• Proposed Public Hospital District #2 in Grays Harbor

    County Commissioners shape proposed Public Hospital District #2, heads for August ballot

    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 […]

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  • Commissioner Frank Gordon demands resignation of County Assessor Rick Hole

    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.
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  • County eager to lease Grays Harbor Raceway, seeking promoters

    ELMA, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Commissioners are hoping to open the gates on the Race track in Elma by early next year, but for right now, they’re under a red flag until they figure out what they own. County Commissioner Frank Gordon said last week “There’s some issues going on now about who owns which.” 
    The commissioners canceled the contract with Great Northwest Promotions LLC in October, citing unpaid bills. Gordon said they have a more clear contract written up for future promoters. “So whoever we get in next we won’t be having this problem, but things are kind of on hold – their lawyer is talking to our lawyer.”
    Meanwhile the county is looking for a promoter to lease the Grays Harbor Raceway “By the first of the year we’re hoping to get this leased to somebody so they can start working out the races for the summer.” Anyone interested should email contact information to [email protected] for details.
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  • County Commissioners approve Aberdeen building demolition

    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.
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  • Grays Harbor County adopts levy shift again this year

    MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Commissioners yesterday adopted their regular Property Tax Levy for 2014. They also adopted a levy shift that moves $500,000 from their road fund to their general fund. Commissioner Wes Cormier voted “no” on both.
    Terry Franklin lives down an East county road, she said during the public comment period “You got to figure out what to do, and quit using our road money because I haven’t had lines on my road for three years. One of these days one of us is going to end up in the ditch because there’s not even a fog line, there’s not a center line, there’s nothing there anymore.
    Commissioner Frank Gordon said at least they’ll be able to call 911 “We’ll I’m going to tell you the most important thing “quality of life” for me, because I lived in the country most of my life, is if I call 911 I know I’m going to have a Sheriff’s Deputy there. Well you know something, sometimes we have to take choices between one’s safety, or a line down the road.
    For the third consecutive year the commissioners approved the shift, the first two years they shifted $750,000, they are authorized to shift up to a million of they need to shift their taxing authority to prop up their budget. County staff suggested they “ween” themselves off of the option, over the next few years.
    The Commissioners yesterday also postponed a vote to adopt their 2014 budget until Monday the 9th.
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  • Commissioner asks would the non-voters please shut up

    MONTESANO, Wash. – The latest ballot count at the county auditor’s office shows few changes to election results expected to be certified on the 26th. Voter turnout for Grays Harbor is at 48.2% for the November General Election. Now that your ballots are in, Grays Harbor County Commissioner Frank Gordon has a sentiment he’d like to share “All of you out here that are bitching, unless you got a stamp on your hand or something that shows that you voted please shut up.
    Gordon said on Coffeetalk yesterday “You people that sit and complain but don’t get involved, you can mail it. If you have a problem on the next [election] call and I’ll come and pick it up and mail the sucker for you. But you know our country will go down the tube if we don’t have people involved.
    The commissioner is expecting to take more heat in the coming months as the county faces a tough budget with support for an unpopular levy shift that could again move as much as a million from the county’s road fund into their general fund. “We’re going to try to take as little as possible, I know the mayors and stuff hate it. I hate shifting money from one fund to the other because then it cuts some of the work that the road fund can do, but we have to keep our offices open.”
    Commissioner Herb Welch has voted for the shift in the past, and each time said he would rather avoid it, Commissioner Wes Cormier is against the idea.
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