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By Roger Nichols
For the Sentinel 

City alters soning in tow areas


Goldendale City Council moved briskly through a short agenda Monday night in a meeting that handled several items of routine business and housekeeping.

Councilors did unanimously approve two ordinances following the second reading last night—one to rezone the land on Observatory hill, and one amending the lighting ordinance for Goldendale.

Mayor Mike Canon and other councilors thanked the members of the lighting ordinance task force for their work in crafting a major revision that took a number of months to complete. With last night’s vote, the task force has been disbanded.

In other actions, councilors approved a change order for the sewer project for additional pipe in the amount of $15,746.26 to Grade Worx, LLC, and a professional services contract with The Watershed Company for $6,800 to wrap up the Shoreline Master Plan now that the comment period is over.

Public Works Director Karl Enyeart reported that the city had held a bid opening for the streetlight project on May 25. Four bidders submitted their prices. Potelco of Sumner, Washington, was the apparent low bidder. He said the bid, which was made as part of a joint agreement with Bingen and White Salmon, totaled $436,905.54.

Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski said that Legends Casino in Toppenish had given the department a $3,000 grant to buy new tasers. With the addition of $500 from the police equipment budget, it will allow the city to buy three new tasers to replace old ones currently being carried. He also noted that the city’s new patrol car, ordered through the state to take advantage of their low cost, had arrived and was being fitted with appropriate patrol car accessories. It should be on the street by July 1.

Canon also distributed copies of the newly-complete Klickitat County development strategy 10-year plan. He noted that the previous plan was 20 years old and that it hadn’t envisioned the development of Insitu, the growth of vineyards, or wind turbine proliferation. “We have some brighter lights in this county and in this community,” he said. “One thing that may grow out of this full county study,” he said, “is to develop a strategy for Goldendale itself.”


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