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By Lou Marzeles

Baze resigns


Goldendale Mayor Clint Baze surprised council members and onlookers Monday night at the conclusion of the city council meeting by announcing that Sept. 1 would be his last day in office.

“There have been changes in my life recently,” Baze said, “for me and my family. There are opportunities I can’t pass up.”

Baze did not say what he would be doing after leaving office, nor did he go into any detail about his decision to leave.

It remains uncertain at this time how mayoral succession will proceed.

Coming near the end of the meeting, there was no discussion by the council on Baze’s announcement. His announcement was following only by a brief public comment period, during which Gail Schlosser told the mayor she was sorry to see him leave and drew attention to city property in the hills that were a “tinder box” of fire fuel, and then the council went into executive session.

All council members were present except for Gary Hoctor and Guy Theriault.

Earlier in the meeting the council approved the establishment of a temporary meteorological site at the city’s waste water treatment plant and first readings of changes in two ordinances.

The first changes were to laws regarding keeping of animals within the city. Specifically, the definition of fowl was modified to include laying hens; clarification of definitions of large and small livestock; a list of prohibited animals; additional requirement for filing a livestock management plan; clarification of livestock allowed per acre; additional language regarding shelter; hitching regulations; change to exception approval for 4-H projects; and establishment of minimum standards for keeping of fowl.

City Administrator Larry Bellamy said the changes were aimed at accommodating laying hens for home use; clarifying that small livestock constituted ponies, sheep, and goats; clarifying that owners could have a maximum of three large livestock (i.e., horses) or six small livestock per acre; identifying shelter as either natural or structural; creating a clear plan for abatement of excreta; establishing clear livestock management plans; clarifying that hitching of livestock on private property could only be done with the property owner’s permission; and a provision for no roosters in the city.

During the comment period on the proposed ordinance changes, Schlosser spoke to the council, saying everything seemed fair, though she would prefer to have more than six chickens—and she had a rooster.

“We went around to all the neighbors first,” she said, “asking if they’d be OK with us having a rooster.” All of them agreed that it was fine as long as they wouldn’t be able to hear it. “After we did that,” Schlosser added, “we thought it was OK to get a rooster.” She also mentioned a product called a No-Crow collar for roosters. “It’s safe for the rooster, and it prevents it from being able to empty its air sack completely at one time,” effectively eliminating an offensive cock-a-doodle-doo.


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