One of the key things to come out of Monday night’s Goldendale City Council meeting was a reminder that an ordinance passed a year ago by the city takes effect before the next City Council meeting. Under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) jurisdictions that pass ordinances regarding fireworks must wait a whole year for the ordinances to take effect. Last June 18, the city council passed an ordinance limiting when fireworks can be discharged in the Goldendale city limits.
Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski outlined the new restricted time periods.
Jay Olson of the Lions Club, which has the license to sell fireworks in the city, noted that the ordinance still allows the sale of fireworks during the same days as last year; it’s only the discharge within city limits that is limited.
In his report to the council Bartkowski said his police department had been very busy and has handled1,360 calls to date this year, compared to 1,120 through the same period last year. Most of the increase comes from out-of-the-area people asking for welfare checks on elderly relatives or people reporting suspicious circumstances. After the meeting he said that he had been focused in getting more people to contact the department with concerns, and that while it makes for a lot of work, he also said it means more eyes and ears watching out for the welfare and safety of local residents.
On Wednesday, city police plan a scenario-based training exercise in cooperation with Klickitat Valley Health. They are scheduled to take place at 7:30, 8:30 and 12:30 in different parts of the hospital. That same day officers will do their annual weapons qualification exams on their Glock 9 mm pistols and AR-15 patrol rifles. That will take place at the city sewer lagoon and neighbors will be notified that there will be weapons fire during the event.
The council meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Events Committee, with the focus on the upcoming Community Days in early July. After members had reported in, the general consensus was summed up by City Administrator Larry Bellamy who said, “We are about two weeks ahead of were we were last year at this time. Things are looking good.”