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By Rebecca Gourley

New mayor, city council address licenses, property


To start out the New Year, Mayor Clint Baze led his first City Council meeting last Tuesday. Other than a few minor procedural slip-ups, the meeting was not much different from past meetings, even though there were four new faces behind the cumbersome desk.

Two applications for cabaret licenses were approved for the American Legion and the Top Hat Tavern. A cabaret license for Hot Rods Bar and Grill was approved at a previous council meeting.

In addition, the council approved a consultant agreement with Gray and Obsorne for design and construction engineering services for one of the new road projects in town. The Transportation Improvement Board earlier approved the East Collins Drive Improvements project for a grant.

Pioneer Surveying and Engineering will be a sub consultant on the project for surveying services, as will PanGeo, Inc. for limited geotechnical analysis. Construction will begin in the summer.

By a unanimous vote, Council Member Gary Hoctor was designated as the Mayor Pro Tem for another two years. The Mayor Pro Tem is essentially the substitute Mayor when the current Mayor is unavailable or unable to do his job.

All of the city council members who served with previous Mayor Arletta Parton thanked her for her service to Goldendale and welcomed the new members to the council.

Council Member Steve Johnston also brought up a Letter to the Editor that was printed in The Sentinel in the Dec. 28 issue concerning the Little Klickitat Trail project. At issue in the letter is the legal boundary of property ownership along the river. According to City Administrator Larry Bellamy, the Park and Recreation legal documentation specifies the property boundary to be the middle of the river. However, the legal document from the adjacent property owner says that the boundary is the north side of the year.

“There’s a half a river that’s in no-man’s land,” said Bellamy. “We’ll try to get that resolved.”

All of the new council members (Mindy Blomquist, Andy Halm, Guy Theriault, and Lucille Bevis) and the new mayor have elected to go the Essentials Workshop for Newly Elected Officials in Kennewick. “I am very excited about that,” exclaimed Bellamy.

Johnston’s planned leave of absence from the council meetings for the next couple of months was discussed at the meeting. The council decided to excuse Johnston at each meeting until he returns, and a new volunteer council member will not be selected unless the council finds it necessary to do so.


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