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By Roger Nichols
For the Sentinel 

City council busy with end-of-year matters


The Goldendale City Council met for the final time in 2016 Monday night. The agenda was so busy that the council packet was split into two parts on the city’s website. Among the items on that agenda, councilors approved a new four-year contract with the city’s municipal workers union from 2017-2020, made changes to the personnel manual, redistributed fund among categories in a third quarter budget amendment for 2016, and approved the 2017 budget.

Under terms of the union contract, the city will pay a four percent increase starting in January, followed by two percent increases in Januarys for 2018, 2019 and 2020. In addition, the city’s longevity pay rises to $30 per month for those who have worked eight years for the city. That increases each year after that up to $435 per month after 23 years. And the city will pay one-time lump sums of $1,500 to the public works supervisor and to the police administrative assistant and evidence technician. The other nine members of the union will get one-time payments of $1,000 each. Those lump sums will be paid in January.

The budget for 2017 is what City Administrator Larry Bellamy called at a previous meeting a “status quo budget,” meaning that expenses and revenues are nearly the same as last year for maintenance and operations.

Councilors will also voted to declare the former Mt. Adams Care Center as surplus property and initiate a request for proposals from people interested in the property. The original agreement under which the city received the property in 2012 as a donation from Laurel Hill Enterprises limited the city’s use of the property for five years. With several people expressing interest in the property, Mayor Mike Canon noted that Laurel Hill agreed to modify that limitation down to four years, which have already passed, allowing the city to issue that immediate declaration as surplus and send out the requests for proposal in early January.

Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski said that Sunday night two young people had been caught with ornaments stolen from the Christmas tree at the Klickitat County Courthouse. One of them, he said, was wearing a backpack, and the canine examiner had a reaction to it, which led to a court order to examine the contents, which included 5.5 grams of methamphetamine and 103 grams of marijuana.

Fire Chief Noah Halms said the total for medical calls in 2016 was 115 to that point, and said he would have a detailed breakdown of both medical and fire calls for the next meeting of the council on January 3.

At the close of the meeting, councilors wished each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Mayor Mike Canon expressed his satisfaction at the way people were able to come together to find a solution to the Dogs of the Gorge situation.

“This day started out pretty dark,” he said. “That was not a fun situation, but as the community gathered around in support of the dogs, it kind of turned our focus to the dogs. Most of us are dog owners to start with, and we like to see that kind of help for these animals. They are very often in desperate situations. So I think working together, we can do an awful lot.”


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