By Rodger Nichols

City council meeting short and sweet


August 7, 2019

Monday night’s Goldendale City Council meeting was short, sweet, and positive. Here are the bullet point takeaways, in the order they came up in the 30-minute meeting:

• The city’s fire department applied for and received a grant from brewer Anheuser Busch for six pallets of water, to hydrate firefighters. The department plans to share it with neighboring fire departments.

• The second annual Goldendale Night Out will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Ekone Park. The council waived fees for the use of the park for the event, which will feature education and display of public safety equipment.

• Community Days was described as being a big success with one of the biggest turnouts in memory.

• Construction on the rebuilt Observatory is going well, following some earlier delays with the public opening, now planned for early November.

• The beacon at the city’s airport which had gone out at the end of its useful life was replaced successfully.

• The airport committee will have a major meeting next Monday night.

• City Administrator Larry Bellamy said that the paving of South Columbus, originally scheduled for this week, will now take place next week.

“I just want to remind everybody that the plan is to complete it in one day,” he said. “But in order to do that, they’re going to have to start at 6 o’clock in the morning. So if you live out near the Golden Ridge mobile park village or off of 21st Street or 18th Street, you might be getting up with the starting up of equipment—but you’ll have a bird’s-eye view, that’s for sure.”

Councilor Jane Roberts had this word of encouragement. “I just wanted to give a shout out to our community at large,” she said. “I’ve noticed recently a lot of folks, especially living on our main streets, Columbus and Broadway, really making an effort to do a lot of neighborhood beautification, a lot of homes being worked on and fixed up. It’s cool to see that people are having that pride in their home community.”


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