Goldendale is near the geographic center of Klickitat County and has the Little Klickitat River running through it. The city obtained its start as a watering stop on the Yakima – Okanogan wagon trail. The first plat was recorded in 1872 and the city was incorporated in 1879. Goldendale is now the largest city in Klickitat County as well as the county seat. It serves as the regional service center.
Goldendale, Washington is located on a fertile plateau some 100 east of Portland, Oregon, 70 miles south of Yakima, Washington, and 100 miles west of the Tri-Cities. The majestic Columbia River is only 13 miles south of the city. The terrain is generally rolling with an elevation of 1620’ at the airport. The Simcoe mountains, visible from the City, rise in the north to an elevation of 5500’. Four mountain tops, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens are visible from certain places in the city.
Mon Sept 7, 2020 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm City Council Meeting
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09-02-20 Business Fees Update
The Washington State Department of Revenue has updated their business license fees. Click here to view updates.
It’s Census Time. Help Us Help You:
Have you answered your census yet? Make sure you are counted and complete your 2020 Census now.
Every 10 years the government counts every person living in the country. The data collected helps determine how much federal funding our community gets for schools, medical centers, roads, and much more. The census is critical to making our community a better place to live.
There are three easy ways to participate in the census:
1. Answer online at www.2020census.gov
2. Call toll-free to 844.330.2020 (English) or 844.468.2020 (Spanish). Call centers are open from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.
3. Return a paper form via the mail (this option is only available if you received a paper form in the mail)
Remember, you do not need to use the 12-digit ID code that is included with the invitation; you can go online or call the toll-free number and answer the census without the ID number. Also, if you do not self-respond a census worker will be sent to your home later this summer to collect census information so the easy solution is to self-respond now.
You can find more information about the census at www.2020census.gov
What Is The Census?
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone living in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds every year to communities across the country. These funds support vital programs including housing, education, health care, transportation, employment, and public policy.
Some of the funding affected by the census in rural communities include highway planning and construction, federal transit formula grants, formal grants for rural areas, community development block grants, rural rental assistance payments, and water and waste disposal systems for rural communities.
COVID-19 Information for City of Goldendale and Klickitat County
The case tracker for Klickitat County’s COVID-19 cases can be located at http://klickitatcounty.org/1187/COVID-19
Klickitat County’s Public Health Department’s local media releases http://klickitatcounty.org/289/Public-Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is always going to have accurate up to date information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Gov Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order bans all gatherings and temporarily shutters non-essential businesses through May 4 https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-extends-stay-home-stay-healthy-through-may-4
02-05-20 - State of the City of Goldendale 2019
The role of City Departments (Public Works, Police, Fire and Administration) is to implement the decisions of City Council. The initial work is discussed in Standing Committees (Finance/Budget, Public Works, Events and Ordinance) and Special Committees (Broadband, Community Airport, Urban Wildlife and Economic Development) with active staff support from relevant departments. The City Administrator and Mayor participate as ex-officio members of all committees. This report is based on submitted City Departments’ reports of their activities each year that provide projections of planned and anticipated activities and operational needs for the coming year.
This report is intended, to the extent possible, to inform Goldendale residents of the work undertaken during 2019 and plans for 2020 that impact our community to provide transparency and to promote discussion and interaction between citizens and their local government. Read more...
Pump Storage Project
Much positive interest has been expressed by Goldendale residents regarding the pumped storage project being pursued by National Grid and Rye Development. Long-term economic impacts in the form of new jobs, tax base increases, and expanded retail sales would be very beneficial for our community. This project will create 144 permanent, local jobs (Operations and Maintenance) when fully built out. Numerous short-term jobs – many for area workers -- would be generated over the 3-5 year construction cycle. The following is the presentation given during the Goldendale Energy Center Meeting on May 15th at the Klickitat County Public Utility District meeting.
Voluntary Compliance Requested
As a result of a community survey, the citizen’s rated “Clean up the City” as the number 1 priority of the City. The Chamber-sponsored Economic Development Committee feels the city should pursue individuals, commercial and industrial property owners to eliminate nuisances in our community. In a recent City Council it was again reminded by the citizen to “enforce the current codes”. We need everyone’s help.As a result of a community survey, the citizen’s rated “Clean up the City” as the number 1 priority of the City. The Chamber-sponsored Economic Development Committee feels the city should pursue individuals, commercial and industrial property owners to eliminate nuisances in our community. In a recent City Council it was again reminded by the citizen to “enforce the current codes”. We need everyone’s help.
In response to this overwhelming mandate, the City is promoting Voluntary Compliance. Without voluntary compliance we will notify property owners and residents of conditions that are creating a nuisance:
Nuisance types, including but not limited to the following: