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By Rodger Nichols
For the Sentinel 

Summer plans laid out for city council


It was good news for Goldendale at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, held a day over because of the Presidents’ Day holiday. Justin and Jocelyn Leigh of Dwinell Country Ales, the brewery coming to Goldendale, reported that they’ve made great progress, obtained several licenses, received a $25,000 loan from Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, hired contractors to refit the building, and ordered brewing equipment. They said they hope to be open by the end of August, first of September.

That would be great timing in light of several other events taking place that time of year. Monday, Aug. 21, there will be a total eclipse of the sun. The last time it was visible from this part of the country was in 1979. Goldendale Chamber of Commerce executive Dana Peck told councilors that motel rooms in the area have already been booked full for the event.

Terry Luth of Goldendale Motorsports Association reported that group will bring back the burnout contest the day before the eclipse in conjunction with the Abate Festival of Wheels which will also include flat track racing at Eddieville. He said 20 cars have already entered the burnout contest just from word of mouth about the event. He said the contest will be held at Ekone Park on the concrete pad that used to be the base for the skateboard part.

Two weeks after that it’s Labor Day weekend, which will see the return of the longboard and other gravity-powered vehicle races on the Maryhill Loops. This year, a new promotions company Street Lounge Productions is adding a free three-day music festival at Ekone Park. Darius Escandar, co-owner of the company, made a presentation to the council, requesting use of the park and to have music until midnight on Sept. 1, 2, and 3. After some debate, councilors approved the festival, allowing music until midnight, but only if it was turned down at 10:30 p.m. with the Chief of Police empowered to shut the music off at any time before midnight if he received too many complaints.

Labor Day Weekend is also when “The Wall That Heals,” a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, will be set up at the Klickitat County Fairgrounds. The foundation that organizes the traveling exhibit says the county can expect some 10,000 visitors to see the wall.

Councilors also heard from Brock Warrener that the city has agreed to provide a large lot at the corner of Klickitat and Railroad streets from him to build a BMX park. He has already had the donation of equipment and volunteers to help create the hills and dips. Mayor Mike Canon said the next step was to go through a conditional use process, since the property is in a residential zone.

And progress was reported on the city-owned dog pound facility. Councilor Shannon Middleton said a recent meeting of stakeholders had resulted in a decision to make changes in a two-phase process. First phase would be to construct a 30 x 70 foot addition to the current structure, and use the second phase to retrofit the existing structure. The next step in that process will be applying for grants to pay for the work.

City Administrator Larry Bellamy also said the city had received two different proposals for the use of the former Mt. Adams Care Facility buildings, one from Goodnoe Station Development and one from Veterans’ Recreation and Rehabilitation Center. Bellamy did not elaborate on the nature of the proposals, only saying they were very complicated and that the city will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to hear both detailed proposals and potentially make a choice between them.

Goodnoe Station Development LLC has as its principal agent Gene Callan, the architect who designed the recent addition to Goldendale. Veterans’ Recreation and Rehabilitation Center has a website that says the nonprofit group is currently based in Pierce County.

Other meetings announced last night:

Monday, February 27 – Airport Committee from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Oridinance Committee 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 13 – Animal Care stakeholders


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