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

Proposed Public Hospital District #2 in Grays Harbor

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 August 5th ballot. Split 5 ways, the proposed taxing authority would have 7 elected commissioners total, two at-large.

Commissioner Frank Gordon added signup dates are the 14th through the 16th of May “so let’s get hustling and find some people.”

The county is looking for 7 candidates for the inaugural board, if the district is approved by the voters.

County amends code to allow larger buildings without permit

Grays Harbor County residents can now build larger outbuildings thanks to an amendment adopted yesterday that eases restrictions from 200 to 800 square foot single story buildings before needing a permit.
Public comment included rural property owners looking to build larger sheds. Commissioners Frank Gordon and Herb Welch expressed concerns; Gordon over their ability to assess properties, and Welch over project planning. The commissioners adopted the amendment, with plans to ‘amend the amendments’ later on.

Grays Harbor County Commissioners eyeing levy shift again this year

Almost a year ago, Cosmopolis Mayor Vickie Raines said during a public hearing on the matter, “As commissioners you may not fully understand this, but it is based on the fact that the county road district is much smaller than the entire county district. Owners of real property in incorporated cities are now being forced to pay over $400,000 in additional taxes for absolutely no increase, change or improvement in service levels.” Under the direction of commissioners Herb Welch, Terry Willis, and Mike Wilson the county went on to shift $750,000 of it’s road fund to balance its budget last year.
It’s a long story, and the Montesano Vidette has a full article available to subscribers of their website, or check next week’s edition with an update from the county. At this point, everything is still up in the air on what the commissioners want to do and a solid plan to identify revenue increases or cuts has not yet emerged.

County Auditor Vern Spatz diagnosed with cancer

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County’s Auditor Vern Spatz will be taking some time off in the coming months, as he begins his fight with cancer. “So he’s going to go into a treatment program, 7 weeks of Chemo, 7 weeks of radiation,” County Commissioner Frank Gordon gave an update at their regular meeting on Monday.

Gordon said they’d been in a run of bad luck with some of their employees recently, Commissioner Herb Welch was again absent from the meeting yesterday, he’s home now, recovering from heart problems found last month.

Herb Welch Beta Courthouse Security

Herb Welch Coal Exports, Salal, Restructure – Part 2

Herb Welch Coal Exports, Salal – Part 1