• 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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  • Grays Harbor’s reluctant Prosecutor-appointee worries Superior Court Judge

    MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County still doesn’t have a prosecutor, commissioners yesterday asked appointee Vini Samuel to take the oath of office, she replied at the podium “While I appreciate the question, I am going to defer that question until Wednesday, I’ll answer you on Wednesday.”
    Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey said he’s worried that he hasn’t had a prosecutor since the commissioners appointed Samuel a month ago. “You have an interim prosecuting attorney, is he even authorized to be doing what he’s doing? ‘Until appointment is made’ you made the appointment, so who’s running that operation?” Godfrey said the standoff could start costing the county, in court.
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  • Commissioner Wes Cormier to hold town hall meetings

    Grays Harbor County Commissioner Wes Cormier will be holding three Town Hall Meetings this month.  The first meeting will be at the Lake Quinault Lodge Ballroom on October 22nd at 6:00 p.m.  The second of the three meetings will be at the Sharon Grange on October 30th in Oakville at 6:00 p.m.  The final meeting will be at the Westport council chambers on November 7th at 6:30 p.m.  Cormier invites everyone out to “have a voice and talk about what is going on in Grays Harbor County.”

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  • Grays Harbor County Commissioners

    Former Clerk of the Board of commissioners files wrongful termination claim in Grays Harbor

    Former Clerk of the Board Donna McCollum has filed a $350-thousand wrongful termination claim against the county. The claim has been forwarded to the county’s risk pool for review. The Grays Harbor County Commissioners terminated McCallum in January after she refused to work with newly-elected commissioner, Vickie Raines. Commissioner Wes Cormier said yesterday “the charges against […]

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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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