MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Commissioners yesterday reached a settlement agreement with the Superior Court Judges over funding, and security issues.
Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Tom Fitzpatrick told the commissioners yesterday "This settlement agreement is the culmination of approximately a year and a half of protracted litigation, also weeks of negotiation, in order to come to a resolution which I am informed is satisfactory to the Superior Court.
The agreement restores funding cut from the judge's budget earlier this year, moves security costs to the judge's budget (from the Sheriff's budget), and sets a timetable for construction of a third courtroom.
The commissioners set public hearing dates of July 8 to add $19,674 to the Superior Court budget and $148,970 to the Juvenile Detention Center budget.
The Vidette reports that as of April, the lawsuit was costing state and county taxpayers a combined $628,000.