GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. - Without Commissioner Herb Welch on the phone, the vote was stalled on vacating two roads in Oakville that provide access to a popular swimming hole on the Chehalis River. It would also ‘land-lock’ property owned by Eric Zome, he told the commissioners during the public hearing yesterday "The tribe already had signs up there telling us to stay off their road, but my property is on the end of their road." Zome said "People have been using that road for recreation in the summer for the past 12 years that I've owned that property."
The petition was filed by the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis, and would affect portions of Pearson Road and Old Garrard Creek Road.
Mark White, Natural Resources Director for the Chehalis Tribe said that they were working to develop a dual-easement for the single property owner that would be affected by their request. After Commissioner Wes Cormier declined to make a motion, Chair pro-tem Frank Gordon said he'd make the motion himself at their next fully-staffed meeting.