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By Lou Marzeles

City council enacts new interlocal agreements


Lou Marzeles

A NEW COUNCIL: The Goldendale city council sits for its first session of 2016 Monday night.

The Goldendale city council Monday swore in the mayor and three members and approved a number of interlocal agreements.

Returning councilors Andy Halm and Guy Theriault were joined by newcomer John Sullivan in being sworn in as council members. Mayor Mike Canon began his official elected term.

Public Works Director Karl Enyeart recommended approval of an interlocal agreement between the city and the Klickitat PUD for the replacement of the city's high pressure sodium lights with dark sky-compliant LED lights. Funding for the replacement comes from a grant from the Transportation Improvement Board. The agreement was approved by the council.

An agreement between the city and Klickitat County for jail services was also approved. The agreement provides for incarceration of city prisoners at the county jail negotiated between Goldendale Chief of Police Reggie Bartkowski and Sheriff Bob Songer. The daily rate for incarceration of city prisoners dropped from $62 for the first day to $55.

An addition interlocal agreement for radio system use and emergency dispatch services between the city and council was also approved. As in recent years, the city will pay the county $40,000 per year for these services.

Mayor Canon proposed approval of vacation carryover time for Police Chief Bartkowski, an action that requires council approval when the time exceeds 240 hours. Bartkowski twice arranged for vacations in 2015 and twice had to abandon them as police action overrode his schedule. The council approved the carryover for 88 hours, and as he expressed appreciation to the council, Bartkowski said he would leave soon for Hawaii.

A mayor pro tem was selected, with Gary Hoctor once again selected to fulfill the position.

Canon said he was working on a state of the city overview to be presented soon. He expressed appreciation to the council and citizens of Goldendale for what he called a fulfilling time as mayor. Well wishes for the New Year were expressed by all council members.


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