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By Jess Macinko
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City Council anticipates report system


April 19, 2017

Monday night’s city council meeting centered on a report system for the Goldendale Fire Department and a cost-sharing measure for Oregon Trail Rally preparations.

The report system, which received the council’s support, would allow the fire department to automatically receive records from the dispatch center. The system also tracks personnel, equipment, and maintenance.

Fire Chief Noah Halm said the system will increase efficiency in providing required records to insurance companies and state and federal agencies. He expects it to outperform the department’s current system, “a piece of paper.”

The proposed system will cost $2,537 to purchase and install. After the first year, the city will pay an annual subscription and maintenance fee of $1,288. Though free reporting systems are available, Halm believes they are too complex to be feasible.

The council approved a motion to pay $1,200 for the city’s third of tent, table, and chair rental costs for the upcoming Oregon Trail Rally. The April 21 – 23 event features an awards banquet that will draw an estimated 300 – 400 people; hence the need for tents, tables, and chairs. The city, county, and chamber of commerce have agreed to split the cost three ways.

The council also approved the formation of a temporary committee to oversee the SOGO project—Goodnoe Station Development’s slated assessment and renovation of the Mount Adams Care Center property. Goodnoe and the city are currently in the midst of contract negotiations.

Council member Guy Thierault announced the motorcycle rights group A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE) and the Goldendale Motorsports Association (GMA) will be cohosting a fundraiser for the American Legion. The evening, dubbed Hot Rods and Harleys, will take place June 30. It kicks off at 5 p.m. with a motor cruise, followed by a prime rib dinner at 7, and a musical performance by the band Bad Motor Scooter at 8. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased through GMA.

Council member Carmen Knopes said last Monday’s meeting of the animal shelter task force was productive. “We’ve got a building design in plan [and are] moving ahead pretty fast,” Knopes said. City Administrator Larry Bellamy said the plans are slated for architectural rendering, and hopes they will be ready for display at a Dogs of the Gorge fundraiser dinner on May 5.

In response to public questions about the hypothetical Nestle water-bottling plant, Mayor Michael Canon said he has completed a report on the subject. The report isn’t a decision, but a comparison of pros and cons.

“There’s a list of reasons not to accept it, and a list of reasons we could accept it. One outnumbers the other by quite a bit,” Canon said. The next step is for the council to review the report. At present, there’s no timeline for when that will happen.

Canon reminded the council and attendees that this Saturday is the city’s Cleanup Day. “I hope the emphasis will be to help your neighbor. If your neighbor is elderly [and needs help with their cleanup], give them a hand,” Canon said. Coupons for taking a free load to the transfer station will be available at city hall.


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