Though Goldendale City Council members covered a number of subjects quickly at their meeting Monday night, the big news was something that didn’t happen.
Originally Mayor Mike Canon said the city had planned to sign a deal with Auscrete company to sell land in the city’s industrial park where the company plans to construct a plant fabricating concrete building panels. But, he said, lawyers for both the city and the company had not ironed out all the details. Citing a willingness to get the deal right rather than right now, Canon called for a special council meeting for Wednesday night at 7 pm at city hall to deal with that sole issue. He said documents involved in the deal would be posted on the city’s website sometime Tuesday.
In actions that did take place Monday night, two money measures were approved. In the first, Klickitat County plans to add an asphalt overlay to Bickleton Highway from the Goldendale City Limits to Fenton Lane later this year. Federal Surface Transportation Program funds are bankrolling the county project, and as City Administrator Larry Bellamy reminded councilors, any time federal funds are used on county road projects, a certain amount is passed through to the cities. In this case, it would amount to $100,000. Councilors voted to spend up to $80,000 to continue to overlay project on the portion of the Bickleton Highway that was inside the city limits – from the overpass to Broadway.
Councilors also approved a $15,000 expenditure to replace 900 feet of mainline connecting Emerson Springs to the Rockwell Springs line following the state Department of Health’s approval of the rennovation at Emerson Springs.
Also approved were a pair of housekeeping ordinances that smoothy executed a repeal-and-replace strategy that’s eluded Congress on the national level. Chapter 17.46 having to do with site plan revisions and Chapter 17.28 dealing with recreational vehicle park revisions updated language to bring them in line with changes in state regulations and to make them more consistent with other aspects of the ordinances.
In addition, councilors approve the city’s 6-year street upgrade plan. That brought comment from Wayne Kent who lives on West Byers Avenue and noted increasing traffic speeds. He said that would only increase when the street is scheduled for repaving in 2019 and wondered about speed bumps to slow traffic. City administrator Larry Belamy then brought up a consideration most of us hadn’t thought of.
“The biggest issue is snowplowing,” he said, “because you can’t see the speed bumps when you’re trying to plow the snow.” He noted cities that use speed bumps tended not to get a lot of snow.
Councilor Guy Thireault suggested a drainage ditch crossing the street at a 45 degree angle, which would not catch a snow blade, saying they were an effective traffic-slowing mechanism in Alaska, where he had lived for six years. That suggestion drew a few thoughtful looks from other council members, but no action was taken.
City Administratior Larry Bellamy announced a pair of committee meetings for next Monday, August 14. The ordinance committee will meet at 4 pm and the contract review committee will meet at 7 pm, both at city hall. One possible item on the agenda for the ordinance committee would be looking at a restriction of the days when fireworks would be allowed in the city. State ordinances allow them from June 28 to July 5, though cities can be more restrictive. Councilor Andy Halm said a number of people had suggested to him that they be allowed only on July 3 and 4.