The Grays Harbor County Commissioners have accepted the proposed Public Hospital District’s boundaries, as it was presented by petition. With a “nay” vote from Commissioner Wes Cormier who had proposed an Aberdeen-Hoquiam-Cosmopolis district, the commissioners accepted Herb Welch’s motion to accept the originally proposed boundaries. They then adopted a resolution to put the issue on an August 5th ballot. Split 5 ways, the proposed taxing authority would have 7 elected commissioners total, two at-large.
Commissioner Frank Gordon added signup dates are the 14th through the 16th of May “so let’s get hustling and find some people.”
The county is looking for 7 candidates for the inaugural board, if the district is approved by the voters.
MONTESANO, Wash. – A Grays Harbor County Commissioner is demanding the resignation of their Assessor, Rick Hole.
Commissioner Frank Gordon tells KBKW he submitted a letter to the Assessor’s office on Tuesday outlining several areas where he feels the elected official has failed the voters. Beginning with backed up revaluations that he says are placing a burden on local cities, and the decision to develop software for annual audits in-house. “We have a non-functional system. I myself, personally, feel that the system is not going to ever work.”
The letter, signed by only Commission Gordon, was also sent to the Washington Auditor’s Office and Department of Revenue.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – Another derelict building is coming down in Aberdeen, the Grays Harbor County commissioners yesterday awarded the demolition contract for the two-story building at 1701 Simpson.
Commissioner Frank Gordon said the bid was lower than they expected for the former Hispanic grocery store near Duffy’s “We are really thrilled, it come in about half of what we estimated it would do. This gentleman has worked for the city of Aberdeen and others and they’ve been happy with his work so very pleased with the bid.”
Asbestos prep work has been completed, it’s expected to be demolished in the next couple of weeks by Gene Yakovich Jr. Trucking of Aberdeen.
Similar to the “Big blue building” in Hoquiam, the county inherited the problem building after it’s owners defaulted on taxes, and the city of Aberdeen surrendered it to the county.
MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County’s Auditor Vern Spatz will be taking some time off in the coming months, as he begins his fight with cancer. “So he’s going to go into a treatment program, 7 weeks of Chemo, 7 weeks of radiation,” County Commissioner Frank Gordon gave an update at their regular meeting on Monday.
Gordon said they’d been in a run of bad luck with some of their employees recently, Commissioner Herb Welch was again absent from the meeting yesterday, he’s home now, recovering from heart problems found last month.