Listen: Goldendale City Council as city enters Phase 2 of loosening pandemic restrictions

It was a short meeting for the Goldendale City Council last night, just over half an hour by telephone, but the council covered several important topics. In the only action of the night, council members approved a request from John Bright on behalf of the Goldendale Lions Club to sell fireworks for the Fourth of July Holiday. Mayor Mike Canon reminded councilors and listeners that the city passed and ordinance that took effect last year limiting the sale and use of fireworks in the city of Goldendale.

“It’s legal to sell and purchase consumer fireworks within the city from  12 noon to 11 pm on June 28, from 9 am to 7 pm on each day from June 29 to July 4th and from 9 am to 9 pm on July 5th,” he told the council “Now these can only be used or discharged on July 4th from 6 pm to midnight. That’s the most crucial part of this ordinance.”

Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski reported that high winds Saturday had blown down four trees in Goldendale, two of them taking wires down, but that the police, fire and public works departments and Klickitat PUD had responded quickly and safely secured downed wires and removed the trees from the street. He also announced that this was graduation week for Goldendale High seniors and that there will be a parade this Thursday starting at 5:30. He said it would use the regular parade route, turning onto Simcoe from the high school, west to Columbus where it will turn north and go to Main Street and turn for one block before dispersing.

“Each of the seniors will be in their own car with a family member,” he said, “they’re anticipating about 50 cars in the parade and I know the school district would like a lot of community involvement of people parking along that parade route.” 

Mayor Canon also announced that council member Jane Roberts had resigned over the weekend after she and her husband bought a house and moved out of the city. The mayor called her a good asset to the city and said she will be missed.
But the biggest news of the night was the announcement that the city had qualified to enter Phase 2 of the easing of the pandemic restrictions:

“It’s exciting that we’re at Phase 2” he said, “butthere’s certain things that we still need to keep up. The main things to remember is the social distancing — to try everything possible to be six feet away from anyone else. This helps to protect you and it helps to protect them. We recommend that you wear a mask whenever you’re around other people, particularly if you’re closer than six feet. When you’re in the grocery stores, its a good idea to wear a mask.”

The mayor also reminded citizens that city parks were open, but not the restrooms because of the need to clean them after each visit. 

If you missed listening in on the phone conversation Monday, you can hear the whole meeting by clicking on the grey podcast bar below

Video courtesy of Nancy Kusky of Goldendale TV. Don’t forget to Subscribe to her channel.