Last night’s Goldendale City Council was a busy one, and featured a bare quorum of four of the seven councilors present to cover everything. Justin Leigh had resigned from the council to take a part-time position doing land use and planning, new councilor Loren Meagher was on business in Olympia and Andy Halm was recovering from an auto accident involving a deer which totaled his car.
Here are some of the issues the skeleton crew tackled: Council members did vote to tear down the kitchen building at Ekone Park, following a recommendation made last February by former Public Works Director Karl Enyeart, and further supported by an engineer’s report last June that the building was structurally unsound and could be a liability for the city if it were to collapse and injure someone. Councilors had previously tabled the idea in response to a plea from the Farmer’s Market. Tobias Israel, current president of the market, told councilors last night that the building houses a sink and refrigerator as well as a storage area used by his group.
Demolishing it would seriously inconvenience the market, he said, and asked that it not come down until it could be replaced. Mayor Mike Canon noted the city had no money budgeted to replace the building though the concrete pad would remain after demolition. During public comment on the issue, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dana Peck offered the Farmer’s Market the use of the Chamber parking area where it originally started. He pointed out that the updated Chamber office has storage space and access to outside water and electricity, and the Chamber would be happy to host the market until funds could be found to replace the building.
Councilors also approved a $1200 per month contract with Krystal’s Janitorial to provide janitorial services to the city and accepted the resignation of councilor Justin Leigh to start part-time land use planner for the city for 100 hours per month at $40 per hour, not to exceed 1200 hours per year. Councilor Miland Waling expressed the feelings of council members:
The big spending item for the meeting was for an $83,500 contract with Precision Approach for planning and preliminary design work for installation of aircraft fuel services at the city airport. It’s a necessary first step to secure the balance of a $550,000 grant state grant for upgrade at the airport