It was a marathon session of the Goldendale City Council last night. For a two solid hours, 30 people paraded up to the microphone to share their opinion in the public hearing required by the council’s passage a six-month moratorium on marijuana-related businesses in Goldendale. The meeting was unusual in that councilor Mike Cannon attended by telephone from out of town, and the city’s Yakima attorney, Ken Harper, was present for the evening.
Council members took no action following the tempest of testimony. Councilor Len Crawford suggested that the council convene an executive session, but the city attorney Harper said that it would not be legal to deliberate such a matter in executive session by itself. He suggested reviewing the night’s testimony to see if there were threats of possible litigation, which would be a legitimate reason for an executive session. Council members agreed if legal justification should be found, they would hold such a session next Monday night, October 27 at 7 p.m. The end of the testimony did not mean the end of the meeting, though. Three times, council members voted to extend the meeting in half-hour increments, in order to deal with several funding requests and to hold an executive session involving real estate negotiations in another matter.
To hear the testimony from last night, listen to the podcasts below:
First hour of testimony – Mark Hyde, Chet Biggerstaff, Paul Hansen, Gerald Golding, Brian Thobois, Baretta Chub-Hardy, Debbie Burnhart, Theresa Golding, Cliff Gregg, Dennis Blomquist, Alliesha Hawsinger,
Second hour of testimony – Sherry Carver, Mike Garnett, Darrell Smith, Jan Smith, Tom Tastrow, Sue Jaggers, Ken McKuen, Merilee Hansen, Lyle Ferch, Richard Ellis, Ruth Faulkner, Dave Schlosseer, Cassie Blomquist, Harold Eliason, Michael Kitchen, Terry Hardy, Jacob Smith
Other business – authorizing purchases
Public comment – more on marijuana