It was a busy night for the Goldendale City Council. One of the main results was a report on the Airport Committee, which met for nearly two hours prior to the council meeting. Earlier in the year, the city applied to the state’s Transportation Improvement Board for a $2 million grant to fund a major upgrade to the city’s airport. On June 11, the state notified the city that the TIB had approved a grant of $550,000. With the smaller amount, the committee needed to make a decision on priorities and on how to find additional funding or support. Talks with Klickitat County had resulted in an offer the use of county dump trucks and drivers,on the project, but not until next summer due to an tight construction schedule of their own this summer. Fortunately, the grant doesn’t expire until July 2021. Here’s how City Administrator Larry Bellamy explained the decisions to the city council:
That preparation work, he said, would involve blasting to remove a hump in the runway and crushing the rock so that it could be hauled by the county next summer to extend the runway over a dip. The goal would be to end up with a 60-foot wide, 5,000-foot long runway that would allow larger planes to land there.
On another development, Mayor Mike Canon announced that long time council member John Sullivan had submitted his resignation from City Council. He recently purchased part of the Car Quest business and said it would occupy much of his time. The council agreed with the mayor’s suggestion to appoint Phil Ontoveros at the next meeting to fill the rest of Sullivan’s term. The mayor explained that Ontoveros had already filed as a candidate for the seat and was running unopposed. He will be sworn in at the next city council meeting on July 15.