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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Council hears of rise in crime calls


April 17, 2019

The Goldendale City Council met Monday night in an abbreviated session with an abbreviated group, following the resignation of Councilor Carmen Knopes. In the absence of Mayor Mike Canon, Councilor Guy Theriault clipped through the bare-bones agenda in a mere 18 minutes.

Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski reported that the department had received 839 calls so far this year, compared to 708 calls at the same time last year, an increase of more than 15 percent. He said there were no increases in any specific kind of calls, that all categories were up.

City Administrator Larry Bellamy announced that Goldendale was one of 114 cities to win a Well Cities award. That recognition, he said, was worth a two percent reduction in the city’s insurance premiums in the neighborhood of $500.

The council meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Events Committee focusing on plans for Community Days in July. One big change: there will be no blow-up car for the car show this year.

“We got lucky, we did the blow-up car for 20 years and nobody got injured,” Larry Lenoir told the committee, “And $100 cars aren’t around like they used to be.”

In other areas, committee members said they were ahead in planning from previous years but emphasized there was a real need for volunteers to make all the events and attractions work smoothly. The next meeting of the committee was set for June 3 at 6 p.m., prior to the City Council meeting.

Other committee meetings announced during the city council session were April 22 for the Airport Committee and April 29 for the Broadband Committee.


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