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Grays Harbor Democrats respond to AG opinion – no new ‘list of exhaustion’

The chair of the Grays Harbor Democrats, and list member himself, George Smylie has replied to the Attorney General’s opinion recently released in an ongoing dispute with the Grays Harbor County Commissioners to fill the county prosecutor seat.
The response assumes that the commissioners will formally ask for a new list from the Democratic party to fill the seat, and replies “It is impractical to provide a new list at this time based on our 10 day notice requirement to our PCOs. The 60 day window would expire before you could act on a new list.
The letter goes on to says that the commissioners “have a list that was created based on the Washington Constitution and the choice to act on it to appoint a Prosecutor.” Referring to the first list provided which featured Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda -who wants the job, as well as Smylie and Vini Samuel – who both want Svoboda to have the job. Missing from the list was commissioner-supported Mike Spencer, who also wanted the job vacated by Stew Menefee last September.
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State AG says Grays Harbor Commissioners need a new list for County Prosecutor

A new list of three, but they can’t pick their own, that’s the answer for Grays Harbor County Commissioners from the state Attorney General’s office in the ongoing debate to fill the vacant County Prosecutor position.
A letter from the AG’s office yesterday said that if the commissioners chose one of the three names provided by the Democratic party – which they did when they chose Vini Samuel, and that person declines – which she did in November, then the position is again vacated and the commissioners go back to the Democratic party for a new list of three candidates.
The opinion also noted that the county commissioners can not choose someone on their own, or make up another list, an option explored by commissioner Frank Gordon last month, when the commissioners demanded a second list under the threat of making their own.

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Ocosta School District to build first vertical evacuation building in the US

WESTPORT, Wash. – The Ocosta School District plans to build the first vertical evacuation building in the nation, and a big part of any federal help in that plan was completed yesterday when the County Commissioners approved Sheriff Rick Scott to be the application agent “This will allow for the students, staff, and employees, to evacuate safely in the event of a tsunami by going up rather than trying to get out of the area. It’s something that will bring not only positive attention to the Ocosta School District, and safety to their students, but it’s going to bring a lot of positive attention to Grays Harbor County.”
Earlier this summer about 3,000 voters approved a levy to fund replacement of the Ocosta Elementary “Round building,” at the time administrators were looking at the vertical evacuation possibilities.
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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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Vickie Raines Flood Authority and County Commissioners

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