City Braces For Impact of Closure

HOQUIAM, Wash. – In the shadow of a silent paper mill, Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney laid out a grim future for the city at last night’s city council meeting; “One of the difficult things is that we happen to have a couple of openings in the police department, one is the Deputy Chief and another is a patrol officer, so we’re suspending filing those positions for a few months until we figure out better what the impact is going to be.”
Durney said the city plans to loose about 200 thousand in general fund revenues this year, and almost 500 thousand annually from the closure of Grays Harbor Paper.  The Mayor stressed that he didn’t want to see the city begin to cut into their improvement spending, and that they will be able to absorb some of the loss by not replacing equipment as quickly as they would like to.