Watch: Goldendale City Council Meeting 9/21

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Goldendale City Council met last night and took a pair of major steps towards getting a long-awaited fuel system for the Goldendale municipal airport. The first item was a consulting  agreement with Precision Approach Engineering in two parts  – engineering design services for $85,200 and bidding services and construction administration for $52,800. Though it passed, it was one of the few split votes the council has had, with Councilor Loren Meagher a lone no vote. He asked if there was any urgency in passing the authorization now. He said he was hoping to delay last night’s vote to get more information:

“I guess I’d be opposed just without a more detailed budget, and I think the cost breakdown per task really helps manage to the contract, especially if there’s any change orders over time.”

City Administrator Larry Bellamy noted that the city was on a strict timeline:

“The urgency is really related to the Department of Commerce deadline. So that’s the deadline for any reimbursement for any costs or expenses  that we incur to make this project happen.”

In order to meet that deadline, he said they city hopes to have the engineering done before winter sets in, and he told councilors that there is a 12 week lead time for the turnkey fuel system to be delivered, and the pad, containment system and other improvements needed to be completed in time to get the fuel system set up in time.

The second item, which did pass unanimously, was to authorize the mayor to enter into this grant agreement with the state. And the mayor passed on this reminder from the Fire Chief:

“Noah Halm had just had wanted us to remind people that the burn ban on both the county and the state is still in effect and to please use care with anything of that nature.”