The Goldendale City Council met last Tuesday, following Monday’s Labor Day holiday, which put the meeting after The Sentinel deadline. Newest Council member Kevin Feiock (pronounced FIE-oak) was sworn in, and councilors voted to confirm Mayor Mike Canon’s appointment of Jay Hunsaker as Goldendale’s police chief.
“Sergeant Jay Hunsaker has served more than 20 years with the Goldendale Police Department, 18 of them as the top sergeant in his department,” Canon said in endorsing the confirmation. “I particularly want to express my support for confirming Jay Hunsaker. I know Jay. I have known him since I’ve been in city government. He’s a very solid, reliable, competent, and well-trained policeman, and he does a great job.”
The vote to confirm was unanimous.
Fire Chief Noah Halm was not present, but Canon read a report that two of the city’s engines had been helping out with fires on the Yakama Reservation, for which the city has been earning some money.
City Administrator Larry Bellamy announced that at the next council meeting, he expected to have a resolution for a contract to design and build a fuel facility at the Goldendale Airport, something that’s been in the planning for several years.
He also told councilors that Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) had received a $100,000 grant for help with expenses on planning for a childcare center in Goldendale. That was welcome news, as Councilor Shannon Middleton pointed out there is a huge demand for childcare both in Goldendale and all of Klickitat County. Canon added that he knew of at least one person who had expressed interest in getting involved.