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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

City appoints non-resident to planning commission


Goldendale residents will have to wait another year for the West Columbus Street project.

“After much work, we ended up having two bidders for this project,” Public Works director Karl Enyeart told the Goldendale City Council Monday, “and the bids were not quite as aggressive as we had anticipated.”

He said that bids earlier in the year on other projects were much more favorable, but that many firms had already secured work, and the pool of bidders was much smaller this late in the construction season. Rather than rebid the project immediately, he told the council, the best move for the city would be to rebid the contract next January when contractors want to secure work early and were more likely to bid aggressively.

After councilors voted to reject both of the bids submitted for the project, Councilor Deanna Luth asked if the public works department had a Plan B for immediate relief.

“We all know we have some horrible streets on the West Side,” she said, “with chuckholes that just about eat up their vehicles. Are we then going to put a plan in place so that we can get some of those potholes taken care of for our residents?

Enyeart answered yes, adding that “We’ll have hot mix in the area, and we’ll address them as we can.” He noted there may be a bit of an unexpected silver lining, in that hot mix not only lasted longer than the cold mix that was required in winter weather, but was also considerably less expensive.

“There aren’t a lot of cheap ways to fill potholes,” he said, “but it is cheaper to do so with the hot mix.”

Council members also turned in an unusual five to one vote on an appointment to the city planning commission. Mayor Baze said there were two applicants for the position and that he had chosen Gary Koch. That prompted Councilor Guy Theriault to ask why the city would chose someone who lived outside the city over someone who lived in the city, gesturing toward Terry Luth, who was in the audience.

City Manager Larry Bellamy noted that the appointment was a mayor’s privilege but a council vote was also required to confirm. The final tally was five in favor, with Theriault the only “no” vote. Council member Len Crawford had an excused absence at the meeting.


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