent standing committees—finance, ordinance, public works and events.

Under Mayor Mike Canon’s leadership, council members are becoming more engaged in the process through the increased committee activity. Council meetings are now often bookended by a pair of committee meetings. Monday night the Events Committee met before the council session and the Ordinance Committee afterwards.

During the reports section, Goldendale Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski announced that he and Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer are planning a joint town hall meeting on drug use and abuse. “We’re going to invite landlords, anybody who has an issue in their neighborhood and knows of a drug house and would like information on how to help us with search warrants,” said Bartkowski. “Also if they have someone in their family that has a problem with drug use, how law enforcement can assist them, can help them get into a drug program. We’re also going to talk about the prosecution, what kind of sentences we’re getting and about trends we’re seeing here.”

The meeting is tentatively set for 6 p.m. at the Goldendale Grange on Tuesday, May 24.

City Public Works Director Karl Enyeart reported that city had held a bid opening on five surplus vehicles and accepted the bids that were placed on two of the vehicles. The remaining three, which received no bids, will be donated to the auction for the Fire Victim’s Fund, set for Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at the Rural 7 fire station.

In other business, council members

• authorized purchase of a new and sturdier trailer to haul city equipment, for $5,260.70

• approved a five-year wetlands mitigation contract with the Central Klickitat Conservation District for $31,290

• awarded $500 in tourism funds to Golden Phoenix Assembly to serve breakfast at Ekone Park to athletes and workers at the Showdown at the Loops, formerly the Festival of Speed.


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