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By Rodger Nichols

City forms Urban Wildlife committee


September 18, 2019

Members of the Goldendale City Council followed last meeting’s Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) presentation on urban wildlife by confirming Mayor Mike Canon’s appointment of three councilors to a special Urban Wildlife Committee. The council easily approved the selection of Guy Theriault, Jane Roberts, and Shannon Middleton, and set he time for the first meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Councilors also approved a request from Bill Baxter to provide water service outside city limits. In his memo to the council, City Administrator Larry Bellamy noted this was the final action of an agreement made with the property owner that would give him four hookups outside the city in return for a pipeline easement through his property. Three hookups had previously been installed and this would complete the four. As part of the process of extending the water service, the property will be annexed into the city.

Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski announced a strong turnout by Goldendale Police in this Saturday’s Pig Bowl fundraiser in The Dalles. Eight officers are planning to take part. Each year several families in the Gorge with heavy medical bills are chosen as recipients of the money earned at the event. Last year three families divided more than $42,000. The eight-man flag football contest features Oregon law enforcement versus Washington law enforcement. It is the only game where supporters can buy a touchdown for their favorite team with a $50 donation. The event takes place at 7 p.m. this Saturday the 21st at Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus in The Dalles.

Larry Bellamy announced that one of the claims for the four families whose homes were damaged by sewer backup following that torrential rainstorm last month has been settled and the other three are nearing settlement. A large part of the problem was blamed on storm sewers that were connected into the sanitary sewer system. The city plans smoke testing next spring to discover where those connections are and reroute them into the separate storm drain system.

In other items, the council approved a number of future meetings:

• Sept. 23, the council will hold a special meeting to present the broadband committee’s final draft report, a 100-page document.

• Sept. 30 the budget committee will meet on the 2020 budget.

• Oct. 7 the Ordinance Committee will meet at 6 p.m. before the regular council meeting at 7 p.m.

• Oct. 9 the first meeting of the Urban Wildlife Committee will be at 7 p.m.

• Oct. 14 there will be a discussion of the parks plan at 7 p.m.

All meetings are at Goldendale City Hall.


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