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Bill Simpson – Aberdeen Mayor

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Aberdeen city staff hosting another town meeting tonight

City of Aberdeen, WA

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson has set Monday, March 17, as the next community meeting date. It will be held at the Aberdeen High School Commons from 6:30 till 8 pm, topics will include updates on current activities as well as new information and a time for questions to staff.

All residents are invited.

City staff and officials held similar town hall style meetings in each ward last year.

Aberdeen to hire consultant Cary Bozeman for downtown development

Cary Bozeman

Aberdeen has a new consultant to invigorate development of the downtown core. Mayor Bill Simpson said this morning that we might see some changes coming with consultant Cary Bozeman at the helm. “We’ve already seen changes downtown with the theater started, and then the bead shop and Flowers by Pollen, and the antique store and then Waugh’s and that whole block now is full. Across the street is all full, there’s just one block that has some empty ones and that’s going to be part of our target.

The Aberdeen city council approved a report authorizing the Mayor to contract with The Bozeman Group last night. Founder of the group and former mayor of Bremerton and Bellevue, Cary has over 30 years of experience in both public and private sector mine fields.

Simpson said the contract is for 1-year and is in the city’s budget.

Cobain tribute spawns “Jada Project” to feed Aberdeen students

As Aberdeen and Hoquiam cities both prepare to celebrate their Nirvana heritage, the compassion of a 9 year old helped to bring a shunned tribute back into the light. Sculptor Randi Hubbard tells us after 19 years in her muffler shop, a statue of Kurt Cobain will soon be loaned to the Aberdeen Museum of History “Well my granddaughter was sitting there and she says ‘grandma we can sell t-shirts because I have a project in mind’.”
Jada helped Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson talk Hubbard into loaning the 600-pound statue to the museum as part of their Kurt Cobain display. Hubbard said they also they plan to sell t-shirts and photos, with the proceeds to be split between the museum, and the Jada Project. Jada tells KBKW “I thought of this idea because I’ve seen kids like on the TV that have been starving and kids that don’t get to eat need to get sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday.” The Jada Project will work with Aberdeen schools to send sack lunches home with kids that might not eat lunch on the weekends otherwise.
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

Hubbard said it was compassion that inspired her to sculpt the statue with Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994 “The original idea was to bring the mental illness issue to light, recognize people with the illness that Kurt had, who self medicate, that was my first dream.” The muffled tribute was among many failed attempts to honor the Aberdeen native’s legacy, without honoring his choices. But the times they are changing, and 20 years later Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson plans to proclaim February 20th (Kurt’s birthday) as Kurt Cobain Day, while the city of Hoquiam has declared April 10th as Nirvana Day to celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Still making news, Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana took away the Grammy for the Best Rock Song at the 56th annual awards ceremony over the weekend for Dave Grohl’s song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’.

Aberdeen could proclaim February 20th Kurt Cobain Day, Mayor still eyeing entire week

The City of Aberdeen could soon celebrate “Kurt Cobain Day” on  February 20th, the birthday of the Nirvana frontman. Mayor Bill Simpson said earlier this month that he planned to bring a proclamation forward to celebrate not only Cobain’s birthday, but an entire week.
The proclamation presented at Wednesday’s meeting says in part “Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.

Simpson said that the proclamation will be presented for adoption at their February 12th meeting, adding that he still hasn’t heard from the Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation “hopefully they’ll come forward for this resolution on the 20th and accept it from me. Something’s going to happen big for Kurt Cobain down here. We’ve put up signs and done a lot of the things that we could do with city money.” The mayor said he’s looking for private investors to help the city memorialize the Aberdeen native.
Cobain was born in 1967, gained fame as the lead singer for the grunge rock group Nirvana and died by suicide in 1994 in Seattle.

Aberdeen council appoints Alan Richrod to fill Ward 5 seat

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen city council last night appointed Alan Richrod to take the Ward 5 position most recently held by Alan Richrod – he was appointed to the seat after John Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Ward resident Bill Simpson had also expressed interest in the appointment, Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said before the vote “I have to be able to know that what I did was right, and that everything I do – to the best of my ability, passed what I call the smell test.
Bill Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson, expressed interest in the position earlier this month but a vote was tabled because not all councilmembers were present.
Hoder, and 5 other councilmembers voted with 44% of the 5th ward that chose Richrod in November. Richrod was sworn in after a 6-4 vote last night with councilman Jeff Cook absent.

Third Aberdeen ward meeting tonight at Robert Gray Elementary

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The next ward meeting for Aberdeen residents starts at 6:30 tonight at Robert Gray Elementary, Mayor Bill Simpson said last week about 30 residents and city staff attended the first, and about 40 the second meeting. the final meeting will be held at McDermoth Elementary on Friday. A town hall meeting will be held early next year to address the larger concerns raised at these meetings.

City of Aberdeen is September Organization of the Month

“The City has worked hard to improve the community, and we appreciate all they do,” said Darryl Johnson, ambassador.

When asked why Greater Grays Harbor was important Mayor Bill Simpson said, “Transformation begins with a community’s existing assets and opportunities to participate in the regional economy.”

The Business of the Month is based on excellence in image, employee relations, community service, support of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. and customer service. Only 12 awards are made each year and chosen from about 500 members.

Aberdeen council remembers John Erak

ErakABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen City Council last night held a moment of silence during their first meeting without councilman John Erak, Mayor Bill Simpson said during his report; “To give you some time to remember John Erak, and what he has done for our community.”
Members of the council shared fond memories of Erak last night, he passed away last month at 81 years old.