Two bills aimed at providing funding for flood relief projects in the Chehalis River Basin and statewide were heard in the House Capital Budget Committee today. The bills are sponsored by Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, who also serves as the ranking Republican on the committee (pictured at right). “All of my focus this year is on providing this funding […]Continue Reading ...
MONTESANO, Wash. – Montesano Mayor Ken Estes released a big thank you to members of the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority this week. He added that the city plans to stay involved until every member has a solution to flooding on the Chehalis River.
The Flood Authority earlier this week voted to shift funding from three other Grays Harbor County projects, in order to fully fund and complete the Mary’s River Lumber project in South Montesano. Estes said in his release that the city also plans to stick around for the duration of the process to create a basin wide approach to reduce flood damage when the Chehalis River swells.Other communities in Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor put the interests of Montesano at the head of the line now. We won’t forget. Our community is committed to stay involved until we have finished all of the needed local projects and found a basin wide solution to catastrophic flooding. – Estes
The following editorial was submitted by Montesano Mayor Ken Estes.
In Montesano we’re used to trying to solve our own problems. But year by year as the Chehalis River has eroded land and moved closer and closer to our wastewater treatment plant and Mary’s River lumber company we realized this problem was bigger than we could handle alone. Locally we worked hard to come up with a workable solution to stop the erosion and protect the infrastructure that supports our community. However, the project is cost is beyond the capacity of the city to fund. The Chehalis Basin Flood Authority supported our request for state funding. Our local legislators and both Governor Gregoire and now Governor Inslee, as well as the Chehalis Tribe, worked hard to see that the entire Chehalis basin funding package was adopted including the Montesano project.Continue Reading ...
MONTESANO, Wash. – The Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority voted yesterday to shift about $4 million from three other projects to fund the Mary’s River Lumber project on the Chehalis River in Montesano.It will help protect the sawmill, and the city’s wastewater treatment plan across from State Route 107 from eroding riverbanks.Flood Authority Chairwoman Vickie Raines proposes to move the money because pre-construction work has been done and the project is “shovel ready.”The move pulls funding from the Satsop, Mill Creek and Wiskhah Road projects for the time being, Raines said this morning that they will move forward on the design and permitting stage for Wishkah and Cosmopolis projects to get them to shovel ready status.Continue Reading ...
MONTESANO, Wash. – An inter-local agreement on flood control between Grays Harbor and Thurston Counties and the Chehalis Tribe was the heated topic at a meeting of Chehalis Basin Flood Authority. Cosmopolis Mayor Vicky Raines tells us, 7 of the 8 attending members voted to not recognize the new pact “in a sense, they really don’t have a lot of acting authority, unless the state were to sign on with them.”
Raines said the primary topic at yesterday’s monthly meeting was to be trust issues “They may say that it’s not setting up a taxing district, but I think that it points in that direction.”
Special meetings were held by Grays Harbor and Thurston counties, and the Chehalis Tribe earlier this week to sign the agreement prior to discussion with the Flood Authority.
(Click the story title to hear an April 21st interview with Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines on this issue)Continue Reading ...
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