Wes Cormier – Grays Harbor County Commissioner

Wes Cormier talks about the shortest meeting in recent memory, budgets, and county revenues are on the rise. “Levy Shift I vote NO”

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The county’s lawsuit over property

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Grays Harbor County Commissioners choose not to submit stance on crude by rail

The County Commissioners yesterday decided not to weigh in on the current scoping of two projects that seek to export crude oil through Grays Harbor. Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines advised the commissioners against adopting a resolution “I think at this particular time we don’t have all the information that is necessary to be making a judgment call and passing a resolution on something that is more interstate.” The proposed resolution also called on updates to the county’s incident response plans, Commissioner Wes Cormier said it was just too specific. “I went through this and you know one of the points says that railroad company restriction of petroleum transport through Grays Harbor County and then section 2 weighs in heavily on phasing out older model tank cars. I don’t know much about this type of thing. Like I said I wouldn’t mind sending a more general letter, in support of safety, given that we have had 3 derailments. Commissioner Frank Gordon said he’d like to call for a moratorium on the trains, but said the best they could do was urge the state and federal authorities to tighten restrictions. The next commissioners meeting will be after the deadline for public comment on the scoping phase of two projects proposed to export crude oil from Hoquiam terminals.

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

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Grays Harbor County Commissioners hosting public hearings on Public Hospital District

Grays Harbor County Commissioners are holding public hearings this week on the formation of a public Hospital District. Two hearings today start at 2pm and 5:30pm in the Large Commissioner

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Grays Harbor Transit denies bus ads against crude-by-rail

Grays Harbor Transit will not weigh in on the crude by rail debate. Citing their current policy on political ads, the Transit Authority Board last night declined to authorize a request  made by Aberdeen resident Tori Kovach to advertise on their buses. Grays Harbor Transit denies Crude by Rail adsAs a member of the Grays Harbor Coalition for Infrastructure, Transit Board member Frank Gordon recused himself citing a conflict of interest. The County Commissioner then offered this opinion “We are so poor, we’re poorer than church mice and church mice can’t turn down the cheese. So we have a chance to make some money on the ads on this bus – just a thought.” With two other absences on the board last night Westport Mayor Michael Bruce, County Commissioner Wes Cormier, and Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson did not have a quorum to authorize the ads. Gordon said to me during the meeting “so you can put down there was a bunch of old fogies on the transit board, [that] did nothing. The four ads requested are editorial cartoons drawn by the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Steve Sack, all spoke out against crude by rail.

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.

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.

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.

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."